Saturday, August 30, 2008

Music: Marie Fredriksson First #1 Hit Ever

While it has been a long time since the last news about Roxette came up, there has been some work done by both members of duo separately. Per Gessle had released an album and Marie Fredriksson has been doing some paintings and exhibitions. However recently Marie Fredriksson managed to get to the Top1 list of singles with her new work which is the soundtrack to the second part of the Swedish movie Arn. This is the first time when Marie Fredksson (as a solo artist) reaches #1 in charts. I am planning to see the movie soon so I cannot reflect on it now but here is a video for the movie:


Monday, August 25, 2008

Politics: Big Guys Fight - Small Guys Suffer

One of the most talked topics these days is the conflict between [pause] well, originally used to be Georgia and Ossetia, now it is Georgia and Russia but it is almost USA and Russia. Quite a few people asked me what is my opinion about it, since I am considered to be Russian more than anyone else. I was not much into politics before since I believe that all politicians and [joke start] lawyers are the first in the line to burn in hell [joke end] .

However I decided to express my thoughts on this topic. First, conflicts like these make me mad because, as always, these are the civilians who pay the highest price. Second, it only now proved to me that USA is really getting to dominate the world and none of the so called world organization and unions (UN, NATO, EU) are able to go against the policies of the USA. As an example to compare the current conflict with Iraq conflict. It is unbelievable how easy the whole world agreed that US should go into Iraq, like they were the only ones who were able to "liberate" the country. You are on the other opposite side of the planet, for God's sake. I am really sick of the USA policies of bringing the peace and security into the world by placing the military bases in every country and cutting off their GDP.

I never supported the violent way of solving the problem and I do not thing that either Russia or USA doing any good. My observation is the world's reaction to conflicts like that, when you can see who is winning (probably the most important) the media war, who is holding other countries under control and trying to place weapons there and who is just a little freak who is dancing around big guys earning money and letting civilians of his country suffer.

Overall, I really hope that this conflict will not grow into anything bigger and that the two giants will calm down.


Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Web: Old Russian Cartoons

My sister, being a big fan of the internet pointed out website page where one can watch Russian/Soviet cartoons. Some of them are really old good classics.


Thursday, August 07, 2008

Freeware: Disc Defragmentation

A couple of days ago, in the news I saw a review of the company Paragon releasing a new version of the computer defragmenter and I recalled the time when I was thinking about purchasing a defragmentation tool for my computer but realized that the features that they provide are not that of the need that I require and that the standard Windows defragmentation engine would do.

Basically what most of the free tools will do is defragmenting the files and placing them to the first place possible where it fits. The commercial applications, on the other hand, will use the smart way and/or ask you if you want to place the files according to the frequency of use, how often they change or you even could select the place for the individually.

These are probably the most-talked-about defragmenting tools on the web:

Diskeeper Pro: $49.95
PerfectDisk 2008 Pro: $39.99
O&O Defrag: $49.95
Total Defrag 2009: $29.95

All four of them have the upgrade options, which means that in a year or two if you want to upgrade to a newer version, you will have to pay around 50% of the initial price for the upgrade.

It is not the question whether you should or not do the disc defragmentation (which you obviously should) but which tools to use for that. If you are not concerned about 2%-10% increase in the performance that the commercial tools will give you, I guess the free tools will do the job. These days I use a free Auslogic Disc Defrag that works on x86 and x64 systems. See CNET the video and maybe it will be worth giving it a try.