Multi-folder usage of IrfanView’s batch mode

Batch conversion tool (B in main screen or File > Batch Conversion/Rename) in IrfanView is both flexible and powerful tool that allows you (as menu item says) to: quickly convert many images, quickly rename many files or mix these two operations.

The Add All button in mentioned tool’s window is even more powerful, because it lets you add files (to be converted or renamed) from given folder and all subfolders. But not everyone knows, that the same goes for saving converted files. They also can be placed by IrfanView in many folders

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Key difference between GPL and BSD licenses

For the project, I’m working on, I came over Plupload library, which is dual-licensed on GPL+OEM model. Since paying commercial license (OEM) in this project is not an option, I told my boss, that we can’t use this library, because we’d have to publish all our project’s sources as open source (base GPL licensing requirement).

He told me, that this is not true, because both PHP and Yii, that we use, are licensed in the same model.

I was so sure, that I’m correct, that I immediately made some research and wrote this article as a summary of all my findings. I was more than happy to prove my boss, that he is wrong! :>

If you think similarly to my boss, then you should definitely read this post.

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Reverse geolocation with OpenStreet Maps reverse geocoder. Pros and cons

Reverse geolocation is a process of obtaining certain geographical information (like street name, city, country etc.) based on geographical coordinates only.

OpenStreet Maps offers a cool looking (at least at first sight) reverse geocoder that can feed your application or website with a valuable geolocation data. However, as you go deeper in to the details, more cons over pros can appear.

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List of all countries in the world, split by continent

Here is the list of 197 countries in the world, split by five continents, put as simple, not formatted list (for future use as data for some form or selection) and as HTML code.

Note, that this list contains only “full featured” countries, without any dependent territories, special municipalities, incorporated territories etc. So, you won’t find here many of the Oceania’s or Antarctic islands. Also very small, Caribbean-based dependent territories are not listed here.

Note also, that this list contains both North America’s and South’s America’s contries put together.

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Digital Ocean’s introduces AMS2 datacenter

Digital Oceans has officially opened new AMS2 datacenter in Amsterdam. This event forced me to do some small tests on quality of services, from my own (Poland’s perspective) point of view.

I’m not talking about Quality of Service, because this is beyond any discussion. With standard (simple to answer) tickets being answered with 3-5 minutes (!!!) and with more complex cases solved with 3-5 hours, Digital Ocean’s set itself a new world-standard. I have never found or met support of this scale.

So, if we’re not talking about QoS, lets talk about performance.

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Are password-protected ZIP files really secure?

In general, password-protected .zip files can be considered secure.

Some may be surprised to find out that (without knowing the correct password) any program (or user) can:

  • browse list of files inside password-protected ZIP archive,
  • check file types (try to send encrypted, password-protected ZIP containing EXE file via Gmail).

And… there are some other “interesting” things you should be aware of…

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node.js based TK102 listener

There is a fairly good looking listener for TK-102 localizers, based on node.js. You can find it in this GitHub repository. I wasn’t able to check it out yet, but from the first sight it looks promising.

The only thing, that concerns me, is that many TK-102 clones requires properly formated reply from the server, to continue connection and send actual GPS data. If localizer does not receive such reply, it will break connection. I don’t see nothing about sending reply back to localizer, so I’m worried, if this will work with these clones requiring reply-back. But… we’ll check it, we’ll see it! :]

Remove some pages from PDF and other PDF-editing operations

Acrobat Reader is a free program, but does not contain nothing around editing (with small exception). So operations like removing some pages, rotating some or all pages, converting PDF to other format, extracting pages to graphic format like JPEG, merging two and more PDF files etc. are not available in Acrobat Reader. For these you have to either purchase a paid, full version of Adobe PDF or seek for some other tools or options.

This post discuss a variety of ways and methods of removing certain pages from PDF document and doing some other editing operation on such docs.

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Convert NTFS to FAT32 without loosing data

There are many irritiating nerds, on many forums and websites, claiming or tryiny to convince you that their belowed piece of software is able to convert NTFS partition to FAT32 without using data. In most cases this is bullshit and it turns out to be only a huge time waste on installing software, that is only able to achieve such converstion, by formatting drive or that it can’t do that at all.

Formatting means loosing all your data, but those pesky morons just don’t gets this. So, here you have the only known to me method of getting your drive from NTFS to FAT32 under Windows, while keeping your data safe.

Note: Opposite converstion (FAT32 to NTFS) is much, much easier. Take a look at this article for tips on that.

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Downloading .torrent files from The Pirates Bay

As it was announced on 29 February 2012, The Pirates Bay has stopped serving .torrent files, switching entirely to magnet-links. Reasons for that are unclear and arguments, that it will not cause much troubles, are weak as per me. So I’m pretty happy, that someone has discovered a very easy work-around for this problem. It works like a charm.

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Automate compare in folder sync tool in Total Commander

To automate compare phase (first step) in folder sync tool you should:

  1. Set the parameters as you need them.
  2. Click on the folder button in the top left of the sync dialog to save these settings.
  3. Create a button with the c:\totalcmd\totalcmd.exe /S=S:=backup command.

The := instead of just /S=S:backup causes an automatic start of the comparison.

Of course you must adjust path to reflect your location of Total Commander.

Currently you can automate the compare step, not the copy step. It is considered to risky to be automated.

Over hundred cool icon sets for your website or application

Here you have three different pages, each holding links to 25+ beautiful icons sets:

There are 109 total icons sets presented on these three webpages. Most of them are free. Some of them are devastating beautiful, some have medium quality. But, put together, makes a strong icon sets compilation, in which nearly anyone should find something interesting for his or her current project.

Fix for multi-rename tool bug in Total Commander

If you use Multi-Rename Tool in Total Commander to batch-rename only folders and if all folders are numbered with dot after number (example attached and below) then multi-rename tool will treat all folders as filenames — i.e. it will “see” everything before dot (two characters in above example) as actual filename and all the rest, after dot, as file’s extension. Here is a quick fix for this situation (it actually may not be considered as bug).

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Get rid of Police-blocked computer or other type of ransomware

Your computer has been blocked by a police due to serious crimes you did and the only way to unblock it is to pay a ransom? Even a complete moron should understand that real police (or any other legal, law-oriented forces) has nothing to do with it. Here, you’ll find, why and most important — how to get rid of this problem, without loosing your data (in most cases).

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Successfull online marketing for beginners

Once upon a time I read (tried to read) a book about on-line marketing. It was authored by Caroline or Catherine Seda, if I’m not mistaken. It was so complete disaster, that I left this book in the train, where I was reading it. Out of nearly two hundreds pages (or something around this) I was able to write-down only thirteen or so interesting ideas. Rest was a total blah-blah and a complete waste of my time.

I present these ideas here, supported a bit by my own thoughts. I divided them into two groups — one group of tips and tricks to be used on your everyday journey through Internet and the other one to be considered when building your website.

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WolframAlpha in action

If you don’t know, what WolframAlpha is then consider a Star Trek computer answering your even wildest mathematical and statistical questions. Want to know the population of Far East countries in mid-fifties of XX century? Or statistically how many cities were involved in biggest earthquakes in history?

This and many other questions may be easily solved with WolframAlpha. If you’re still not convinced, then why don’t you take a look at live demo of WA for iPad. Let it convince you!