Geeky Stuff

This is where I dump anything that could be labelled "You're such a geek!". At which point I would thank you humbly.

As a self confessed geek I sometimes feel the need to express my geekhood. That's when content will surface here. Put a fresh patch of tape on your glasses, crack up a new can of Jolt-Cola and sit back with your PDA and read on... May you have many gigabytes!

Linux on New Computers - Why not?

The first time I installed Linux the year was 1996, we were shifting a set of 5 floppies back and forth between the "victim" and the "generator". It took a very long time, and I didn't even manage to get X-Windows running. I gave up. Since then I've installed Linux onto more than 20 computers. Every time I've installed a new version it has gotten easier and easier. But I still can't purchase a major brand computer with Linux pre-installed on it. Why not? Update: Seems like Dell will be the first major manufacturer to offer Linux on consumer computers! YAY! Update II: Dell has released their line up of Ubuntu Linux machines in the US. More >>
Published: 2006-04-25 13:46   Updated: 2007-05-27 11:12 

The Importance of Scriptability

Visual user interfaces are in, shiny icons are in, Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) are in. Nobody really cares about ye' ole' command line and a good ol' fashioned command line script. This is very sad, because this means that we are missing a lot benefits. Read on to see what I mean. More >>
Published: 2007-05-15 14:17   Updated: 2007-05-15 15:32 

The importance of consistency

I do coding most days, and one thing I've really learnt during the years is that consistency is very important. Let me elaborate a bit... More >>
Published: 2006-10-05 20:03   Updated: 2006-10-05 21:34 

Networking your house

I like technology; The Internet, TVs, stereos, games console and so forth. The one thing these all have in common is that they need some sort of cables. Unfortunately cables tend to be messy, and very Roomba unfriendly. Therefore we decided to network the house properly. Read on how we did it. More >>
Published: 2006-08-25 11:38   Updated: 2006-08-25 13:27 

When software goes wrong.

As a developer it has happened to all of us; something has broken and there's panic in the air. It still amazes me that we can't behave like rational beings when things go sour. What are we doing, and what should we be doing? More >>
Published: 2006-01-26 21:15   Updated: 2006-02-01 13:43 

My Dream PDA/SmartPhone

I've had a PDA since the Palm Personal, and I've loved most of them. However, I cannot get my head around the fact that todays PDAs are mostly rubbish and are nothing more than souped up versions of the original US Robotics Palm Pilot. My dream PDA is quite different. More >>
Published: 2006-01-18 18:00   Updated: 2006-01-20 13:53 

So, it's finally live

In early 2000 my attention for my homepage started degrading, and in 2002 I finally pulled the plug on my P120 Linux server which had been molested a long time ago. The era of 4 major reworks of my website lasted for about 8 years (yes 8 years!). Now, 3 years after I pulled the plug and 11 (yes 11!) years after version one it's time for version 5. Welcome! More >>
Published: 2005-11-09 14:54   Updated: 2005-12-09 17:16 

Cooperative Games

The computer and console games of today are mostly focused on playing against other players. I don't really like this, as I would like playing games to be a social thing. Why is it so hard to create games where you work in teams and do something constructive. More >>
Published: 2005-12-09 14:10   Updated: 2005-12-09 16:44 

MP3s, DVDs, Entertainment Industry and Me

Buying your entertainment used to be easy. You went to the store and bought an LP or a cassette. If you were cheap you asked your friends to copy an album to a cassette. But the copying process was analogue and thus degraded the quality, so you really couldn't make many copies. Today you have a smorgasbord of technologies and formats - and one big oppressor at the end of it; the copyright holder. More >>
Published: 2005-11-24 13:56   Updated: 2005-11-24 16:34