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Dear visitor, welcome to my modest, amateurish, hand-crafted homesite; I really hope that you'll find it at least a bit interesting. And on the very beginning, even before you start reading, please read this important note: the opinions and views on this site are strictly personal (of my own), so please do not attack me for having, and expressing/sharing them; for instance on forums where I participate, through e-mail, my Guestbook etc., simply because I didn't beg anyone to read and browse through these pages (well, except maybe for my closest friends and family); I only occasionally offer that on Internet forums etc., like for example: "for this and this (program, info or whatever), please visit this and this page on my homesite", and it is also true that I include links to my site as a signature in my comments and feedback forms; but that is just an offer not a begging.

I pursue computing as a hobby, and therefore I have no "official" computing knowledge (i.e. I am a "self-taught" computing geek), and also note that I do not work for any internet profit business, be it computing or news related: this site exists only so that all the ideas I have, and all the interesting things I discover regarding my computer or on the Internet don't go into the "oblivion" by not writing them down. As also mentioned elsewhere on the site (i.e. on other pages), I am totally obsessed with anything automation/optimization-related; be it an automation of some task or operation (like defragmenting of a hard-drive, backing-up of important files/directories etc.), optimization of computer's/program's settings, or simply using batch-files to make some annoying and repetitive task (or bunch of tasks) to perform efficiently and finish faster. In fact, this enthusiasm of mine went to the point that I am referring to it as "my obsession". This of course includes having the basic programming/scripting skills, knowing how to change various computer's configuration settings and so on.

I personally guarantee you that there are no malicious scripts hidden inside the site's source (or anything like that); additionally, read the "Disclaimer 1" below and "Disclaimer 2" on the "about.html" page. Finally, you may notice that I don't use underlying for "normal" words (i.e. not links) to prevent the confusion and to follow the standards. Also, all the links are in their full "native" form for the origin to be clear, except for the links in the "preface text" on a few pages, and some other special places too. Note that currently there are no files available to download, but this might change because I am planning to add some in the future, see the: [ Things to be added sooner or later...] paragraph below in regard to the planned changes. And for the important site-related note; particularly in regard to the visits-counter, see the: [ A note on "Izmenjava" counter... ], while regarding the reason for more than one site-variant and the "pure CSS future" of my site, see the [ A note on my site becoming... ] paragraph on the "website.html" page.

My various blogs: Here is a list of links to my various blogs; as first a link to my Voljatel Blog, both in Slovenian language, as second there are the links to the two "ad revenue sharing community" blogs Senserely Blog [feed.png add], writingUp Blog [feed.png add] in English language, then there are the three unsorted blogs Kuro5hin Blog, Spread Firefox Blog [feed.png add], and CastleCops Blog [feed.png add] also in English language, and finally the two futile blogs Slashdot Blog (this one doesn't get much attention), Techrepublic Blog (it's inaccessible to non-registered visitors), both in English language too.

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/NOTE: From the site's update on 5.6.2006 onwards, this particular site will not be updated anymore. To be honest, I made few additional modifications on 6.6., 7.6., 8.6., 9.6., and 16.6., further on 13.7., 23.7., 23.8., and 26.9. in 2006, and finally on 14.1. in 2007 (which was the absolutely last update), but that was all just fixing old errors and formatting, and no new content was added. Optionally see the last "events-entry" on page "events7.html" (it's a short related announcement), and the first entry on the "events8.html" page (it describes all this in great details), however, the second one is located only on "still-updated" site-variants. Anyway, this notice applies to: Bravenet, Freehost386, Geocities, and Greatnow free-hosts (and from 14.1.2007 this includes also Atspace free-host), so for the current variant with the fresh content, please head on to one of these two main sites: 50webs, Voljatel, which are, as mentioned, the only ones still being updated.


Also I need to apologize for my bad English (wrong-spelled words) and various grammatical mistakes (wrong-structured sentences), but as you can see I am from Slovenia, and therefore my mother language is Slovenian. The problem is that I just wasn't able to find (and still can't) any suitable and non-bloated software spell-checker (small in-size, with only useful/important features etc.) to check the text "locally" on my hard-disk. While I certainly do not want to install monstrous OpenOffice.org package just for spell-checking, I rather processed the whole site through the free Kephyr Spell-Checker engine on Kephyr Labs homesite: Kephyr Spell-Checker, but since my site is updated regularly, any newly added content might contain sentences that are still wrong. Anyway, the site was written by myself (most of it is "crafted by hand"), and is edited/updated by me only; mostly "typed-by-hands" and with a bit of copy/paste in some of the JavaSript's cases. I just want to say that it's not built on pre-made templates (hehe, but since I am a "formatting maniac", I love templates in general, i.e. .txt files with commonly used strings/text in it, for instance for my various e-mail addresses, links, various signatures, various BBcode, Wiki and HTML formatting stuff etc.), or even worse, made with "make-your-own-webpage-in-20-min" type of programs (or in other words, WYSIWYG programs), mostly because I wanted to know enough HTML/CSS and JS to write my own home-site. Also note that I've learned most of this web-coding related stuff by viewing the source of others sites, reading various articles and tutorials, and posting on various discussion-boards; in fact, I learn so many new things each day, so that each site's update-schedule contain many major and minor revisions to the site's code. Note that like almost every other web page on the Internet, this one is always under construction too. Also, I need to mention that I am somehow generally obsessed with strict and consistent formatting (read more about it elsewhere on the site), of for instance, various sentences in blog-comments, forum posts, e-mail messages etc. Further, if you are maybe wondering why the site's title is "Tadej's homepage: computing hints ..." and not "Ivan Tadej's homepage: computing hints ..."; it's simply because Tadej is a rare name compare to Ivan, and so for the title to be more unique, I decided to use Tadej. Then yet another note: for maintaining all four site-variants at the same time, I use the EditPad Lite program, check out one of these links: http://www.editpadlite.com, http://www.editpadlite.com/editpadlite.html, http://www.editpadpro.com/editpadlite.html from the JGsoft software, or see the /links.html page for its link. You may also notice for the http://esnips.com/doc/ded70a9f-3bdd-469e-a298-f16670710742/bookmarks-full.html and http://esnips.com/doc/6757efa7-7cc0-489d-bb45-919c4b8f2da3/bookmarks-old.html files accessible through the "OPEN or GET" drop-down menu script at the top of each "root-main" page, that they're quite huge in lenght. But this is simply because I merged also the entries from my various older bookmarks files into it, then validated all the URLs and FavIcons and finally as the most important; I removed all the duplicates with this great AM-DeadLink program: http://www.aignes.com/deadlink.htm. I did that simply because I wanted to include all the crucial sites/pages I've come across so far, because many entries are not included anymore in the three bookmarks files that I use on daily basics (three bookmarks files for three separate profiles, see the "principles.html" page for details), I mean that these three are of course much smaller; in fact, I am somehow trying to keep each of them at/around 500 KB in size, but certainly at less than 1 MB.


THIS SITE-VARIANT'S RELATED INTRO



The counter of people that have visited this site so far (the one you can see above), was put on the site as late as on 20.10.2004, precisely at 04:00 (4:00 AM), so probably much more people visited it till today, since the site is online for more than two years (or so), well with quite drastic modifications from the beginning though. The upper and smaller number in counter represents all unique visitors, that have visited this site so far, while the lower and greater number represents all separate visits, from the very same users that already visited the site once in the past. Please note that I would be more than happy if you would visit it as often as you could, because I add, replace or at least modify stuff on this site almost on daily basis, including hints, rules, principles, opinions, articles, reviews, navigation, the overall site's look etc., so that it is in general more complete, up-to-date, easier to navigate etc. And note, I write all the site's pages from the beginning in a manner that everybody is able to read them normally (and well, to look "acceptable") in browser window's "normal" as well as in the "full-screen" view/mode. I must also mention that I was trying to make a site in attempt that the site itself will try to express those other practical things that one learns when using computer, in other words I didn't want to make another site with usual "tweaks" and security programs listed because there are already too many alike out there. Note that I am the only author of all of the site's content (the text) unless otherwise stated (in these cases I unambiguously specify the original source) and also, the emphasis is on the site's content and not the outlook, i.e. i.e. I've tried to make it as simple and fast-loading as possible, so there is no "fancy" code etc.


And here below are the links to other variants of this same home-site. As first, here are the links to my three MAIN SITES (no pop-ups, no banner-ads, W3C validated, and these are the only ones that are still updated): http://users.volja.net/tayiper/index.html (or a redirecting site pointing to it: http://www.tadej-ivan.tk), http://tadej-ivan.50webs.com/index.html (or again, the redirecting site: http://tadej-ivan.be), and http://ivan-tadej.atspace.com/index.html (and again, the redirect: http://www.ivan-tadej.tk), and as second, the links to my four FUTILE SITES (pop-ups, banner-ads, also W3C Validated, but mostly screwed-up by free-hosts, and most importantly, these are not updated anymore): http://satyrhosts.bravehost.com/index.html (and yet again, the redirecting site: http://takeoff.to/ivan-tadej), http://shirker.freehost386.com/index.html, http://www.geocities.com/tayi137/index.html (note that for the last one, both variants are valid, i.e. with or without the "www." part), and the "original" one, a very out-dated version: http://www.freewebs.com/satyrhosts/index.html, which is also available without the "www." part. Please note that all four variants of my homepage are almost identical, and all are also valid, but only "locally" (i.e. in the original form, as it is stored on my hard-disk), since the code that this some of the free-hosts add unfortunately screws the otherwise valid syntax. There are only few more or less slight differences, like inner-links, a text specific to a particular FREE-HOST etc., it's just much much easier to maintain them. Well there is one big difference though. It is that two of four sites (Greatnow and Geocities free-hosts in particular) are not-WC3 valid, because of the additional code (pop-ups, banner-ads etc.), that respective host adds right after the <body> tags, i.e. before the first "original" words in actual body, and it even adds some code inside the "head" element, right after the window title (so even before the starting <body> tag), and therefore screws the otherwise valid syntax as declared in the XHTML DTD-specification in the header of the document. So I recently removed the W3C Markup Validation Service banner that says the site is valid, even if now it's harder to maintain them. /EDIT: ehm well, I've added them again, so my apologies to the World Wide Web Consortium.


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This page is not a valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional, nor valid CSS document, as it is stated in Doctype specification line in headers of all the site's pages. Well it is HTML 4.01 valid, before I upload it to the server, I can clearly see this in the Validation Results of W3C Markup Validation Service and its validation method with SGML parser. The thing is that this particular Greatnow/Ocatch free-webhost adds "badly-written" pop-ups, links, a banner and other "fancy" code on the beginning of each page. It actually adds text/code also inside HEAD element, right after the window title (so even before BODY element), and then also right after BODY tags, i.e. before the first "original" words in actual body (navigation links index -- hints ...)

And as the most important, I need to warn you, it adds also a Gator pop-up script, linking to http://webpdp.gator.com (do not click on the link), but on the other hand, if you use Firefox or some decent firewall (even the default XP's), there are no problems with pop-ups at all. Hey I just got an idea - I will try to make their attributes "read-only", but probably host can change these permissions easily, after files being uploaded to the FTP server.

Here is that damn code in a plain .txt file, as always Right-click on the link below, and choose "Save As" option from the menu that pops-up: /GREATNOW-BANNER-CODE.txt

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THE INFO ABOUT THE TWO PROGRAMS



The main and original reason for making and maintaining this poorly designed home-made site of mine was or is the Cheetah CD Burner program linked and described below. Beside Cheetah application, I also list the Cypherix' Cryptainer program, and these two are the only shareware-type of applications that I use (however, note that I didn't pay one cent for them, i.e. I got the KEY/CODE to register them for free); in fact, I've never paid a dime for a program so far, and I am quite proud of myself because of that.

Burn dual layer DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM, CD-R, and CD-RW discsAs first, there is a Cheetah CD Burner and Cheetah DVD Burner programs. You see, to get the FREE registration for the product (a licensed serial number), all one needs to do is to put a link onto his/her homesite; mine was this one: http://www.freewebs.com/satyrhosts/index.html (note the "Cheetah" link), so you could do the very same thing if you want a reliable CD/DVD-burning software. I simply gave up trying to find a version of Nero programs that would work with my LITE-ON drive (the only one back then), because it always complained that my LITE-ON drive was used by another application.


And believe me, I've really tried all the things I could that might solve this problem, i.e. I disabled my anti-virus and firewall, exited all user applications, stopped/disabled all non-crucial services and so on; but I just couldn't solve it. And yes, Nero is certainly a bloated application anyway, with all those extra utilities/features one might simply don't need or want. Here is the link to the main page of Cheetah Websites site: http://www.cheetahburner.com (if it doesn't work, try direct link with the host's IP instead: http://66.223.34.242), a link to the page with offer to get a free license: http://www.cheetahburner.com/free.html (or IP-link: http://66.223.34.242/free.html), then a link to Cheetah CD Burner on "download.com": http://www.download.com/3000-2646-10172045.html and a link to Cheetah DVD Burner on "download.com": http://www.download.com/3000-2646_4-10238561.html. The latest version of Cheetah CD Burner is version 3.31 (but note that I don't check if it was updated anymore, since I now use the Cheetah DVD Burner only), while the latest version of Cheetah DVD Burner is version 1.61. Both programs are also updated very often (like twice a month or so), although if you don't have fast internet connection one sad thing might be that previous Cheetah CD Burner packages were only an approximately 5 MB download, but from version 2.94 onward the size of downloaded setup-file is 11 MB because of added "additional extension" and some "advanced media" support; but this is still small size compare to "> 20 MB" Nero package. So if you would like an older "still less than 5 MB", just say it (an e-mail would do it), because I have all the versions back to version 2.82 backed-up on CDs. Anyway, as mentioned, I got this program's CODE/KEY (which you then enter to that input-field on the first program execution) for free; all you need to do to get it is put a link to the Cheetah Websites Corporation on your site. This is for those that cannot afford to pay for the license fee, or in case if they simply just don't want to. And finally, it's written by a very friendly author.


Cypherix's award winning personal encryption softwareAnd the other non-free program that I use and it's worth being mentioned on this page is a Cryptainer application. I use a paid-for version called Cryptainer PE, but there is also a completely free Cryptainer LE variant available to download from the program's home-site. But what is Cryptainer in the first place?? In short, the Cryptainer is a program that creates an encrypted container/vault which functions like any other drive (C: or D:) on your computer. You just need to drag and drop any file into the container (in Explorer or in Cryptainer's GUI), which is then automatically encrypted. Cryptainer files can only be viewed, accessed, browsed or modified by the user who has the key to open it. At all other times it remains completely invisible.


Here are some more links to various pages on the Cypherix site: http://www.cypherix.com, http://www.cypherix.com/prods.htm, http://www.cypherix.com/cryptainerle/index.htm, http://www.cypherix.com/cryptainerpe/index.htm. I have also first used the free Cryptainer LE variant, but since I was having some quite annoying problems with it (see the paragraph below), Ms Joi De from the Cypherix support-team was so friendly that she actually sent me a full license for a non-free Cryptainer PE, just because of the mentioned problems with the free version Cryptainer LE. Well, the problems were that the system just frozen in the middle of copying files onto the Cryptainer container (similar to "KERNEL_STACK_INPAGE_ERROR" BSODs); once there was one window with "Disk is full" poping-up for few seconds (and it was/is more than 2 GB still free), and after that windows popup message, something like "External failure/exception, number C00000E4". Note that actual message displayed, including the number is just for better imagination, i.e. I unfortunately didn't wrote it down back then, not I made screenshot of that window, as I usually do.





DIVERSE SITE-RELATED INFORMATION



Things to be added sooner or later to the site



DONE: feedback guestbook, a simple text-field for visitor's input, i.e. thoughts, opinions etc.

DONE: various documents, notes, templates and other texts, that I've created or found on the internet

DONE (partially): hints, tips, tweaks and hacks, including my favorite performance related .reg files etc.

DONE (partially): four or even more completely new separate pages: sitemap, webdesign, screenshots, coding, misc, download (with "batches", "docs", and "reg-tweaks" sections)

 - my favorite command-line programs usages, for instance usages of "sync.exe", "Contig.exe", "sdelete.exe", "psservice.exe" etc.

 - various home-made batch-files for backing-up, launching programs, shutting-down the computer etc.

 - various other screenshots, including general program's GUI captures, OS configuration related ones etc.

 - add the "in-page" links to point to titles of separate rules, principles, articles (with "a href=" and "a name=")

 - re-write the site's source to be completely CSS-based; for details see the "events2.html" page, the "30.5.2005" entry.

... and also many other things are planned too (I have "Future0.txt", "Future1.txt", "Future2.txt", "Future3.txt" > 30 KB in size files full of ideas for new articles/principles, lists to add, various additions, many more notes, templates, batch-files, updates of content in general etc.), I just need some motivation and extra time.



A note on "Izmenjava" counter of site's visits



As I wrote in the "22.8.2005" entry on page "events1.html", my site's Izmenjava counter: http://www.izmenjava.com that I was using so far doesn't work anymore from the end of the July. And my main site-variant VOLJA had just reached the limit of 10.000 separate/non-unique visits back then in July (and more than 5.000 unique ones, see the "13.7.2005" entry), while the other sites were mostly at 2.000 separate/non-unique visits and around 1.000 unique ones. Oh, I am saying "my main site-variant" because I use the VOLJA site's link in various forums, signatures etc., so it was/is the most visited.

And here is the proof; a screenshot that I luckily made just few weeks before the Izmenjava thing went down; I made it the other day just before dis-connecting from the Internet, to see precisely how many preople visited the site till next day. Oh, and a note: the difference between this number of visits and the number displayed with "Bravenet" counter is because "Izmenjava" counter shows/counts unique visitors (or maybe first-time visitors, not sure), while the other shows page views, which is obviously a higher number.

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So I recently registered a new Bravenet's "Counter Stats" service (and set it to 14.000 visits as a start-point): http://pub40.bravenet.com/counter, since I already have a Bravenet account and use their Guestbook service: http://pub40.bravenet.com/guestbook/3416426346. And while I was at it, I registered yet another service; the "Free Website Hosting" service. So now there are already five different variants of my homesite. However, after I've registered an additional StatCounter's "Web Tracker and Counter" service: http://www.statcounter.com, I rather moved the Bravenet's one from the top of the page below to that the "table" element above the bottom (it did this on 6.5.2006), because it didn't fit completely into that "table" at the top. But note that in any case, I will use this new Bravenet's counter banner only for the VOLJA free-host (which is the main variant of my six separate sites): http://users.volja.net/tayiper, although I could register up to three separate counters for three sites/hosts. However, the Izmenjava "counter code" will remain where it was on all the seven variants of my home-sites, including the VOLJA free-host (it's located below the "Count:" where it says "unavailable" in italics), just in case if Izmenjava server will get online again in the future. In that case, it will simply appear just under the "unavailable" word.

/UPDATE: Also, I discovered afterward that if I visit my site from other computers, the mentioned Izmenjava counter is oddly visible just normally; I will investigate this a bit. Well, I did it already; it was all my "hosts" file's fault which contained invalid IP for Izmenjava domain.


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