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I always keep notes when I am working on a project or study. I found it very useful. I write some tips on how to do something. I write some ideas. I use my notes a lot. So, I thought maybe I should share my notes with others and maybe it will be helpful to them too. Here you go. This blog is for me and everybody who might find it useful.

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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
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<![CDATA[
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