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Google Helps Break Down The Language Barrier (In A Brilliant Way)


Posted by Artem Russakovskii on December 19th, 2007 in Awesomeness

Today Google announced the release of 29 translating robots that you can just add to your friends list in Google Talk. Then you can talk to them, getting instant translation in return. You can also enter a group chat and use the bots as translators between other people and yourself.

The only downside is that the Google Talk client doesn't seem to support group chats just yet, so you have to use the Gmail in-page one.

I think it's a brilliant idea if you ever deal with foreign languages. How many times have I forgotten a word while translating a paper or trying to talk to my mom back in Ukraine? A quick IM to the en2ru Google bot and …

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Touristy Things To Do In San Francisco And Around It


Posted by Artem Russakovskii on December 17th, 2007 in Personal, Stuff

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I was looking through some old papers while cleaning out the closet and found this list that Milla made for my mom when she was visiting. I quickly jotted it down for future reference. Here it is in no particular order:

In San Francisco

Outside San Francisco

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Fun With The Kill-A-Watt


Posted by Artem Russakovskii on December 15th, 2007 in Personal, Stuff

Updated: December 19th, 2007

If you haven't heard yet, there's a cool useful little device that you can buy for about $20, called the Kill-A-Watt. You plug it into the power outlet, then plug something into it and observe various fun facts about the plugged in device, such as the power consumption, voltage, amperage, etc. I started plugging things in and recording power consumption that you can see below. Here are the results I got so far (updated often):

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A Happy Weatherman?


Posted by Artem Russakovskii on December 10th, 2007 in Humor

Found this on digg today, which caused me to literally laugh out loud. Is this guy just too happy to report the weather or just looking to score a promotion?

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Don't forget to read some of the digg comments. For example:

  • "Maybe he's hoping it'll just blow over."
  • "With a wang the size of Ohio you would think he would have a better job than local weather."
  • "Who would want a wang the shape of E.T.'s finger? Unless it's to "probe" people for all their memories like in American Dead"
  • "Well that was a hard one to look at."
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DEATH BY CUTENESS: Orphaned baby owls adopted by cuddly toy mom!


Posted by Artem Russakovskii on November 12th, 2007 in Beer Planet

Updated: December 17th, 2007

An adorable group of orphaned baby owls have been adopted by a silly-looking stuffed toy owl, after they were found on the brink of death in the wild. You have to see the photo to believe it – you will die of cuteness!

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read more | digg story

Are you dead yet?…

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Got Drinks?


Posted by Artem Russakovskii on November 11th, 2007 in Personal

Help me pick something from my shelf. What should I drink tonight? (Yeah, yeah, work is tomorrow but who are you to judge me?)

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24 Back In '94


Posted by Artem Russakovskii on November 10th, 2007 in Humor

Welcome. You've got mail. …

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The 300 Counterstrike Idiots


Posted by Artem Russakovskii on November 10th, 2007 in Entertainment, Humor

Tonight, we dine, in de_dust! …

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Make Screen and YaST Work Together


Posted by Artem Russakovskii on November 4th, 2007 in Linux, Programming

Updated: March 19th, 2008

I don't know about you but I've had a lot of problems making screen work nicely with YaST. Both putty and SecureCRT had major problems displaying YaST's ncurses interface. The screenshots below depict the problem quite clearly. If at this point you don't see anything like this, you are most likely not affected and can go get a beer.

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If you are seeing similar problems, here's the fix. After digging around a bit, I have discovered that the problem was incorrect data encoding. My character set was set to KOI8-R while ncurses expected UTF-8. Here is how to change the corresponding setting in putty:

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… and SecureCRT:

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Now restart YaST and voila:

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P.S. You may be wondering why my screen …

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Shout Out To Mozilla!


Posted by Artem Russakovskii on November 1st, 2007 in Personal

Updated: November 5th, 2007

This space is reserved for sucking up to Mozilla.

Firefox rocks, yeah!!

http://www.getfirefox.com

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Conan Visits Intel


Posted by Artem Russakovskii on November 1st, 2007 in Humor, Personal

Updated: April 29th, 2008

For all the Intel folks out there (shout out to the Folsom Intel, Prairie City Road, woo woo). It is especially funny because it's so true. Dedicated to Nathan Foster and Thaya.

AC_FL_Run_BM("12343");…

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Watch Out – Don't Kill This Future Woody Woodpecker!


Posted by Artem Russakovskii on October 29th, 2007 in Stuff

Updated: November 11th, 2007

The aww factor is through the roof.

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FTPRush Cleanup Script


Posted by Artem Russakovskii on October 28th, 2007 in Programming

Updated: May 23rd, 2009

Removes all ftprush queue items that don't download to localhost. It is useful to run if you FXP a lot of files back and forth and want to clean up the queues from time to time, but don't want to delete anything that is downloading. Feel free to make a shortcut to this script and run it any time you want.

Note that this script is only compatible with the ANSI FTPRush version. The Unicode version is not supported.

You need to have Activestate Perl installed in order to run this script. http://www.google.com/search?q=activestate+perl+download

Script source is available from SVN here.

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Most Awesome Halloween Costume. Signed, Apple Fanboy.


Posted by Artem Russakovskii on October 28th, 2007 in Awesomeness, Entertainment, Humor

Can you think of a better Halloween costume this year than what these guys came up with? Lifesize iPhones, coming to a Halloween party near you. Normally, I'd say, this is dorky, but… it's just awesome. Imagine wearing this to a club, you'd be the life of the party.
 

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Terminator 4 Salvation: The Future Begins (2009)


Posted by Artem Russakovskii on October 20th, 2007 in Awesomeness, Entertainment

Updated: December 16th, 2007

The next Terminator is coming. Who's excited?

Here's the plot: After the drastic effects of Terminator 3, the story continues as John Connor and soon to be wife Kate Brewster realize they must create a resistance organization with Earth's remaining survivors against the army of robots slowly being built up by Skynet. As they are building this resistance, one survivor happens to be a traitor in disguise, and has a secret that nobody would ever come to suspect.

The good news is that the movie is now in pre-production, the script is done, and shooting should begin in 2008. Terminator 4 will come out in June 2009 if everything goes as planned.

The bad news is that Arnold will not …

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