First look at Microsoft Vine

Today I finally received invitation to beta program of Microsoft Vine. After downloading small setup.exe, which only started another MSI file (of about 5 MB) it started.


Picture: Vine site after download


Picture: Vine setup starting with EULA of course



Picture: First start of Vine – Notice the beautiful transparency

When started for the first time, Vine wants you to select your 4-digits PIN for ensure it is you who uses this email address.


Picture: You can now add Places and People


Picture: Vitals – Information you publish to your friends


Picture: My places – Brno – place I like. Now I can add my place to My Places.

How to run Windows XP from USB stick

How to prepare:

1. Modify Windows XP installation files and create your installation CD with support for installation on USB. ()

2. Boot,
Remove your HDD from bios, set up booting from CD
Install from CD to USB stick. In this step I had problem inside VmWare, After I selected to install to Usb drive, Installer give up with message like:

Cannot find harddrive …

Here comes in some hardware dependency. I finally succeeded with installing on usb stick on real hardware (In my case HP 8510w) where textual part of installation proceeded successfully.

3. Set up booting from USB stick and boot up from USB stick to continue installation in GUI mode. I went into a different problem in this part, textual message:

Cannot Find \Windows\System32\hal.dll

Solution was to edit boot.ini on usb stick to boot up from usb:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP
Professional" /fastdetect

You have to ensure that you are booting from first multi, first disk, first rdisk and partition number 1.

After this GUI installation processeded successfully.

Everything runs good, but my Flash Voyager 64GB is too slow I think. All disk operations slows system poorly. Probably some issue with USB drivers .. I have to check speed of that stick in real system.

How to Unlock SVN locked file

SVN supports locking also. It is feature when someone takes lock and noone else can change it. But what if a peopla has one day vacation ?

As described here, it is possible to takeover such a lock.


I am using tortoise svn, which does not enclosure svn command line client neccesary for that, sou I have to download proper svn client for windows:

1.5.4 (we are using now)

or 1.6.2


Cannot lock a file:

"c:\Program Files\svn-win32-1.5.4\bin\svn"
lock MyVB6Proj.vbp
svn: warning: Path ‘/trunk/MyVB6Proj/MyVB6Proj.vbp’ is already locked b
y user ‘user_having_vacation@DOMAIN’ in filesystem ‘/svn/vb/db’


Takeover lock

"c:\Program Files\svn-win32-1.5.4\bin\svn"
lock –force MyVB6Proj.vbp
‘MyVB6Proj.vbp’ locked by user ‘kunc@DOMAIN’.


And unlock my lock -this is operation I can do

c:\Program Files\svn-win32-1.5.4\bin\svn"
unlock  MyVB6Proj.vbp
‘MyVB6Proj.vbp’ unlocked.