The future is electric

Back in 1991 I worked at McKinsey & Co, a management consultancy. Because of my working class background (or perhaps my engineering background) I was most of the time assigned to projects at industrial production sites far away from both my office and my home. When I occasionally got back to the office the new hire sitting at my desk would ask me if I was a new hire. The same year Continue Reading

Privacy, what privacy?

There are about 20 apps on my Android phone waiting for me to grant them additional privileges. Booking.com wants to: “find accounts on the device” “test access to protected storage” “modify or delete the contents of your USB storage” Facebook takes it to a totally different level. It has the longest list of access grants that I’ve seen. Among other things it wants to: “read your contacts” “modify your contacts” “read calendar Continue Reading

Sanity prevails

Yesterday the Swedish Supreme Administrative Court announced that the Computer Tax that I rather vehemently disagreed with in my previous post has been ruled illegal. There is still justice and sanity in the neighborhood. Read about it for instance here.

The future leaves the past behind

Almost five years ago I got very excited when I first stumbled upon Spotify. I wrote that I had seen the future. It’s great that at least the odd prediction actually comes true. Spotify is not the future anymore but very much the present. Some artists resisted at length but recently some of the biggest acts in the history of popular music like Metallica and Pink Floyd have released their work on Continue Reading

Running my own servers

Being a bit of a control freak I have always wanted to have full control over my information, to decide what to make searchable through Google, to decide who gets access to what photos and documents and so on. I therefore run my own blog server, my own photo server and I store my documents on my own ssh file server instead of in the cloud (despite of all the free gigabytes). Continue Reading

Going virtual

Hopefully it doesn’t show but this site has gone virtual. I’m slowly upgrading my home IT strategy meaning that I will upgrade my main server to run a RAID and I have virtualized the Ubuntu machine that now runs my web server. As a virtual machine host I’m running VMWare Player (the free version) which has proven to be rather stable (except when you double-click on a virtual machine file to start Continue Reading

A drive for life

I just ordered my first SSD disk. The manufacturer claims an MTBF of 1 000 000 hours which translates to a whopping 114 years. Since I’ve already passed the big five-o it should last for as long as I live even if I keep the computer humming 24/7 (the only challenge is to avoid cluttering it full of stuff).

To boldly go where no man has gone before

A few years back I had the opportunity to listen to a presentation by the project manager for the second Mars rover missions launched in 2004, Prof. G. Scott Hubbard. It was an inspiring speech about an impressive engineering achievement; one of the rovers is still operational after more than eight years in an extreme environment. (Unfortunately I had to pinch myself from time to time to stay awake during the speech. Continue Reading

Technology that just doesn’t work

The logical (albeit late) follow-up on the post Technology that “just works” is of course this one. I get so happy when using technology that “just works” because there is so much technology that just doesn’t work. Nothing sucks like… These are a few particularly ill conceived devices that give me headache: My vacuum cleaner of a rather well-known Swedish brand that completes the sentence “nothing sucks like E…”. It has a Continue Reading

Technology that “just works”

I’m interested in many aspects of the world including politics, culture, and sports but if I have to choose one single identity for myself, I think it is that of an engineer. I guess one sign of that is that technology that “just works” makes me really happy. I feel great joy when I get my own hobby software projects to “just work” and I sometimes still smile for myself when I Continue Reading