Practical – tutorials, tips

How to enter the sea, when it’s a bit cold, and you’re a bit hot from the Sun?

Imagine this: you go to the seaside, you’re a bit hot from the Sun, while the water is a bit cold. How to enter?

After some practice, I found out that the best solution for this is to first enter the water quickly, close to the shore, lower yourself into the water so that you are fully wet, and go outside. Stay in the sun & wind for a while, and you’ll feel very cold. Stay like this for a minute or two. Go back to the sea. Now you will not feel the sea as cold as before.
Frank Knaack,


How to take photos at an event? Some tips

A few tips on taking photos at an event:

  • Use the camera / smartphone from a high position. Try to raise your arms in the sky and photograph the audience like this.
  • The most important take – the one which shows the number of participants plus the speaker.
  • Another important shot is with zoom on the speaker, a close one.
  • I use ex-Google’s Picasa for editing the photos.
  • For promotional purposes, the most important task is tagging persons in the photos.
  • When you add description to an album, add the link to your web site, so people can get easily from the photo to your web site.
  • On Facebook, tag the location.
  • People want speed – do live photos and a quick follow-up. It’s not much help if you put the photos 3 weeks later from the event.
  • It’s fine to use live a wifi card, or photos from the smartphone.
Darren Johnson / iDJ Photography – Events,

Using Command Prompt’s “dir” command to display the contents of a folder

Let’s say you have a folder with files, and you want to save the full list of files in a text file.

The solution is to open Command Prompt (Win + R, cmd, enter), and type this:

dir /s /O:GNE >output.txt

This will result in the full contents of “Olivian Breda” folder being listed in the file “output.txt”, which is created if it doesn’t exist, and overwritten in case it already exists.

Do you want just the current folder, not the subfolders? Just remove “/s”.

dir /O:GNE >output.txt

Do you want the listing to be displayed on the screen, as opposed to in a file? Remove “>output.txt”.

dir /s /O:GNE


Fractals of Change: Why a Great Programmer is Worth Fifty Good Ones

Fractals of Change: Why a Great Programmer is Worth Fifty Good Ones:

If you’ve ever had a superstar working for you, you’re probably used to leaving him or her behind in the office when you go home – if you’re the CEO of a startup you don’t go home that early – and finding him or her in the office when you arrive.  If it’s a him, the stubble’s a giveaway; women cover up a little better.  A superstar prefers to work in at least twenty-four if not forty-eight or even seventy-two hour spurts.

Again, it’s the interfaces: it’s very expensive to put something down, go home, sleep, wake-up, and then recover all the loose ends. The first half of writing a program creates almost all loose ends; the second half is tying them back up.  Like surgery. If a programmer has the skill and physical stamina for marathon gulps of creativity, then there are many fewer times when the non-productive work of putting stuff away neatly (mentally) and picking it up again has to happen.  For similar reasons, one-person debugging is best done when you can crawl inside the code and stay there until you’re done.

Now, unfortunately, this kind of endurance is a young person’s game.

Héctor García – Programmer in the flow,

How to answer to something when you are nervous?

There is a saying which goes like this “Don’t answer quickly when you are nervous, postpone the reply”.

The basic idea is to think for a while, and postpone the answer, if you can forget about the hatred and despise, and don’t apply anger.

In an ideal world, you wouldn’t want revenge.

If it troubles you a lot, the fact that you are sitting and thinking, instead of answering – you only make things worse.

You have to set yourself for forgiveness if you want to do this: “I will not reply now, but tomorrow”.

Freddie Peña – Nervous?,

Mac air

It’s good to use a Mac Air, compared with other laptops:

  • It’s a good Operating System (Mac OS), for those who know it.
  • The laptop is very light, small, tiny, thus – very portable.
  • It’s got a sleek design, and it’s a pleasure to carry around.

On the other hand, things can get wrong. I’ve seen people using Mac Airs a bit wrong:

  • Not good with Mac OS, and their friends who install software aren’t good with Mac OS, so at times they don’t know how to do something on Mac, and have no one to ask help. Sure, there are solutions, it’s just that it’s a bit more complicated.
  • The laptop is sometime used on a desk, all day. With the money you pay on a Mac Air you can easily buy a desktop PC with much bigger features & abilities.
  • The laptop can heat a lot, especially if you use it all day long. Thus, not such-a-big pleasure to carry it around.

Talk about comparing apples to apples. :)

Ce să faci când ești trist?

1. Ieși și te plimbă. Nu sta în casă, pe Internet. Mergi, vezi, fii uimit/uimită de ce vezi în jur.
2. Vede-te cu oameni. Socializează. Bagă-te în seamă. Vorbește cu toată lumea. Trage de oameni. Chiar și ceartă-te, orice e mai bine decât să stai cu tine.
3. Ajută oamenii. Dacă le faci bine altora și îi vezi, o să te simți tu însuți mai bine. Dacă ești trist, când ajuți pe cineva, o să te simți tu mai bine în pielea ta. O să te bucure să vezi pe cineva fericit.

Chiara Vitellozzi Fotografie | NuageDeNuit - _ Sad eye _ -
Chiara Vitellozzi Fotografie | NuageDeNuit – _ Sad eye _ –

Unde să mănânci, în București?

Indrek Torilo - Tacos,
Indrek Torilo – Tacos,

Dacă vreți să citiți niște lucruri inspiraționale despre unde să mâncați în București și aiurea, vedeți blogul lui Radu Dumitru:

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How to save things you see on the Internet?

Paul Townsend Follow - "Toys of Christmas Past",
Paul Townsend Follow – “Toys of Christmas Past”,

Online is beautiful, but perishable. Today, you see it “live”, tomorrow, it may not be there.

Let’s say you want to mass download some links / pages / web sites to have them as a backup copy. How to do it?

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Dacă totul este adevărat pe Internet, atunci nimic nu este adevărat! Despre gândirea critică pe Internet

Dana Longley - Information Literacy Umbrella,
Dana Longley – Information Literacy Umbrella,

Sunt interesat de lecturi pe tema sănătății. E o investiție în termen lung (viață lungă), dar și scurt și mediu (fericire mai mare, evitare boli, stare de fitness, încredere). În principiu, rațional vorbind, nu ai multe motive să nu trăiești sănătos (alimentație, sport, odihnă, viață socială).

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