Magnificent Antarctica by Kalle Ljung

This is a beautiful video by Kalle Ljung Antarctica. Watch in HD quality and with good sound system.

Swedish filmmaker Kalle Ljung and his crew shot this drone footage during a 20-day trip to Antarctica last winter. Article on Time.

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Windows 10 Insider Preview

Like Microsoft says, if “you think BIOS is a plant-based fuel, this program may not be right for you.” For everyone else it is very worth trying new Windows 10 for PC thru Microsoft Insider Program. This is a prerelease software, so be careful and use it at your risk, timely backup never hurt anyone.

Download links:

Product key: 6P99N-YF42M-TPGBG-9VMJP-YKHCF
 
Editions Link to download SHA-1 hash value
Editions

Windows 10 Insider Preview (x64) – Build 10074

Link to download

 Download (3.78 GB)

SHA-1 hash value

E354B44994B46FB7CDC295FA1F075D9F95FECEA8

Editions

Windows 10 Insider Preview (x86) – Build 10074

Link to download

 Download (2.77 GB)

SHA-1 hash value

563FFADAE3577E7AD0E1CB61BEF58D48A17A9D91

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Public Office 2016 Preview from Microsoft

Microsoft has released new Office 2016 package for everyone interested.

https://products.office.com/en-us/office-2016-preview

Product key for the Office 2016 Preview:
NKGG6-WBPCC-HXWMY-6DQGJ-CPQVG

Download links:
Get Office 2016 Preview (32 bit)
Get Office 2016 Preview (64 bit)

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Chatting with Harvey — ‘The Lack of Root Beer in Russia’

bunny_boyI think it is time to publish my correspondence with Harvey, an anonymous person from the famous rock band The Residents. It happened six years ago, when The Residents released their album ‘The Bunny Boy’. Harvey was replying using email wearedoomed666@gmail.com which I guess has been dumped by now.

I had a lot of fun with that:

Alex: Need help to find someone in Europe?

Harvey: DER ALEX WEL IS GREASE IN EURPO FROM BUNNY

Alex: Dear Harvey, who is in Marina del Rey, California then? I can’t see you in Greece.

Harvey: DER ALEX WELL I RELLY DON NO SO MUCH ABUT MARINA DEL REY BUT IT SOUND LIKE IT S IN CALIFORNA OR MEXICAO OR SOMEPLACE I DONT THINK HARVY IS THER FROM  BUNY

Alex: So, how can I help you to find Harvey? Need material or spiritual support? Both available.

Harvey: DER ALEX WELL I GUES SPRTUAL SUPPORT IS ALWAYS GOD BUT IT WUD ALS O HELP IF YU TALK TO PEPLE ABUT THE END OF THE WORL AND STUFF AND SEE IF THEY GET EXCIETED AND YEL AN SCREMA BECAUSESIT MIGHT BE HARVEY SO THEN YU COULD TAKE HIS PICTURAND SEND IT TO ME THANS FROM  BUNY
PS IM PTERY STRESED OUT ABOUT THIS RESDENCE THING AND ALL

Alex: What’s that thing about the Residents? New album “Bunny Boy”? I think it’s cool. Just songs are too short. What really bothers me is that Russia is out of their European tour. That sucks, as I’m from Russia. Last time they were in St. Petersburg and Moscow It was very exciting, I hope they felt the very special reception there, even though they almost had no time to sleep.
Do you mind if I publish our correspondence on my website?

Harvey: DER ALEX WELL YES YU CNPUBLISH AND AL AND THNS FOR AKSING BE CAWS I HERD OTHER PEOPLE HAV BEEN PUTTING IT ON THE INTERNET AND ALL AN THEY DIDN EVE N ASK!!!! IM SORY THE REIDENT ARNT COMING TO RUSSIA BUT THERE IS A RUSSIAN MEAT STORY CLOSE TO ME AND IM GOING OT ASK THIEM IF THEY HAVE SMOKE D BEAR FROM  BUNNY
PS IM NOT SURE IF I WANT TO GO ON THE TUR AN ALL SINCE IT WUS BE RELLY SCARY
PS AGIN HAVE YU EVER HAD SOMOKED BEAR

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How to block ads in Windows with just Notepad

Ads are annoying on the web. Besides they lower your internet bandwidth and can be particularly offensive for minors. If you share your PC with your kids, I’m sure you will see how helpful my advice is. There are different ways to screen advertising with use of free and paid DNS providers, firewalls, and special software. I propose to use light and effective method of modifying hosts file. It is a manual hack, but if you browse approximately the same list of websites every day, it will not be very tedious to implement. I’ll explain in plain and simple language. This method is not risky and very easy to revert, if for whatever reason something goes wrong. I tried it in Windows 7, 8, and 10 Technical Preview. It does not matter whether you use 32 or 64 bit version, it will work anyway.

1. Get the HOSTS file

First look for the following path in the Windows Explorer:

C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc

hosts_location

To be on a safe side, make a backup of this file, save a copy of it in a different folder. This file has no extension ‘naturally’, so don’t worry. So, you can copy it to your Document folder, for instance, and make another copy with extension .bak. Then leave the file hosts.bak intact. And double click the file hosts in this new location. We will edit this file here, and once you are done, you will copy the edited new file back to the target place (C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc) to replace the original file. It is because we cannot edit this file directly in its original place.

When you double click the file, you have to choose which program to use to edit it. Pick NOTEPAD. Then you will see something similar:

hosts_new

Everything except the last line (127.0.0.1 localhost) is simply a commented description. You need to extend the list to assign the web addresses you want to block to this IP address 127.0.0.1. For example:

127.0.0.1 cdn1.clkads.com
127.0.0.1 www.clkads.com

What it does, it tells to the system, if that exact address is requested (e.g. cdn1.clkads.com) then instead of getting the real IP address from the root server (DNS), it will immediately short cut it to the 127.0.0.1, which is zero content. It applies to every web browser you can use — Internet Explorer, Chrome, Opera, Firefox, you name it.

Mind the syntax though: don’t put http:// or https:// — not needed.

2. How to block the ads.

So, how to hit particular ads you see every time you visit certain websites?

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Update of Adobe Creative Cloud 2014

splash-2014Adobe continues to produce valuable updates for its Creative Cloud software collection in 2014. The biggest change I detected with Adobe Dreamweaver 2014.1 release, which is based now on 64-bit architecture. Evidently, Dreamweaver is still being developed very actively and has a different fate than say Adobe Fireworks — abandoned but liked by many designers, just read the latest articles on SmashingMagazine.com. So now Dreamweaver is better compatible with PSD format (PSD asset workflow), take a look at the welcome screen below:

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Adode Dreamweaver 2014.1×64

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Windows 10 Technical Preview — Good for Everyone

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Courtesy of Microsoft 2014

I did not like the first release of Windows 8, I changed my mind with 8.1 update, and I’m happy with Windows 10 Technical Preview build 9841, because now it is all about desktop (when we talk about PC) and things look good. I understand it could be buggy, but I’m not afraid to be a bit vulnerable. Besides, it runs smoothly and I can do whatever I used to do before without a glitch. Of course, it is a prerelease software, and as Miscrosoft warns “trying out an early build like this can be risky. […] don’t install the preview on your primary home or business PC. Unexpected PC crashes could damage or even delete your files, so you should back up everything.”

So, please make an extra backup if you choose to install it.

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Professional services in Plant Maintenance for complex industries

Here’s the new website and service just launched:

MaintCraft.com

Are you looking for a solution to reduce your maintenance costs and improve your assets availability? Do you have doubts in implementing condition-based maintenance or RCM? Do you need to clean your database records (virtual) on spare parts and improve stock turnover (physical)? Are you thinking about setting up new fancy computerized maintenance management system like SAP and have concerns about change management and training?

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Can we help ourselves with “No Time” Problem?

© Reebok USA, 2012

© Reebok USA, 2012

Time perception in Western culture is about moving forward. We project ourselves moving forward through our life with the time. Here’s some key points I always wanted to put together for the article. So, I’m sorry for this powerpoint style.

Although time seems to flow, this “ride” has no destination. “Autumn does not become winter, there was autumn and there is winter.” [Dogen’s Shobogenzo]

The borderline between You and outer world is pure illusion. “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”

“Sound is vibration, transmitted to our senses through the mechanism of the ear, and recognized as sound only at our nerve centers. The falling of the tree or any other disturbance will produce vibration of the air. If there be no ears to hear, there will be no sound.”

Ansel Adams (1902-1984) - Portfolio Three, Yosemite Valley, 1960

Ansel Adams (1902-1984) – Portfolio Three, Yosemite Valley, 1960

Past and Future are illusions as well. Can you present yourself without telling about your past?
When you plan something enjoyable, do you really enjoy it when it comes?

When is NOW?

Time concept is good for planning (“Let’s meet tonight at 8 o’clock”)
Time concept is not good to be worry about (ever-slipping future)
If you ever can be productive, the time is NOW

 

Plane wreck in remote, exotic location

wiredYou might noticed a nice picture in my previous article. It is a shot of an airplane wreckage probably from the 2WW, abandoned in the West Sahara desert. I took it from the article in Wired.com under the title “Ghostly Plane Wrecks Found in Remote, Exotic Locations” by Jakob Schiller. The article was published on April 29th, 2013. Few days later there was a real crash of an American military refueling plane KC-135 far-far-away in Kyrgyzstan. Very sad thing to happen in 21st century.

The pictures in this Wired article are taken from portfolio of Dietmar Eckell.