# Friday, 14 May 2004

I couldn't believe my eyes when I first saw this so I thought I'd share :) Basically the Japanese come up with some very strange stuff for their consumers, some of the best you can see at http://www.maillist.com.tw/maillist/file/osaki/20040111034221.html

posted on Friday, 14 May 2004 13:30:50 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, 13 May 2004

About 8 months ago I finally caved in a bought myself an iPod. Just couldn't resist all those cute pictures of it on the net and sure enough, when I got it I instantly fell in love. The little thing followed me everywhere and quickly got to the point where I just couldn't imagine what my life was like before :)


I had almost just finished that thought when my iPod started acting funny on me. I figured it had hit puberty or something and it would pass with time until the day when it just sat there on my desk mumbling something about my girlfriend taking too much of my time and I never had any time for poor old iPod anymore...). ANYWAY I figured it was time to send the old girl back to Apple in exchange for a newer model (heh) and from here on in the story just gets worse.


I started my repair case the 16th of January and figured I would have it back in time for my vacation in London, England. No luck. Some weeks later I made plan to go visit some friends of mine in our great capitol of Copenhagen only to have my hopes dashed by Apple Support. Great! And so the story goes on and on.


Having made dozens of phone calls, spoken to even more people and getting a different story every time I finally got a hold of a Swedish customer relations guy who seemed like a person who could get things done. And man did he get things done ... A week and a half later (that would be today) a UPS delivery person arrived, quite unexpected I might add, with my new replacement iPod. I couldn't believe my own eyes and I may have shed a tear when I was finally reunited with my preciousssssss :)


Anyway I thought I would share this story with the world because people need to beware that Apple might try to screw you over. I don't think that this long wait, four count 'em FOUR months, was intentional from Apple but it just goes to show that when something you leave the normal work flow of a system you can quickly end up in some kind of dead end which is really what I think happened here.


I see this all the time with systems I come in contact with. As long as everything works the way the developer intended things run smoothly. This incident certainly is something I keep at the back of my mind when I write code so that the stuff I write is more flexible. I am often amazed at the creative ways users find to use the software we make. It's extremely satisfying to see users solving problems with your software which you really hadn't intended it to handle - on the other hand this can be extremely annoying as well as users not always "get" what they are supposed to do with the product :) Wouldn't the world be a nice place with no users around, ah well, a developer can dream can't he? :D

posted on Thursday, 13 May 2004 18:13:54 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, 11 May 2004

Like everybody else I get my (more than) fair share of spam ... and for the record those "50% added size to your penis"-spam mails doesn't produce ANY results ... or so I've heard :)

Anyways I have been trying out a couple of Bayesian filters which I was pretty impressed with seeing that I had only used black-/white list filters in the past.

I only have three things I look for in a spam filter: 1) It needs to support Outlook, 2) It needs to be unobtrusive, and finally 3) it needs to get those pesky spam messages (sort of a given :)).

Here are the filters I have been looking at SpamBayes, Spamfighter, and Spam Bully. The list is by no means complete but I simply stop looking when I find a product which fits the bill.

SpamBayes is free which is always a big plus in my book. It's pretty unobtrusive and does a good (not great) job of filtering incoming e-mail. It does not work that well with Hotmail integration in Outlook. It provides no automatic removal of spam from a Hotmail account. I found a small bug in the software which renders it unuseable if you have your mouse set up for left hand - pretty weird :) It actually fell on this bug as I do all my mousing with left hand when at work because I want to conserve my wrist which has begun acting up.

Spamfighter has a free version out there also which is crippled. I chose to try out Spamfigther for one reason only: It was made by the guys behind a well known dot com business here in Denmark named Jubii.dk. I figurered that they would be able to put together a niece piece of software - man was I wrong :) It does a poor job of filtering the spam, it does not work well with Hotmail (like Spambayes), and the interface is very much in your face. You need 7 (seven!) clicks in order to filter a folder (like Hotmail) which is just bad from a user experience point of view. SpamBayes provides the same functionality with just one click. Lastly when you uninstall Spamfighter it messes up your existing add-ins for Outlook which is just a great way of closing a test of a piece of software don't you think? :)

Finally the test winner or whatever: Spam Bully. I have found my new spam filter - I actually liked this filter so much that I bought it before my trial expired. Spambully does a great job of filtering spam. I have not seen any spam in my inbox since I installed and trained the filter and have only had a couple of false positives. The interface is very configurable and very user friendly.
There are all kinds of neat features - I especially like the Punish feature which goes out to the spammers website and pulls some traffic there which the spammer has to pay for. Always great to hit the spammer where it hurts the most :)
The Hotmail support is great. Spam Bully will automatically keep your Hotmail folder clear of spam. I've always said that the best test of a spam filter is Hotmail where I get tons of spam - lo and behold, no spam enters my inbox anymore. INCREDIBLE! This feature works for Exchange as well, Spam Bully will check a number of folders of your choice and clean them when Outlook starts.
The only downside of this filter is that it isn't free but it does come with a very fair price tag if you ask me. $ 29.95 is very fair for a piece of software which you use every single day.

Go download your trial yesterday! You will not regret it :)

posted on Tuesday, 11 May 2004 19:40:40 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [3] Trackback
# Thursday, 06 May 2004

Being a hardware buff I got to say that this thing spikes my interest: A keyboard made of light. Apparantly that's exactly what you can buy for the price of $99.99. Pretty neat for all of those with a PDA or a smart phone. Guess that makes all those hours of practicing thumb typing useless :)

Check it out.

TheScreenSavers TV show had this thing on. Check out their opion of the device; to sum it up: They are not impressed.

posted on Thursday, 06 May 2004 13:52:10 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 05 May 2004

I've been using water cooling for almost a year now and I got to say that it's had it's ups and downs. The reason for the missing posts around here is that the pump in my system gave out on me yesterday ... and it was only a two weeks old replacement for another pump which gave out.

I must say that I am beginning to have my doubts of the merits of water cooling. The objective for me was to get my PC as quiet as possible. While the sound level has dropped a new form of noise has evolved in my PC: Vibration noise. The water pump vibrates (heh) considerably more than any fan I've ever had installed in my case ... and I have had a few.

The kit is from Asetek and is called Water Chill. Other than the pump issues the system has been running great. However losing the pump sucks big time as I have to wait a week or more for a replacement pump meaning my system will be out for that period.

posted on Wednesday, 05 May 2004 09:17:17 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, 03 May 2004

A new version of dasBlog has seen the light bringing us up to version 1.6.4121.0. You can grab the new version here. Being an update-addict this is of course great news for me as it gives me my regular fix (the Longhorn fix has just about worn off about now :) ).

As you have probably noticed by now this site is dasBlog powered and I am happy to report that I have already upgraded to the new version and everything is a-OK.

You can read all about the changes and new stuff if you want to get the low down on this release.

posted on Monday, 03 May 2004 20:54:36 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, 02 May 2004

I figured that I'd do something a little more usefull (?!) than just posting a random picture as a test of NewsGator's posting abilities so here is a picture of your's truly. It was taken late summer last year when the company went to Liseberg, Sweden for some R&R.

UPDATE: So it seems that posting images through NewsGator doesn't work all that well. The picture below was posted using the post via e-mail feature of dasBlog (what a great piece of software dasBlog is :) )

posted on Sunday, 02 May 2004 16:24:50 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Of course .NET is not stupid - just the name of the product. While it does sound cool it's just not very user friendly in some situations. How many times have you needed to Google something and not been able to because .NET is treated as NET?


Anyway I have been adding a few new blogs to my blog list and just saw this post (or should I say rant) over at SecretGeek.com about the name of .NET. Man, I couldn't agree more :)


I am so glad that Microsoft decided to create a whole new language named C#. Always a good way to find .NET info on Google. Being bi-lingual I sometimes search Google for VB.NET specific stuff and I run into some of the some problems as with the generic .NET search term.


Oh well, I survive, but I can't imagine that the marketing people at MS didn't consider this.


posted on Sunday, 02 May 2004 14:34:23 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, 30 April 2004

Saw this over at guidmaster's blog and thought I'd give it a try to see if I could get to check out XDN :) So here's the offer for you guys:

FREE XDN Professional for .NET Bloggers during May 2004
Mike Schinkel, president of Xtras.Net, made an offer on his personal blog of a free XDN Professional membership (http://www.xtras.net/xdn) during the month of May 2004 for anyone that blogs about .NET frequently. If you are a .NET blogger, see Mike's post for how to get your free XDN membership.

posted on Friday, 30 April 2004 14:16:59 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback