Today is that one day in a year when we turn the imaginary page of time...page 2007 in the 'book of life and the world' has almost been written, all experiences of the past year are in it.
Good to know that they are stored in a safe place, our memories...one can always look back, read and learn.
Writing things down and then turning the page mainly means that things can be put to rest...it's time to go on and look to the future, something which comes automatically if you start to live your life now, in the present...
TechCrunch: "A Sad Milestone: AOL To Discontinue Netscape Browser Development... ...Please observe a moment of silence for the Netscape browser. Netscape Navigator, the browser that launched the commercial Internet in October 1994, will die on February 1, 2008.".
I remember my first browsing steps in 1993 into that new thing called the 'world wide web'...I was using the Mosaic, a browser developed at the NCSA (National Center for Supercomputing Applications) by a team lead by Marc Andreessen, who is indeed, the co-founder of Netscape Communications. Netscape became the browser of choice, it marks the start of the growing world wide web era.
Browsing in those days was reserved for a limited group of people, which made it something special...Netscape represents that period in my life, it certainly has an emotional value for me.
Microsoft killed the Netscape browser by integrating its own IE browser (yes, the Internet Exploder Explorer) with its operating system. Despite AOL purchasing Netscape Communications in 1998, the browser lost traction...its spin-off Mozilla Firefox even replaced Netscape's earlier position as #2.
The last best news out of Netscape camp was Jason Calacanis' effort as Netscape CEO to make it THE social news website of choice. Things seemed to improve and Netscape gained traction as portal...however, after Jason quit AOL last year, it became clear that without his vision, CEO 2.0 leadership and energy the end was near...
As mentioned earlier, I cancelled the contract for my .com domain and will migrate to (most likely) GoDaddy. This means I've got some work to do to prep things and try to keep downtime as low as possible by the time the domain will be migrated. This will probably be early January, certainly before the 12th, when the current contract expires!
We've done a lot of work this weekend, prepping the house for renting out from January. Thanks to everyone helping us out...I love you, I love you, I love you!
We moved out our belongings, painted all walls of the bedrooms and put a laminate floor in the same rooms, making them look absolutely GREAT! It was a nice family job; did it together with my father, brother and brother in law...quite a team!
Just finished cleaning the entire house, we're good to go!
Woodrow Wilson: "You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world. You impoverish yourself if you forget this errand."
Since I will work in the dutch office coming week, I decided to uhh 'violate' the local IT policy in our norwegian office...just installed Skype again, after de-installing it 1.5 months ago...sorry guys, I just need to be able to have easy access to my non Norwegian co-workers!!!
Cross fingers that the Big Brother IT partner here doesn't find out! :)
Got a call from the tempur sales lady...apparently the factory is not able to deliver the bed we ordered in 2.20m long (WTF??)...need to decide what to do next; take the 2.10m version, the other (older) model in 2.20m or, uhmm, cancel the order? :(
We have been in need of a new bed ever since we left The Netherlands...the luxurious 1.80m x 2.20m box spring bed didn't make it in the moving van and ended up at my sisters place.
Since we *love* sleeping (despite the fact I am a nightcrawler :)), we decided to go for one of the best beds out in the market these days, a Tempur bed. Last weekend, on our way to the Xmas fair in the Oslo center with my parents, we stopped by the Tempur store and...uhhh, bought it 'just like that'!
Don't ask me how much it costs...it EASILY covers the top 3 items on my Apple geek-wishlist (17" MacBook Pro, 24" iMac *and* iPhone)...aahhhhh! ;)
Delivery will take roughly 10 weeks, which has to do with the 'oversized' 2.20m length of the bed (a must for my divine 2m body hehe).
My dutch ex-colleagues gave me the first three seasons of '24' at our farewell party in September...they said it would be nice for the long, dark evenings in Norwegian wintertime. Well, those evenings did come and got us hooked to the series! :)
Tonight is 'Julebord'...the traditional Norwegian Xmas party with work. Litterally the word translates to 'Christmas table', the actual meaning however is: 'drink till you drop on expense of your boss'! :)
The day after is apparently followed by 'fylleangst', in other words...the hangover and fear of what actually happened the night before (did you really yell at your boss?? How will the response be the first day at work?? :))
Am excited to learn more about Norwegian culture again, I'm outta here!!
Yesterday I got 'hit' with what I will call Twitter spam. It was the first time, at least for me, worth a blogpost. :)
Twitter, as other Social Networking apps, lives by enlarging your friend-network and growing the circle (or bubble? :)), while putting (semi-?) interesting stuff on it.
All fine and OK so far, until the moment you start seeing 'people' following you (on Twitter) who haven't put any tweets up (ever) and are following 1000+ people...the site listed in their profile then turns out to be linking to an ad-page, persuading you to buy toys for your kids for Xmas...yeah, that sounds like Twitter spam to me...pity. :(
Darn! I'll be in NL for work in the week of December 17...normally no drama, only joy, this time however it means that I'll miss out on Marilyn Manson's concert in Oslo...and was so looking forward to this one! :( :(
Timing is really off; the week before he will perform in NL...that is coming week, when I'm still in Norway...damn again!
Just noticed that the 'last 10 Tweets' script in the sidebar is apparently broken...will try to fix it again!
UPDATE: ok, guess I'm seeing ghost here...the updates are up again, and I didn't touch a thing?!? WEIRD stuff for a Saturday afternoon! Please comment if the updates are not shown for you...there's something fishy going on here...