januari 2004 Archives

My friend with cancer mailed me earlier today. Her plan to save base cells before the final treatment failed and they haven't found any matching donors. In a few weeks she will start the heavy treatment. I hope she makes it! She has been through treatment twice over the last 2 years and she just have to make it a third time!!! She is a true friend and I really miss her (we cannot meet due to the illness).

I miss you, my friend!!!

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iTunes might be a bit buggy on Windows but there is so much happening out there around iTunes. Make me feel like I am part of some special iTunes cult (or why don't we just call it a community). People share the libraries, recommend songs, or write full blogs about iPods and iTunes. So much great music out there and so little time to listen to it all.

I have for many years been away from the the music market. I haven't just "had" the time to listen to music. I have been to focused on what is coming next and in the long run death so I missed to be in the present. BUT as I am now Peter 2.0 I have time to listen to music again.

My next problem is getting full MP3-ID tags on all my music. There is so much music out there without complete information :-( Also I cannot decide if I am going to trust iTunes to rearrange all my music on disc. I think I will make a full copy of it all (100GB almost) and give it a try.

Well, I am of to be. Tovah is probably going to wake me up around 6.40 tomorrow as that seems to be her new morning time.

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Want to see some stats over my iTunes library? Well here you go :-) The Internet iTunes Registry shows stats about single users iTunes libraries as well as total stats. It is not updated automatically so it will not be up to date as of a few minutes. Current library size is 19283 songs, 55.1 days, 95.88GB.

hmm it is already outdated (I just added Sarah McLachlan and some more).

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The Lego Master builder search is over. Lego decided they needed three and here is the story of the final part of the "competition".

Sigh, I also want to be a Lego Master builder.

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There is so much good music out there. So many classics to listen to. On of my all time favorites is Everly Brothers. I should get to bed but I am downloading music instead, my music library just passed 90GB with 17696 songs. Off you go you tired sod....

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What should you do if you get a Apple G5-DP as a present and all you wanted was a PC? This is one solution...

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Tovah has a cold and she woke up at 1am this morning complaining about her ears hurting. After much fuss I got her to accept that nose spray might help, and voila it did. I am getting good at getting interrupted in my sleep and then falling asleep again, or it might be that I am accustomed these days to be tired :-)

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I have been home alone with Tovah since Saturday afternoon now and it takes a lot of energy to be a lone dad.

Today, we went swimming in Gammelstaden together with Jalle and it was really fun. Tovah almost feel a sleep on the bus home.

Picking up and leaving at day care actually goes better when we are home alone than when Johanna is her as well. Yesterday was the first day Tovah was at day care all day (8.30-17.00) and it went splendidly.

Right now I am just sitting in couch like a potato watching Detention, a really really lousy movie. So why am I watching it? I am too tired to go to bed.

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We went to watch the Chalmers spex Bob today. It was so so, to much rehearsal and no spontaneity. Just talk, singing and dancing. And it was LONG. The break came after 1.45 which meant high time for Tovah to go too sleep. That she puked in the break didn't make things better :-/

On Sunday I am taking Tovah to her very first cinema movie!!! Looney Tunes.

Good night.

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Is the NASA Spirit rover broken? It has failed to transmit data for over 24 hours now :-( :-( I really feel sorry for the guys and gals at NASA :-

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More January Photos added. Here is the first new one..

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More rumours are floating around on the net regarding the new iPAQ h6300 with bluetooth, gsm/gprs, and wlan for communication, camera, thumb keyboard, SDIO, as well as RIM Blueberry EMail support! Looks rather cool. It is supposed to arrive this summer in the states.

More info and picture...

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Want to see something different. Watch Adaptation! It is one strange movie.

The movie is written by Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman (and they are really a central part of the movie as well). Here is a tidbit from IMDB about Donald:

"On February 11, 2003, "Donald Kaufman" was nominated for a real-life Academy Award, along with the real Charlie Kaufman, for the screenplay of Adaptation (2002). This is the first time in Oscar history that a nomination has been bestowed upon a fictional character."

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I had a great Sunday today. Started out with some training in the morning (running and machines). Got back around 12 and J was baking bread (teacakes and hamburger bread). Watch some Robinson from yesterday with Tovah, had a home made thai spiced burger with potatoes bakes in the oven. After lunch we were heading for the library but found out that it wasn't open on Sundays so instead we ended up in the back yard where we dug some tunnels in the snow. Mighty fun for the whole family. Got in and watched some telly (we were beat from all the digging and crawling around in the snow. It was -20 Celcius!) Ended the day with building some Lego. The current project is a robot that can climb over boxes (about 10cm high max I guess). The goal is that it should detect that it has reached a box, twist its body so the front end goes on top of the box, move forward as a light sensor detects that it is over the box and the repeat for the back end of the body and finally move forward.

Tovah is now a sleep (Johanna day) and we are going to watch Underworld!!! See you all tomorrow!! :-)

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I just saw a really great movie called Radio. It is about a mentally handicapped boy and how he affects everybody around him. He starts out as a extremely shy boy and the town coach helps into the community. It is the kind of movie that makes you think about your own attitude to various things. The detail that the story is true doesn't make it worse. If you haven't seen this movie, watch it!!

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Suddenly my desktop computer couldn't grab audio when grabbing video!!! I spent 5 hours on this problem yesterday. I could grab audio just fine but it I started grabbing video (e.g. via amcap) audio grabbing stopped working. The audio device was a USB soundcard from Philips called Aurilium and the video device was a Logitech Orbit. Both are USB2.0 devices so I first thought that was the problem. I started moving around cables and reinstalling drivers. No luck. Next step was to exchange the Aurilium for a Creative Extigy USB soundcard instead. Same problem. Hmm, let us change the camera then so I switched to another Logitech camera (a USB1.1 camera). The problem remains. Ahh, it must be a Logitech driver problem, and I install a Philips camera instead. No change...... By know I pulling my hair I don't what else to try.

I then notice that although I have removed the Philips Aurilium physically from the system, Windows still thinks it is available. I go into the device manger and uninstall the Aurilium Sound Agent 2 device (this is a audio mixer device) and THEN it all starts working again. Finally!!!

The conclusion is to avoid the Philips Aurilium product if you need a audio device for emeetings and online conferencing.

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LEGO has release a press release stating that they will NOT cancel LEGO Mindstorms!!! Good news, now we can only hope that they release a new version of the brick soon and perhaps some new cool sensors.

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Lego will stop producing its electronic parts, this means no more Mindstorms. The will focus on core business, building blocks for children. The reason isn't that hard to guess, they are loosing money, FAST. :-(

In my opinion Lego is on of the best toys ever invented. Cannot governments in the western world go in and help the company? Only half joking....

More info....

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I am very fascinated by Lego. Have been since I before I can remember anything else. I got my first technology Lego box when I was 5 years old (a GoCart designed for 9+) and it is definitely one of the first christmas presents I can remember. Tovah, my daughter is also very attracted to Lego and a fun thing is that she builds more with the tech parts than the normal bricks. Fun fun fun for the whole family.

Anyhow, yesterday I found this page about Jamie that went for an interview to work as Master Builder at Lego. Fun reading!!

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Just watched another 3 episodes of Angel Season 2. There are some whacky episodes here, like e.g. the halloween episode I watched yesterday.

Anyhow, I just wanted to say that I will be gone from cyberspace until Friday evening because I am going with the Media Technology division to Brändön for our Winter Retreat! We will do some dog sledge riding, hot tub bathing (outdoors of course), sauna bathing and ice bathing, eat tons of good food and of course, work a bit as well.

Have fun and don't do anything I wouldn't do!

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Here is the first in the new ones. Several new Lego creations (Hanger, Light Follower, Space Taxi) and snow riding.

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Watching this ad for Apple iLife almost makes want to throw out my PC and switch to a Mac again. The new GarageBand looks really cool. The only problem with using a Mac is that it integrates so badly with the Windows world. Apple might claim that it is the other way around, but come on, Apple is the challenger here and if MS breaks the standards rules then Apple have to follow them to be part of the game.

Anyhow check out this ad!

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Apple has a new webpage about Marratech and MacOSX. It is on their developers site.

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The January 2004 photos are now online.

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Our christmas photos from our trip to Jönköping are now online. Have fun...

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Some more photos from December are now online. Check my and Tovah's Lego Mindstorms creations (Mixer, "Golvrobot") as well as all our wallpaper coming down.

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