Instagram experiment finished

I used this blog for a while as a Instagram bot, grabbing pictures related to my hometown, Padova (Italy, not far from Venice).

I learnt something about bots and APIs, and much more about what people can photograph 🙂

The end… time to start something new.

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CorelDraw X5 crashes on save, export,…

I could not believe it would be THIS EASY to fix the problem, but thanks to S. G. Vulcan’s blog i fixed this incredible bug.

Just open the Registry Editor (Start -> Run… -> “regedit.exe” -> OK) and navigate to

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\
Software\
Microsoft\
Windows\
CurrentVersion\
Policies\
ComDlg32]

Within this folder (actually a registry entry) you’ll find a NoFileMru item. Double click and edit its value from 1 to 0 (hexadecimal).

"NoFileMru"=dword:00000000

This is a system-wide setting that according to Microsoft hides the dropdown list of recent files.

Thomas Jefferson

Sometimes we have a distorted idea about great people lived in the past…

On religion…

“Our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions, any more than our opinions in physics or geometry.”

“On the dogmas of religion as distinguished from moral principles, all mankind, from the beginning of the world to this day, have been quarrelling, fighting, burning and torturing one another, for abstractions unintelligible to themselves and to all others, and absolutely beyond the comprehension of the human mind.”

“If we did a good act merely from love of God and a belief that it is pleasing to Him, whence arises the morality of the Atheist? … Their virtue, then, must have had some other foundation than the love of God.”

Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because, if there be one, he must more approve the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.”

“Do not be frightened from this inquiry by any fear of its consequences. If it ends in a belief that there is no god, you will find incitements to virtue in the comfort and pleasantness you feel in its exercise, and the love of others which it will procure you.”

On Taxes…

“If we run into such debts as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our callings and our creeds, as the people of England are, our people, like them, must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, and give the earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses. And the sixteenth being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live, as they do now, on oatmeal and potatoes, have no time to think, no means of calling the mis-managers to account; but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains around the necks of our fellow sufferers. And this is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for a second, that second for a third, and so on ’til the bulk of the society is reduced to be mere automations of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sinning and suffering. And the forehorse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression.” Yes, we did produce a near-perfect republic. But will they keep it? Or will they, in the enjoyment of plenty, lose the memory of freedom? Material abundance without character is the path of destruction.”

Thomas Jefferson, 1816

Third President of the United States 1801 -1809, Drafter of the Declaration of Independence, Founder of the University of Virginia