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December 2013

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Am lansat mai multe bloguri noi.

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Just-launched blogs


I launched some new blogs (which are, somehow, connected to what I write in here):

I also write, in Romanian, on, (contributor) and in Romanian and English on

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How to restore a Lenovo IdeaTab K3 Lynx 11.6-Inch 64 GB Tablet?

You may try first automatic repair. 

If not, try to boot:

  • Press and hold the power button until the tablet turns off.
  • Press and hold the following buttons (in sequence) to boot into the BIOS: Power button > Volume Up > Voume Down. When done correctly, it will show you the BIOS screen.

But instead of booting from a “real” Windows bootable CD, you need either:

  • A repair disk provided by Lenovo (you need to contact Customer Support for this, but I failed in getting a CD from them).
  • A repair disk made previously in Windows 8, by following these steps (you should do this as a pre-emptive measure).

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Memories (on paper)

I was going through some memories in school, and I thought of the following – what’s the ratio between costs & benefits of doing:

  • A group photo at the beginning / end of the school year / work year, given directly at the opening / end of that year.
  • A photo with the participants at an event, be it low profile (a meeting in town with friends), or high profile (school banquet, Christmas party, New Year party, birthday, wedding, baptism).

To me, the cost & effort is rather low, but the benefits are large.

Also, it’s important that the memory is physical (on paper, in my hands). Sure, digital is fine, also, but physical is much better.

There are options.


Why should you monitor your actions online?


I do this:

  • RescueTime monitors pretty much every action I take, and while the data is locked in there (you need a premium account to see your own data in full details), I am confident I can/will take it out sometime in the future.
  • Last FM records every song I listen to on my profile.
  • I have a keylogger which saves every keystroke.
  • I have a clipboard utility which automatically saves the clipboard into a log file.

Why is this helpful?

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How to revoke access to a delegated GMail address you own, after you reach the limit of 10 emails?

Gmail has a nice feature:

You can delegate access to your Gmail to another person so they can read, send, and delete messages on your behalf. For example, you can delegate e-mail rights to an admin in your organization, or you could delegate your personal email access to your spouse. The delegate can also access the other person’s contacts by clicking the Contacts link. Clicking the To,Cc, or Bcc links in the mail compose window will also bring up your contacts.

You won’t be able to give anyone permission to change your account password or account settings, or chat on your behalf. You can specify up to 10 users. Google Apps for Business, Education, and Government customers can specify up to 25 users. (source & details)

What happens when you get to 10 emails for which you have access? You can’t add other ones anymore.

How to solve this? 
Let’s say that emails,, … all give access to If you want to add, you can’t. The solution is to login as (or any other one in that list) and go to Settings => Accounts, and in there remove the granted access. In this way, you will be able to add, replacing the missing address.

Unlike granting access, which takes a while to process, removing the granted access is instantly done.


Love Actually (2003)

I just watched Love Actually (2003). Quite a nice movie. Good watch.

Some thoughts:

  • Love is universal. I saw the movie and thought of different episodes in my life.
  • It’s a difficult thing, not turning things into some cliché.
  • Most of the things we do in love are embarrassing, to a degree.
  • Actually, I’d go one step further and say that most things we do are embarrassing.
  • It is a realistic movie. At times, porn-realistic.

I also liked this song from the movie:


Let’s say you’ve got your WordPress web site hacked. What to do?

Today, one of my clients’ websites got hacked. The homepage was a simple text message, no page was accessible.

What are the steps to make it back again the way it was before?

  • Download WordPress from web site and put it again.
  • Update the database, if/when requested.
  • Recreate wp-config.php from wp-config-sample.php.
  • Temporarily set a different theme (you will put it back again, of course).
  • Check in admin if the widgets section of the web site has a malicious code (it was the case at my client’s web site).
  • Check the homepage / other pages for malicious codes.
  • If you have a database back-up, recover it from there.
  • If there is still a problem with the site being hacked, recover all the files in wp-content folder from a back-up.
  • Change the passwords of:
    • WordPress admin / other admin-class users.
    • CPanel.
    • (if different than CPanel) FTP users.
  • Install security plugins (more than one).


How to learn?

I liked the fragment from this article a lot:

Nu o sa mai “tocesti” niciodata. Desi toata lumea stie ca la medicina pierzi noptile invatand, daca dai de un curs care trebuie tocit, evita-l. Cauta in schimb o carte despre materia aia care sa poata fi citita cu placere. Intotdeauna e una la biblioteca. Si o sa o citesti cu placere pentru ca oamenii care au scris-o iubesc ceea ce fac, iar dragostea trezeste interesul si pentru informatia cea mai arida. Prefera metoda asta chiar daca auzi ca la examen profesorul vrea sa scrii cuvant cu cuvant dupa cursul lui. Nu e adevarat. Iar in felul asta, facultatea o sa treaca foarte usor. (Vlad Stroescu on MedLive)

What he says is the following – in school, you have two basic options:

  • You can learn things by heart, forcing yourself to remember things.
  • You can read things with pleasure, with enjoyment, being happy with what you read. Instead of focusing to remember most things in a text book, you should rather focus on reading things which give you pleasure.

While most people would think that the first option is not only implied by default, but also mandatory, the author says he is comfortable to suggesting this as a viable alternative to memorizing things.