Archive for April, 2007

Trying Out A Potentially Useful Online Back-Up System – Mozy

Now, everyone I know is at least SLIGHTLY bad at backing up their work. Most are really bad. Why? Because backups are boring to do, complicated (as they might require changing DVD’s, tapes or similar) and, well, not something you’d want to spend time doing. Recently there has been a trend to use on-line backups. They have a couple of good sides, and a couple of bad sides. The good sides are, amongst others, that they are easy to use, don’t require any changing of disks/tapes, relatively cheap, and, if you have a speedy internet connection, quick. The bad parts are that you really can’t be sure where your data is stored, what kind of backups THEY are doing on the data, and it is hard to get your data back if your Internet connection is broken, something it might be if your computer is down. A lot can be said about this, but I decided to actually test one on-line service that offers some storage (2GB) for free. The service is Mozy.

At the moment I’m running a back-up of my most important files, and will get back with more information later on…

Oh, and in the interest of full disclosure: If you click the link above and register, I get a little bit of more on-line space because of the referal. If you don’t want that, you can click here instead: Mozy 

April 11, 2007 at 14:17 Leave a comment

Diverse Om Hur Du Manipuleras På DinaPengar.se

DinaPengar.se har två artiklar om manipulation. En helt färsk om hur du luras att handla i butiken, och en äldre där hur telefonförsäljare lurar dig. Inga stora nyheter i någon av dem, men de är läsvärda. Den om butikernas knep för att få dig att handla är måhända lite för grundlig, nästan naiv, men den om telefonförsäljaren tar elegant upp några av grunderna inom manipulationstekniker. Komprimerad och bra läsning.

April 11, 2007 at 10:07 Leave a comment

Movie Review: The Death and Life of Bobby Z

The Death and Life of Bobby Z is an action movie starring Paul Walker. And, that should just about cover it. The story is somewhat contrived (charming criminal gets another chance but lo and behold there is need for ample fighting) but, honestly, it doesn’t matter. This is not a movie about smarts, brains or logic. It is about brawl, fighting and coolness. It is far from as cool as Smokin’ Aces, or as good, but it works. Mainly because the fights are far better looking (borderline realistic) than most movies I’ve seen. And, there are some UFC-cameos, Chuck Liddell, etc. making it even slightly more cool. Paul Walker is, however, extremely improbable as a hard case fighter, but then, this IS the movies, after all.

Verdict: See (for the action, don’t see for… most other things).

April 9, 2007 at 21:01 Leave a comment

Dressmann Har En Väldig Förkärlek För Effektiva, Expansiva och Ordningssamma Klädhängare

Ok, hur ska man designa för att kunna hänga upp kläder maximalt effektivt, ordningsamt och kvalitetssäkert? När man är en kedja som mycket expansiv i Europa? Hur får man en beprövad design som visat sig framgångsrik i alla fall under en kort tid? Hur gör man för att dessutom kombinera det med en design som det inte finns en möjlighet att någon kan finna det minsta stötande? Tja, Dressmann har kanske inte riktigt klarat av alla dessa krav…

Dressmann Har En Väldig Förkärlek För Effektiva, Ordningssamma, Klädhängare

Till Dressmanns försvar kan sägas att de absolut inte är ensamma om den där designen. Det roliga är ju att tänka på att någon inköpare eller liknande faktiskt MÅSTE sett dem på bild i någon katalog, eller kanske rent av konstruktören som ju måste gjort någon CAD-ritning. Någon måste ju under något stadie ha sett vad den liknar? Att ingen under något steg har reagerat i denna löjligt politiskt korrekta tid är ofattbart för mig. Se bara på hur arga folk blev på en entré i Umeå. Vågar man gissa på att de är borta från butikerna någon vecka efter att en kvällstidning fått tag på bilden ovan? :)

Sedd på Dressman/ICA Maxi 7 april 2007.

April 7, 2007 at 20:55 Leave a comment

Ok, Tyskarna Har Ett Annat Sätt Att Belöna Sina Barn

Om du missköter skolan så blir det glass, men en speciell sort…

Sedd på Lidl 6 april 2007.

Pinglass

April 7, 2007 at 20:43 Leave a comment

Good Software For The Sony PSP

You really should downgrade your PSP if you have one. It gives you access to some really nice homebrew software, some of which is really useful (and the main reason for me even owning a PSP).

The software I really like is:

(more…)

April 6, 2007 at 12:10 Leave a comment

Movie Review: 10 Items or Less

Another movie with Morgan Freeman… And this is a rather strange one. In 10 Items or Less he plays… someone we easily can believe is him. An actor. Studying people. He gets fascinated with a store clerk, and follow her around for a day. And, well, things happen. Ordinary things. But, still, interesting. At times the movie is really funny, for instance when Freeman is mimicking a grocery store employee, but mostly it is just a good drama.

Verdict: See.

April 5, 2007 at 22:15 Leave a comment

Movie Review: TMNT

Ah, the nostalgia. Back in the old days, the last millenium, I used to rush home to see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Sky TV. In Sweden they were, called Teenage Mutant HERO Turtles, as this would be perceived as less violent. You know, because adults think that kids are all retards. “Hey, these plastic turtles all have swords! Let’s play that they are fighting the evil Schredder!”
“No, violent friend with no name, the turtles are called heroes, lets play that they are giving social welfare to single moms instead!”
“You are right, brave and well indoctrinated kid”. But, I digress.

Yes, I did enjoy the old turtles. The somewhat crude animations, the steadily declining ironic, and satiric, tone. The movies came out well after I’ve lost my interest, but you have to respect actors managing to do any kind of fighting moves in those costumes. Yes, they were done with real actors. This new movie, TMNT, are computer animated. Not very well animated, but decent enough. The turtles looks awesome, the humans look bleak and as if they are from cut scenes in a decent budget video game. The story could have been written by any one of the target audience, but that really doesn’t matter. A movie about mutated turtles are pretty much never going to be Oscar-material anyhow. The movie kind of works. There are a couple of scenes which would have been impressive had they been done by actors, but I don’t really get impressed by stunts done by computer animated characters. And it gets a bit boring at times. And the ironic attitudes of the old turtles are gone. And I saw it dubbed with Swedish voices (the horror!). But… We are talking about ninja turtles here. It’s a decent movie, after all, and it you have any kind of relationship with the old Turtles, you shouldn’t pass on this.

Verdict: See

April 4, 2007 at 21:27 Leave a comment

Movie Review: Smokin’ Aces

Smokin’ Aces is a movie dealing more with slick scenes, cool actors and dialogue, than with brains and and any kind of “message”. It’s all about style. And it does it really, really well. The entire movie is filled with the kind of non stop fun I like in a movie. Sure, it’s filled with kind of strange twists and turns, but it is also filled with really, if not good, then cool, actors. And, action a plenty, so the weak points are easily forgotten. I really enjoyed this movie.

Verdict: Must See.

April 4, 2007 at 10:35 1 comment

Hur Du Luras Av Tiggare – Eller Hur Du Blir En Bra Tiggare

SvD skriver en intressant artikelserie om tiggeri. När jag var liten var tiggeri något man hörde personer berätta om när de varit utomlands. Lite senare dök det upp även i lokala städer, och numera är det etablerat även i små hålor som min stad. Där har de börjat bete sig en aning mer aggressivt, och ringer nu på dörrarna hemma hos folk för att tigga. Det är en vana som liknar spaning inför inbrott och således synnerligen obehaglig. Jag ringde nyligen polisen för att höra om vad som gällde, och fick då höra att tiggeri är lagligt i Sverige. Det hade jag personligen ingen aning om, men, så är det.

Det kan vara dags att ta upp ämnet lite från MIN synvinkel med inriktning på forskningen… För den som väljer att tigga, eller som blivit inspirerad av artikelserien och vill hitta en ny karriär, finns det ett antal små knep som gör att det funkar lite bättre: (more…)

April 3, 2007 at 14:19 5 comments

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