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Jason Bourne 4 is a Go, To Be Released in 2010


Posted by Artem Russakovskii on June 27th, 2008 in Beer Planet

Updated: July 26th, 2008

image One of my most favorite movie series is not over yet. This is excellent news!

Producer Frank Marshall revealed plans to begin shooting a fourth Jason Bourne movie next Summer, for release in 2010. Universal announced the project back in February, with director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon set to return. Marshall also confirmed that they will probably be creating an original story for the fourth film.

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Zoomii – A Virtual Bookstore Actually Worth Looking At


Posted by Artem Russakovskii on June 24th, 2008 in Awesomeness, My Favorites

Updated: June 26th, 2008

I am usually very skeptical towards new startups, as most tend to do one thing and not so well or many things even less successfully. Zoomii, however, is what I found very useful. It creates the kind of feeling that you get when you're in control, when you can see at a glance what's going on. Zoomii is a virtual bookstore, with an Amazon backend. They took a different approach and made everything very visual, just like in the brick and mortar store – and I love it.

You can browse the latest releases or the top sellers, or perform a search and get hundreds of book covers, uncluttered by any text (until you click on any of them). …

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Matt Dancing 2008 – Stunning [VIDEO]


Posted by Artem Russakovskii on June 22nd, 2008 in Awesomeness, Humor, My Favorites

Hey, it's Matt again from www.wherethehellismatt.com and his 2008 video is absolutely stunning. In short, Matt goes around the world and performs a little dance, purposely bad. The scenes from his videos were already amazing enough but this one absolutely tops them all. This my most favorite video in a long while.
Where the Hell is Matt? (2008) from Matthew Harding on Vimeo. Be careful, you may turn all teary-eyed for a minute, even if you're a guy – yeah.

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How Fast Is Comcast Blast? REALLY Fast.


Posted by Artem Russakovskii on June 21st, 2008 in Beer Planet

So the Comcast installer just left, and I'm sitting here in my new house, on the floor, with no furniture, testing how fast the internet actually is (because who really cares about other stuff?). Comcast Blast is supposed to be 16mbps down and 1mbps up (2 if you're extremely lucky). I'm still collecting my jaw all over the floor though, because these are the speed test results:

That's a 3 mbit per second upload = 375 KB/s. Wow, Comcast, just wow. I know there are many people having complaints about service but after being a customer for 8 years, I really am happy with everything. Blows the puny DSL away.

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How To SVN Update All Your WordPress Plugins In One Go


Posted by Artem Russakovskii on June 16th, 2008 in Beer Planet, Programming, Wordpress

If you're like me, most of your WordPress plugins are checked out into your plugins directory from the official WordPress SVN repository or some other one. I haven't updated any of mine for about a month and wanted to sync up everything quickly (including SVN externals). Here's a short command I ran to achieve that:

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find . -maxdepth 1 -type d -exec svn up {} \;

What this command does is finds the top level directories in your WordPress plugins directory, then applies the "svn update" command to each, one by one.

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Top 10 Reasons Why Digsby ROCKS


Posted by Artem Russakovskii on June 14th, 2008 in Awesomeness, My Favorites, Stuff, Technology, Twitter

Updated: August 20th, 2009

If you haven't heard of Digsby yet, you have probably been living in some kind of a virtual cave or have no friends. Digsby is a multi-network instant messenger application, similar to Trillian, Pidgin (GAIM), or Miranda. I said 'similar', so what makes Digsy special? Reviews I read so far don't give the real reasons and don't dive into the features in depth. Instead, you get a standard load of marketing BS and in the end to you, the user, Digsby may end up being "yet another IM program." Some reviews describe certain features, but so far I haven't seen one that highlighted THE MAIN REASON why Digsby is different. And may I preface it with: finally somebody got a …

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Best MySQL Server Under $10K?


Posted by Artem Russakovskii on June 11th, 2008 in Databases

Updated: January 4th, 2009

Server picture I want to get opinions from outside of my daily circle of people on the best server hardware to use for MySQL. I remember from the conference somebody (Pipes?) mentioning a particular Dell server with multiple disk RAID10 that could supposedly be had for about $6k but I completely misplaced the model number (Frank, did you get my email?).

I know that a multi-disk RAID array with a bunch of fast disks (15k RPM?) is probably the most important method of improving performance, followed by the amount of RAM, so I'm trying to find the best combination/balance of the two. However, server prices on the Internet range so much that I don't even know where to begin to tell a …

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Mexico Trip Impressions (+Pictures And Videos)


Posted by Artem Russakovskii on June 11th, 2008 in Personal

The trip to Mexico (May 22-26) was a total success. I absolutely loved everything about it (except the flight with 2 connections): the resort (link), the people, the ocean, free booze (hello tequila) and unlimited food, climate, service, the Mayan ruins – everything!

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The highlights of the trip include:

  • visiting Chichen Itza
  • Cancun and the Coco Bongo club, (man, that was fun, I've never seen a show like that in a club, even in Vegas). $50-60 buys a ticket in with open bar (it's a good deal judging by the amount of tequila poured into me)!
  • walking around Playa Del Carmen, there are a lot of little stores, with a ton of tequila and other presents to buy. The
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I'm Selling My Car – Who Wants To Buy?


Posted by Artem Russakovskii on June 11th, 2008 in Personal

2005 Honda Accord EX V6 4D Graphite Sedan Leather FULLY LOADED 29K miles

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/car/715723311.html

Private seller, NOT a dealer:

$17,900
Original owner
Still under Manufacturer's Original 36,000/3 Year Warranty until end of July
29,000 freeway miles (I used to freeway commute to work, use MUNI now)
Clean record – no accidents, absolutely clean
Graphite Pearl exterior / Gray LEATHER interior
An aftermarket iPod adaptor/charger that hooks directly into the audio system, professionally installed (see pics)
Save $$$ – Honda suggests changing oil every 5000 miles (not 3000) and fill up with only Regular 87 gas (the cheapest grade, not Premium), as the engine has been configured to use Regular gas best

VIN: 1HGCM66595A071143, feel free to carfax it

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I See Something Called "Internet"


Posted by Artem Russakovskii on June 8th, 2008 in Humor, Technology

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via http://www.flickr.com/photos/11192901@N06/1317037389/ and http://www.makeuseof.com/tech-fun/i-see-something-called-internetpic/.

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Updated: May 3rd, 2010

When I was working in Radioshack 8 years ago, I remember selling the newest craze: gigantic wireless headphones that were awkward and bulky. The only thing you could do with them is pose as the Verizon guy, running around screaming "can you hear me now?" If you stood at the wrong angle to the receiver, the signal cut out, or even worse, terrible interference turned the most patient people into fiery monsters. I suppose the quality and size of wireless headphones improved over time but they're still unusable in real life because they're completely immobile.

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Recently Logitech released a bunch of semi-compromises, like these FreePulse loop-around headphones for $79.99 with a questionable rating and OK reviews, mostly due to crappy …

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Made Me Laugh Today


Posted by Artem Russakovskii on June 6th, 2008 in Humor

Doctor to his patient: "Sir, you have to stop masturbating."

Patient: "Why, doctor?"

Doctor: "Because it's preventing me from examining you."

[translated from Russian: http://anekdot.ru/an/an0806/j080605;1.html]

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