Christmas Bonus!

You might have noticed that I’ve been trying to add new one-liners to the collection at the beginning of every month. Here’s a quick Christmas bonus for you enjoyment:

  • I didn’t fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian.
  • Good girls are bad girls that never get caught.
  • Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.
  • A diplomat is someone who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you will look forward to the trip.
  • My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I am right.
  • Money can’t buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.
  • When in doubt, mumble.
  • Jesus loves you, but everyone else thinks you’re an asshole.
  • I like work. It fascinates me. I sit and look at it for hours.
  • You’re never too old to learn something stupid.
  • A TV can insult your intelligence, but nothing rubs it in like a computer.
  • Haikus are easy. But sometimes they don’t make sense. Refrigerator.
  • Keep the dream alive: Hit the snooze button.
  • To err is human, to blame it on somebody else shows management potential.
  • People tend to make rules for others and exceptions for themselves.
  • Materialism: Buying things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people that don’t matter.
  • The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.
  • Alcohol doesn’t solve any problems…but then again, neither does milk.
  • The trouble with being punctual is that nobody’s there to appreciate it.
  • What if there were no hypothetical questions?
  • True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.
  • A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.
  • Whose idea was it to put an “S” in the word “lisp”?
  • Be careful of your thoughts, they may become words at any moment.
  • The farther away the future is, the better it looks.
  • This isn’t an office. It’s hell with fluorescent lighting.
  • My drinking team has a bowling problem.

A Trip to the Cloud

Ah, December. The social month; with dinners, parties and all kinds of get-togethers. This, in addition to some unscheduled overtime at work have left very little time in terms of spreading the word on the interweb. And just to top it off, vbox went tits up in the early hours after this year’s Christmas party at work. My trusty vbox hosts this site and seeing it offline of course broke my geeky heart, but I was too busy laying in bed in fetal position, trying to remember my name and how to speak to really care at the time.

But as soon as the worst of the after-party aftermath had passed, I set to work on getting everything back online. Unfortunately, it proved to be hard as the embedded network card had decided that it just didn’t want play anymore. With the network card enabled, Ubuntu (and several other distributions) simply refused to boot. With the network card disabled, everything booted just fine, but not having a network card kind of makes it hard to host anything. The motherboard had to be returned for repairs. Hallvard later suggested that I could just get a USB network card, and this would have solved my problems in a matter of hours. Too bad my mind really wasn’t working very well at the time. And now the ASUS motherboard has been returned for repairs anyway.

I’ve got a Google Apps account for vegard.net, so moving my e-mail was as simple as changing the MX records for the domain. But what to do with the site? I didn’t really want to move it to a shared host after the struggle I had with GreenGeeks two years ago. Also, I would certainly miss the joy of tinkering with my own server, even if it was just temporary.

One of this year’s more dominant internet buzzwords, The Cloud, in the form of Amazon EC2, came to the rescue.

10 Billion

Google is celebrating that the Android Market has exceeded 10 billion app downloads. And they are celebrating with some insane offers: Selected high quality paid apps for 10 cent a pop. If you have an Android phone, you should really have a look at what Google is pulling out of the hat.

Yesterday you could get apps like Asphalt 6 HD, Color & Draw for Kids, Endomondo Sports Tracker Pro, Fieldrunners HD, Great Little War Game, Minecraft, Paper Camera, Sketchbook Mobile, Soundhound Infinity and SwiftKey X. If you didn’t get any of them, that’s a shame.

But you’re not too late yet. Today’s selection is Fruit Ninja, BB – Bedtime Battle, AirSync by doubleTwist, Flick Golf!, Star Chart, Reckless Racing, Reckless Racing PLAY, Christmas HD, NFL Rivals, Beautiful Widgets and Read It Later Pro.

And this will go on for another 8 days. Not bad.

Either open the Android Market app on your phone, or browse the market on your computer by going to market.android.com. If you log in on the website, you can buy the apps right there and have them automatically downloaded to your phone. A really great feature that’s probably also a gigantic security hole that will some day be exploited to send malicious software to every single Android phone.

You heard it here first.

December 7, 2011

Now we’re talking! Lesson learned: Bitching about something solves the problem.

Ship Ahoy!

As this season’s first snow is finally coming down outside – biking to work tomorrow sure will be interesting – it’s time to think about next year. Or what to do next summer, to be more precise. The grand plan to go to the US of A with the guys in September this year fell through for various reasons. But since that trip never happened, I’m transferring two weeks of unused summer vacation from 2011 to 2012. That gives me a grand seven weeks of free time next summer. Yeah, Norwegian vacation law ain’t that bad.

We’re still aiming for the states next year as well, but we’ll only be away for two weeks because we all have obligations of sorts back home. So, what to do during the remaining four weeks?

There’s a first time for everything. So next year Anniken and I are going on a cruise, of all things possible.