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In the Attic



This is great! Not only this year started with the greatest award of them all - the DAD award, now Microsoft presents me with the MVP award for "Visual Developer - Client Application Development". Big thanks to Luka and Microsoft, fellow local MVPs for all the support and all of you who helped along!

Jetpac Refueled

This may just make a valid reason for me to get me an Xbox 360. Jetpac was one of the first games made for ZX Spectrum, and we used to play it for countless hours back in the eighties. It was released by Ultimate - Play The Game [makers of many legendary Spectrum games, including Atic Atac], and now, Rare, descendant of Ultimate, decided to re-release their first title, but with complete visual makeover and enhancements, worthy of contemporary console like Xbox 360.

Of course this is just a serious nostalgia trip... I'll probably never buy an Xbox, but I'm sure someday I'll be able to find someone who'd let me try this baby out, Retro mode included [see picture below] :) One thing will for sure be different - as Rare wrote on their Jetpac Refueled introduction page - I won't have to wait 5 minutes for it to load...

Jetpac Refueled - Retro mode

More info on Xbox Live Arcade

A new life...

You know that wonderful feeling which hits you when you sign off your successfully finished project? Remember the joy when you finished high school? How about the happiness you felt when you got your first job? Warmth and strong beating of your heart when you first kissed your girlfriend? Combine all this together and it wouldn't come close to the experience of being present at birth of your child as the father.

On this Friday morning, 2007-01-19, a princess was born and a new life, a new fairy tale, begins...

To serve some data facts, I decided on going with C# and making this post a little bit more technical:

Baby Amber = new Girl(3900g, 53cm);

P.S.: Amber and Sandra are doing great and are coming home tomorrow.

A really big mistake... :)

This one just made my early morning today... When trying to sign up for invitation to Soapbox on MSN Video Beta, the following error popped up:

The message is in Slovenian language and could roughly translate to "It looks like we made a really big mistake by not being available right now. Try again later."

Somebody has a sense of humor, I like that... :)

Rome, revisited

This year, the occasion was Madonna's concert, yesterday, 6.8.2006, Olympic Stadium, Rome, Italy, which concluded this summer's concert season. Not just a concert, but a two hour mega-show, with Madonna performing her latest, as well as classic hits, such as Like a Virgin and La Isla Bonita. Well worth seeing... Include a few days spent in Rome, and you get a perfect package...

Summer concert season continues...

... with the second in a row - Robbie Williams, 22.7.2006, Milano, Italy. I'll remember this one by the incredible heat (40°C) and the wild crowd. Exciting performance, opening with the Close Encounters theme, lasted for almost two hours, including the introduction of a new song - Rudebox.

Anyway... just a few days more of vacation left, and then... on to handling all of the interesting stuff/news/happenings that keeep on piling around...

The quality of your backups?

Miha writes about doing regular data backups to prevent losing valuable information we're all storing on our disks... and perhaps not caring about it as we should.

There's more to experiencing disk failure, even if you do regular backups... when your disk fails, you get to find out how good your backups really are... and what exactly are you storing in your archive.

It was about a month ago, when my primary disk failed... data lost... Yes, I have backup copies... or so I thought... When browsing through several CDs and DVDs, I kept on seeing my business/dev files, backed up all over again...  the same, exact duplicated stuff all over the place... Code, Outlook files, Documents, more code, ... But personal things, like gigs of photos... partials only. The archive I thought I had was incomplete.

Ok, it's not that bad, it turns out that I actually will be able to restore some data - but for a price. So next time you're about to skip backing up your image gallery or other personal files, because you think you don't have the time (or enough DVDs) to burn a few more copies, think about what's more important to you - your business or your personal life. Or... how much are you willing to pay for your memories?

Anyway, this sounds like a solution... I also like FolderShare for synching files among computers, reducing the risk of losing the data.

And the summer concert season begins...

... with the first of the three big concerts I'm planning for this summer - Depeche Mode, Ljubljana Stadium, yesterday. Great, finally got to see them live. They were on stage over 1 1/2 hours and I wouldn't mind them continuing playing all night :) Personal highlights: Enjoy The Silence and Photographic. The official merchandise price was set somewhat high, but if you want, you can also order the CD set from last night's show here.

Setlist: Intro | A Pain That I'm Used To | A Question Of Time | Suffer Well | Precious | Walking In My Shoes | Stripped | Home | It Doesn't Matter Two | In Your Room | Nothing's Impossible | John The Revelator | I Feel You | Behind The Wheel | World In My Eyes | Personal Jesus | Enjoy The Silence || Shake The Disease | Photographic | Never Let Me Down Again