Archive for the ‘Humor’ Category

В подготовке к Амстердаму

Самое лучшее путешествие, путешествие без плана. Когда нету плана – нету ненужных надежд и разочарования, что во время плана было лучше.

Без плана тяжко. Есть материальные ограничения, временные ограничения, поэтому план.

Перелопачивая Lonely Planet, wikitravel.org и различные другие ресурсы, нашел замечательную шутку про Амстердам,

There’s an old Amsterdam joke; if to a large group of bicycles going by, you yell out, “Hey, that’s my bike!” about five people will jump off “their” bikes and start running.

Внутренний голос мне подсказывает, что на великах по Амстердаму мы ездить не будем. Машину будем ставить в Park&Ride и передвигаться на общественном транспорте.

Secret of IST [Indian Timezone]

First secret, it is called Indian stretchable time correctly. When you hear I will be ready in 10 minutes, it could be 2 hours or even more. I believe this is specific to different Asian countries.

The interesting way how you can interpret, why they have +30 minutes time-zone. Look at this image,

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Rotate Clock 180 which is showing Indian time, change the digits and whoila !!! London time is now.

P.S. Ok, it works only for quarters, 0 15 30 45 minutes.

Apple Developers Sense of Humor.

Humor is about networking. Since I’ve got MacBook every time I’m very surprised, how easy to get working network sharing between Mac-Windows, Windows-Windows scenario asks for more effort.

Well, do you know how Mac OS is showing Windows computer as neighbor, look

Network Sharing

It’s kinda of legacy CRT monitor with some error displayed.

Mac OS computer in the network shares face, it looks completely different.

Network Sharing 2

Nice.

However, there supposed to be one bug ! Shall we report it to Apple ?

When you want to connect to remote computer manually,

Finder —> Go —> Connect to Server

Windows PC folder is displayed with nice Apple Cinema display 😦

The difference between Google and Yahoo.

Recently I started to think to switch to from Google to Yahoo.
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Cheap flight tickets in Latvia.

There is one flight company in Latvia. <br/>If you will choose this company for traveling, and you will need to purchase tickets directly from their site (not via some third party companies). <br/> Before purchasing tickets for round-trip, look for one-way ticket price (logically, that return ticket should be cheaper, not in Latvia, ok probably this does not work for discount airlines). <br/>I have saved 150 Ls(300$), when purchased two one-way tickets instead of return ticket. <br/> 

How, Mr. Boginskis (almost) purchased first gadget from e-bay.

I have used to avoid purchasing things from e-bay.

This Friday I was at the payment confirmation, then some mysterious forces told me to stop.

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Mister “Liquid crystal”.

BelarusI’m back from Belarus.

I do not see anything new and I’m not surprised by any fact. Everything is just the same as 2-3 years ago. One difference that now there is mobile operator (even two), “BY Welcom” and “MTS :)”.  Belarus, mostly rural territory, is always projection of the USSR, how country would develop, in case 1991 did not bring new countries. Central cities like Minsk, Vitebsk are far away from the province. But small towns and villages, the best projection of the USSR in the future in my opinion, because different options are there that were specific to Soviet Union.

Border crossing procedure was nightmare from one side, and funny from the other side. As we are used to cross non-existing EU borders without any tricks. Latvian border was fast enough, we gave passports, driver license, car passport and car insurance policy. These documents are checked fast enough (the same procedure for the return journey). Belarus border is funny and tricky.

First block-post.

Go to the post, where is man, who gives you a “paper”. Paper – sheet of paper with checkpoints with 5 or 6 positions, where you should go. Before you get the paper, he/she asks the question,

– He: Which zone do you want to go ?

– I: emmm, zooonee ?

– H: you have to select zone, which you will use to cross Belarus border.

– I: what zones do you have ?

– H: Green and red, you have to choose one of them, which one ?

– I: emm, what is the difference ?

– H: there are two zones, you have to select by your-own.

– I: what is the difference ?

– H: Go and read manual (RTFM).

15 meters back, there is “manual” 4X5 meters, that describes the rules and entire procedure to cross the border in English, Belorussian, Russian languages. Green zone – nothing to declare, Red – goods to declare, however there is no any points, which goods to declare.

Back to the block-post,

– I: emm, probably green zone, but I’m not sure, I have two laptops with me, do I have to declare them ?

– H: Laaptops, what is that ?

– I: Emmm, notebook, portable personal computer ?

– H: Aeem, is it liquid crystal ?

– I: ?

– H: in case it is liquid crystal monitor, you have to declare them. Ok, I’m directing you to green zone.

– I: ???

He gave sheet of paper and declarations, where you should to write name surname and other information.

We entered to main border building, than one woman checked our passports, she was more informative about laptops and said, that declaration is not necessary. After passport control, you have to go and purchase life and car insurances. We have these insurances that’s why we skipped this step.

Then woman checked our baggage (just looked at this), remember that every person is making notes at your “sheet of paper”. The final step to us to give information about the car and final destination, new sheet of paper was given to us (3-rd), that we should give back on the return.

As we had nothing to declare, we skipped step number five and went to the exit block-post. Returned them “sheet of paper” with 5 signatures and stamps, and voila !

We are in Belarus!