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Simboli i obilježja

Znaš ono kad se voziš javnim prijevozom do doma? Špica, gužva; treba ti 40 i više minute, tramvaj pun. Šta ćeš? Sluške na uši, glazba i muzika i tih 40 minuta razmišljaš o svemu i svačemu i svakakve pizdarije ti se motaju po glavi.

E, tako se jedan dan meni motalo susjedstvo; preciznije koliko različitih simbola ima u susjednoj nam BiH – kantoni, entiteti – i kako su neki simboli zabranjeni, odnosno da neki kantoni – i čak sama Federacija – nemaju službene simbole.

To mi je malo puno glupo, pa sam još malo razmišljao o tome.

Dobro, za Federaciju su simboli nebitni jer je Federacija ionako svojevrsna protuteža RS-a. Mislim, oba entiteta su umjetne tvorevine mirovnog sporazuma koji je od BiH napravio protektorat (iako bi ovako lijep opis susjeda bio “konfederacija federacije i republike”). Činjenica je da je Daytonom prekinuto krvavo krvoproliće, pa se ne žalim, ali samo kažem 🙂 Federacija je zapravo nužno zlo i postoji samo zato da RS ne bi bio baš pravo dominantan nad kantonima. Ono 48:51 (ne računajući Brčko) ne izgleda kao kad bi se tih 48% površine uspoređivalo sa svakim kantonom pojedinačno. I da, tu je naravno mjesta za više državnih uhljeba 🙂 U biti, u Federaciji su bitni kantoni i ne vidim zašto bi bili potrebni simboli na entitetskoj razini. Dovoljni su državni simboli. Ipak Federacija nema separatističke težnje 🙂

Zapravo je jedini problem Hercegbosanskoj županiji čiji su simboli neustavni “jer predstavljaju samo jedan narod”. Isto vrijedi i za Zapadnohercegovačku županiju, ali budući da Hrvati čine 99% stanovništva županije [da, više nego u Hrvatskoj (90,5%) ×D ], to u ŽZH ne čini nekakav problem 🙂
U HBŽ je situacija drukčija. Mkay, jesmo većinski narod županije, ali sa 77%. Štoviše, u sjevernim općinama Srbi čine apsolutnu većinu.
Budimo realni, nismo sami na svijetu. Izvlačenje kako RS može je prebijedno jer tuđe greške i grijesi ne opravdavaju naše, a o licemjerju da drugima zamjeramo ono što sami činimo, ne bih. Samo ću reći da mrzim licemjerje! Osim toga, malo je glupo da dva kantona u istoj zemlji – i k tomu susjedna! – imaju ista obilježja.

Zapravo, najjednostavnije rješenje za HBŽ koje mi je palo na pamet se upravo krije u RS-u. Kakva je zastava RS-a? Srpska trobojnica jer kao crvena, bijela i plava predstavljaju Slavene, a i Srbi i Hrvati i Bošnjaci su Slaveni. Pa onda neka HBŽ jednostavno makne grb sa zastave i eto ti Slavena! Ako netko ide toliko daleko da misli da bi došlo do zajebuna s Nizozemskom (i/ili Luxemburgom ×D ), neka se ne zamara jer su i Nizozemska (i Luxemburg) države, a HBŽ je kanton. Zato ne brigaj. Vjerojatnost suradnje između Nizozemske (i/ili Luxemburga) i baš HBŽ je minimalna. I “nizozemska” plava (a bogme i crvena) je tamnija (a luxemburška svjetlija). Budući da danas ispis istih boja različite nijanse (ni na papir ni na platno) nije problem… A ako je baš potrebno, kad bi se baš trebala naglasiti razlika, onda ipak stavi grb (ili “amblem”) i mirna Bosna!

Što se grba tiče, tu se isto možemo “ugledati” na RS. Tu od zastave napraviš amblemčić, metneš 10  (kao “Kanton 10”) ili neki kurac u sredinu i mirna Bosna! Jedino ne bi tamo sa strane mećao Hercegbosanska županija ko što oni imaju Republika Srpska jer je naziv županije “škakljiv”. Mislim, ja bih bio malo kreativniji i stavio šahovnicu iznad koje je dvoglavi orao, a ispod su bosanski ljiljani ili tako nešto da svi budu “zadovoljni”, ali amblem tipa ovog što ima RS je najjednostavniji.

Stalno se priča o mogućoj reorganizaciji Federacije koje bi uključivala spajanje HBŽ i ŽZH. Ispričat ću vam priču jednu o kadi na dječjem odjelu ortopedije – na kojem sam često boravio od 1996. do 2007. – u bolnici Šalata u Zagrebu. Kada je bila oronula i nikakva; stara pola stoljeća (barem). Ma, užas živi, a prije svake operacije pod tuš u nju! Zato bi stariji bi brisali na muški/ženski odjel na tuširanje. Ne znam je li kada još uvijek na istom mjestu jer sam davno prerastao dječji odjel, ali poanta je da kada sve vrijeme dok sam ja išao na odjel nije promijenjena jer se ortopedija “seli u novu bolnicu”. Tako je, čekajući selidbu, odjel imao trulu kadu barem 10 godina! Isti je slučaj s Federacijom – pitanje kada će do reorganizacije doći i da li će uopće doći do nje, pogotovo jer bi se njom smanjio broj već spomenutih uhljeba. Pa samo vi čekajte reorganizaciju, a dotle će HBŽ biti bez službenih obilježja…

Sad moram dodaknuti “škakljivost” naziva Hercegbosanska županija 😀 Naziv je neustavan jer “županija nijednim svojim dijelom” nije u Hercegovini. Da… Krajnji jug županije jest u Hercegovini. Možda ne valja jer većina županije nije u Hercegovini, a naziv počinje eto baš Hercegovinom. Šta da ju nazovemo Bosan-hercegovačka županija?! Zato bi bilo lijepo da Ustavni sud ili kaže pravi razlog neustavnosti ili ne jebe mačku mater. Pravi razlog je, naravno da je isti naziv nosila samoproglašena Herceg-Bosna u ratu. Ajde mogu razumjeti da Srbima i Bošnjacima to nije po volji i nek ju oni slobodno zovu Kanton 10 ili kako već. Ali nije HBŽ jedina s nazivom samoproglašene republike iz rata, jelte? Da, pola BiH pripada entitetu koji je isto u ratu bio samoproglašena republika. Jedina razlika je da je RS bio pravo samoproglašen. Herceg-Bosna je priznavala suverenitet Republike BiH barem na papiru. Odnosno, RS je danas ono što je Herceg-Bosna bila u Ratu… S tim da naziv Herceg-Bosna i hercegbosanski ne spominju nijedan narod i nijednu narodnost; ništa ne svojata i nikom ne daje primat. Može li se isto reći za Republiku Srpsku? Ukratko, malo realnosti ne škodi…

Kad već bljezgarim, da još o nečem izbljegarim.

Kanton i/ili županija

U ovom postu sam naizgled naizmjence koristio izraze županija kanton. Iako mi za bh kantone često koristimo termin županija, postoji razlika između kantona i županije i to bitna. Kantoni federalne jedinice poput švicarskih kantona, a županije su jedinice područne samouprave u nekim zemljama (npr. u Hrvatskoj), poput okruga; odnosno autonomija kantona kao federalne jedinice je puno veća nego ona od županije. Zapravo, županije nemaju autonomiju i župan je direktno podložan centralnoj vlasti. Na kraju krajeva, na čelu bh kantona (čak i onih s većinskim hrvatskim stanovništvom) je premijer s vladom, a ne župan bez vlade. Znači, kanton se može zvati Zapadnohercegovačka županija, ali on je i dalje kanton; ono kanton Zapadnohercegovačka županija.

Treći entitet

Stalno se priča o tom trećem entitetu. Čak nam i Milorad daje podršku (ali samo “ako se ne dira ni pedalj RS-a”). E u tom pedlju je kvaka. Što bi značio treći entitet? U najboljem slučaju bi njime Federacija bila podijeljena, a gore spomenuta “protuteža RS-a” bi otišla u krasan kurac i RS bi bio pravo dominantan nad dva nova entiteta (48% bi u tom slučaju bilo pravo puno 😉 ). Postoji pak gora vjerojatnost kojoj Milorad vjerojatno teži. Ustav BiH, BiH definira kao državu koju čine dva entiteta. Uspostavom trećeg bi Milorad i raja mogli reći Mkay, imate dva entiteta; mi vam ne trebamo i dobiti pravni legitimitet za odcjepljenje. Prvi scenarij bi možda prošao bez krvi, ali sa stalnim provokacijama iz RS-a; a ovaj drugi bi zasigurno bio krvav. Zato mislim da treći entitet nije dobra ideja. Jedino što ostaje je već spomenuta reorganizacija Federacije. Po meni bi centralizacija Federacije bila najbolje rješenje da se smanje državni troškovi. Mkay je da kantoni imaju neka ministarstva, sudstvo itd. da bi održali autonomiju. Npr. jasno mi je ministarstvo kulture, ali ministarstvo zdravstva na kantonalnoj razini… Kad već ne može na državnoj, onda je logično da bude na federalnoj… Tako bi se novac mogao bolje rasporediti i troškovi bi se smanjili. Ali da, uhljebi… Zato sumnjam da je reorganizacija Federacije na vidiku…


Objavljeno navečer 3.5.2018. u 10:37

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Bezobrazluk ovlaštenog Lenovo servisa – trust in Lenovo seriously shaken

Ispričat ću vam priču jednu o bezobrazluku, nesposobnosti i neprofesionalnosti Zel-cosa, ovlaštenog Lenovo servisa.

Bit će dovoljno da ovdje zalijepim email koji sam poslao Potrošačkom kodu.

I’m gonna tell you about the rudeness, incompetence and unprofessionalism of an authorized Lenovo service in Croatia (actually, the only one). Pasting the email I sent to Lenovo should suffice. So… the email is right under the Croatian one, so stay tuned and keep scrolling 😀

Predmet: Bezobraznost, nesposobnost i neprofesionalnost Zel-cos; ovlaštenog Lenovo servisa

Tekst:

Poštovani,

ovim putem Vam želim ispričati svoje iskustvo sa servisom Zel-cos.

Riječ je o ovlaštenom Lenovo servisu.

Lani sam kupio Lenovo laptop kojemu se pokvario bluetooth. Malo radi, malo ne radi, ali više ne radi. Budući da mi se približavao istek garantnog roka, odlučio sam laptop dati na servis.

Kako vidite na radnom nalogu servisa, dobili su laptop 6. prosinca 2017. Na računu vidite da je laptop kupljen 16. prosinca 2016., odnosno da su ga primili unutar garantnog roka. Međutim, vraćen je prekjučer, 3. siječnja 2018.; odnosno nakon garantnog roka. Kod njih je proveo skoro mjesec dana, a oni su na njemu radili jedan jedini sat, kao što vidite u radnom nalogu. Što su napravili u tom vremenu? NIŠTA, kao što vidite u opisu rada. Da su radili na njemu malo više od sat vremena, možda bi i sami primijetili da bluetooth radi na preskokce. Ja sam doma potrošio pola dana pokušavajući pokrenuti bluetooth na Windowsima i Knoppixu. Nadalje, smo u trgovini gdje je kupljen, potrošili dodatnih dva sata u jednom danu (duplo više nego Zel-cos u 28 dana). Isprobavali smo bluetooth na Windowsima i Ubuntuu. Zato se pitam koji to moćno operativni sustav oni imaju da im je eto sve besprijekorno radili.

Također, reinstalaciju originalnih Windowsa u svrhu popravka u garantnom roku bi oni naplatili i to kao rad od sat vremena. Možda nekom neupućenom mogu prodavati te fore, ali ja znam da reinstalacija Windowsa traje uvrh glave pola sata. Ne znam, valjda bi si udvostručili trud… Ono što je bezobrazno bez obzira na naplaćivanje u garantnom roku i dodavanju potrebnog vremena je da me nisu kontaktirali da me pitaju da li da nastave. Ne znam, svi golubi pismonoše su očito bili prehlađeni 28 dana kad mi se u tom vremenu nisu javili… Ne, nego bi ja ponovno trebao dati laptop njima i dati im blagoslov za reinstalaciju. Praviti budale od ljudi i tjerati ih da bez veze hodaju po gradu je dovoljno bezobrazno. Uz to, ja sam osoba s invaliditetom i nije mi lako ići lijevo-desno po Gradu ko zadnja budala.

Naravno, budući da je garancija istekla, čak i da ponovo ostavim laptop u njihovim brižnim rukama, popravak bi morao platiti. I koliko bih čekao?! Do lipnja bih možda i imao laptop u rukama!

Lijep pozdrav,
*Ime i prezime*

Prilozi: račun laptopa i radni nalog Zel-cosa.

Sve u svemu, Hrvatima nikako ne bih savjetovao kupnju Lenovo laptopa jer je Zel-cos jedini ovlašteni servis u državi. Znači da kada odnesete svog Lenova na servis, pogotovo ako je pod garancijom, vjerojatno će prije ili kasnije završiti kod ovih budala i vjerujte mi, posao s njima će vas koštati puno živaca! Unatoč invaliditetu, za mene je olakšavajuća okolnost da živim u Zagrebu. Mogu misliti kako je Dubrovčanima i Vukovarcima kada ih jebu ovakve budale…


Objavljeno 5.1.2018. poslijepodne u 4:07

 

Mkay, mkay, now for Oonglish:

Before pasting the email, lemme tell you that I couldn’t find a Lenovo Customer Support email address anywhere; neither could I find a way to send them a ticket considering the (un)satisfaction with one of their authorized repair shops. That has shaken my trust in them because a global company like Lenovo should make it as easy as possible for their costumers to communicate with them.

In the end, I Googled out five different Lenovo email addresses and sent them the same email hoping that at least one of them would respond.

Anyway, here’s the email:

Subject: Incompetence, rudeness and behaviour of an authorized Lenovo repair shop because of which I’m never going to buy another Lenovo product and I’m going to spread the word 🙂 (!)

Text:

Dear Lenovo,

Firstly I would like to apologize for contacting you in this manner. I searched for a Lenovo support email contact, but was unsuccessful and found only these addresses. I figured that at least one of you is going to take action.

Long story short: An authorized Lenovo repair shop received a laptop on 6 December 2017, returned the laptop on 3 January 2018, spent a single hour “repairing” the laptop and did nothing in that hour. The repair shop in question is Zel-cos. Since they are the only authorized Lenovo repair shop in Croatia, at least for Ideapad laptops, most broken Lenovo products in Croatia, especially those under warranty, eventually end up in their incompetent hands. To save myself trouble of dealing with them again, I am never going to buy a Lenovo product again and I am going to spread the word to save other people the trouble of dealing with them.

I attached the relevant documents. They are in Croatian and I’m going to provide translations of the relevant parts. You can have the translation verified, of course 😊

I squared the relevant parts in different colours and numbered each square in service_receipt to simplify it as much as possible 😊

1 red square:
Date of reception: 6 December 2017
Date of repair*: 3 January 2018

2 green square:
Time invested into the repair*
Beginning – 13:13
End – 14:13
Time Spent – 1 h

3 purple square:
***WARRANTY*** Device diagnostics: the device powers up normally, OS is being booted normally. Bluetooth doesn’t function correctly
Device has been tested on our OS and it has been established that everything functions correctly. Device’s hardware is sound.
We can offer a reinstallation of the OS for additional payment of 1 hour of work.
The costumer has dropped his request. Cleaning and packing

The bolded text is the diagnostic of the shop where the laptop was bought. We spent two hours (double the time than the repair shop) in a single day (27 days! less than the repair shop…) trying to make the Bluetooth work without success. Only then did we send the laptop to the repair shop.

*Note that they hadn’t repaired anything, but they had kept the laptop with them for a month. The problem with Bluetooth is that it doesn’t work most of the times. If they had actually spent more than a single hour “working” on the thing in 28 days, they might have noticed that themselves. Upon confronting them with that argument, they had the audacity to tell me that “if a device works sometimes, it isn’t broken”. I also bolded “payment”. They request I pay them for repairing a device under warranty and they said it would take 1 hour?! A full hour for OS reinstallation?! 30 minutes tops! However that is not the point. The point is that they didn’t contact me to ask me if I wanted them to proceed. I guess all the carrier pigeons must have been unavailable for 28 days, so it must have been just impossible for them to contact me… I would also like to add that I am a person with disabilities, so while making people walk around the town for no reason is bad enough, walking around the town really is difficult for me.

Moreover, I didn’t drop anything; I hadn’t even been told anything before being handed the laptop back.

Before moving to the issue of warranty, I would like to say that the Bluetooth was tested on Windows, Ubuntu and Knoppix without success. So I do wonder what mighty OS the repair shop uses. Upon asking them the question, I wasn’t given an answer.

I attached the receipt of purchase as a proof that when the laptop had been received, it had been under warranty. However, The warranty expired in the mean time. This was most likely done so I couldn’t intervene on a free repair anymore.

Red square in purchase_receipt says:
Date and time: 16 December 2016 at 16:04

So, while the warranty is not valid any longer, it expired on 16 December, meaning the laptop was under warranty when the repair shop received it (6 December).

I would like to end the email with saying how very disappointed I am with Lenovo. I never expected such an established brand to authorize such a rude and incompetent repair shop.

Best regards,
*Name and surname*

Attachments: purchase receipt of the laptop, receipt of the repair shop


Posted on January 5th, 2018 at 15:07 GMT
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How Firefox has fallen from my grace …again (hopefully, it’s just temporary again :) )

With all the shit happening in Zimbabwe these days, you might have seen titles like Mugabe’s fall from Grace, especially on African news portals. Don’t wanna dampen Zimbabweans’ spirits, but nothing’s gonna change in Zimbabwe …not for the better, at least. One dictator’s just being replaced with another. I mean, Mnangagwa was Mugabe’s right hand just a month ago and the party sponsoring him glorified Mugabe just a week ago. So… without further ado, I’m not gonna talk about Mugabe’s fall from Grace, but Firefox’s fall from my grace 😀

Recently, my favourite browser – Firefox – updated. It’s Firefox Quantum now… All good and well, but what’s the problem? Most of my old add-ons don’t work anymore! The many reason I have stuck with Firefox all these years are the add-ons I’ve so much gotten used to. A particular add-on that ain’t working any more is Classic Theme Restorer. Call me a grandpa, but I don’t like much the modern look of browsers these days. That is I prefer the old “retro” style and that’s what I have Classic Theme Restorer for, so I was quite pissed to find out the add-on wasn’t working anymore! I’ve waited for a week now for the add-on to be updated. No luck! The add-on still hasn’t been updated, so I decided a different approach was needed.

Remember I wrote about Waterfox a few years back? Since the official release of 64bit edition of Firefox for WINDOW$, Waterfox has become pretty much useless. But then it hit me that Waterfox probably hasn’t been “quantumed” yet. So I installed it and all my add-ons, including the good old Classic Theme Restorer work 😀 Hopefully, by the time Waterfox receives the Quantum update, most add-ons, including Classic Theme Restorer, will have been updated to support Quantum.

Anyway, you can download Waterfox here.


Posted on 21st November 2017 at 18:24 GMT
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Mariano Rajoy is an idiot

The situation in Catalonia has been centre stage lately.

Media are rarely impartial, they usually lean in one direction. Which one in the Catalan situation? That depends on where you live and whether your government supports Catalan independence or not. In Croatia, most media pretend to be impartial, but from reading their articles, it’s quite clear they write in favour of the independent Catalonia, probably because they associate Spanish Catalonia with Yugoslav Croatia, but yeah, things ain’t that simple. Aye, the situation is quite similar in many ways, but then again, there are quite a few differences. I’m not gonna point the similarities and differences out, but rather show you how complex the situation really is (and yeah, I’m gonna trash the Rajoy fascist along the way  🙂 ).

What’s my opinion? The fact is that Catalonia is deeply divided when it comes to their independence from Spain. Still, referendum seems to be the fairest solution to see the public opinion and try to satisfy the majority. That’s why I supported the referendum. If the Spanish government wouldn’t allow a legal referendum, then yeah go for an illegal one.
Then I – like the rest of the planet – saw the behaviour of the Spanish police sent by that imperialistic scum Rajoy. The turn-out and the results weren’t surprising and, frankly, are no grounds to declare independence. Nevertheless, after witnessing the barbaric behaviour of the police, I thought that most of those against the independence would shift their views. That did not happen and a lot of Catalanoians are still against the independence, so now I’m not sure what to think anymore. One thing is for sure – Catalonia is doomed to misery. Either the supporters of Spanish unity are going to be miserable in independent Catalonia or the supporters of the independence are going to be miserable in Spain.

But who is to blame for all this mess? Mariano Rajoy, of course 🙂 True, he is hardly the only figure in the chain of events, but his incompetence is the main cause.

He should have made a legal referendum possible to begin with. Made amends to the constitution if necessary. A legal referendum would have shown the reality of public opinion. Both sides would have had equal opportunity to present their arguments; the turn-out would have been much higher and probably wouldn’t go so much in favour of independence because supporters of the unity wouldn’t have boycotted the bloody referendum! In case the turn-out would have been poor even than, Catalans couldn’t say that people were afraid to cast their pro-independence votes because no one would have tried to stop them… Federal countries where referendums, sponsored by the central government, were held still exist. Scotland is still a country in the UK and Quebec is still a province in Canada… But even if the supposed legal referendum was won by pro-independence Catalonians, Catalonia could have, and probably would have, left Spain peacefully, and Spain and Catalonia could have become good neighbours with a bit of friendly competition.

But, mkay, so the guy didn’t want to risk Catalonia breaking away in any case. Then, once he’d seen that he couldn’t stop the Catalans from holding the referendum; he should have let the events play out and have his police storm the polling places and confiscate the ballots after the closing time. Then he should have had the referendum organizers arrested. That way he would have avoided the violence, or at the very least reduced it to minimum. He wouldn’t have made martyrs of pro-independence Catalans, he wouldn’t have embarrassed himself and the entire Spanish government.

Can the situation be salvaged? Although a peaceful solution seems to be slipping further and further away, yeah it’s still possible to make a deal acceptable to both sides to a degree. After all, we are all human beings. Hopefully, the EU is gonna engage more because it would be quite a shame if there would be a military conflict in Europe over self-goverance. The nineties were quite enough :/

I think, both the Spanish and the Catalans should swallow their pride and accept the current situation. Mkay, the Spanish can throw the current Catalonian government to jail if it makes them feel better and the Catalans should accept the fact that the results and the events unfolding during and after the referendum can’t justify the independence. Nevertheless, the referendum has clearly shown that a lot of Catalns aren’t satisfied with current position of Catalonia within Spain. Therefore, Spain should offer Catalonia maximum autonomy. They should exclude Catalonia from paying federal taxes (like they did with the Basque Country), they should give Catalonia leeway in everything except foreign policy, they shouldn’t require from Catalonians to fly Spanish flags at their institutions and let them fly only flags of Catalonia. Basically, Catalonia could share only the foreign relations, the military (even that ain’t necessary) and the currency (that ain’t necessary too but it makes life quite easier). There should also be no borders between the two countries, which ain’t a problem with Shengen and all 🙂 There are also some trivialities that make life easier, like the common country calling number, common carriers etc. In every other way, Catalonia should run its own affairs independent from the central government. Catalonia could easily be a republic within the Kingdom of Spain. I mean if Serbs can have a republic in Bosnia, why the hell shouldn’t the Catalans have theirs in Spain?! Now, if the Spanish government actually makes that kind of a deal to the Catalans, they would be fools not to accept it. In addition to the cons that come with the full independence (like all the costly foreign relations), there is a larger picture Spain, Catalonia, the EU and every bloody European should consider. Who really benefits from unstable Europe? Our common adversaries. Be it the ISIS, Russia, China, North Korea or someone else.

The only advice I can give to the Spaniards is: save yourselves from Rajoy (and his lackeys). Get rid of him. He will be the end of your country.


Posted on October 28th, 2017 at 19:40 GMT
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Kindle (e-book reader)

I guess everyone has heard of e-book readers. Amazon’s Kindle is the most popular. Therefore, I’m gonna risk invoking Amazon’s rage by referring to all e-book readers as “kindles”, so I don’t have to type “e-book reader” every bloody time.

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In case you haven’t heard of Kindle, this is a Kindle 😉

Now, when listening to people talk about a kindle, I keep hearing the same bloody prejudice why traditional books are better than kindle. People keep saying how a kindle lacks that “feeling of having paper in your hands” and that a kindle lacks the “smell” of a book.  I’d like to add that the “smell” is often the stench of decaying paper, but people seem to enjoy that particular aroma… Don’t get me wrong, those are the advantages of good old books, no question about it; bet let’s set the prejudice aside for a second and look objectively at all the pros.

Mkay, so we’ve got two cons tops. Before you mention battery, I wanna mention that battery life of my Kindle is about four weeks (with wi-fi turned off, of course 🙂 ), so battery life is hardly an issue. True, battery life probably depends on the model, but I seriously doubt it can be short.

Anyway, let’s continue with all the pros:

Kindle is lighter and, depending on the screen size, it can be quite smaller than an average book (mine is). Font size can be adjusted, so tiny print needn’t worry you anymore 🙂 It can store tons of books in its internal memory (mine, a rather old model, has 2 gigabytes; a book of about 800 pages has about a megabyte in Kindle’s native format, so you do the math…) alone + some models support external storage, so there’s no more carrying a few books on vacation or whatever.

Kindle ain’t clumsy like traditional books can be. All you have to do is hold the kindle (in one hand, on your knees, on a tale, or another surface; you can even buy stands) and simply touch the screen (or press a button if you have an older model) to “turn” a page without turning the pages traditionally. Note that you don’t need any special gloves for a Kindle because the touchscreen works even when you’re wearing ordinary gloves, which makes reading in winter a blast on Kindle since turning the pages of a traditional book in gloves is really clumsy. With Kindle, you don’t have to take your gloves of in a bus. Hell, you can read in the cold while waiting for the bus! 😀
With the freezing nights we’ve had lately, I realized how convenient Kindle really is only recently. I can simply cuddle into a cover completely, lean my Kindle on a pillow and just touch it to “turn” the pages. My Kindle (Paperwhite) can illuminate the screen (without consuming the battery much), so I don’t have to worry about the surrounding light. All in all, I don’t have to worry about finding a comfortable position with plenty of light without getting frozen.

The rumours of the Earth being our only planet are true and kindle is definitely environment friendly. Just imagine “4 gigs” of paper and how many trees need to be cut down for that much paper.

Well, since people often don’t think that saving money ain’t worth a thing if there’s no planet to save the money on and, therefore, the environment friendliness ain’t important to them, at least not in favour of profit, I’d like to add that e-books are much cheaper than traditional books. Buying a kindle is just the initial investment. If you read much and don’t want to depend on libraries [depending on how many books are translated into the local language(s) and how many of those actually interest you, local libraries can really be sparse], you will profit from a kindle pretty quickly.

In conclusion, you have the feeling of paper and the smell of a book in the one hand, and all the pros I mentioned (+ possibly more I didn’t mention), so next time when comparing traditional books with kindle, look past the prejudice and be objective 🙂

Finally, kindle is the future. Sooner or later, traditional books are going to become obsolete. Actually, the process has already begun. Traditional books may still be popular in your (or mine) lifetime but, let’s face it, the age of (traditional) books is at an end. Their demise is inevitable.

P.S. To all the people praising tablets in favour of a kindle; when it comes to reading, you are wrong, plain and simple, end of discussion 🙂 You can do a lot of shit on a tablet, including reading e-books, very true, but tablets are not made for reading books. Kindle is. In addition to (way) longer battery life, the screen of a kindle is designed and meant for reading. Your eyes don’t tire more than they would if you were reading text on paper and there’s no light reflection. A Kindle series is not called Paperwhite for no reason. Just check out the image below:

popup-glare-compareThe same book on a tablet (left) and a Kindle (right). There’s no glare on Kindle.


Posted on January 22nd, 2017 at 17:23 GMT
Use Time Zone Converter to quickly convert the time

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Kao i svakog zadnjeg vikenda u 10. i 3. mjesecu, jučer se mediji na veliko raspisali kako “opet” pomičemo sat i kako bi pomicanje sata trebalo ukinuti i bla bla. Zanimljivo je da nikom ne smeta ljetno vrijeme do samog pomicanja sata, odnosno sve je mkay osim ona dva dana u godini kad pomičemo kazaljke.

U biti, jedan takav članak je bio na Indexu. Sad kad sam pomicao sat na blogu, padne mi na pamet da jednostavno tu stavim komentar na članak, nego da imam čitabu na Fejsu.

Inače, ovo nije jedini post u kojem sam gubio vrijeme na vrijeme 😀 Prije nekoliko godina sam napisao Time zones i Time what is time. U njima bljezgarim i o ljetnom vremenu (DST).

U biti, priča kaže sledeće:

Čudite se ko pura dreku, a većina ljudi kurca zna o ljetnom vremenu. Hrpi ljudi je pomicanje sata svake godine takav neočekivani šok iako je pomicanje sata svake godine zadnjih nekoliko desetljeća zadnje nedjelje u listopadu i zadnje nedjelje u ožujku i tu nema ničeg neočekivanog i nepredvidljivog. Ljeti mi (zapravo i veći dio proljeća i pola jeseni jer ljetno vrijeme duže traje) dolaze obavijesti da se nešto događa u 16:00 GMT+1 iako je naravno pisac htio reći da je događaj u 4, a ne 3 PM. I sad, ili ga čekam sat vremena ko budala ili je lik zapravo dobro mislio, pa zakasnim, a nekad nam je nešto toliko važno da ćemo čekati i sat vremena, a ne riskirat da zakasnimo koliko god vjerojatno bilo da je ovaj mislio na kasniji termin. Raja se ponaša kao da smo sada na prirodnom računanju vremena, i sad u vražju mater sudbe li klete skraćujemo dan! Ne znam šta se nitko nije zapitao kako to da sjene iza podneva ne padaju na jug za vrijeme ljetnog vremena… Kad u školama uče računanje vremenski zona, samo se dodaju dodaje/oduzima jedan sat za svakih 15° geog. širine kao da cijeli svijet (jednako) računa ljetno vrijeme ili ono uopće ne postoji (ne bih sad da su neke zemlje same po sebi u krivoj zoni, tako da npr. u Parizu i Madridu nikad nije sat vremena manje nego kod nas 🙂 ). Lijepo se provedeš ako bi na taj način sutra računao vrijeme u New Yorku s kojim je razlika uglavnom 6 sati, ali je sljedeći tjedan 5 sati jer se Ameri tek sljedeću nedjelju vraćaju na zimsko vrijeme. A tek zemlje s ljetnim vremenom na južnoj hemisferi… Razlika sa Sydneyjom je trenutno 9 sati. Od sutra pa do kraja ožujak razlika će bit 10 sati, onda tjedan-dva opet 9 sati, a onda 8 i tako u krug.
I meni ovo pomicanje sata isto diže živac [pogledaj satove na naslovnoj slici, a imam još dva ručna, samo, srećom, riknule im baterije 😀 ] , ali se malo informiraj. Nemoj mi onda plakat da bi u kolovozu bio na plaži do 8 sati, ali je mrak. Ako pak cijelu godinu budemo na ljetnom vremenu, nemoj plakati da se sunce zimi ne pojavljuje do 8 ujutro. Nemojte zaboravit da mi možda jesmo mala zemlja za razliku od Rusije, ali se zato trebamo prilagodit Europi. Baš bi bilo zgodno da prelaskom granice sim i tam svako malo moramo pomicat sat… A kako bi tek turisti uživali u posjetu Lijepoj Našoj 🙂
Ukratko, jedini pravi problem je da ljetno vrijeme više nije ljetno. Sunce ti kalajisano, duže je od zimskog (standardnog). Koliko mi već ide na živac što na posao krećem po mraku. Slično, kad na proljeće prijeđemo na ljetno vrijeme, taman se naviknem da mi bude malo dana ujutro i eto ti mrklog mraka! Istina je da sam zahvalan da ljeti ne sviće u 4, ali što je prerano je prerano. Tako da molim lijepo da ljetno vrijeme ne maknete, ali ga skratite 🙂

Ovo o “poznavanju kurca” govorim iz iskustva. Dok sam kurca znao o ljetnom vremenu i sam sam u njemu vidio samo pomicanje sata i to mi je išlo na živce i samo zbog toga sam htio da se “pomicanje sata” ukine. S “kurcem” sam se dugo družio i o ljetnom vremenu ništa nisam znao godinama. Niti su ga spominjali u školi niti na faksu. Inače, faks o kojem govorim je geografija, tako da je to dosta žalosno. Zapravo, sjećam se da je na prijemnom bio zadatak s računanjem vremenskih zona na gore spomenuti način. Šterc nam je samo jedan sat filozofirao o ljetnom vremenu zato što smo imali slobodno predavanje nekoliko dana nakon pomicanja sata koje nas je potaklo na tu temu. Baš me to predavanje ponukalo da se malo informiram o temi. Ukratko, ljetno vrijeme nije nikakva znanost, ali se (prije prigovaranja) sam moraš informirati; ne možeš računat na (hrvatski) obrazovni sustav 🙂

Kad sam već kod obrazovnog sustava i pomicanja sata, da dotaknem s tim povezamu orijentaciju (pomoću Sunca) 😀 Stalno čujem komentare Ova današnja mladež se ne zna ni orijentirat pomoću Sunca… E pa, koliko se sjećam u školi samo trube Prijepodne je sunce na istoku, u podne na središtu horizonta, a poslijepodne na zapadu. Znači, po zimi je sve to super, samo se smrzneš u šumi 😉 a ljeti se izgubiš u šumi jer si u pola jedan vidio Sunce na “zapadu” 😀 Pravo me zanima da li isto sranje prodaju djeci u Saskatchewanu (provincija u “središtu” Kanade) koji je cijele godine na ljetnom vremenu. Em su zime u Saskatchewanu hladnije nego kod nas, em tamo ima puno više šuma nego u Hrvatskoj; tako da jadni Saskatchewančići stvarno jebu ježa i zimi kad se pogube u šumi ×D

U svem tom džumbusu s pomicanjem sata, samo mi jedna stvar nikako nije jasna. Mkay, noćas su vlakovi stajali sat vremena da bi se vozni red uskladio sa zimskim vremenom. Ali šta rade na proljeće?! 😮 Ubrzaju sve da bi nadoknadili jedan sat?! Molim službeno objašnjenje iz HŽ-a 😀


Objavljeno 30. 10. 2016. godine prijepodne u 11:38

Sony VAIO laptops

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A week ago I bought a Sony VAIO laptop, so to save people their mental health, I’m gonna write a few pointers.

Accessing BIOS

Okay, okay, I spent virtually half a day trying to access BIOS. In the end, I brought the laptop back to the store because I couldn’t access BIOS. Well, accessing BIOS is pretty simple once you know what to do. We used a method with a lot of clicking to access BIOS in the store. It can be accessed much simpler than that.

If your laptop is running, turn it off. Once it is turned off, instead of pressing the turn on/off button, press the ASSIST button. It is located right across the turn on/off button on my model (SVE1113M1EW) and “ASSIST” is written in pink.

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You start VAIOCare|Rescue Mode that way. Once the mode loads, press F2 to start BIOS.

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Now, the only reason I use BIOS is to change boot priority. Like accessing BIOS itself, setting the priority is quite simple once you know what to do. Go to Boot tab in BIOS (use arrows on the keyboard to move around…). Now, in every other BIOS I’ve worked with, it’s enough to just change boot priority to external device if you want to boot system from an external device. In Sony VAIO BIOS, however, you have to enable external device boot first. Anyway, just make sure that External Device Boot is Enabled under Boot Configuration and then set boot priority as you wish.

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Divers

If your VAIO came with a preinstalled Windows, do not reinstall it or change Windows because you’ll probably go through a nightmare finding drivers.

This is my story:
I went throughout the city in search for the cheapest option for a minilaptop. That led me to Sony VAIO SVE1113M1EW, The laptop comes with preinstalled Windows 8. Preinstalled means that you get the operating system with no disk and no product key which means you are stuck with that installation and can’t reinstall the system when a need arouses. That is why I bought Windows 7 (cheaper than Windows 8, and unlike Windows 8, Windows 7 is an operating system for computers). When I asked in the store whether I can install Windows 7 on the thingy, vendors were all like “sure thing”. Anyway, once I had bought the laptop (and spent ages to start BIOS 😉 ), I installed the Windows I bought. Imagine my surprise when I couldn’t find most of the drivers. I spent two days searching for them. I asked for help. We went to the deepest bowls of the Internet and only managed to install the missing LAN driver. We came across a text on Sony website that my model cannot be downgraded to Windows 7 (yes, after a week of vendors telling me that I can install Windows 7 with no trouble). Well, I took the thing back to the store and told them I can’t find the drivers. That’s when they told me SVE1113M1EW can’t be downgraded to Windows 7 (a way Microsoft and partners are forcing people to use Windows 8…). Luckily, I bought the Windows at the same store, so they couldn’t explain to me why I’d spend €120* if I had known, the thing wouldn’t work.
In the end, they returned my VAIO with Windows 7 and all the drivers. They did not give me the drivers on CD or another disk though. However, with the help of Device Manager and Programs and Features in Control Panel, I think I managed to download all the drivers. Well, let’s just hope I’ll never have to find out… even though I bought the Windows only to be able to reinstall it.

All in all, do not remove the preinstalled Windows. At least not without finding and downloading the drivers first.

As for other operating systems, I’m not sure. Linux usually detects the hardware and installs the necessary drivers in no time. I can’t vouch for every Linux distribution, but Knoppix had no trouble with the hardware of my VAIO. That is, it recognized wireless network adapter right away and I was able to connect to my modem in no time.

So far I am quite stasfied with my VAIO. There’s only one thing I don’t like (two things depending how you look at it/them), other than the living nightmares called BIOS and drivers 😉 The touchpad is way too sensetive while the keyboard is barely sensetive.

*Generally, I don’t like to talk about prices outside my own country. The price I wrote is a rounded conversion of the local currency. In addition, the “value” of the dollar varies a lot throughout the world. For example, I heard that 0.25L of bear costs £3 in the UK. British find that acceptable (otherwise British pubs would be empty 😉 ). £3 for a 0.25L bottle of bear is quite a lot here.  I don’t drink bear so I don’t know the exact price of bear here. I think 0.25L of bear costs around 4 HRK (≈ £0.4) here. Well, £3 is just too much for us 😀 Another good example is that throughout most of Africa, you can buy a 160 m² 4 bedroom flat for only a few hundred euros. On the other hand, an average African can hardly come by €1.
Suffice it to say, €120 is no small amount of money here, especially for an operating system.

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