New Site at Helikoid.si

I am moving to a new website at helikoid.si.

This site is an archive of posts before 2011.

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EuroSkills Informatics 2010

Just today I returned from the Portugal, Lisbon, where Euroskills 2010 has been held. In the Office ICT Category (Informatics) I won two silver medals, one as a Project Manager of the team and second together with Slovenian team (members: me, Slavko Zitnik, Miha Longino, Peter Virant).

The contest was organized very well, we were accomodated in the part of the Lisbon, where Expo was held, and there was also the competition. In fifty trades there were 500 competitors and there was also a few hundred of experts, observers and guests.

More is published on my website at http://helikoid.si.

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Helikoid.si Notification

It has been a while, since my last post here, but I’ve been active at my second website, located at http://helikoid.si. However, in future I will publish at both sites, but possibly the site at helikoid.si will contain (randomized:)) articles about interesting-hobby-research/reviews/tests and some of my notes which I’ll share with broader public (perhaps someone would find them valuable, but at least they will be for my reference).

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MobiFoto RC

Here is our RC version of the MobiFoto app.

Video is recorded with nokia x6.

Here is how it looks on nokia 5230.

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MobiFoto app and Slovenia Nokia App Forum

On 2nd and 3rd of July I participated at Slovenia Nokia Forum Developer Hackaton at Kiberpipa, Ljubljana. Together with Slavko Žitnik we applied with a concept of app, which was chosen. So we spent two days discussing/learning/coding a mobile app together with approx 20 other participants and slovenian/foreign experts from Nokia Forum.

Our first idea was an app, called Shopper, but after discussion we shifted towards an app, called Mobilni Fotograf, MobiFoto. So I won’t go into details, but the principal idea is to design a mobile app with the following purpose: Photos made with phone’s cameras are nowadays mature and so sofisticated that we could easily send them to the photo studio to print them (We can expect that cameras in phones will be even better in the future, so the app will be prosperous). The user could select photos from his Pictures Gallery, select the photo studio, edit photos’ settings (dimensions, colour, paper type) and send them to the selected studio. He could easily monitor the progress of of his order through statuses.  There are also some settings, like would the user pick the photos in person or should they be send by post, what kind of data transfer would be allowed (only wifi?) etc.

We decided to develop app in Qt (cute :) ) for Symbian platform, focusing on touch and non-touch ui. Until now, the majority of work was done by me, therefore I had to dive into c++, Qt platform and symbian sdk. I must say I am quite impressed, I have already developed a mobile app in java me at Hermes Softlab Summer school two years ago but nokia’s tools have really positively surprised me. I like the idea of writing the code once and then deploy it across mobile, desktop, embedded os. The IDE, Qt Creator is free and comes to gether with Qt sdk. Qt Creator tries to resemble IDEs like Ecplise or MS VS (for example they all have visual desginer, although it wasn’t suitable for me at all). Despite emulator being nice, every app must be tested on real phones, I used freshly bought nokia 5230.

Anyway, here are some printscreens of the app (I took them with ScreenSnap app from Ovi store, as this phone does not have this feature by default like iphone). Together with Slavko we are looking forward to publish it at Ovi store as soon as possible, as this was also the intention of the Hackaton.


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Cisco Expo 2010

V četrtek, 11.03.2010, in v petek, 12.03.2010, sem se udeležila 9. konference Cisco Expo, katere rdeča nit je bila “See beyond, move beyond”.  Konferenca je potekala v kongresnem centru hotela Slovenija v Portorožu. Poleg plenarnih predavanj z zanimivimi gosti (na uvodni otvoritvi je Anton Petrič, direktor Cisco Slovenije, gostil gosta Eda Baker-ja, Natašo Pirc Muser) se je v dveh dneh zvrstilo okoli 40 tehnoloških, partnerskih in poslovnih predavanj, Cisco tekmovanji, sponzorske predstavitve na stojnicah. Ker Cisco corp.  praznuje 25. obletnico delovanja, smo jubilej proslavili z zabavo. Kot običajno na konferencah Cisco Expo, je bilo za organizacijo dogodka izvrstno poskrbljeno – vse pohvale organizatorjem. :)

Več o vsebini predavanj s povzetki, pokroviteljih, partnerjih, programu.

Moja TOP 4 predavanja (povzetki predavanj so na zgornjem linku):

  • Cisco Unified Computing System – oblak v malem – Silvo Lipovšek
  • Novosti na področju Ciscovih brezžičnih omrežij naslednje generacije – Elizabeth Di Rocco in Gregor Šimenc
  • Novosti na področju Združenih komunikacij – Aleksander Kocelj
  • CCIE klub predavanje: Uvajanje IPv6 v omrežja ponudnikov storitev – Robert Verlič
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SloSkills, 2. dan in zmaga!!!

Večina dela je bilo opravljenega že včeraj, danes zjutraj smo dokončali predstavitev rešitve, ki jo je bilo potrebno predstaviti komisiji. Očitno smo komisijo z delom zelo dobro prepričali, saj smo drugo uvrščeno ekipo premagali za skoraj 30 točk (dosegli smo 91.45 od 100 možnih).

Posledice današnjega uspeha so:

  • uvrstitev na EuroSkills (kategorija Informatika), ki bo novembra na Portugalskem
  • nekaj vrečk nagrad: pokal, cisco router, acer netbook, majice, torba, cca 10 knjig, kotizacija za konf. inf. v Portorozu aprila
  • nekaj novih poznanstev in intervjujev (uf :) )

Več o tekmovanju piše tudi Slavko na blogu.

EuroSkills

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SloSkills, 1. dan

Danes je potekal 1. dan tekmovanja SLOSkills v Novi Gorici, kamor smo (4-članska ekipa: Miha Longino, Peter Virant, Slavko Žitnik, Marinka Žitnik, sicer vsi študenti FRI) dospeli že včeraj.

Od 9.30 do 18.30  (z odmorom za kosilo) smo se ukvarjali s celovito postavitvijo informacijskega sistema za poslovalnico fiktivnega podjetja Vse imamo d.o.o. Ključne naloge so bile:

  • Windows: Server 2008, RDP, DHCP, Exchange 2007, GP, DNS, OWA
  • Linux: Centos 5.4, DNS, SSH, DHCP, CMS (drupal, splet + intranet)
  • cisco: Catalyst 2960, router 1841, VLAN, ACL, DHCP, routing
  • projektno vodenje: metodologija, wbs, gantt, org. shema, predstavitev za trženje, varnostna politika (surprise)

Tekmovanje je precej zanimivo, saj za razliko od mnogih preverja neposredna praktična znanja v življenjskem okolju (hrup, omejen čas in sredstva). Vredno omembe je, da tekmovalci v času tekmovanja ne smejo komunicirati z zunanjim svetom razen s sodniki, to pomeni, da ni dostopa do interneta ali kakršnih koli gradiv. Zanašati se je moč samo nase in ostale člane ekipe (no, ekipi v 10 urah dela priprada 10 min žeton za brskanje, a brez kakršnegakoli prenašanja datotek in podobnih domislic :) )

Med tekmovanjem

Trenutno se

regeneriramo v Novi Gorici, kjer jutri čakamo na zadnji del tekmovanja in razglasitev rezultatov. Šlo nam je (zelo) dobro – namestitev in konfiguracija sta uspeli.

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Voščilo 2010

Vse dobro v prihajajočem letu 2010!

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Zanimivo branje

Chaos and Fractals New Frontiers of Science, 2nd ed. (Heinz-Otto Peitgen, Hartmut Jürgens, Dietmar Saupe ) je izredno zanimivo čtivo za vse, ki jih naivno zanima teorija kaosa in fraktali:).

Zakaj? Vsebina je dovolj uravnotežena, da je razumljiva za preprostega bralca, a hkrati pronicljiva, ki tudi bolj zahtevne ne dolgočasi. Čeprav bi mnoge odvrnil že obseg vsebine, je knjiga enostavno berljiva, ki skozi poglavja nadgrajuje znanje. Všeč so mi številni vsakdanji primeri za ponazoritev in predvsem poglavje 2: Classical Fractals and Self-Similarity (klasično poglavje), 4: Length, Area and Dimension: Measuring Complexity and Scaling Properties in prehod od determinističnih k nedeterminističnim pojavom oz. potem k kaosu.

Priporočam v branje:)

Za začetek objavljam link na googlu.

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