Thursday, January 28, 2010

EU-kontroll

Det begynner å synke inn at biltilsynet eller hvem det nå var har sluttet å sende ut varsler om at biler må EU-kontroleres. "Dette er noe folk selv må ta ansvar for" eller noe slikt. Naturligvis har det resultert i svært store mengder avskiltnings-varsler. Kan ikke tro at arbeidsmengden hos den relevante myndigheten blir mindre på denne måten.

Nuvel. Tankene går i rettning av å lage et hack for å minne en selv på slikt - som ellers garantert går i familiens glemmebok. Men det slipper jeg. NAF har laget en web-tjeneste hvor du kan melde på alle bilene dine og få epost eller sms når tiden for EU-kontroll kommer. Gratis.

Firefox plugins: Web-spyware

There are scores of way to monitor web users - to help target ads and do various accounting. Since I consider that the social contract between users and publishers on the web was broken way back when popup ads, animated ads, and noisy ads were introduced I feel totally justified in suppressing ads. So I've been running Adblock and Adblock-plus for ages. I've been using the adblockers to block various "spyware" scripts too, the ones normally found on Norwegian sites at least. The other day I found an other plugin: Ghostery. It tells me about the spyware it recognizes on every site and gives me the option of blocking it. Thanks! :-)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Podcasts

I have never listened to podcasts while "on the go". I have been listening to podcasts on and off on my laptop, my audio-playback-app (amarok) subscribes to a number of shows I like. But to plug in my mp3 player and transfer the stuff has seemed like too much of a job.

Since I moved out of Oslo (to Asker) and started taking the train I've been spending 2-3 hours commuting. I've been reading a good deal. But late in the fall I got a new phone, a Nokia E52. It has a number of features to redeem it: reasonably sized, thin, WiFi, charge-via-USB, and a standard mini-jack for the handsfree - which works well with regular headsets. And a RSS-client in the web-browser. That can download podcasts if manipulated correctly.

Turns out that mp3 players need WiFi - because it was the final hurdle to get me listening podcasts on the train. If asked before this I would have denied that and called it frivolous. But with no need to plug in the phone to get podcasts - it's passed my threshold of "easy enough". Just start the browser at home or at work and click on the podcasts I want to listen to. Now the train rides are much more enjoyable. Quality of life++.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Munin presantasjon

På tirsdag 12 skal jeg snakke om Munin på NUUG medlemsmøte i Oslo. De har videooverføring til Stavanger. En trenger ikke å være medlem for å komme inn; møtet er åpent og gratis for alle.

Disposisjonen min ser for tiden slik ut:

  • Hva Munin er og hvorfor det er så morsomt
  • Nye features i 1.4
  • Konfigurasjon
  • Lage en enkel plugin
  • Lage en enkel multigraph plugin
  • Spørsmål og svar
Full annonsering på: http://www.nuug.no/aktiviteter/20100112-munin/