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One Year Birthday

Thursday, July 28th, 2005

I just noticed my blog has turned one year old, hurray! Well I guess it’s time to think about the past year, and try to re-think my intentions and goals of the blog…

Originally the blog was intended to be non-personal, because I wanted to get co-writers to join in. But I decided to keep it personal with the option of spawning new blogs in the future with other people.

I wanted to share the great stuff I find on the net, and after years of hesitating I finally created this blog as a platform for that goal, and as such I have succeded very nice indeed, I love this platform so much that I have almost dropped making my own blogging system, as was the original intention – WordPress basically works like a dream (can be a bitch to setup, when you go to the more advanced areas) and I am generally amazed and crazed about the technologies that the blogging communities has created or actively promoted (Technorati, Flickr, BlogLines, GeoURL, Podcasting (Audio Blogs), FeedBurner, Creative Commons, XML / RDF / RSS, and tons of other stuff!).

In total there are currently 444 posts by me, and 20 comments posted by readers, including my responses (not mentioning the hundreds of comment-spams I recieved while franticly trying to create and configure solid filters), so I’m guessing people aren’t too chatty and debateful while reading this blog, either that or nobody is reading it!! haha :)
Well, the actual fact is that I mostly post other folks posts, mainly from slashdot.org and other sources I visit for news and info about stuff that matters in any way or form. I will try to write more myself, but sometimes I sacrifice it in order to deliver more important news, since as I said before, my goal is to inform about stuff that happens out there, it has never been my goal to be a reporter, I see it more like a messenger of coolness, or info-filter of boredom and info-overload.

I have learned much in the past year, and I feel prepared to bring my log into another year of glory, and urge you all to contribute with comments, questions and what else you come with. I have planned to make a new WordPress Theme and ofcourse it will be dark purple with sparkling anim-gif stars all-over!!! ( Coz that’s what a real theme is about! :) ) Or maybe it will be mind-blowingly cool in other ways, wait and see, hopefully I will be friendly enough to publish it in the CodePit.

The existing theme originated from my first edition of this blog running Moveable Type, but I decided to look for a system which was licensed under a true open source, and which was not written in Perl which I have little experience with. Then I found WordPress and hacked my existing look into it, improving on it as I went along. Finally this spring WordPress 1.5 was released which featured a real “Theme System API”, which allows you to easily switch the complete look and feel of a WordPress site.

On the personal side, no radical changes this last year. I got a new job at Valtech in may, so I’m back from the mobile Internet business into the good old Desktop Internet business with big screen systems and mozilla/firefox/safari etc. to play/mess around with, working on some large corporate website portals, that I couldn’t possibly mention here, but it’s Java Enterprise and Web Standards based so I’m basically a happy man on planet earth.

If you actually (omg!) read this far, well congratulations, now post a comment full of ideas and praise! :)

Atkins’ Puke Diet

Sunday, May 22nd, 2005

I have never been on a diet (because I’m rather skinny) but people are going crazy these days, the absolute worst being the Atkins’ Diet, because it is so popular, manipulating, scheming and all about money.
I am not going too deep into this, but you can trust me when I say it’s a huge fraud to make money, not to help you loose weight.
Perhaps it’s more obvious when your’e not even contemplating going on the diet, because there certainly is great potential for bringing out false hope in people.
My tip to anyone who wants to loose weight is to seek a Dietist and get proper help with planning a healthy food and exercise plan, don’t give up hope, and be realistic in your goals, that will bring you way beyond some commercial money hungry pop diet..

p.s. I just watched a television ‘documentary’ about Atkins’ Diet and it was obviously paid and produced by and for the Atkins’ Organization.

(Since I sincerly fear getting sued by the Atkins’ Organization, I tried to hold back on my true opinion of The Atkins’ Diet, but let’s just say I would put them in the same category as Scientology.)

Firefox Downloads

Sunday, May 15th, 2005

Yay! I tried to grab the screen one download later, but it was close :)

Firefox Downloads: 55.555.554

It’s only been a couple of minuttes and the counter is already at 55.559.600 and franticly climbing…

Codepit: E4X Demos

Tuesday, April 26th, 2005

ECMAScript for XML (E4X) has been introduced in the beta builds of Mozilla Suite 1.8. It is an extension to the ECMAScript standardized scripting language, and allows the use of native XML primitives/objects, in other words it is no longer necessary to embed XML as Strings.

Check out my latest E4X Examples at the Codepit.

A bunch of Linux PDA’s

Sunday, February 6th, 2005

Linux PDA Quick Reference Guide at LinuxDevices.com