Russia goes to winter time

After living for three years in “eternal” DST, on October 26, 2014, Russia will turn the clock 1 hour back to the standard, or winter, time.

Operating systems installed the corresponding updates. The time zone changed to UTC+3, and its title has RTZ 2 specification in parenthesis.

Windows 7 notifies: Daylight Saving Time ends on October 26, 2014 at 2:00. The clock is set to go back 1 hour at that time.

Windows 7: Daylight Saving Time ends on October 26, 2014 at 2:00. The clock is set to go back 1 hour at that time.

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Copyright check

A simple script to check whether the year in Copyright header is updated:

hg st -q -n | xargs grep Copyright | grep -v 2014

Nothing fancy! Just to save it.

It would be awesome if such a script updated the year automatically.

Windows Themes

How often do you change themes in Windows? Especially how often do you switch from visual stylesenabled theme (Aero or Basic, XP style) to classic one.

Please leave your answers in comments.

Heartbleed Explanation

Heartbleed Explanation

Advanced “status” options

Two weeks ago I showed how to filter output of hg status with awk. That simple awk script removes unknown (untracked) files from output and also removes the file status: you get a simple list of modified/added files.

Actually, you can do this without using awk because Mercurial has advanced options for status command:

hg status --quiet --no-status

Or with short aliases:

hg st -q -n

The result is the same: you get the plain list of modified files, and files which are not under source control are ignored.

Java 8 Launch Event

Java logoLast week Oracle launched Java 8, a new release of Java platform which includes many new features, Lambdas and Streams to name a few. See Java 8 Central for more information, or go to Java 8 download page to download it and test-drive its new features.

Today, on March 25, 2014, there will be an online Java 8 launch event. The event starts at 10:00 AM PST, or 21:00 MSK.

Cyrillic displays as question marks in Flickr Stats

Now Flickr has completely broken its stats page: only search requests in English are displayed correctly.

I posted a discussion to the Flickr help forum:

Recently all the search queries in Russian started to show as question marks in Flickr Stats:
Question marks instead of Russian words at Flickr Stats page

Why do I think it’s Russian text that hides beneath question marks? Because it happened before, last year in August. Before August 2013, the stats showed Russian queries, and then they became a mojibake. But at least it could be decoded.

I wrote about this problem to technical support with detailed explanation of what I see. They were keen to resolve login issues which I didn’t have. I explained what was my problem once more, and I have never heard from them again.

Now the stats has become completely broken. The question marks can’t be decoded to anything useful.

Could this problem be fixed, please?

Thank you,

However I have no hope…

A user shared a link to the earlier discussion: BUG: Stats page not displaying correct Big-5 fonts (Traditional Chinese). It describes the same issue I blogged at Mojibake at Flickr. There was also a possible fix suggested. Yet no action has been taken by Flickr devs. They’re too busy creating new UI for viewing photos… Who cares if an old (paid) feature is broken?! Anyway everyone speaks English.

I’ll wait a little… And next week I’ll contact technical support.


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