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Mirror moving to Endora.cz

Message: As I strive to keep this site running uninterrupted, yet cheaply, I have to seek out a webhosting service once in a while. I only pay one service and that one will not delete the files if I cease to pay, it will merely disable upload so that I have the chance to fix the affairs easily. Some time ago, I found a new promising host, 000webhost.com. I immediately noticed the slow speeds, but I kept using it. Then the real problems began. Once per month, they wiped my files! They claimed it was due to less than 10 visits per month. This was a ridiculous lie. This happened about 4 times, I always re-uploaded the site. But then, they pushed shift to overdrive: They blocked my account saying that I loaded their CPU more than 1000 times and that the account will be unlocked after I purchase a paid plan. I tried to negotiate, but to no avail. They cunningly ignored my point about unjustified action and insisted on me having to pay. Needless to say, I paid them by dust in their face and this complaining blog post.
The mirror has been created on the Czech Endora service which will hopefully be as exemplarily good as the Slovak SZM.
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Asus: A can of worms too

Message: I have just finished sorting out another painful computer repair mystery. This one is about a line of today's cutting-edge soundcards - Asus Xonar.
If you have ever attempted to improve your computer's sound output, you might have well found out that there is not much competition. The only basic choices are Creative or Asus. Creative is a lazy behemoth with zero response to the demand for lightweight, yet clear-sounding products. Its non-downloadable CDs full of ballast are infamous. So - the only option is Asus Xonar, right? You bring it home, plug it in and... pray! A nasty BSOD Bad_Pool_Caller lurks behind the corner! This dreaded bug is cursed around the globe and the real cause and solution has been unknown - until now.
First things first, the cause is that none of the current 32-bit Asus drivers are able to cope with actively used PAE which happens if the computer has more than 3 GB of RAM along with a 32bit OS.
The solution is a mafia-style choice, neither of the two options is good. You may either
• Disable PAE and limit the machine to using 3.2GB RAM according to this article: KB900524, or
• Install a 64-bit version of Windows which introduces new incompatibilities with both browser plugins and whole applications and possibly other devices.
I suggest to Asus, if anybody from them is reading this now: Fix your drivers!
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Electric Bicycle

Links: A DIY electric drive for a bicycle. Read on.
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JPEGComp

Links: I am finally publishing my long-developed and stalled JPEG size reduction program. This software is meticulously crafted to leave all of its competitors in the dust — the options shall surprise even eager Exif users. If you want the ultimate solution for JPEG file size reduction without any further quality loss, download it now.
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End of Pictures over FTP

Message: The bandwidth of this server was being constantly raped by leechers over FTP. The pictures are from now only available over HTTP with the 50MB limit.
I apologize to all legitimate users.
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Mirrors

Links: You can always find a mirror of this site on at least one of these URLs:
 
zwz.cz
This is always up-to-date, but offline at night.
endora.zwz.cz
Has full-quality wallpapers (1MB). Ad-supported hosting (text only)
web.zwz.cz
000webhost is an epic fail. Avoid at all costs!
zdenek.szm.com
Proven to have high uptime, but it has the 512k file limit.
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Midnight Commander on the Hero!

Message: You might have noticed that it's a hassle to explore the new horizons of the Android system through a limited ADB command-line. If you want to run a file manager to work with the phone effortlessly, read further.
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Bumblebees

Links: Buff-tailed queen I have written an article on the best of insects - the bumblebees. Learn more about how to have fun with them.
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Good Fanlisting, Sad Owner

Message: I almost forgot I once registered to this Pita Ten fanlisting: nirima.net/pitaten I cannot make the URL clickable though; the owner has an arrogant, blindminded policy of "checking the fan's site periodically and removing the URL if the fanlisting is not linked properly." As you probably know, the ZWZ Page does not run uninterrupted and I also add such link to the Fav Sites section to prevent clutter and ensure fast load times. So I'm sad to announce that this Pita Ten fanlisting cannot be linked here.
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Windows: A can of worms

Message: Now for a stress-relief post: I have spent a few days trying to set up a VPN on the Windows Server 2003 machine. This may seem like a mundane task, but not so according to the Redmond scenario. After reading up that DHCP won't work over VPN (had to assign IPs in the routing service) and neither will IPX/SPX, I finally learnt that to not to cut the internet connection of the client attempting to connect to the server, one has to do a lamer-intensive tweaking on the client side to disable taking over the gateway. Even after disabling all firewalls, the VPN would not ping reliably, ceasing to work after about one minute. I'm stressing out that everything else worked well so far. And now for the worst: I noticed that the subnet mask of the RAS is 255.255.255.255 in ipconfig, which is obviously wrong as it suggests a network of only one member. So I edited the registry to force an IP/subnet mask setting for the virtual adapter. Upon the client connection, the system BSODed! So I had to restore the previous settings.
I also tried to uninstall or update various other net programs I have running, to no avail but more BSODs.
And no, that's not all, as a last-minute hit, the webserver failed with "File is already in use by another process". After examining the log, I finally concluded that ports are actually in use and closed Skype. That was it!
I can't wait to migrate it all to Linux.
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Another Server Outage

Message: Another year has passed and the server will be out until August 7th.
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Fraud by Multiply.com

Message: A social-networking site reachable on Multiply.com used to be friendly and all when it started. But, as it happens on the internet, it was a money-making plot. Suddenly, you have to pay 19 bucks or your hi-res photos will be deleted in 30 days and counting!
Well, I sort-of expected this, but they are way small to be able to push this scheme, not to mention that they already have ads everywhere on the site. I mean, you could get a straight .com domain complete with webspace for that. What the?!?
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FAT32 MP3 Players Bootable!

Message: If you have ever tried to add Windows (in the form of PE) on your Mass-Storage-capable MP3 player, you might have well found out that it does not boot. Even if you made double-sure that the bootsector loads NTLDR and all system files are well-configured, it still froze with a black screen.
Click here for the full article.
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Scheduled Server Outage

Message: The ZWZ Server will be offline until July 22nd. Use the zdenek.myftp.org link to be redirected to the right mirror whenever you visit this site.
Thank you for your countenance for the past years. The ZWZ Page will be right back.
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Scanner Error in Windows 2003 SP2

Message: I was about to upgrade to Service Pack 2 on my Windows Server 2003 machine. It is a useful and, in long run, necessary step.
First, I tried to run the SP2 installer from within Windows. It complained about the bootlogo changed in ntoskrnl.exe. So I restored the file. But it still complained. I finally discovered that the /kernel= parameter must be removed from boot.ini.
But after the installation, which took ages, the system was very unstable. It crashed on every shutdown. It even started crashing on logon, so I uninstalled the SP and the problem stopped.
To get the SP2 working, I integrated the servicepack into the CD and installed a fresh system. It basically worked, no more blue screens (BSOD).
A few days later, I got to installing the scanner drivers. But the software always reported that it can't find the scanner. Its drivers were installed correctly though.
The problem turned out to be in the new version of usbscan.sys that is supposed to fix the printer-scanner-copier issue known from SP1. So I started the ZWZ PE and replaced the older USBSCAN.SYS as the system32\drivers one.
And hooray - the scanner stopped freezing and it's all set! The type is Hewlett-Packard Scanjet 4670.
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My Web Album

Link: http://picasaweb.google.com/zwzserver
You can comment on some of my wallpapers there and download them fast even when my computer is offline.
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ZWZ PE

Message: Ever stuck with a non-bootable computer? DOS floppy is not enough? Are you an administrator? Or do you just want to impress your friends? Create your very own ZWZ PE CD!
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Dejiko Amidst Flowers

Message: Here is another wallpaper with Dejiko! This will be the last for some time, I don't have many good scans left. But this one should satisfy you anyway.
It is also the most taxing wallpaper of mine ever, as I spent more than one week making it. I'm getting too busy and numb I guess. Enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it for you.
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As requested by you.

Message: The Media section has been asking for your needs in terms of what should I host. The poll is still running, but I'll post some links to the most desired things here.
Please note that they work during the day in Europe only. So no late-night browsing. Try it in the morning!
  • DiGi Charat wallpapers. Try also Fav. DGC Walls for better performance.
  • Ayumi Hamasaki
  • Mahoromatic
  • Tokyo Mew Mew
  • Enjoy and keep visiting the ZWZ Page for more anime graphics!
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    New security hole, or not?

    Message: Wikipedia linked me to Securityfocus, where I found a description of a supposed DoS vulnerability in Firefox. It is dated to October 5th, 2005. And credited, LOL. Check this out, a part of my searching code on search.zwz.myftp.org:
    const MyDomain="zwz.myftp.org"
    const maxhits=50 ' HERE!
    const maxhitsother=200
    const maxperline=4
    const JSPreview="/obrb.zwz/"
    The maxhits constant essentially limits the amount of found entries when in the iframe mode (Thumbnail on click). I have implemented this far back when not even Firefox 1.0 was out and I discovered the error with Netscape 7.2 (same Gecko core) that failed around the count of 75 iframes. Of course I didn't want to trouble my users, so I added this limit.
    That was about one year ago. So why is Tom Ferris taking the credits for this? Because he bothered to mail that always 2nd Securityfocus site?
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    You decide!

    Message: The default light-blue style for the ZWZ Page may not suit you anymore. I'm giving you the chance to choose what style should become the default style presented to new visitors.

    Try all the styles prior to voting. Click the Styles menu item to the left and try each style. Please note that Internet Explorer may have difficulties displaying some of them. The Green one is not directly recommended, try GreenL instead.

    This poll is obsolete, plus someone deliberately voted for the Dark skin repeatedly to forge it. Green chosen, poll no longer relevant.
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    Related Pictures

    Message: I have coded a feature that will show you small thumbnails next to the medium view you are currently at. You won't miss the pics of your favorite style anymore!
    Please note that it's manually edited, so the scope is only my own wallpapers. They are hosted externally.
    To try it out, click on any thumbnail in the menu to the left.

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