Monday, November 30, 2009

Solutions Architecture

Updated Architecture page with additional links and a section on Solutions Architecture.


Added a page on Solutions Architecture (Software). This is to be a hub for all material related to software and systems architecture, UML, SDLC, and (for the moment) project management.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Bosnia - Loans

Added pages on loans in Bosnia. Auto loans, housing loans...

Bosnia - Loans

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Photos: 2009-10-24 Otway

A day trip to Otway Treetop Walk.
The height of the structure is 25 meters above the ground. The tower is at 48m.
Back to the city via Great Ocean Road.

2009-10-24 Otway

Monday, October 12, 2009

HSBC Credit Cards Online

Added the HSBC No-Fee Credit card and the link to HSBC Credit Cards Online.

Australia - Credit Cards

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Melbourne - Water Levels

Added a link to Melbourne water levels indicators and statistics.


Saturday, September 19, 2009

Bosnia - Banks

Updated the link to UniCredit bank's web page.
Bosnia - Banks

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Income Investor

Added a link to Income Investor web site, listing the dividend timetables for ASX.

Australia - Stock Market

Saturday, August 29, 2009

CV Updated

CV updated with details on AstonishingCards project.

Curriculum Vitae, Alen Siljak

Photos: Royal Botanical Gardens

Photo album from a walk to Royal Botanical Gardens. My favorite spot in Melbourne.

2009-08-27 Royal Botanical Gardens

Monday, August 24, 2009

HSBC Credit Cards Online

Added a link to HSBC Credit Cards Online - online management and reports for HSBC credit cards.
Australia - Banks

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Index Funds

Added the link to Vanguard Wholesale index funds performance and a note that RaboPlus offers access to these funds.
Australia - Index Funds

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Added a quote by Albert Einstein.


Australia - Index Funds

Added the link to SPDRs funds’ online share registry.

Australia - Index Funds

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Thursday, June 11, 2009

EURUSD Exchange Rate

Added a page with EURUSD exchange rate charts.

EURUSD Exchange Rate

Monday, June 8, 2009

Saturday, June 6, 2009


Added a great quote by Balzac.


Thursday, June 4, 2009

Monday, June 1, 2009

Financial Matters

Added the link to the site updates at the front page.

Financial Matters

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Australia - Stock Market Charts

Added a new page with Australian stock market charts – daily and annual – for All Ordinaries and ASX S&P 200 indices.

Australia - Stock Market Charts

Friday, May 29, 2009

Online Business

Added a link to Mobux – earning rewards for mobile phore recharge credit.

Online Business

Monday, May 25, 2009

Money Transfer

Added a link to Xylo, a currency exchange service and international transfers for $5.

Money Transfer

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Investment Tips

Added excellent tips in Building Wealth section.

Building Wealth

Investment Tips

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Australia - Realestate

Added a link to a free suburb profile provided by MyRPData.

Australia - Realestate

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Other Links

Added Italy, Hungary, and Turkey to the list of visited countries.

Other Links

Friday, May 8, 2009

Australia - Index Funds

Added links to Westpac’s BlueChip20 investment account and Vanguard ETFs.

Australia - Index Funds

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Asset Allocation

Updated Asset Allocation with my asset allocation preferences. Two charts displaying general and detailed asset allocation.

Asset Allocation

Monday, May 4, 2009

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Bosnia – Genetics, Forum

Added section on Genetics – genetic analysis of the people in Bosnian geographical area.

Added a link to Bosnian history forum.


Saturday, April 25, 2009

Australian Tax

On 13 May 2008 the Australian Government announced the review of Australia's tax system. To read more about this initiative for the new tax system and a good overview of the existing tax system, visit Australia's future tax system web site (link).

Australian Tax

Friday, April 24, 2009

Australian Tax

Added a link to withholding tax details for non-residents.

More details on withholding tax for non-residents in an article on the blog

Australian Tax


Added link to a library at with free IT ebooks.

Libraries - articles and ebooks


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Australia – Trading

Added links to a few discount brokers for shares and options.

Australia - Trading

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Web Developer

Added section on Google Apps web hosting with Java and JavaScript development with Web Toolkit. Also added the section on Server-Side JavaScript and link to AppJet. Links on the page are to the relevant articles on the blog because there are many short articles that are more suited for a blog, while web pages will serve to organize material into meaningful groups and topics.

Web Developer

Australia - Currency

I have just implemented operations with cookies on this page. Now, the page remembers which chart was set last and displays it when a user comes back to the Currency page. Initially, 1-year chart will be displayed and, after that, the page will remember the last chart you were looking at.

Australia - Currency

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Australia - Currency

My first Google Web Toolkit application has been deployed. AJAX buttons on the lower currency chart allow changing the time period displayed. Check it out. It looks really neat.

EURAUD chart available below for different periods

Australia - Currency

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

VanguardPrices Deployed

A new application has been deployed. This time it is VanguardPrices. I have finally implemented the engine in Java instead of Python. Found out a good XML parsing library and figured out how to use it. Now the Java version retrieves the page and parses out the current price.

There is also a sample of UI, using Google Web Toolkit. It is a default page but I have created the structure of folders and files by hand. Now what is left is to utilize the calendar and other UI elements for interaction with users.

Overall, I’m very happy with Google frameworks and plugins for Eclipse…

Hello App Engine

Monday, April 13, 2009

Alen Siljak's Homepage

Homepage, together with other sites - Images and IT, has been converted to Java. Contact form was the only thing that needed to be reprogrammed and it is an integral part as it is used from across all the other sites. Now it is complete and allows for further expansion of content.

Alen Siljak's Homepage

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Financial Matters ported to Java

Finance site ported to Java! GoogleApps now support Java and I have registered for Beta use of Java in AppSpot. I have just ported Alen’s Finance Pages to Java project and completed upload to Google servers. There are no visible changes but now it is much more easier to add active content.

I should be adding content soon, like storage of data, displaying of charts, etc. It is a milestone in free web development. Thanks, Google!

Financial Matters

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Free Web Hosting

Added a link to AppJet - server-side javascript application hosting.

Free Web Hosting

Security Software

Added the link to free Kaspersky Online Anti-Virus Scanner.

Security Software

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Financial Matters - Style

Changed the style of the header box. The background is now a photo of money bills and the title is displayed on a semi-transparent background over the image.

Financial Matters

Friday, April 3, 2009

Style Updates

Updated styles on Finance site. H6 tag is now a separator with a graphical background. See an example on this page.

Also added a small envelope icon to the Contact link across all the sites.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Go - Online Games

Added links to online Go games. Available for free. Play against GnuGo engine.


Games: Domino

Games: Domino
Added Dominos to the list of online games available to play on site.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Australian Lifestyle

Added most popular Australian job search engines in the Employment/Jobs section.

Australian Lifestyle

Australia - Cash Investments

A common page for the cash and fixed-income investment types.

Australia - Cash Investments

Australia - Mutual Funds

A common page for mutual funds (managed and index).

Australia - Mutual Funds

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Global Markets Charts

Global Markets Charts created, containing global market charts. The initial chart is the US S&P 500 Index chart.

Online Surveys

Online Surveys page created. It contains all the survey-related material. Content moved from Online Business page as the list continues to grow.

Australian Economic Indicators

Australian Finance page updated with a link to Australian Financial Review's page with main economic indicators for Australia.

Finance - ForEx

Foreign Currency Exchange updated with the link to US Federal Reserve Board web page that contains current US cash rate.

Australia - Insurance

Australia - Insurance page updated with links to services that compare insurance products.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Finance - Current Cash Rates

Foreign Currency Exchange page now displays official cash rates set by central banks. Initially, I posted European Central Bank and Reserve Bank of Australia rates.

BigAir - Australian Wireless

Australian Lifestyle page updated with a link to BigAir, a successful Australian fixed WiMax provider.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Finance Site Update

Investment and Australian Insurance pages updated. Menus moved to external files and are now easier to maintain so that the site can expand easily.
New section on Investment caused some regrouping with the pages that did not belong to another group.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Economic Indicators

Added 12-month Gold and Oil price charts, provided by MoneyWeek.

Economic Indicators

Melbourne - Weather

Added a current weather info from Weather Channel.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

IT - new menu

Added a menu on the main IT page to ease the navigation. There are too many pages already in the IT section.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Australia: Pools in Melbourne

Australia: Pools in Melbourne
Added a list of pools in Melbourne. Initially, at the City of South Yarra.

Australian Tax

Australian Tax page updated with links to Australian Tax Office and taxation issues related to trading.

Australian Tax

Interesting Web Sites - Greeting Cards

Added a link to Care2, one of the best sites offering free electronic greeting cards.

Interesting Web Sites

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Economic Indicators

Economic Indicators page updated with VIX chart and description of different Oil codes.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Austrac Link

Australian Finance

Added a link to AUSTRAC e-learning web site which contains a tutorial on anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Finance: Mutual Funds


Added a link to a tutorial about mutual funds at Investopedia.