Three smart UI prototyping techniques

When designing a solution usually we need to show some slick and simple pictures showing user interface we plan to implement. This seems to be the only language both developers and customers seem to understand. Or maybe let me rephrase it to be more specific – screenshot has the highest likelihood that its interpretation by… Continue reading Three smart UI prototyping techniques

Becoming a Wedding Software Developer

I’m currently preparing to become “a lawful wedded husband”, which involves buying tons of stuff. I was comparing various offers and one pattern emerged: if a thing X is renamed to “Wedding X” it automatically becomes at least two times as expensive. See for yourself: wedding photography costs 295-1500 GBP while corporate event photography 75-180… Continue reading Becoming a Wedding Software Developer

Chrome can speak now!

Yesterday new version of “Translate and Speak!” (previously TranslateMe) Chrome Extension has been released and it’s now ready to download on Chrome Webstore. New features in version 1.4 include: “Speak!” function, which uses amazing Google’s TTS to read text Translate (detect language) function, which tries to guess language of the phrase before translating it to… Continue reading Chrome can speak now!

How British police made me set up my next project on the cloud

Today British police made available their new service – a complete street level map of crimes in England and Wales. The webpage made to all possible headlines in daily papers, tv and radio. The effect is that the service is virtually down and won’t be usable until the novelty wears out. All web pages have… Continue reading How British police made me set up my next project on the cloud

Enable auto-complete in shell (command prompt) in Windows 2003 server

Out of the box, command prompt (cmd) in Windows 2003 Server has the auto-complete (tab-complete) feature disabled. To fix the problem open regedit and create following DWORD keys: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor] “CompletionChar”=dword:00000009 “PathCompletionChar”=dword:00000009 Open new command window and your TAB completion is working!

Ultimate Scrambled Eggs for Geeks

I just invented An Ultimate Scrambled Eggs. Here comes the recipe: 1/2 red grilled pepper 1 slice of ham 100g of king prawns Green Jalapeño peppers 1/2 lrg red onion 1 lrg carrot 1 lrg tomato 2 eggs. Chop veggies and ham and fry with prawns and three drops of Tabasco until carrot is tender.… Continue reading Ultimate Scrambled Eggs for Geeks

Problem starting Oracle Database Control Service

Today I run into problem running Oracle Database Control Service on Windows 2003 Server. When I was trying to run it using Administrative Tools->Services I got an error: “Windows could not start the OracleDBConsoleWIND on Local Computer. For more information, review the System Event Log. If this is a non-Microsoft service, contact the service vendor,… Continue reading Problem starting Oracle Database Control Service

Importing phonebook to Android

It’s been almost a week since I got Motorola Milestone. It’s an Android based phone and I absolutly love it. Actually I’m using it to write this post. And since it’s running on an open source platform, it will provide many hours of fixing and twicking. First quirk you’ll notice soon after booting your new… Continue reading Importing phonebook to Android