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Backup Gmail for free

Backup Gmail for free

Believe it or not, some people are already having trouble with free space on Gmail. Not me, I'm at 38% full at the moment, but those large attachments proved to be deadly for some. If you don't want to pay for the extra storage but want to keep all those old emails, read on for an effective offline backup using Mozilla Thunderbird client. Read more

Autoguiding test

Autoguiding test

This is a result from a recent test of my autoguiding setup. I wrote before about the whole astrophotography setup and this was supposed to be first real-life test of autoguiding while attempting to shoot something. Results are somewhat dissappointing, there is still room for some improvements, especially on the level of hardware sturdiness. Later in the post I will layout a recipe for basic DSLR astrophotography processing in IRIS program. Read more

Simple internet checker

Simple internet checker

In my corporate workplace we have a dedicated ADSL line for the Windows® mail server. As all connections go it's a little buggy, so every now and then ADSL router locks up, mails stop flowing and the only thing that helps is the manual reboot of the router. Since this seems to happen only on the weekends and other non-working hours (Murphy's Law?), the need arose for an automated solution to this problem. Read more

Hardware upgrade

Hardware upgrade

So, how do you realize you are ripe for a major hardware upgrade? In my case, when I start to notice significant lags in most of the things I do on a computer, when the time spent in waiting that mouse cursor to change becomes unbearable. It's not that the computer has become slower, it's that my expectations became higher ;) Read more

My astrophotography setup

My astrophotography setup

Cold (-6°C cold) weather, frozen snow all around and moderate, but pretty chilly wind sometimes can not deter determined amateur astronomer to go outside. This was the case over the weekend, when I set out with a friend to our regular observation spot, after weeks of 'ugly' weather, to finally test a working astrophotography setup. It was a short and quick test, with great results: everything worked as expected! Read more

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