Starting to blog again

I have not been writing anything for ages on my site mostly because I have been quite busy with these two on the picture below.

However, now I have decided to reserve some time and start to write some posts again, mostly about technical and business challenges that I face daily in my work while developing solutions in Sitecore and Umbraco. Also, I want to write about application development in general using jQuery and other interesting front-end technologies that I bump into. So, if you are interested about these topics come and check out this blog once in a while and drop a comment.

List of useful websites on the web

I found most of these links from reddit (source) and thought I will share and save it to my blog as future reference. There are many new that I have not check it out as well as many old ones that I had forgotten.

http://www.grooveshark.com – For listening to music.

http://www.printfriendly.com – Makes any page printer-friendly.

http://www.ted.com – Interesting and informational videos on a whole range of topics.

http://www.stumbleupon.com – Finds websites based on what you’re interested in and how other people’s ratings.

http://www.slickdeals.net – For finding good deals/freebies/contests.

http://www.bugmenot.com – Usernames/passwords for sites requiring registration.

http://www.mailinator.com – Temporary e-mail for when you want to sign up for something and not get spammed.

http://www.google.com/cse?cx=003849996876419856805:erhhdbygrma&ie=UTF-8&q=&sa=Search – Google torrent search

http://www.pipl.com – Looking up people based on username, name, email, or phone #.

http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/web/home/home/index.htm – MIT OpenCourseWare – entire courses, often including lecture videos available for free online.

http://ninite.com/ – Great website to create an installation package of applications for when you’re reinstalling your OS or have just purchased a new computer.

http://www.retailmenot.com – Coupons

http://www.kayak.com – Awesome site for when you’re planning a trip.

http://www.nophonetrees.com/ – Get directly in touch with a human when you’re calling customer service/support.

http://www.scribd.com – Ebook search.

http://www.ovguide.com – Search engine for movies/tv shows.

http://www.tineye.com – Reverse image search.

http://downforeveryoneorjustme.com/ – self-explanatory.

http://www.popurls.com – link aggregator.

http://www.knowyourmeme.com

http://www.gethighnow.com – audio and video illusions.

http://tvtropes.org – “Tropes are devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members’ minds and expectations. On the whole, tropes are not clichés. The word clichéd means “stereotyped and trite”. In other words, dull and uninteresting. We are not looking for dull and uninteresting entries. We are here to recognize tropes and play with them, not to make fun of them.”

http://www.meetup.com – Meet up with a local group that share your interests.

http://meebo.com – Web-based chat without downloading the actual client (AIM, Yahoo, MSN, etc.)

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture – Amazing, high-quality, pictures from around the world.

http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page – Wikipedia – in layman’s terms.

http://opendns.org – Safer surfing. Can block sites and protect your network.

http://studyblue.com – Great site to get notes/past exams for college students.

http://www.whatismyip.com – Tells you your IP address.

http://mp3cut.net/ – Cutting/splitting mp3s.

http://ceevee.com/ – Build/maintain a resume.

http://www.cutmypic.com/ – Crop a picture.

http://www.mygazines.net/ – Magazines online.

http://tinychat.com – Create a chatroom. Has web-cam and microphone support.

http://www.mint.com/ – Money management.

http://www.deviantart.com – For anything art-related. Good site to get wallpapers.

http://www.whatshouldireadnext.com/search – Gives you book suggestions based on books you’ve liked before.

http://woot.com – Posts one good deal per day.

http://www.filleritem.com/ – Finds filler items for Amazon so you have enough to get free shipping.

http://fantasti.cc – aggregates most Porn 2.0 sites

http://labs.google.com/sets – Looking for more parts of a set of words (i.e. Entering Mars, Earth, Venus, Jupiter will yield Saturn AND MAYBE PLUTO)

http://chir.ag/projects/tip-of-my-tongue/ – GOOD LORD MAN WHAT IS THAT WORD. Well now you know.

http://www.whois.net/ – Finding the WHOIS info of a domain

http://www.tastespotting.com/ – Amazing food and amazing recipes with amazing pictures. Go indulge your mental stomach while you plan on indulging your physical one.

http://www.whosampled.com/ – Who sampled what music

http://downforeveryoneorjustme.com/ – Is that website down for every-ah you get it

http://www.synchtube.com/ – Watch youtube with your friends (syncs youtube between multiple viewers)

http://www.livemocha.com/ – Learn a new language.

http://passcracking.ru/ – Crack hashes.

http://www.allrecipes.com – Best recipe site I know

http://tutsplus.com/ – tutorials for a bunch of adobe design programs

http://colorschemedesigner.com/ – useful for website color schemes

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/ – design blog

https://thepiratebay.org/ – While it lasts

http://www.dropbox.com – Free service that syncs a folder on your computer to an online data store.

http://network-tools.com Pings, trace routes, dns lookups, dns reverse lookups, whois (domain name owner details, ip address owner details). A total swiss army knife of uh, network tools.

http://delicious.com/ – social bookmarking

www.gigapedia.org: ebooks (for those hard to find textbooks).

www.metacritic.com : aggregrate movies/films/games ratings from all major critics.

http://pandora.com – Another great free music site. Unlike Grooveshark, you can’t freely play any song you want, but it has a fantastic algorithm for discovering similar music so it takes a lot less effort to set it up to play a wide variety of things I like – no need to pick out lots and lots of songs from the catalog beforehand. Yes, Grooveshark does have that same radio feature, but it’s sorely lacking.

http://www.gutenberg.org – for a transcript of any book written before copyright laws. Includes some semi-professional volunteer audiobooks.

http://www.spanishdict.com – as a Spanish major, I’ve found this to be the best and most complete Spanish-English dictionary if you’re looking for a thorough and clear definition.

http://tvshack.net/ has lots of tv shows and movies for streaming. I use a proxy to get around the hour viewing restrictions that some of the shows have.

http://pixlr.com (fixed) I stopped using photoshop since I found this.

http://www.blindtextgenerator.com/lorem-ipsum – Dummy text generator.
http://dummyimage.com/ – Dummy Image Generator.
http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager07.html – Adobe Flash player configuration.
http://www.reemst.com/calvinandhobbes/stripsearch – Calvin and Hobbes Extensive Strip Search.
http://challonge.com/ – Tournament Bracket Generator.
http://www.doihaveadeadpixel.com/ – Do I Have A Dead Pixel.
http://accidentsketch.com/ – Accident sketching online.
http://www.freemaptools.com/ – Maps you can make use of…
http://radiotuna.com/ – Discover Online Radio.
http://www.gazopa.com/ – Discover similar pictures.
http://errorlevelanalysis.com/ – Image Error Level Analyzer.
http://www.rainymood.com/ – Rainy Mood.
http://subreddits.0fees.net/comment_stats.htm – Reddit Comment Statistics.
http://www.radioreddit.com:8000/ – Reddit Radio.
http://subredditfinder.com/ – Sub-Reddit Finder.
http://www.visca.com/regexdict/ – Regex Dictionary.
http://www.gskinner.com/RegExr/ – OnLine Regex Testing Tool.
http://scr.im/ – Convert your email address into a short, cute and safe link you can share it more safely.
http://showmewhatswrong.com/ – Instant screen recordings.
http://www.subs.to/ – Search Subtitles.
http://www.youtube.com/disco – YouTube Music Discovery Project and Playlist Creation Tool.

http://www.wikimapia.com – Satellite maps with explanations, tags, links

http://www.marinetraffic.com – Every ship at sea right now

http://www.radioreference.com – Live police & emergency scanner traffic
http://www.flightaware.com – Every IFR airplane airborne in US airspace
http://www.liveatc.net – Live Air Traffic Control radio monitor
http://www.airliners.net – Photos of almost every aircraft in existence
http://www.the506.com/nflmaps – NFL games broadcast map
http://www.gifexplode.com – separate an animated GIF into its component images

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getmac

hihi…

I did not know Windows had “Get Mac” command.

Windows PowerShell
Copyright (C) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
PS C:\Windows\system32> getmac
ERROR: Out of memory
PS C:\Windows\system32> getmac
ERROR: No more threads can be created in the system.
ok… it’s actually command to Find MAC Address nothing to do with Apple. Just something that I have not notice before… ok… I stop writing this nonsense and go back to work.
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Correct MIME type for web fonts

  • OpenType (.otf)
  • TrueType (.ttf )
  • Embedded OpenType (.eot)


application/vnd.ms-fontobject .eot
application/octet-stream .otf .ttf


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Translating WordPress backend from English to Spanish

Somehow even though this should be a easy task I was unable to find out how can I switch language in WordPress to Spanish language when I have already installed solution in English. There just seemed to be too much info about it, mostly focusing on frontend. I assumed that it would be via Plugins but I could not find any suitable plugin for (if you know one please let me know). Also it seems that I cannot do this in user level (User James would have in English and user Juan in Spanish) it looks like language setting is a global setting. Probably you need WordPress-MU to do it in userlevel(?). Though, having languages in userlevel would be a nice feature as well as having ability to add new languages via plugins.
In any case. If you are struggling on the same issue as me, here is a short instructions how to switch WordPress from English to something else take a look  Manually Installing Language Files.

– Download .mo file for example Spanish language in here
– Drop it to /wp-content/languages/
– Modify wp-config.php
define (‘WPLANG’, ‘es_ES’);

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Designing Web Interfaces Book – O'Reilly Webcast

I just saw a very interesting slideshow about Designing Web Interfaces by Bill Scott in SlideShare.  I suggest checking out if you are interested about GUI stuff.

Also you can see his whole presentation (1:24:33) on YouTube (Sound is not very good unfortunally). I have not yet watched whole presentation but it is on my calendar.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LW4MwvgW_ww[/youtube]

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Microsoft UK training video's with David Brentt from Office

This was hilarious. :D Here are two faux training videos for Microsoft UK employees featuring Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant in their roles from the BBC version of The Office.

Part one

[googlevideo]http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=9076288729387457440&ei=lxb8Sd7WG4Se2wLR9PVk[/googlevideo]

Part two

[googlevideo]http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=959125392868390030&ei=txf8SavMK4Te2wKRluxb[/googlevideo]

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