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- the dutch Crown Prince Willem Alexander (Wim-Lex for friends :)) bought an iPhone, as did his wife princess Maxima. The iPhone is not yet released in NL, so they will face some roaming costs (or hack it ;))
- AT&T confirms the 3G iPhone to be released somewhere in 2008...heyhey! THAT was the sole reason for me to hold of to an iPhone when I had the opportunity to buy one mid November!
Just added a Twitter-script showing the 10 tweets preceding my current Twitter status. It's nicely put under the Twitter badge in the sidebar, handy for everyone who's not reading my blog every day! :)
An alternate use of Google's search engine; use it as spell checker!
Think about it...have the spelling of (obscure) words verified by Google's 'democracy'!
Easy as a, b, c...whenever you're not sure about the spelling of a word, just feed your best guess into a Google search box and see what it comes back with.
You might see a 'Did you mean:'...with your suggestion, but then spelled correctly! If not, chances are pretty high that the initial suggestion was spelled correctly in the first place, especially when there are a lot of search results.
And, if you can't choose between the initial suggestion and the 'Did you mean:' alternative, just pick the one returning the most search results! ;)
(in the top right: 'Results 1 - 50 of about 122,540 for ....')
Jason Calacanis: "The case for the community CEO... ...someone who polls their user base openly, asks for feedback constantly, and engages their audience... ...CEO 1.0 was defined as the all-powerful God-like CEO. That's been over
for a long time--with the exception of Steve Jobs who is, in fact, God."
Excellent blogpost Jason, thanks for bringing this to the table.
This so much follows my ideas on leadership, CEO's, managers, it's a must read for people with CEO 1.0 / 1.5 mindsets...just imagine what can happen if they're able to open up after reading it!! Society and organizations have clearly changed these days and being a teamplayer / people manager is key in moving an organization where you want it to go...it all comes down to;
Yesterday I received the email below...hmm, what should I make out of this?
Obviously this is spam / spam related, then again...it's very original and almost tempting.
A sad story, still somewhat entertaining to read...pity I don't have any wood burning stove ;)
My name is Elena, I have 30 years and I live in province of Russia.
have a 6-years daughter, her father abandoned us and we live with my
mother. Recently my mother lost job due to old age and our situation
became very difficult.
The prices for gas and electricity became very high in the last months and we cannot use it to heat our home anymore.
winter is coming and temperature is very cold here already. The radio
say it will be up to minus 30 degr. Celsius in the near weeks. We do
not know what to do and we very afraid.
The only way for us to
heat our home is to use portable wood burning stove which gives heat
with burning wood or coal. We have a lot of wood in our region,
therefore this way is very good for us
and it will heat our home the whole winter with minimal charges.
I work in library and after my job I allowed to use computer. I finded your address in internet and may be you can help us.
need portable stove, but we cannot buy it because it expensive for us.
May be you have any used wood burning stove which you don't use
anymore, then we would be very grateful to you if you can donate it to
us and organize transport of its to our address. This stoves are
different, and they weight between 60-150kg.
coming and I would be very grateful to you if you could send some
sweets for my daughter. I will then put them under Christmas tree and
it will make my daughter very happy.
I send you best wishes.
Somemoreinvestigationsshow that this 'Elena' has sent the same messege to more people...now I don't feel that special anymore, NO wood burning stove for her, nor any sweets to put under the Christmas tree!
Sinterklaas has arrived with his 'pakjesboot' (boat full of presents) in The Netherlands today (check the link if you're not familiar with this dutch tradition)...I wonder if he's able to bring me some presents here up north in Norway. :)
I never realized how dutch this tradition actually is...my colleagues in Norway had no clue when I explained it (guess they're completely Santa Claus'ed :)).
It's one of those things you miss out on when living abroad...the special atmosphere in the cities, coziness in peoples homes, children going crazy when Sinterklaas and his Zwarte Pieten are present, lovely sweets like speculaas, pepernoten and kruidnoten...yeah, it's a nice tradition!
Hehe, it would be interesting to have Sinterklaas visit Norway, am pretty sure the people here would have a hard time getting the story behind Zwarte Piet (Black Pete or Blackface).
Picked up the repaired family car today...the garage gave her a special prep-for-winter treat, heyhey, let it snow let it snow let it snow...it's currently -4dgr C, oof!
A nice bonus was the fact that the guy helping me spoke no english at all...first time norwegian class on a Thursday! I managed to understand what he was trying to explain, so I guess I passed the test, yay! :)
Good news! After going down from two to no cars yesterday, today one car got fixed: the Honda turned out to have a problem with one of the (new winter)tires, the remedy was relatively easy (and free :)).
The Scénic is at the garage at the moment, fingers crossed for a fast and not too expensive repair...
Today it's 'Say hello to iPhone'-day for Europe as the 'Invention of the Year' (according to Time Magazine) hits stores in the U.K. and Germany.
France is to follow on November 29, which makes me wonder when it's Norways turn...then again, with the current decline of the dollar I'm a lot better off saving my X-mas $'s for a hacked U.S. iPhone. :)
We just came back from the monthly gathering of the Dutch Club Oslo (Nederlandse Club Oslo)...it was nice to meet with some fellow cheeseheads and exchange experiences.
Most of them have been in Norway for years already and it was good to see that they are well integrated and still positive about the country and its culture (without loosing that typical dutch touch!) :)
As other norwegians they seem to prepare for the cold and snow...you bet it's gonna be special this winter!!
The results of my little test were not too surprising...still, without *any* effort I managed to get 4 friends on Facebook and 8 on Hyves. It shows that social networking is what the name implies, SOCIAL networking, a two way communication tool.
One of the most amazing things though is that an old dormmate from Hampstead Centre (way back in 1994 when I was studying in Australia), found me on Facebook last weekend...very cool!!
I'll start adding friends myself and grow my social network...let's see what happens.
For the record, Facebook is relatively small in NL (the 'Netherlands' network only has 80,615 people...Norway for instance has 418,937 people in the 'Norway' network, a country with roughly four times lower population!)
Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder, Treason and Plot,
I know of no reason
Why Gunpowder, Treason
Should ever be forgot.
The rhyme is commonly known from Guy Fawkes Night...this year the event is used on the internet by supporters of the Ron Paul For President campaign in order to raise *a lot of* money in just one day and thus create (media) attention for the candidate and his message.
Jeffrey Rowland: "We've
always been here and we'll always be here. We are a specific
arrangement of particles and this instant is infinite. Did we luck out,
or didn't we? The odds against this sentence having ever being typed,
much less the odds against you reading it were inconceivable. Smile,
because the fact that you're able to is almost impossible to
Before I was able to come to a final conclusion I upgraded my system to Mac OS X Leopard.
One of the features of Leopard is the the fact that Front Row now is included in the OS and also runs on older G4-machines...no more need to hack it, and it runs like a charm!
This new version of Front Row (2.0) is doing a nice job as MediaCenter app, the interface is slick (copied from the Apple TV) and it works great with my Keyspan Remote Express. I will keep an eye on CentralStage though...if they can pull off what they show in the screenshots, they have a killer app.
But for now, Front Row it is...Apple pulled it off again!
As of November 1, there is a 60kph speedlimit for the Oslo ring, the roadsigns tell me that this is due to a 'miljøfartsgrense'...or, a speedlimit to save environment?!?
I also understood it has to do with wintertires with spikes...they cause extra dust particles poluting the air. Lowering the speed lowers the concentration of particles...hmm, guess we'll have to live with it, until freakin' March 30 2008...aahhh!