Showing posts from April, 2016

Indonesia Visa-Free Entry Cost US $35

In March, 2015 we read that Indonesia will be offering a visa-free entry starting from April 1st. The new offer covered the following passports: China, Japan, South Korea, United States, Canada, New Zealand, Mexico, Russia, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait and South Africa. We took the bait.

Installing Windows 7 on Dell Vostro 14 5000 Series Laptop

Installing Windows 7 was not a piece of cake as Microsoft is pushing desperately Windows 10. Detailed installation instructions with driver download links follow this walk-through. The first challenge was getting USB to work. Windows 7 does not support USB 3, and Vostro has only USB 3 ports meaning that none of the USB ports are functional before the drivers are installed. We used Ubuntu live image and two USB pen drives to transfer the drivers. After USB started working, installing all the rest of the drivers was a trivial task… almost. Driver packages and updates provided by Dell kept crashing and messing up the system. Installations were interrupted with undocumented error messages, and finally the system got so messed up that we had to re-install Windows 7. On the next round, we stripped the drivers out from Dell update packages. This way, and by gathering drivers from original component manufacturers, we managed to get everything installed. The only issue left was the system tha…

SanteriX 64bit v 1.0 Operating System

Ever since we left Finland in 2004 to travel the world, Santeri has secretly continued developing one of his former company's (SOT Finnish Software Engineering Ltd.) most closely guarded, secret R&D projects, which aimed to create a perfectly distributed operating system. Compared to traditional operating systems, the new SanteriX operating system does not require almost any hard disk space and boots virtually instantly. If the following presentation is too technical for you, click the blue Preview-button below to see how the new system looks.