It was a Big Run in Sydney yesterday - City2Surf 2015, with 80,000+ participants and more $4.1 mln funds raised to various charities.

This year I have entered the Blue start:

City2Surf 2015: Blue start
City2Surf 2015: Blue start

And finished in 1:22:08, 5 minutes 1 second faster than last year! :)

After finish 2015
After finish 2015

A friend of mines who also participated in City2Surf 2015 is raising donations to Operation Smile Australia, - they make cleft surgeries in developing countries. The goal of funding two new smiles has reached with help of many supporters, though we need a little bit more to make them four! Please consider to donate!

You're perhaps aware of Google Translation services, and if you know more than one human language you can contribute and help to improve this service via Google Translate Community (BETA).

You also might be interested to know that Yandex, a Russian google, has their Yandex Translation Service running, which in many cases gives better translation for Russian - English pair of languages.

A new snapshot version of DataparkSearch Engine has been released. You can get it on Google Drive.

Here is the list of changes since previous snapshot:

  • Crossword section is now includes value of TITLE attribute of IMG tag and values of ALT and TITLE attributes of A and LINK tags found on documents pointing to the indexing document
  • Meta PROPERTY is now indexing
  • URL info data is now stored for all documents with HTTP status code < 400
  • configure is now understands --without-libextractor switch to build dpsearch without libextractor support even it has been installed
  • robots.txt support is enabled for sites crawling using HTTPS scheme
  • AuthPing command has been added to send authorisation request before getting documents from a web-site. See details below.
  • Cookie command has been added.
  • Add support for SOCKS5 proxy without authorisation and with username authorisation. See details below.
  • A number of minor fixes

...continue reading dpsearch-4.54-2015-07-06

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Acer Aspire E 11 E3-112-C6YY is a nice 11 inch notebook which I found suitable for doing some work while commuting. And it costs only A$299 at Dick Smith (or on Ebay). Here is a step by step instruction how to setup Ubuntu 15.04 along with preinstalled Microsoft Windows 8.1 (dual boot):
...continue reading Installing Ubuntu 15.04 on Acer Aspire E 11 E3-112-C6YY

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If you use FitBit tracker with a smartphone which has been recently undated to Android 5.0 Lollipop, you might faced the same problem as me - the Fitbit app has stopped synching with the tracker.

Surprisingly there are a lot of people complaining online or even raging in putting one star rating to the app in Google Play. However, the solution which helped me: uninstall and reinstall the app, is mentioned on the FitBit Help web-site, and it takes around a minute to remove and reinstall the app.

The video of the main talk at Sydney SEO Meetup on 4 September 2014:

Roger Qiu, Founder of Polyacademy demonstrates SnapSearch.

SnapSearch is a search engine optimisation (SEO) and robot proxy for complex front-end javascript & AJAX enabled (potentially realtime) HTML5 web applications.

This tool implements Google recommendations on making AJAX-driven sites crawlable as a service hiding all technical details under hood.

I feel happy returning home at 2am last night catching the last train from the city. I've been to my first milonga, dancing and watching real life tango for almost 5 hours. It was an amazing experience!

Half year ago I've thought I can not dance at all. It is changing since then with the help of Sophia de Lautour (Alvarez), my tango instructor, who is passionate about tango, very friendly and patient teaching someone who was not born to dance. If you wish to try learn tango, especially in North Sydney or Eastern suburbs, please take a look on the web-site of her school: So Tango: tango classes and private lessons in Sydney.

The topping of the evening were 3 tangos performed by Natalia Hill and Alejandro Aquino who showed the art of tango haute couture. Watch them dancing in Taipei last year: