Ubuntu lenses — search applications bug?

9 02 2012

Today I noticed that searching application with Ubuntu lenses didn’t work. I typed application names but nothing appeared. Googling. I found this thread on Ubuntu forums. I didn’t go into details but the solution to this issue is to remove the following directory
~/.cache/software-center and re-login.

This only confirms my opinion that Unity is an immature piece of software and really needs more testing.

Concerning my last post (buying mp3 files from Amazon) — I tried also www.amazon.pl. It redirected me to www.amazon.co.uk. I already have an account there so I tried buying the same mp3 from there. No success. The same reason. I can’t buy it from Poland.


Buying music on the Internet

25 01 2012

Since Lucid Lynx I use Ubuntu One Music Store to buy music on the Internet.

Although I had some problems at the beginning now I’m happy with the service. Still, I can’t find all the music I would like to and I consider the prices a little too high (comparing to Polish earnings) but the number of available tracks and artists grows constantly and buying one or two mp3s in a month is affordable.

Ubuntu One Music Store -- no Metallica

Recently I noticed that also Amazon store was integrated with Banshee. I was really kindly surprised when I found in the Amazon store music that is not available in Ubuntu One Music Store. I picked a track and was about to pay when a nasty screen told me they don’t sell it outside the US.

Amazon -- outside US

Is my money worse? Don’t I deserve that goods? I mean, what the hell is wrong? I know it’s not Amazon’s fault. The zone/region music distribution system has nothing to do with people’s need today. I want to spend my money and I can’t! That makes no sense to me.

Poland and U.S.

25 10 2010

Today I’ve bumped into an article at CNN.com about shrinking role of U.S. in Poland. Its author briefly presents what seemed obvious to me (and other people in Poland). Nevertheless, the article is worth reading to get to know the point of view of an American.

Enjoy reading.

U.S. role in Poland shrinking

Running business in Poland

19 01 2010

I like languages. I mean–I like reading about different languages, writing systems etc. I like very much digging into words’ meanings and finding their origins. That’s why I found Omniglot.

Recently a new article was published on that Web site: Tales from Eastern Europe. It’s written by an American who runs his translation company in Poland. It’s really interesting for me to see how my country is perceived by foreigners. And may by interesting for you too.

Changes, changes… and even more changes.

20 11 2008


It’s been quite a lot of time since my last post. Nevertheless, I didn’t decide to give up posting.

Over month ago I’ve started a draft of a new post called “Changes, changes”. I wanted to write about everything important that happened since the last post. Unfortunately, I didn’t finish the post and now I find even more and more changes. I decided to place them simply in a list (no order applies):

  • Google has published his browser! (Google Chrome)
  • I’ve finished my internship in France Telecom – Julien (responsible for my internship) is happy for my work, I’m happy too – should I expect more? 😉
  • The internship means also the end of my studies – now I wait for my diploma from TELECOM Bretagne and Politechnika Gdanska (some bureaucracy expected)
  • I found a job (I’ll say more once everything is sure)
  • I moved to Sopot (very nice city between Gdansk and Gdynia) in northern Poland (visit if you can – you won’t be disappointed!)

Earlier, I wanted to explain why I have moved from blogger to wordpress. I really used to be convinced to use blogger, but finally I found that wordpress better meets my expectations. Simply, I think that wordpress does blogging better because they are focused on that matter. Google (blogger’s owner) does much more things and that doesn’t mean that everything they do is better.

Finally, I’ll stay with wordpress – it’s faster and easier. Even its free offer is sufficient for me.

Let’s go!

19 06 2008

Hello everyone! It’s my pleasure to announce my first post on this blog. Although, it’s not the first blog in my life.

Somewhere around years 2000-2001 I wrote my own blog engine in PHP. I used simple flat-file based data storage. It was hosted on, free-of-charge at that time, www.phg.pl server. They offered really free PHP hosting but with quite limited disk space (I don’t remember the exact figures) and with no database support. As the virtual web space then was still an unknown area, a real terra incognita, a wild wild west… Web 2.0 was about to be born; everyone could have started his own portal, vortal, blog or any other web service. I had plans not only to start posting on my own blog but to share my tiny script with others. I caught two souls – people I have never met before. They found somehow my blog service, they started posting… It was so amazing!

But nothing lasts forever. I started my studies and the same year phg.pl cut off their free hosting service. I didn’t have enough time and motivation, nor money, to transfer that blog somewhere else or pay for the hosting. By the way, it wasn’t the only service I created and put there. The others were: a forum (PHP + flat-file storage) used by me and my school mates; a free e-mail gateway (I still hold www.email.prv.pl URL alias and it still points to, no more existing, FanEmail 1.04); and the last but not least www.japatam.phg.pl – the award-winning web site about extraterrestrial life created for the “Life in the Universe” European contest organized by CERN. Thanks to that site, me and my two friends won the first prize at the Polish national level and we went to Geneva for the Grande Finale. There were also a plan to establish a web design agency with my friend. I was so on the top of Web!

And again time passed. I lost my old hosting but I’ve got a new one. As I began my studies at Politechnika Gdanska, in my dorm I met our local network admin. After couples of talks I realized that I already know PHP pretty well – me, first-year student, was able not only to discuss with last-year big boss admin, but also give him some advices about some new features in PHP (version 4). In exchange, the guy gave me an account on a server administrated by students (double Intel Pentium Pro as far as I remember). As of Web, I fade in background. I coded my own PHP scripts but almost no one was aware of it. The first place in my professional life was my studies, so I delved into electronics and telecommunication leaving Web somewhere back. Fortunately, most of my work is still available on that students’ server. I said most, because, unfortunately, some of them I erased. You can still find, if you only search well, pages designed by me and hosted elsewhere.

The Web didn’t remain in one place. Web 2.0 is almost everywhere and companies that don’t have their own web site at all I could count on the fingers of one hand, as we say in Poland. I could, if I knew of their existence. Web not only is the integral part of our life, but it’s a huge marketplace. And I don’t mean only e-shops or auctions. Everything is for “sale” from people’s ideas “sold” in millions of blogs, forums, social networks etc. to highly appreciated by today’s bussines values like clients’ trust, well-promoted trademarks and, the most important, though virtual, information. In this context I return to the Web. However, I don’t really feel I was totally apart. I have a feeling I just didn’t follow the great transformation from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0; I didn’t have any homepage nor blog; I used to visit forums and others’ blogs as I did for Web 1.0 – with no interaction. It’s the high time to change it definitively! Now I’m 100% compatible! I start my new shining blog, I participate in discussions on some groups via Google Groups, I read feeds via Google Reader etc. And the most important thing is that I really feel like I can do or change something – put my own brick in the wall. Personal and professional parts as well as passion meet together. And that is it!

Just the last remark: I apologize in advance for any errors as English is only my second language.