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Keep Calm and Develop with Pleasure

May 2, 2013

Yet another idea for an IntelliJ T-Shirt. Would you wear it?

Keep Calm and Develop with Pleasure

How to make favicon.ico for Retina

Jan 23, 2013
Category: Design

If you read this, you probably have a web-site or a personal blog. Anyway, you know what is a favicon. A favicon is an icon representing your web-site in bookmarks, address bar, etc. In 99% it’s 16×16 px ico file and in 99% it looks ugly on a Retina device. This is how my Bookmarks bar looks in Chrome.

Bookmarks bar in Chrome

Icons on the left are made with retina quality, and icons on the right are not. To fix it, we need 32×32 px version of the icon. Once you’ve made it, you need an ico file containing both 16x16px and 32x32px icons. I’d recommend to use X-Icon Editor – a web-based tool doing all dirty job for you. All you need is:

  1. Upload 32x32px PNG icon
  2. Leave 16×16 and 32×32 options checked and uncheck others
  3. Click OK and download ICO file
  4. Rename it to favicon.ico and upload it to yours web-site document root. So it’s available at


P.S. to make your icon looks perfect on mobile devices such as iPads, iPhones, etc I’d recommend to read Mathias Bynens’ awesome post about it

Top 3 cars I wish I had in my garage

Jan 7, 2013
Category: Design
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Porsche 911 Carrera
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Apple Android Windows logo

Dec 14, 2012
Category: Design

I do love to create custom T-Shirt designs. Here is one of them. Feel free to print (4000×4600 version)apple-android-windows-small

IntelliJ IDEA 11 icons pack plugin

Oct 10, 2012

As an IntelliJ IDEA user, you may notice user interface changes from version to version. And IMHO it looks better and better. Anyway, there are always some guys who don’t like any UI changes. To make these users feel comfortable with changes we made, I wrote a plugin that enables old IntelliJ icons.

Download the plugin from here /idea11icons.jar Then go to IDEA Preferences -> Plugins -> Install from disk. Then restart IDEA.

UPDATE: The plugin has been updated to version 1.1 due compatibility issues with IntelliJ IDEA 13. Please download again and re-install

Windows evolution

Sep 30, 2012
Category: Design, Fun

Windows evolution