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Faster Connectivity!

Message: It finally happened. The wireless antennas got upgraded giving this website a 50-fold boost in upload speed! Your browsing experience here has improved to the levels expected from services hosted on dedicated servers. Almost every full image will load in seconds, provided you have a fast connection.
Go visit the gallery and see for yourself.
A quick note about handheld devices: All gallery pages now detect phones and tablets automatically and present a whole new optimized template. No side-scrolling required. The first tap loads the medium preview, the second one links to the full picture.

Color Deficit Simulation

Message: Here, on the whole ZWZ website. Visit the filter form to pick a color blindness type and see it in action everywhere on this server.
Be advised that the SVG matrix doesn't allow me to mimic the real deficiencies exactly which means that sometimes, the Ishihara plates will be somewhat readable even with the filter on.
Enjoy! I think that tritanomaly produces a neat dreamy effect for the casual observer, so do try that.

The Gallery Upgraded

Message: I have been working on this website's underlying code to stabilize most of the known issues concerning its non-permanent link system. Content writers all around the web expect to be able to copy a URL and visit the same content later or from a different place. This concept has, sadly, eluded the ZWZ Gallery for quite some time.
But I have finally overhauled the link system to provide a better stability. The thumbnail view is now numbered in a reversed manner - the first, newest page that you see when visiting, actually has the highest URL number. When more pictures are added, the UI numbering will shift against the URLs, but the same pictures will remain visible under these URLs. This should help in all sorts of linking.
And there is more: The full picture views have been upgraded to be hash-coded, rather than path-coded. This will keep the links working virtually forever, no matter how I choose to improve the directory order. Nice faux URL rewriting has been implemented too. It is not a real rewriting per se since the system is already designed with it in mind, but it makes especially pasted URLs look neat.
The puzzle is now working reliably, the link is now the same on both platforms. Upon completion, you get the full view of the gallery window, as opposed to just a raw JPEG before.
The old links will remain working for a while, but they are being phased out of search engines and their functionality is not guaranteed. I will probably also disable the directory listing because it just attracts leechers.
Please enjoy the new gallery.


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IPv6 and Permanently Online!

Links: This website will now run better. It is equipped with a second backup server and is accessible using both IPv4 and IPv6 protocols.
To test your IPv6 capability, visit The basic domain is deploying both record types as we speak.

Mirror moving to

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Asus: A can of worms too

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Electric Bicycle

Links: A DIY electric drive for a bicycle. Read on.


Links: I am finally publishing my long-developed and stalled JPEG size reduction program. This software is meticulously crafted to leave all of its competitors in the dust — the options shall surprise even eager Exif users. If you want the ultimate solution for JPEG file size reduction without any further quality loss, download it now.

End of Pictures over FTP

Message: The bandwidth of this server was being constantly raped by leechers over FTP. The pictures are from now only available over HTTP with the 50MB limit.
I apologize to all legitimate users.


Links: You can always find a mirror of this site on at least one of these URLs:
This is always up-to-date, but offline at night. Always online, also redundant through round robin.
Has full-quality wallpapers (1MB). Ad-supported hosting (text only). Limited content - only my wallpapers.
000webhost is an epic fail. Avoid at all costs!
Proven to have high uptime, but it has the 512k file limit. Wallpapers only.

Midnight Commander on the Hero!

Message: You might have noticed that it's a hassle to explore the new horizons of the Android system through a limited ADB command-line. If you want to run a file manager to work with the phone effortlessly, read further.


Links: Buff-tailed queen I have written an article on the best of insects - the bumblebees. Learn more about how to have fun with them.

Good Fanlisting, Sad Owner

Message: I almost forgot I once registered to this Pita Ten fanlisting: I cannot make the URL clickable though; the owner has an arrogant, blindminded policy of "checking the fan's site periodically and removing the URL if the fanlisting is not linked properly." As you probably know, the ZWZ Page does not run uninterrupted and I also add such link to the Fav Sites section to prevent clutter and ensure fast load times. So I'm sad to announce that this Pita Ten fanlisting cannot be linked here.

Windows: A can of worms

Message: Now for a stress-relief post: I have spent a few days trying to set up a VPN on the Windows Server 2003 machine. This may seem like a mundane task, but not so according to the Redmond scenario. After reading up that DHCP won't work over VPN (had to assign IPs in the routing service) and neither will IPX/SPX, I finally learnt that to not to cut the internet connection of the client attempting to connect to the server, one has to do a lamer-intensive tweaking on the client side to disable taking over the gateway. Even after disabling all firewalls, the VPN would not ping reliably, ceasing to work after about one minute. I'm stressing out that everything else worked well so far. And now for the worst: I noticed that the subnet mask of the RAS is in ipconfig, which is obviously wrong as it suggests a network of only one member. So I edited the registry to force an IP/subnet mask setting for the virtual adapter. Upon the client connection, the system BSODed! So I had to restore the previous settings.
I also tried to uninstall or update various other net programs I have running, to no avail but more BSODs.
And no, that's not all, as a last-minute hit, the webserver failed with "File is already in use by another process". After examining the log, I finally concluded that ports are actually in use and closed Skype. That was it!
I can't wait to migrate it all to Linux.

Another Server Outage

Message: Another year has passed and the server will be out until August 7th.

Fraud by

Message: A social-networking site reachable on used to be friendly and all when it started. But, as it happens on the internet, it was a money-making plot. Suddenly, you have to pay 19 bucks or your hi-res photos will be deleted in 30 days and counting!
Well, I sort-of expected this, but they are way small to be able to push this scheme, not to mention that they already have ads everywhere on the site. I mean, you could get a straight .com domain complete with webspace for that. What the?!?

FAT32 MP3 Players Bootable!

Message: If you have ever tried to add Windows (in the form of PE) on your Mass-Storage-capable MP3 player, you might have well found out that it does not boot. Even if you made double-sure that the bootsector loads NTLDR and all system files are well-configured, it still froze with a black screen.
Click here for the full article.

Scheduled Server Outage

Message: The ZWZ Server will be offline until July 22nd. Use the link to be redirected to the right mirror whenever you visit this site.
Thank you for your countenance for the past years. The ZWZ Page will be right back.

Scanner Error in Windows 2003 SP2

Message: I was about to upgrade to Service Pack 2 on my Windows Server 2003 machine. It is a useful and, in long run, necessary step.
First, I tried to run the SP2 installer from within Windows. It complained about the bootlogo changed in ntoskrnl.exe. So I restored the file. But it still complained. I finally discovered that the /kernel= parameter must be removed from boot.ini.
But after the installation, which took ages, the system was very unstable. It crashed on every shutdown. It even started crashing on logon, so I uninstalled the SP and the problem stopped.
To get the SP2 working, I integrated the servicepack into the CD and installed a fresh system. It basically worked, no more blue screens (BSOD).
A few days later, I got to installing the scanner drivers. But the software always reported that it can't find the scanner. Its drivers were installed correctly though.
The problem turned out to be in the new version of usbscan.sys that is supposed to fix the printer-scanner-copier issue known from SP1. So I started the ZWZ PE and replaced the older USBSCAN.SYS as the system32\drivers one.
And hooray - the scanner stopped freezing and it's all set! The type is Hewlett-Packard Scanjet 4670.

My Web Album

You can comment on some of my wallpapers there and download them fast even when my computer is offline.


Message: Ever stuck with a non-bootable computer? DOS floppy is not enough? Are you an administrator? Or do you just want to impress your friends? Create your very own ZWZ PE CD!

Dejiko Amidst Flowers

Message: Here is another wallpaper with Dejiko! This will be the last for some time, I don't have many good scans left. But this one should satisfy you anyway.
It is also the most taxing wallpaper of mine ever, as I spent more than one week making it. I'm getting too busy and numb I guess. Enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it for you.

As requested by you.

Message: The Media section has been asking for your needs in terms of what should I host. The poll is still running, but I'll post some links to the most desired things here.
Please note that they work during the day in Europe only. So no late-night browsing. Try it in the morning!
Enjoy and keep visiting the ZWZ Page for more anime graphics!

New security hole, or not?

Message: Wikipedia linked me to Securityfocus, where I found a description of a supposed DoS vulnerability in Firefox. It is dated to October 5th, 2005. And credited, LOL. Check this out, a part of my searching code on
const MyDomain=""
const maxhits=50 ' HERE!
const maxhitsother=200
const maxperline=4
const JSPreview="/obrb.zwz/"
The maxhits constant essentially limits the amount of found entries when in the iframe mode (Thumbnail on click). I have implemented this far back when not even Firefox 1.0 was out and I discovered the error with Netscape 7.2 (same Gecko core) that failed around the count of 75 iframes. Of course I didn't want to trouble my users, so I added this limit.
That was about one year ago. So why is Tom Ferris taking the credits for this? Because he bothered to mail that always 2nd Securityfocus site?

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