Summer vacation in Kos, Greece

This post does not quite fit between other posts on this blog. I guess it is the first and the only post so far which has nothing to do with IT. So, in case you are interested in geeky posts on this blog only, feel free to skip this one. On the other side, if you have any plans spending your next vacation in the Kos island, you might find this post useful.

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Few registry tweaks for Office 2013 Customer Preview

Microsoft Office 2013 Consumer Preview was released this week and now it is available to download for free.

Even I was a bit skeptical when the new version was presented during live press event, after trying it myself I can say I really like it. The interface looks nice (I would love to try it on a touch screen), cloud integration with SkyDrive is great and I bet some of the new features added to this version (like automatic text-to-columns function in Excel) will definitely come in handy. Anyhow, this post is not a review of the new version of Office. This time I would like to share some registry tweaks that might come in handy if you are planning to use or already using the Customer Preview version of Office 2013. Continue reading

Enable FLAC support on Windows 8

Windows has been lacking of FLAC support since the very first version. For those who do not know, FLAC is an open lossless audio format. Even Microsoft supports many audio formats out of the box, FLAC was never supported and it is still not even in Windows 8. And since Windows 8 already hit RC version, it is very unlikely we see the support implemented in the RTM version, even users <a href="http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-sound/metro-music-include-flac-codec-before-rtm/69d0e115-41bc-4473-97cd-58ac615a58cb?msgId=07315c50-6bd7-4143-b289-e91c8605e9b5" onclick="__gaTracker('send', 'event', 'outbound-article', 'http://answers.microsoft .com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-sound/metro-music-include-flac-codec-before-rtm/69d0e115-41bc-4473-97cd-58ac615a58cb?msgId=07315c50-6bd7-4143-b289-e91c8605e9b5′, ‘are’);”>are requesting for that.

Even currently there is nothing you can do to get FLAC support in Windows 8 Music application (due to no support of additional codecs), there is still something you can do to get FLAC support in Windows File Explorer and Windows Media Player.

If you are planning to listen your FLAC collection using Windows Media Player, there are two things you will need:rpk-tramplin

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WordPress permalinks on IIS 7.0

As I mentioned earlier, one of the problems I have faced during migration of my blog to IIS was getting permalinks to work. Actually, in most cases users should not face any problems with that – WordPress has already prepared a guide to get the permalinks working under IIS. It should work in most cases. Unfortunately, my case was a bit different.

Thing was that my WordPress is not installed on the root of my host. I wanted to preserve the same strategy I used on my older (Linux) host:reteks

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Microsoft MVP for the third year

Dear Tomas Dabasinskas,Электродрели и шуруповерты

Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2012 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in Windows Expert-Consumer technical communities during the past year.

The text above is from the email I’ve got a week ago. The email, I was anxiously waiting for a while. I have been Microsoft MVP for two years and I was hoping to get the award for the third year, during July selection. And that happened! I’m MVP for the third year in Windows Expert-Consumer category.

I am really looking forward to this new year, hoping I will manage to give myself to MVP activities even more then the years before. This is the year Windows 8 will be released so, as Windows Expert-Consumer MVP, it should bring be a lot of opportunities for activities.

And as every year, I would like to thank you, Microsoft, for the award and opportunity to be part of this great community. Thanks!