Try Your Luck in USA 2017 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program

People love free stuff, even when it is about such important decisions like changing countries and lives. So here’s good news for those who want to move to USA: Diversity Immigrant Visa Program 2017 (AKA DV-2017) is now open again to try your luck.

Here’s a link to the US State Department Web site where you can apply: DV-2017
The application timing is strictly limited from October 1st till November 3rd 2015.

Read the instructions first to make sure you are eligible.

Here’s also a handy video tutorial on how to submit an entry in the right way:

I hope this year we will be free of bugs and hackers like in some instances before.

Here’s a an official guide to experiencing the United States of America: VisittheUSA.com

Privacy and Windows 10 — Unsupported Statement of Microsoft

Only a lazy guy have not commented on Windows 10 privacy “issues” yet. Here’s what Terry Myerson has to say on it in his Microsoft blog to defend his company point: “With Windows 10, information we collect is encrypted in transit to our servers, and then stored in secure facilities.”

Well, look at this video:

As you can see it is possible to decrypt the information sent. If it is easy for a regular user, it must be easy for hackers in general.

Here’s some instruction with walk-through video from winsupersite on Windows 10 privacy settings.

OneNote 2016 Annoyance. A permanent sorry about cleaning up.

onenote blog office

My transfer to Microsoft Office 2016, that has been recently released, has failed. The trouble is OneNote 2016 functionality. It keeps showing the message: “We’re sorry. OneNote is cleaning up from the last time it was open. Please wait.” Although it is actually working OK after, this message is very annoying, and I could not stand it, neither could my wife :(

OneNote 2016 error

I have MS Windows 10 build 10240. Office version was Office_2016_16_0_4266_1003_x86 (I also tried Office_2016_16_0_4266_1003_x64 without success).

I use OneNote extensively. I have around 1GB stored in OneNote Notebooks stored on my OneDrive, which is very useful. Continue reading “OneNote 2016 Annoyance. A permanent sorry about cleaning up.”

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 [updated 21.09.2015 — evidently it is still alive — just received a reply from the guy, six years later!].

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:

Adode Dreamweaver 2014.1x64
Adode Dreamweaver 2014.1×64

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Windows 10 Technical Preview — Good for Everyone

WIndows 10 TP
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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