We got an online searchable map of Slovenia

Thanks to we have a very detailed and useful online searchable map of Slovenia. It is in beta state but it seems very functional at first glance.

Hardware Slovenia

Internet fragility

I switched from cable TV to internet TV (Slovene SIOL provider – ADSL) a while ago. At the time it looked like a good move, but not everything is evident at beginning. Here is my list of pros and cons:


  • plenty of channels

  • switching to future standars might be easy


  • plenty of useless channels

  • picture quality is problematic, specially on scenes with lot of changes (you know, the usual decompression story)

  • forget classic VCR – there is no way to let VCR change the channel with my STB (Amino that is)

  • no support for anything else besides Amino (i.e. Windows Media Center)

And the biggest problem out there, the one made me write this post, is incredible fragility of this technology. It isn’t mature by any means. Occasionally modem freezes (needs a reset), sometimes Amino freezes (needs a reset) and today at evening there is no picture at all on any channel. Apparently infrastructure provider messed something. Since it is late the problem won’t be repaired until tomorrow, hopefully. And there goes my show.

If you worry that eventually the internet TV technology will gain maturity and will stabilize, fear not, there are new problems on the horizon. Competition is pushing for even faster speeds, either ADSL2+ or VDSL, or new HDTV standard which will probably translate in even more problems.

So, instead of simply watching TV one has to deal with providers and technology, resetting gadgets and staring at blanks screens sometimes. Ah, the beauty of new technologies. Did I mention my PocketPC? The story is strikingly similar. Once upon a time I had a simple Nokia 6210 mobile phone which didn’t have a single problem. Until it died on me one day. Then I went with Qtek 2020 PocketPC (pocket pc with Windows). Soon I found myself resetting the thing once per day, since the phone part has frozen at least once per day (with no obvious signs of course – the only sign was that the caller got “not available” message or you got it if you wanted to phone somebody). And of course upgrading ROMs here and there.

I guess the bottom line is that better the gadgets are and more work they do for you, more work you have to do to keep them doing more work for you. I fear the day I will have to deal with ultra intelligent elevators…

.net Slovenia

Slides of my recent presentations on NTKonferenca 2006

I’ve just uploaded slides from my presentations on NTKonferenca 2006. Find them here.
Sorry for the delay.


Dejan comments on NTk 2006

Dejan has an interesting commentary on this year’s NT konferenca. I have to say that I agree with him – he is getting old. Just kidding. I agree with his assertions. The conference was really well organized. I haven’t had a single problem related to organization (I just forgot my id card on first day – my fault) and everything really run smooth. I can’t comment on presentations since I didn’t have much time to attend them but they looked fine to me (from agenda) and those which I’ve attended were really great.

And the description of sponsors circus is an accurate one and I won’t repeat it as Dejan described it well and I, also a speaker, agree with him.

Slovenia Windows

Presumably bigest Slovene MS Office forum

Matjaz, a friend of mine, hosts huge MS Office forum (Slovene language) full of useful answers to common problems (who doesn’t have at least one problem with Office?). There is also Q&A section there and plenty of developer information plus some freeware applications.

.net Slovenia

Slides from my "What’s new in Visual Studio 2005, .net 2 framework and programming languages" event are now online

I talked in front of a full room (about 55 attendees) and it was quite a good experience sharing the knowledge. And as I’ve promised I made avaliable the slides I used on the event. You can find them here (slides are in Slovene language).

.net Slovenia

One day presentation of "What’s new in Visual Studio 2005/.net 2"

I’ll be talking about “What’s new in Visual Studio 2005/.net 2” for Microsoft Slovenia ISV partners. This will be a whole day event and it will take place on 19 January, 2006 at Microsoft Slovenia in Ljubljana.

I’ll be covering these topics:

  • C#, VB.NET and framework
  • Debugger
  • Extending Visual Studio 200x with CodeRush and CodeSmith
  • WinForms

Thus if you are interested in the event check out this page and look for the event entitled “Novosti v Microsoftovi razvojni platformi .NET 2.0 in okolju Visual Studio 2005“.

Language of presenting will be Slovene.

.net Slovenia

Slides of my "What’s new in .net 2 framework and programming languages" presentation

Yesterday I held “What’s new in .net 2 framework and programming languages” presentation at VS2005/SQL2005 launch event. You can find slides (in Slovene) here. Are you ready to rock?

.net Slovenia

Speaking at MS VS2005/SQL2005 launch event in Ljubljana, Slovenia

I’ll be speaking tomorrow in hotel Mons, Ljubljana at Microsoft Slovenia VS2005/SQL2005 launch event. My “What’s new in .net 2 framework and programming languages” presentation (in Slovene language) starts at 11:15. If you happen to attend the event don’t forget to drop by and say hi.


Slovene Office Community

Peter just informed me that Slovene Office Community is born. Welcome to the (Slovene) communities.