Monthly Archives: November 2006

Tonkatruck


I’m taking a couple months off work soon, to go traveling down under, which means I’ll need some money. Therefor I’m considering selling my wonderful orange Tonka-truck. If you live in Norway and feel the urge send me an email or leave a comment. The car is a 1982 Toyota Landcruiser HJ60 in very good shape. I’ll get some more photos on my flickr over the weekend.

Firefox is a horrible browser

in fact, I’m using Microsoft Explorer 5.2 for Mac right now.

Woooah, put your flamethrowers and pitchforks down please. No, the reason for my Firefox outburst is a something I consider a substantial break against all things userfriendly in the history sidebar (in FF1.5 and 2).Firefox history 1

Let me make it clear that I’m a huge Firefox luvva, it’s my default browser over Safari, even though Safari’s antialising is better. As a webdeveloper/designer-guy I’m totally dependent on all the extensions. BUT – the history sidebar has always annoyed me. The way it just shows previously viewed sites alphabetically. Who ever came up with that idea should have his/her wiFi taken away.

Firefox history 2
But I was all wrong! There are other ways, it’s just that the options for them are hiding in the most unlikely place. The “View” button next to the search text field. That button is not related to the search box which it visually implies. Actually, it’s not even a button to go anywhere. It’s a dropdown! Who would’ve guessed? And that dropdown gives a number, 5 in total, choices of ordering the history. Why is then the default the worst option of them all? By the site title? Surely I can remember being on this and that page approximatly at 2 pm. But not the title. No way.

Perhaps newbies (in lack of a friendlier word) would click on it in the typical click-everything-and-hope-it-does-what-I-want kinda way. But I spend 10+ hours at the computer every day, and when something gives the impression of being something I’ve seen in a different setting x times before, I’ll quickly assume this is the case once again. In this case, a search text field with a button attached to it – I barely read the text on the button, and in this case “View” seems to fit the search function just fine.

And I know for a fact that I’m not the only one who’s had this problem. Just check out this extension. I think that proves my point.

/rant

Now excuse me while I get rid of one extension.

Where did all that dust come from?

Today I had the best intentions of making this site, well – more of a site and less a blog. But things came up. Bulleted for your comfort they were things like:

  • Riding a bike through the rain trying to keep laptop dry
  • Picking up a iPod nano (product) RED , a gift to a friends 30th
  • Delivering the present. Engraved with “Demo model. Please do not remove from store.”

Back home I got attacked by vicious killer rabbits at ankle height. Barely daring to walk barefoot I walked to the dark cave behind the couch and awoke the one that could deal with the vicious killer rabbits – The Vacum Cleaner. The fight against the floor-level threat was a long and hard one, but in the end the Vacum Cleaner could victoriously retreat to its resting.

Obviously this isn’t the most visited blog on the internets. Yet. I’m still feeling my way through the tubes, learning to walk. But it didn’t take me very long to discover and become obsessed with the blog stats. It is interesting seeing what leads to visits and what doesn’t. So todays little try is to add this page to the 50 million others at Technorati.

Technorati Profile

Transcending CSS: The Fine Art of Web Design by Andy Clarke

Transcending CSS coverAndy Clarke of And All That Malarkey has finally had his baby boy, err, book! This book has been on my wishlist ever since I got a fair number of sneak-peaks at the CSS for developers Workshop in London two months ago. I have a feeling there will be a some CSS3 stuff in there, some stuff about CSS attribute selectors, and alot of lists.

I will post a review as soon as I get my hands on this.

(Through All That Malarkey)

I know what I did last weekend

Had a game of backgammon at the cabin.

Not Suing Microsoft

Can I sue Microsoft for stealing my whole day? I’m starting to see that I’m getting extremly spoilt in my little osX bubble. I don’t care how backwards compatible, customizeble, standardized and everybody-else-uses it Windows is. It is a royal pain in the ass.

Sometimes you need to take a step back and look at the big picture have a beer! I had charged up to have a massive rant about how useless everything Microsoft does is, all because I spent the whole day trying to find a way to install both IE6 and IE7 on parallels on my MacBook Pro. But at the end of the day I did something so increadibly wise I would like to promote myself as the next Messias. I had a couple of after-work beers with a workmate. Fucking brilliant!

That little buzz, pluss offcourse hanging out with someone I rearly get the chance to hang out with outside of work, changed my mindset completly. Alow me do demonstrate.
Before:

  • Hating the pissing rain
  • Hating the darkness
  • Annoyed by people getting in my way
  • Disliking the Zune (I read alot of blogs etc today)

After:

  • Enjoying the fresh water from above
  • Thinking with this darkness snow is right around the corner
  • Believing Norwegians look rather quete, how they manage to dress and look well no matter the weather
  • Z<p><p><p>unes in black, white and …pooh?Feeling sorry for the poor Zune developers. Really, they must have tried, but some wise-ass executive ruined any good idea they’d come up with. Imagine putting that much effort into something marketed that hard, yet so destined to be a flop. Kinda like the guy who came up with New Coke.

Conclusion of the evening: I’m feeling rather happy now!

But where will the kengaroos go?

Part of my studies, the main part actually, consisted of living in a different country, namely Australia. To be more presise, I lived in Perth, West Australia (not Scotland). For you in the not-know (it’s ok, I won’t blame you), it is entitled the Most Isolated City – in the World! By which I mean that when you are there, you are further away from the next city then in any other city in the world.

And it’s flat. Very very very flat. Did I say it’s flat? It is flat. Proof:
Map of Perth, WA, Australia

GoogleMaps link

Why am I saying this? Well, to get a point across obviously. With all that space, you’d think that real-estate would be cheap. Very cheap. Apperently not so!

Perth house prices saw the annual growth rate come in at 45.9 per cent.
~ news.com.au

And I thought things where bad here. I live in a very expanding city, closed in by protected areas, with local politicians arguing wether we should build highrises or not, and in the meantime prices are souring. But not that much.

My dear love, which is a Perth native, told me

just build a new freeway, and kaboom! a new suburb

Funny, because in Norway, it sure as hell doesn’t work that way. It’s more like: build a new tunnel/bridge – and kaboom! the 15 locals complain about increased roadtaxes.

…and nobody continues to visit the valley or island.