Everybody needs an engineer

From time to time on various groups/forums which I follow appears the post like “Learn how to convert format x to y”. Usually it’s coming from some guy (or company) who’s trying to sell his converter, or at least training around it, to you. There’s nothing wrong with it, people need to earn money. Plus there’s definitely market for it. If you’re freelance translator working from home you probably don’t have much of support from engineers, if any at all.

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Nice one, but also one disappointment

I’ve bought OnePlus One over a year ago. I must admit that I was aiming for Nexus 6 at the time, but as I’m cheap the price prevailed. I was lucky as by then they’ve introduced invitation less Tuesdays or something like that. Enough to say that I was able to buy the phone without the need of invitation which was nice. I haven’t expected much as it was almost half the price of my beloved Nexus, but I was positively surprised.

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Finally a little bit of Oxygen

I’ve had enough of waiting for CyanogenMod 12 to arrive for my OnePlus One, so I’ve installed OxygenOS instead. Or rather flashed as they don’t offer OTA yet. First note, don’t follow their instructions in order to install TWRP, but rather this video. Otherwise you’ll still have Cyanogen recovery which won’t allow you to install OxygenOS. Other than that process is rather smooth as far as you’re able to read and follow the instructions, and install drivers and ADB/Fastboot first.

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Snakes on the... (starting with Python)

Recently I’ve finished Python course on codecademy and I’m hooked. The last language I’ve liked so much was PHP, but I lacked real incentive to start doing more advanced stuff. Python is different as I can create apps for my desktop (or even phone), not only for my server. It is quite logically organized, although there are few things I don’t like. And it’s the first language which forced me to indent my code which made it almost readable.

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Back to Evernote

I was using Evernote few years back and then switched to OneNote. It was better in graphical organisation of the notes and its screenshooting tool is still the best. Plus I was already paying for Office so it was “free”. Then Windows 8 happened and ruined screenshooting functionality. Now by pressing Windows+S you’re getting search instead. But I was still using it as I’ve got many notes there and UI was to my liking.

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OneDrive and VPN equals problems

If you’re using VPN which is based on OpenVPN, or anything other than Microsoft’s native VPN client where you have this magical “Use default gateway on remote network” option. And happen to use “Use following DNS server addresses” on your default network device where your VPN provider is using it’s own DNS server. Then you can encounter following message on OneDrive: For me solution was easy. I’ve switched to “Obtain DNS server address automatically” and OneDrive is able to connect again.

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What's wrong with Carrie

I’ve seen the first movie and it was great. Then I’ve read the book and it was even better. But the newest picture is just bad. On so many levels that it was barely watchable, even though I really like both actresses. Not to mention Stephen King. It’s bad from the start. First scene, we see lady giving birth which reminds rather summoning of a daemon. After baby arrives mother tries to kill it with scissors, but stops millimeters from its face.

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I'm now with Jekyll Mr Hyde

It was Sunday afternoon, I’ve had my son on my lap watching excavators on his part of the screen (and people ask me why I need big monitor). On the other half I was checking twitter which I’ve rediscovered recently. Snooping on suggested people I’ve found colleague’s website. It was so simple that I’ve started to wonder if this person is paying also for hosting as it was on custom domain.

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What the hell Denzel?! (2 Guns)

There are few actors and directors about whom I’m able to say, “Well, this guy (sorry, no girls here) has never released a film which was bad, I’m watching new one without any review, it must be good”. One of these actors was Denzel Washington. Was, because I’ve recently seen 2 Guns. Don’t take me wrong. It’s not so bad, I’ve actually quite enjoyed it, it was entertaining. It’s just that it involves Denzel and I really expect more from him.

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Best motivational book ever! (The Myths of Innovation)

I prefer not to know much about the book before I read it. I like to be surprised. And that’s exactly what happened with The Myths of Innovation. I’ve thought that I would just read some interesting stuff about innovations. As I’m already familiar with Myths Series I’ve expected good stuff, and wasn’t disappointed. But I wasn’t expecting motivational book at all. Of course it starts with some stories and explanations of most famous inventions, and inventors.

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