PHPBB3 - Customizing templates (Prosilver)
· ☕ 2 min read
I recently had some experience changing default prosilver template in PHPBB3. It was not as simple as I expected it to be. Well, I figured the path styles\prosilver\template\ and html file name to change, but it took me a while to understand why pages were not refreshing.

.NET parallel for - how good is it?
· ☕ 2 min read
I recently had a Microsoft workshop session and became excited about parallel for/foreach/etc. There we got a solid 60% of efficiency. It means that whenever number of cores increases by 2x, performance is boosted by 1.6x.

VB.NET - Compare strings - case sensitivity issues
· ☕ 1 min read
I recently stumbled upon this problem in one of our company .NET projects. For some reason, project settings there were configured for Text comparison, rather than Binary. As a result, lower case strings were equal to upper case, which was discovered later when some bug in UI occured. There were three solutions available.

My experience with TekSavvy Extreme Cable
· ☕ 3 min read
This is what I was able to dig up from my emails and memory. Something might be missing from the chain, but overall should be enough to connect the dots. I completed the sign-up to Teksavvy Cable Extreme on 19-02-2011, using their modem SB6120.

Install update for ESET Remote Administrator Server
· ☕ 2 min read
For those who don't like to read stories, here's the extract Proceed with installation, even despite it appears to be a clean install. In the end you will get a working version, with all configuration preserved.

Acronis TrueImage 2010 Home not user friendly?
· ☕ 1 min read
I recently upgraded to a larger hard drive and went from 1TB -> 2TB. Now the task was to make backup task in Acronis use the new location. I created new destination folder, moved all previous backups there. Then I changed Acronis backup task to do backups to the new place. Quite obvious so far, isn't it? Not with Acronis.

NTFS compression worth it?
· ☕ 1 min read
Some time ago I researched compression in various systems, ranging from software archivers (like WinRAR, WinZip etc.) to database solutions (like Oracle data compression). Then I figured there is one more type of compression that I did not touch yet - NTFS compression. People on the net say it's pretty much useless, still I decided to give it a try.

Oracle ALTER SEQUENCE - START WITH not working?
· ☕ 1 min read
I googled over many websites explaining the error code and suggesting you do not change it. What if you really need to? One approach is to call NEXTVAL as many times to shift the sequence, so that it starts with your START WITH number (<SW>). A better one is to change INCREMENT BY to a certain value instead, then do NEXTVAL and revert INCREMENT BY.