20/8 – First day of school

Monday and the first day of school. It was good to meet all my good friends and my classmates again. Looks like they all had i great summer. I know i did. I didn’t do much. Only a week trip with our boat. For the rest i have just studied for the drivers test and i have something called “Særemne” nest year. Basically it means i have to read 3 boks of the same author. I finished about 2 of Jo Nesbø’s books, Marekorset and Sorgenfri. The last one was ingenious i though. We didn’t spend a lot time on the first day of school. I barely had time to great them all. When i took the buss home i traveled with an old friend. We haven’t talked in so long so it was very nice to talk again. When i got home i installed uTorrent WebUi . In my opinion uTorrent is one of the best clients, so if you have it would recommend the WebUi. Even though it’s only in beta testing it works very well. Basically you can access your client from anywhere in the world and you can interact with it. You also make your own password. The off to work. This time from 17 until 22. Just a normal day. Nothing special happened. Except i got a phone call from Cathrine. She invited me over to her. She is a good friend that just moved into my neighborhood. We tried to build some drawers from Ikea. The first one worked very well. No problems, we were almost a dream team:P But unfortunately the second one we messed up. We thought it was Ikea’s fault. But after we got her dad to come help us he solved the problem. Very embarrassing. Now I’m going to sleep. It’s almost 1 am. G’Night!

Anders

19/8 – Cleaning my room

Today the main goal was to prepare for tomorrows big day. First day of school. And by that i mean cleaning my room from head to toe:P For breakfast i had some ham and chees toast. Then Jørgen, my brother, suggested we watched a movie. “Disturbia” was it’s name. The movie was just plain and simple, a pretty okay movie. It got a little freakish at the end. So i had to start cleaning my room. I started with all the stacks of papier that had piled up during the last months. Basically that was it to cleaning my room. I finished off with TMNT: Teenage mutant ninja turtles. I really thought the movie would be IRL (In real life), but it was animated. I wasn’t disappointed. The quality was extreme. They did a good job to be honest. That was about it for the entire day.

Anders

17/8 – Job

I was suppose to wakeup at ten. I guess that didn’t happen. I wasn’t out of my bed before twelve. One of the reasons is that i have to prepare for school. Waking up earlier and earlier each day. The other was that i was going to help Bergersen with his/our web page. I talked with him, explaining that i overslept. We arranged a meeting at Shell, a gas station 200 m from my house.  I just had to take a shower first. We ordered an account for the web page. Someday I’m getting my own server, but not yet. Then we just talked waiting for a response from them. He was going to the movies with his girlfriend today, and I had to work. At ten to five my dad drove me to Varingskollen. We were there precisely at ten. It’s another gas station.  I helped to people today with road directions. Me actually, I am really bad in geography. Hopefully it helped. I caught a ride with my boss home. I met my parents in the driveway. They had been to a movie. The new one called “Knocked up”. It is about a 40 year old virgin getting someone knocked up. I’d like to see it, but i haven’t got the time. The whole family watched a episode together their on the second one and I’m on the fifth. Hopefully they can catch up with me. I won’t watch before they do, even though i cant wait. So long…

Anders

16/8 – Getting a Haircut

Today my mom was taking my brothers and I to get our hair cut. You know i have to look good for the first day of school. She was home from work about three thirty. At the hairdresser there was a big que for the drop-in and we just had to sit and wait. My mom and dad vent to Cafe TID meanwhile. One of my brothers didn’t like the idea of cutting his hair, so he arranged a deal with my dad. About an hour and a half kilo hair later we went to get some school utensils. Then my mom invited us all to peppes, its a local pizza hut. Later that day, when we were home my brother wanted to watch a movie. We decided on Transformers. It was a good movie. Its funny how they can use computer animations to make the “cars” come alive. The story was thrilling and exiting and it left us with a hint that there will be a sequel. That was it for today…

Anders

Code name Gran Paradiso

Firefox 3 code name Gran Paradison is on the horizon!
It’s quite some time until it will be released but more and more details are released each day. Lately Mozilla has released news about their new security system. Mozilla is going to use Google’s security system for the new version of the browser. Right now Google are warning their users with a traffic light color system., it’s just an advised system so you can continue even though the page is marked red.
This is not the case for Firefox 3.0 says Mozilla’s security chief Window Snyder to TechWorld in an interviews. Firefox 3.0 Is going to check every web page that a user wants to access in Google’s database. If it’s “red”listed there Firefox will explain about this. But the difference here is that you wont get the opportunity to continue. They will totally block sites that are harmful. They do this to make their users safe and help them control whats good and bad. They didn’t mention what type of options an administrator will have to override this. Hopefully they will include a way to override this. It’s a great idea, and i can se many situations that it would be handy.

The new target release date is sometime in the third quarter this year.

Among the list of mandatory requirements, read, what is the most likely to be included in Firefox 3:

  • Improved interaction with Add-ons: clearer, more coherent language; less steps to install; more visible way to configure add-ons, probably to be moved back to the general Options window
  • A permanent restart Firefox button.
  • Support for remote bookmarks, bookmarks and history annotation.
  • Files could be handled by web services. They are probably referring to Writely or Google Documents, and perhaps the ability to redirect mailto: links to web email services. That would be sweet, i use hotmail myself.
  • A much needed print support to prevent cut paragraphs and true WYSIWYG tool (What You See Is What You Get)
  • The much requested MSI installer which will be a much welcomed improvement for IT administrators as it will ease deployment and updating of Firefox across a company.
  • In the security front: support for Microsoft CardSpace and OpenID. Smarter credentials handling.
  • Airbag, the Google backed open source crash reporting tool will replace currently licensed TalkBack.
  • A private web browsing mode. I guess this would mean no cache, history, password or entered form information storage.
  • Save web pages as PDF files, integrated with history. That would be just awesome!!
  • Support pause/resume downloads across sessions.
  • Make Firefox help accessible only while online.
  • Microformats support.
  • Unified bookmarks/history.
  • Support for Windows Vista parental controls.
  • Windows Group Policy.
  • Allow add-ons to be installed without rebooting Firefox.
  • Simplified interface to manage downloads.

Read more here
Source: (Mozilla wiki)

NTNU’s new toy!

NTNU has just bought a 7,5 Tflop computer!

This is possibly Norway’s and scandinavias most expensive computer. The super computer can handle 7,5 Tflops or 7 500 000 000 000 Floating Point Operation Per Second.
My name is Njord, super computerNjord. The supercomputer is named after the Norse god of Wind. It’s price tag you might say? 5 million bucks (30 million kroner), just for the computer and another 3.4 million bucks (20 million kroner) for the building its going to be in. They have invested in this supermachine from IBM, to calculate the weather, simulate car crashes (much cheaper than crashing real cars), and i guess it will be a nice toy for the students and teachers at NTNU. Half of the expense is covered by the Norwegian Research Council (Norsk Forskiningsråd) that also wants to play with it:P But why did they really need a new one? They have a coumputer that can calculate 1 Tflop/s. But it wase’t good enough for them. They might have felt that they were falling behind other private and government sector.

Source: (NTNU.no)

15/8 – Track & Field

My old track and field coach asked me if I could represent the local team in a competition in Kristiansand in some weeks. It’s me and 3 others that are running 1000 m. It’s split up in 100, 200, 300 and 400 m. My job is to run 100 m. (^^, ) I accepted so today was my first practice. Unfortunately only the daughter of the coach and I showed up. The others were probably scared of the weather. There had been a lot of dark clouds in the sky this morning. We practice outside too. I started with some warm-ups by running around and then some stretching. Then i needed to refresh my memory of how to start. We started with learning how to set it up. When I am going to compete i have to do this all by my self. After that i got some pointers on my starting positions. You know when he says: “Ready” “Set” “Go”. He said i did pretty well for it being so long ago since i did this. Then we just practiced running a couple of times. That was it for the day and we finished with stretching. Luckily i caught a ride with the coach home.
When i got home, i had to struggle with the newsletter for Cafe TID. I have designed the newsletter in HTML and Outlook won’t accept it. I guess it’s for security reasons. So i downloaded a Shareware where i could manipulate the source code. It worked very well for the first newsletter but it wouldn’t work for this one now. It might be because you have to pay after you send 3 mails or something, and i used them all on testing the first one. Around eleven i got a “light bulb” idea. I only needed the HTML code for the design, and that i already have from the first one. So i replaced the text and it worked. Finally it was sent and i could stop worrying about it. Then it was time for one more thrilling episode of Heroes!

14/8 – Driving Teacher

After a quick breakfast i had to take the buss at 14:38 to Lillestrøm. I was going to meet Arvid, my driving instructor. I was really exited to se how he was like and how it would be. I have onlypractis driven with my mom and my dad until now. I had a session at 15:15 odd time, but i got there on time. My first impression of him was really good. A driving teacher with some experience. He told me he had been i driving instructor since 1972 (35 years). He was very calm and we went to his car. It was a Volvo, a very new one. He told me how we were going to do this. He had planed a route that he takes all his students on. The route has lots of different situations. He told me to pretend i was driving with my dad/mom and just listen to his instructions. We drove for about an hour. It was a very varied route with very many situations but i made it through. When I finished we had a chat. He told me i did very well. It was very likely that i would get my license on my birthday. Its not a must, but it’s a goal to get it by then. He told me that there were only two things i had to practice on for the next lesson. It was roundabouts and some special type of interceptions. My next lesson would be when i got my school schedule so i know when i have time.
Later this day it was poker time with my best friend Joe and his cousin. Not for money this time, just for fun. I finished in second after his cousin, Bergersen. I helped him fix his broadband for his laptop. He has bought a wireless connection threw a mobile phone SIM card. Telenor has about 300 hotshots around Norway. A good idea. That’s it for now.

Anders 😀

Big update of Windows XP on the way!

SP3 (Server Pack 3)
Earlier Microsoft said they wasn’t going to release anything for Windows XP after SP2. The new server pack also known as: “SP3” vil be a big one. My source says that Microsoft has released a test versjon that only a small groupe of testers have gotten their hads on. Very few of the big IT-users has adopted Vista into their systems and are still using XP. This is very good news for those cooperations. XP is still alive! I have chosen not to upgrade to vista, because i believe that my gain will be less than my loss. This will certainly strengthen my decision! Vista has gotten two new updates this last month, but they were only 21 MB in size. SP3 will be gigantic. The test version that is being tested is a size of 350 MB!! It’s said that it will correct 900 errors in the OS (Operative System). There is no clear date yet for release. The only comment Microsoft has is that it will be released sometime in the 3rd quarter.

Source: (bink.nu)

Heroes

After watching a few episodes last night i actually fell in love with the series. It’s not usually i like a TV series like this. The only other might be “The Family Guy” and the first season of “24”. I can’t wait to get a hold of the next episodes. What i love about it are the extreme cliffhangers and the ingenious storyline. I love sci-fi that has a tendency to “might be possible”. But usually when i watch series i lose interest after the first season. So lets see what happens here when i finish the first one. Underneath is the introduction from NBC’s page for those that don’t know that this is. I highly recommend that you watch the first episode so see if this is something for you too.

“From creator/writer Tim Kring (NBC’s “Crossing Jordan”) comes “Heroes,” an epic drama that chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities.

As a total eclipse casts its shadow across the globe, a genetics professor (Sendhil Ramamurthy, “Blind Guy Driving”) in India is led by father’s disappearance to uncover a secret theory — there are people with super powers living among us. A young dreamer (Milo Ventimiglia, “Gilmore Girls”) tries to convince his politician brother (Adrian Pasdar, “Judging Amy”) that he can fly. A high school cheerleader (Hayden Panettiere, “Ice Princess”) learns that she is totally indestructible. A Las Vegas stripper (Ali Larter, “Final Destination”), struggling to make ends meet to support her young son (Noah Gray-Cabey, “My Wife & Kids”), discovers that her mirror image has a secret. A fugitive from justice (Leonard Roberts, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) continues to baffle authorities who twice have been unable to contain him. A gifted artist (Santiago Cabrera, “Empire”), whose drug addiction is destroying his life and relationship with his girlfriend (Tawny Cypress, NBC’s “Third Watch”), can paint the future. A down-on-his-luck Los Angeles beat cop (Greg Grunberg, “Alias”) can hear people’s thoughts, which puts him on the trail of an elusive serial killer. In Japan, a young man (Masi Oka, NBC’s “Scrubs”) develops a way to stop time through sheer will power. Their ultimate destiny is nothing less than saving the world…”

Source: (NBC)