A new start for the blog

A new dawn

If you still have me in your RSS-feed you are a patient soul. Its been almost 2 years and 2 months since I have posted on this blog.

One reason is the lack of time, another is the lack of a functioning system to blog on. I had been using Movable Type since 2002. It started out nice, but has gotten old as time has moved along. So today the blog has been moved to WordPress, latest version and using their latest theme.

It will give me easier ways to blog in english. My norwegian blog has been up and running on WordPress a long time now.

I will be blogging about technology, the net and gadgets. Most probably about WordPress, PHP, databases, Apple products, and all other things I have fun with on a day to day basis.

Another reason for starting up my english blog again is that I will be moving to the other side of the planet – that is to say, to New Zealand within a year or two. So this blog will also be filled with stories about how that move goes. I hope you come along for the journey.

If you wonder what theme I am using, I can tell you I am using WordPress Twentyeleven (Default theme with WordPress 3.2.1) and the child theme NonNom – I will be telling you more about my favorite themes and plugins in future blogposts, so get subscribed if you aren’t already.

iPhone feedback to Apple

Just submitted this bug report to Apple regarding their serious management and policy problem regarding iPhone application submissions to the AppStore.

For more on this story, ready Gizmondo: Apple’s Chickenshit Approval Process Has Gone Too Far and There’s no app for that. and for some comic relief in the mist of it all: Oops, @MarissaMayer Deletes Sensitive Tweet That Can Still Be Found. A really good and insightful article about the possible fallout and consequences of the AppStore approval scandal: Bad Apple: An Argument Against Buying an iPhone (Lifehacker)

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There seem to be a bug on management level within your company. Pulling apps that uses Google Voice (and not allowing for the Google Voice app from Google) and not allowing for Google Latitude native app speaks to something terribly wrong with your app approving process.

I have been a fan of iPhone since the first version, I own both the first and second version of the phone and was looking forward to iPhone 3 GS launching in Norway. Now I am considering wether to continue being an Apple customer. I am a satisfied Apple customer that with a steady regularity buys software and hardware from your company, including a Macbook Pro, a Macook, a Airport Extreme etc. Your actions in the iPhone apps area has me considering not continuing my support for your company and products in the future. It just tastes too darn bad. I am sure I am not alone in feeling this way.

I really think you have made one serious mistake in not allowing the Google apps to be taken into the App store, and that includes third party developers. I think you are doing a huge disfavor to your customers and ultimately to your own company behaving the way you have in this case.

I am sure this will just be ignored. So I will make sure to blog it and spread it to all my Twitter contacts and in turn ask them to spread the news onwards.

Hope the bugs in management and policy will be fixed soon.

Dagbladet.no skriver om meg

Dagbladet.no har meg som toppsak for øyeblikket, men har linket feil. For å finne mer om min blogging om Bedriftsguiden.no og Nettkatalogen – se min norske blogg.

In English:
Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet.no has published an article about lawsuit letters I have been getting from the lawyers of Bedriftsguiden and Nettkatalogen – two internet catalog companies. The threats follows me blogging about these two companies.

If you know norwegian you can read the Dagbladet.no article about the whole ordeal.

And my original article about Bedriftsguiden

In English, feel free to read the english blog post about the threats: Flashgamer.com about Bedriftsguiden

Death penalty keeps killing inocent lifes in the US

Faulty Testimony Sent 2 to Death Row, Panel Finds – New York Times

Faulty evidence masquerading as science sent two men to death row for arson in Texas and led to the execution of one of them, a panel of private fire investigators concluded in a report released Tuesday in Austin.

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The report examined prosecution arson testimony in the trials of two men: Ernest R. Willis, convicted of killing two women in a house fire in 1986 in Iraan, and Cameron T. Willingham, convicted of burning his home in Corsicana in 1992, killing his three young daughters.

Mr. Willingham was executed by lethal injection on Feb. 17, 2004, after Gov. Rick Perry rejected a plea for a last-minute stay, once the courts and the State Board of Pardons and Paroles had declined to intervene.

Mr. Willis was exonerated and pardoned on Oct. 6, 2004, and collected almost $430,000 for 17 years of wrongful imprisonment.

If you are against killing inocent people, you have to be against the death penalty. Anything else just doesn’t make sense.

Isn’t it time the United States of America joined the rest of the civilized world and abandon the death penalty. Its really heartbreaking to see how barbaric and faulty todays system is.

Guantanamo : Using terror to fight terror

Its about time to post a little again. If you live in the UK you should make sure to catch the screening of “The Road to Guantanamo”, airing on Channel 4 on the 9th of march and on the cinema screen accross 18 countries the day after (except the US).

The film is about three english guys that were detained in Guantanamo charged with being terrorists. The movie details their meeting with the unlawful “prison” and the torture they were put through in the 2 years they were detained there.

The Guardian writes about the men and the movie today: Using terror to fight terror

Almost two years ago, I sat in a room for most of a day in a house in north London with three men who seemed to have achieved the impossible. Shafiq Rasul, Asif Iqbal and Ruhel Ahmed, childhood friends from Tipton in the West Midlands, had just rematerialised after more than two years in the legal black hole of Guantanamo Bay, where they had been denied all contact with the world beyond the wire. Having been cleared of any involvement in terrorism by the British and US authorities, they told their story in a five-page interview for this newspaper, exposing both Guantanamo and the process that consigned them there as a horrifying mixture of incompetence and brutality.

Gaunt and hollow-eyed, their faces betrayed the stress of both their 29-month ordeal and their sudden change in circumstances. ‘I just can’t believe we’re sitting here,’ Ahmed told me. ‘This time last week, we were in the cages at Guantanamo.’ They had been given almost no warning they were about to be released, while the long flight home – their first experience of being unchained outside a cell since their capture – had left them jet lagged and disorientated. [...]

The ‘creator of blogs’ lets out some steam

Probably not the right thing to do, but I just can’t help myself. I think this says a lot about why so many people end up arguing and having problems with Dave Winer:

Scripting News: 2/27/2005

A little story. I was at a meeting with potential investors when the Fortune article hit, with all the bloggers on the cover. We had just said I was one of the leaders of the blogging revolution, and one of the investors pulled out the magazine, as if to ask why my name and picture weren’t in the piece. It does hurt when you don’t get the credit. It limits how much you can do in the future. It determines who gets the money to pursue their ideas. It’s not something to brush aside so easily. It matters. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

If we just ignore the argument about whether Dave is indeed a leader in “the blogging revolution”, just the notion of pushing yourself as one of “the leaders of the blogging revolution” makes me shiver. I don’t know if its my Norwegian heritage, but it seems to me that when you talk to investors you would talk about what your company can do and does more than what kind of position in any given community your management has.

But as I said, might be a cultural thing.

Hunter S. Thompson writes his last piece

Inventing Shotgun golf was the last project of brilliant Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.

Sunday night he used a gun to end his own life.

Doc Searls writes:

It may take awhile for the distractions to evaporate, and for the good doctor’s constructive contributions to achieve the recognition they deserve. So here’s a head start:

He opened journalism to the rest of us:

I have a theory that the truth is ever told during the nine-to-five hours.

If I’d written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people – including me – would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism.

A word to the wise is infuriating.

The TV business is uglier than most things. It is normally perceived as some kind of cruel and shallow money trench through the heart of the journalism industry, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs, for no good reason.

This is a real loss. Hunter S. Thompson has done more for creative writing than most other authors I know of.

Summer vacation

The summer is upon us. Here in Norway we have had weather you would expect in march/april. But thats all good, because my vacation has been spent fixing up my house.

The low activity on this blog is expected to last until I am done with the house. I might very well bother you with some pictures when its finished.

In the time until that happens, feel free to feast your eyes on how bad my bathroom turned out to be, underneath the floor. Lets just say the new bathroom is expensive and we had to change 5 beams in the floor…

Here is the bathroom from hell