Advent of Code 2018

I have recently come across a website that proposes a series of programming challenges throughout December, until Christmas. It’s called Advent of Code and this is the fourth year it runs this competition. Every day, a new challenge is made available, and each challenge has two parts. You only get the second part after completing the first. It does not matter what programming language you use for solving the challenge, nor how the code looks or how fast it executes. The only thing that matters is the result.

Programmers with a good sense of humor

Two funny things I have discovered today. First is an easter-egg in a trace route, from people at BeagleNetworks.net that have inserted the plot of Star Wars Episode IV in their internal routes. Just traceroot 216.81.59.173 to see what happens. Here is the listing:

The second is a funny error message when an error…

2012 in Review

Here is an overview of the things that I’ve done in 2012. Codexpert Revamped The main site for the Romanian C++ community has a brand new, modern look (all built with HTML5), making things easier to find. We also now feature a blog in English, which is intended to replace the old article section. codexpert.ro…

Great Artists Steal

So Apple won an important battle with Samsung (in a US court where a juror said it was clear to the jury after the first day of the trial that Samsung stole ideas from Apple, which made the rest of the one year long trial moot). Apple accused Samsung of stealing. And it’s probably not…

Is this an Upgrade?

I downloaded and installed a tool today, and when I ran it for the first time this message popped up. Downgrading happens! 😉

Remnants of the Golden Age of Communism

The image of this former metallurgical plant of Călan (Hunedoara county) appeared through the surrounding hills as I was driving early in the morning to Hunedoara. It used to be a an important metallurgical center during the “Golden Age” of the communism era. Now it’s just a ruin like most of the industrial facilities in…

A Series of Misfortunate Events with Office 2010

Last week I decided it was time to move forward from Office 2007 and install the new 2010 version. People were asking me for some time if I was trying the beta, but I was stubborn in not installing Office 2010 until the RTM. This is the journal of the past days of using Office…

The Great Global Warming Swindle

Two months ago I was showing my friends a film called “The Great Global Warming Swindle.” As the title suggests, the topic of the movie is the global scale deceit about the man-made global warming. A number of important scientists argue that man has nothing to do with the rise of temperature and everything happens…

Cum se construieste in Romania

Arad. Pod peste soseaua de centura. Doua benzi pe sens. Momentan in reparatii. S-a inchis un sens (stanga in imaginile de mai jos), si s-a circulat pe cealalta parte in ambele sensuri. Acum nici doua luni s-a inversat traficul, circulandu-se pe partea reparata. Iata cum arata podul recent renovat. In aceasta tara numai se fura,…