USB IDE/SATAII converter + How to make your USB to ATA/ATAPI bridge Hard Disk visible in Windows

I bought this USB IDE&SATA converter cable (€20) , much handier than these cases for carrying around hard disks.

#1 The first disk I tried to hook up was previously in my Synology NAS (WD 3.5” 2TB disk) and was not showing up, so:

  • click start
  • rightclick computer
  • click manage
  • click storage > disk manager on the left
  • remove the volumes from the disk
  • create a new volume (did NTFS) and assign a drive letter

And voila my first 2TB disk to carry around.

I also thought to use it with some older 2.5” disks that I had laying around since ages since i was curious what was on it:

#2 was a 2.5” MP0804H, meaning an ATA-100 disk , I first thought it would not fit however, then I found an additional cable topic and I found the same silly thing: there is an additional cover you can screw off (6 firm screws!) and underneath is the IDE interface. However… when I connected this one, the 2 lights went out on the device and no matter what, could not get this one working. (you don’t need to connect the 2×2 power pins only the main IDE interface). Although I did not get it working, it did became incredibly hot in a few seconds. I wonder what it means if the two lights go off (PWR and ACTIVE) Maybe the adapter can not feed it enough power.

#3 was a 2.5” HDD2170, meaning ATA2,3,4,5 … , this one had to go also in front (2,5 IDE) , it was recognized immediately was from a very old laptop (2005), funny to find some really old stuff on there, deleted the stuff via disk manager and voila another 40GB … Glimlach

#4 was a 3.5” 500GB WD disk that previously was in the Synology, same mechanism as under #1 and voila another 500GB to carry around

#5 was a 3.5”500GB WD Disk that previously broke in my NAS, I thought: let’s really test it but other than hearing “click click click” nothing happened: so now I now I can really throw that one away

Handy cable! So now have 2TB+500GB+40GB for e.g. backups which in other cases would just be lying around. Let’s see if I have some other disks laying around to increase the space.

Amazon Cognito

Amazon Cognito is an interesting hosted solution for managing user’s online identities and userdate with all kinds of bells and whistles (like “save and update when user only later on connects to his Facebook profile).

It is also cheap: IF you would 1.000.000 user syncs a month you pay… $15 for it.

Maybe be interesting (and cheap) (and less work) solution for my apps. I think this funcitionality every user expects.

No href on A / Prevent further links being opened after onmouseclick

I had a <a href onmouseclick=””> and while the onmouseclick opens a new window, the href also triggers … this was kinda not handy because

  • “#” would not work (don’t want extra # because it fucks up the query string) (and all kinds of javascript on the backend)
  • “return false” would not work (too fast for aysnc call).
  • jquery no further event, not in this case useable, did not get the e.
  • javascript:undefined :in theory

So I wrote a piece of code that puts location.href in there, and some tricking, but … not optimal because that refreshes the page.

THEN, via SA, I thought of leaving the href out completely , did not think of that :)

<a onmousclick="&rdquo;&rdquo;">

works perfectly and is simplistic enough to be nice. (now only need to make it have an arrow and the css styling seemed to be dependent on the href being present so need to add some styles to mimic this.

Nice trick! (I also found the . might also be useful)

RoutePlanner showing you what places to rest after every 2 hours

Google maps shows you how a long a trip takes. It does not however show you how long it takes for each of the intermediate milestones. So I asked on StackExchange for a tool which would show you this and, not surprisingly with ViaMichelin this is entirely possible.


You have to drive to France and pre-determine that you want to hold a break every 2 hours. In Google Maps you can’t see where you are after every 2 hours but in ViaMichelin you can easily determine, before leaving, what will be your resting places. Nice!

viamichelin screenshot

best demonstration of quick-sort ever seen


Created at Sapientia University, Tirgu Mures (Marosvásárhely), Romania.
Directed by Kátai Zoltán and Tóth László.
In cooperation with “Maros Művészegyüttes”, Tirgu Mures (Marosvásárhely), Romania.

Choreographer: Füzesi Albert.
Video: Lőrinc Lajos, Körmöcki Zoltán.
Supported by “Szülőföld Alap”, MITIS (NGO) and evoline company.

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And of course … also see the dances about:

jump to wikipedia sorting

All organization relations WordPress

Facebook has a record of all companies I like as well as LinkedIn.

However, I don’t want that taxonomy data inside these databases but in my own. And because I want to keep my private IT simple: I would like it to be in this WordPress blog.

For instance: I just drank a bottled frappuccino from Starbucks which I bought at AH.


I would like to have on my sidebar or some sidebar a list of all companies such as Starbucks and when clicking it a list of all products and services I take from such a company and organization and along with it some story and some metadata. Exactly as now is the case in all those social networks.

Thing is… there could be several approaches to such a setup: from completely manual to a plugin. I could use WP’s taxonomy system or write my own and on top of that I would like all metadata I store at social networks integrated so that my blog becomes the central hub. Ideally Facebook should query my blog to extract thousands of relations instead of the other way around, so I should create an api for that, “Edward’s API”.

Let’s think about this.