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START Internships

Posted by Strainu on March 28, 2008
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Remember Stagii pe Bune? It appears that with some help from Monica, the message has finally reached them. You can read their comments (and my answers) on the previous post.

Today I wanted to talk about a newcomer on this market, a program called START (the website is not functional), launched by the Government. In 2008, the project will only be available to Bucharest students, unlike Stagii pe Bune, which is also available in Timisoara, Iasi and Cluj.

I asked Vlad Posea, one of the guys behind Stagii pe Bune for an opinion. He said that his team wishes the best of lucks to START, but was pessimistic about the chances of the new project. Considering the kind of brains it takes to launch a program for students without a website, I have to agree with him.

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How big is the Romanian Wikipedia?

Posted by Strainu on January 08, 2008
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The Romanian Wikipedia now has about 100.000 articles. In September 2007 (the last time the statistics were generated) it had about 16 million words in 88000 articles. That means, if you make some suppositions that you can find here (in Romanian), that it would take 11 written volumes in a library. It may not seem much, as Britannica takes 32 volumes, but it’s still not bad considering we’re about 60-100 people compared with the several thousands of the English version.

Also, you should not compare the number of volumes in the Romanian version with the ones in other languages, as I used a different method. If I had used the same (flawed, in my opinion) method as the others, the result would have been about 50% greater – 16 volumes.

Wikipedia romana pe raft

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More than 4 ads in an AdSense banner?

Posted by Strainu on December 16, 2007
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I was just browsing around Energreen a little earlier, when I noticed something strange: in the bottom left corner of the banner, there were some arrows. When I clicked on them, the ads changed. In all, there were 12 ads. Has anyone seen anything like this before? Is this an experiment or it’s already mainstream? Any info would be welcomed.

New AdSense module

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HotSpots Romania

Posted by Strainu on June 30, 2007
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HotSpots Romania is the map of the places that have wireless in Romania. If you now any other hotspot, please leave a comment.

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Romanian Restaurants Reviews

Posted by Strainu on June 24, 2007
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It’s a big name for a small mashup (in romanian) from some of the guys out there doing restaurants reviews. It’s made using Pipes, the not so new anymore webapp from Yahoo! The data gathering is quite strange and difficult, as most of the websites used don’t have RSS feeds by category.

So what will you find ar rrr.strainu.ro? The latest articles about restaurants from Romania written by Metropotam, Ziarul Financiar, PAPABUN, Jurnalul de bucătărie and vinul.ro. You can read them online or get the list as RSS or JSON. If you have any other websites you would like to see here, you can always contact me.

UPDATE1: New source: gastronomie.ele.ro

UPDATE2: If you don’t want your site to appear here, just drop me a line. Do keep in mind that i’m not copying full articles and I do send the visitors to your sites to read the reviews.

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Programming pays!…

Posted by Strainu on April 23, 2007
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… even in the romanian faculties.

Long time no posts on this blog. Now I’m back with an idea on how to win a black ipod Nano. IXIA has trown one in as a prize for their by-annual challenge. This time you have to make a Linux kernel module that implements the PITIX filesystem. Good luck to all of you!

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Vista

Posted by Strainu on February 04, 2007
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So, let’s talk about the new OS. Yes, I know, I’m late again. People have been talking about it for la past 4 days. But I preferred to wait for a legal version from MSDNAA.

OK, let’s take it one by one:

  1. Installation: It takes a little longer than XP, and it’a a lot less clear what the heck it’s doing to my computer. However, one must remember that Vista is almost 4 times larger than XP. So it goes pretty well.
  2. First impression: I had Vista Enterprise Edition and my first impression was: Gee, I must have switched the DVD’s…That’s a black XP! Actually, there are some differences, like the start menu and the welcome panel, but the default settings were lacking AERO (even if my hardware allowed it) and the Sidebar. I had to look in the help center (which, btw, is pretty good) to see how I could activate them.
  3. Security: There is clearly too damn much “security” in that OS. Every time I clicked on something in the Control Panel, the screen went dark and there was a popup asking: Are you sure you want to […]? If you have clicked the button, press Yes. Ofcourse I clicked the god damn button! Stop asking me stupid questions! Installing the flash plug-in for IE became an adventure. It actually took 5 minutes, out of which the actual installation was about 5 seconds 🙂
  4. Looks: Now that’s something that Vista’s good at. AERO has some pretty cool effects (even if I had to dig for them in the help files) and the Sidebar can be pretty useful once you get used to it. The new IE7-like looks for Windows Explorer is also interesting and easy to learn.
  5. Hardware: Not so good 🙁 Vista wasn’t capabable to see my embedded sound card and the XP driver did not work. So I’m stuck in silence :D, because my MB is too old to hope for a Vista driver. The other harware seemed to be OK, even if I haven’t tried all of the USB gadgets. Another bad point was the fact that Vista alone was eating up 75% of my 512MB memory. I can only dream of actually starting Visual Studio on Vista and still being able to do something on it.
  6. Crashes: It’s a Windows, I know, but come on… 2 Explorer crashes in half an hour? XP SP2 had given me hope for more.

So, am I gonna keep it? No, because I can’t do anything useful with it (because of the lack of memory), I don’t like all the security warnings and my XP hasn’t crashed in a very, very, very long time 🙂 Why change something that’s working?

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Blogs roundup

Posted by Strainu on December 07, 2006
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Well, since Andressa seems to have a good time in Poland and she doesn’t bother with the blog any more, we all have to find alternate sources of fun 🙂 Here are my nominations:

  • Entering the IT industry from Tudor Damian – some common sense pieces of advice for the future IT professionals
  • Bash tricks: comparing floating point numbers by Petre – an somewhat old post about BASH. Interesting because that’s one of the problems in my homework for the Operating Systems course 🙂
  • Yahoo! fights messenger spam by evolve – fact or just messenger trouble? We’ll see…
  • Metro etiquette by Just me – an excellent idea! There is a good reason for the yellow footsteps on the Bucharest metro’s escalators. Ever wondered what’s that reason?
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IE7 final

Posted by Strainu on October 21, 2006
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A while ago I was telling you about IE7RC1. I now have the final version, and unfortunately most of the problems are still there. I still need to boot in Safe Mode to be able to install it (this seems to be a Windows problem actually) and I still can’t put the homepages as I wish – but this time, it only puts msn.com as the first entry, but leaves the others untouched.

The good news: the new tab mini-tab looks better. 😀 And I’ve managed to set the toolbar buttons in an acceptable layout. The pop-up blocker and phishing blocker are quite useful.

Overall, I can say that the differences between IE and Firefox are now a matter of layout more than anything else. But for me, Firefox is still better: at least I can put the start pages that I like. So, Tudy, what do YOU think?

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Blogvertising

Posted by Strainu on September 24, 2006
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The publicty on blogs idea seems to have a name now: blogvertising. There are now 50 blogs on the list and growing.

To have an indea of how big (or small) this thing will get, I made a simple program to follow the trafic.ro stats of the registered sites. Only about a third of all sites have the trafic.ro tracker, but it still gives a pretty good idea of how many users are we talking about.

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