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onsdag 19 oktober 2011

A bit of this and that - Wishing for a cold winter...

Have you ever approached a corner of a house, wind and rain in your face, and when you turned the corner you still had the wind and rain in your face? You kept your head down a plowed through the showers down the block just to have the same thing happen again on the next corner? Well, welcome to Gothenburg. One of the cities in the world where you'll have the pleasure of making a complete 360 degrees turn and have the wind and the rain in your face the whole time! Now isn't that something to brag about to the grand kids..

Today the weather clearly plays a "don't you dare venture outside.." game with us, so I thought I share a couple of pictures of how I like the winter to be, spiced up with a few thoughts on the coming months.

First of all, I do wish for a cold winter, in terms of ice cream. A few hours ago Google's Andriod Team along with Samsung announced Android 4.0, a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich, as well as their new and stunning Galaxy Nexus Phone. This will probably be my next phone when it's coming to my hood in Novemberish.. You can see more for yourself on the link below. 

Engadget offers a hands on video of Galaxy Nexus. 

So, you got the phone, it's cold outside, your on a walk with the wife and friends. Feeling hungry? Well, you whip out some android magic from your pocket and make a search on google for "A great restaurant experience"...

If I had anything to say about the search engine listnings at Google the number one hit on that search would be "Dinner 22" in Gothenburg. We went there last saturday and man what a treat. From the moment we entered to the moment we left we felt cared for. Not in a posh, "you can have anything you want but'll cost you a lot" way, but rather in a "Hey, nice to see you, have a great evning" way.

The ambience in the restaurant was great, not to silent, not to loud. There were a few people loitering in the bar, while most people headed straight for the tables. The food was really great, and no one raised an eyebrow when we started to modify the menu by adding stuff from other dishes to the ones we wanted. 

When leaving we all praised the staff, and I think my last comment to them captures our experience. "It's not that hard to find a place with great food, it's so much harder to find a place with great food and great staff". 

One additional perk is that it's close to everything, Mässan, Stadsteatern, Lorensbergsteatern and Scandinavium are all close at hand. 

Oh, and almost forgot.. To round things up here's how I like my last few months of the year:

lördag 8 oktober 2011

Marriage proposal over Gothenburg - We all hums "love is in the air.."

Someone's had a great idea today. I do hope that he:

1. Made sure she was outside to see it. 
2. Got the right answer. 

If someone knows Michaela or her, hopefully, "soon to be" then drop me a line. 

fredag 7 oktober 2011

Steve Jobs - A few thoughts..

If you make a search in Google for "Steve Jobs" you end up with roughly 103 000 000 hits, Bill Gates gets 54 000 000. 

I'm not an Apple fan, not an iPhone fan boy, I carry an Andriod myself, and I like to "own my phone rather than be owned by my phone". Nevertheless there is something with Steve Jobs that has made an impact on me. I guess building an empire like that takes a special kind of person. Over the years there has been some harsh words both from Jobs, and about him. 

In my mind there's however no doubt that Steve Jobs was a pure genius. Somewhere along the line he probably read Taleb's Black Swan and realised that he hade come up with one or two black swans of his own. And.. Ay there's the rub... If understanding what a customer wants, before the customer knows isn't great, then what is? Or, to quote Jobs himself:

"It's really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don't know what they want until you show it to them."
-- BusinessWeek, May 25 1998

So, I hereby join the long line of people paying tribute to Steve Jobs. 

And... I've heard people say this before.. And I'm pretty sure it's not an actual Apple Ad.. But I'll put the picture here nevertheless..

He most certainly has one now..

lördag 1 oktober 2011

20 days gone by - Fingers less numb

As you might have read I was out taking some night shots a couple of weeks back. My fingers are less numb now, so I took a second glance at the raw-files and developed a few more shots. I guess it was a pretty good start of this years "photos in the darker hours" season..

No sight looks great..

Autumn's here, and offers lovely photo opportunities

Published - Photo by Wahlby on real paper.

Fotosidan is one of Swedens largest communities for people interested in photography. Besides the website fotosidan.se they also publish the magazine "Fotosidan Magasin" with an edition of 23 000 and 6 numbers a year. 

A part from articles related to photography, members of fotosidan can also upload photos in hope of being selected for publication in said magazine. Today when I checked my page, there was a little notification that said that my photo had been selected for publication. 

One of the themes this time was sports so I applied with a picture from Gothia Cup this summer. You'll find the picture below, as well as on the webpage of Fotosidan Magasin

Well, as I often say. A miniscule step for mankind, quite a leap for me...

"Root" - or how to make your warrenty void..

Hi there.

I guess some of you heard about the following quote:

""I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943"

Today it seems certain that this was never said by the IBM exec. However, something similar must have been mentioned when HTC dreamed up their HTC Desire. I guess it went something like this: 

HTC Dude 1: "Hey guys, we need to allocate space for apps, you know.. apps... apps.. that people will download from Android Market?"

Other HTC dude: "Apps.. apps.. Nahhh, overrated. They get everything they need with our own interface HTC Sense. Just chip in so that they have 50 mb's or so left.."

Well, today we can see that the world seems a bit more app-centric. Thus, for the last few hours I've made sure to make my warrenty void by rooting my Desire. 

In simple terms it is a way of gainging control over the phone so that one can use not only HTC's own version of Android, but rather download versions developed by geeks all over the world. 

So.... Rooting done, it was easy and I recommend anyone with a HTC Desire to do it, if you don't care about warrenty. 

Furthermore, when done, make sure to try the Oxygen Rom (2.2.2). Works like a charm.