My lady asked me yesterday if I can make some nice cocktail for her and her friend to watch a Celebrate America fireworks with a style.
I went on Internet to find some recipe for the cocktail to be made from a very limited selection of ingredients I had in my bar. :)
It turned out that 99.9% of the recipes needed at least 2 components I didn’t have, so I said to myself what the heck! – I’ll make my own.

The other day one of my customers came to me asking to create a duplicate of one of his web-sites running Magento 1.5.1.
After everything has been moved, among the other things that my customer wanted to be done was an obvious request to dump all sales related information from new web-site’s database, like orders, invoices, shipments, credit notes, customers, transaction, etc.

“Googling” didn’t help much as mostly there were solutions for only a part of the problem.

So here’s my guide on how to get rid of everything that pertains to sales.

Working on dynamic generation of Adobe PDF documents using LiveCycle ES 2.5 server APIs I have come across the necessity to conduct some initial testing to forms developed with LiveCycle Designer. The goal was to emulate the API call to LiveCycle’s Output service to make sure that the form merges with the given data properly and renders the way the forms designer intended it to render preserving the layout, form elements position, etc. One obvious way to do it was to create a small standalone utility wrapping around required API calls. The other way has been discovered upon examining the related documentation.

In some cases upon installing Subversion plugin v1.6 from within Aptana 3 Studio on Ubuntu you may get an error when you switch to SVN perspective complaining about JavaHL module being not found.

One of the most incredible features of C# introduced recently is an ability to extend virtually any class with extra functionality via class extension technique.
This example demonstrates this concept which I find extremely useful in many cases.

pip is a tool for installing and managing Python packages, such as those found in the Python Package Index. It’s a replacement for easy_install.

By default, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS doesn’t come with pip installed.

There are 2 alternative ways to get pip installed.

I looked at the calendar and realized that winter is right behind a corner and need to prepare my house for heating season ( I live in Sierra Foothills and we have pretty chilly nights).
If you got annoyed by ZTE which is (in my humble opinion and my house layout) making wind in your house in failed attempt to equalize the air and remove cold and hot spots, useless and energy ($) eating feature – you don’t need to pay for technician’s visit and you can turn it off by yourself.