Category Archives: internet

Cory Doctorow speaking in Oslo

In mid-September Cory Doctorow was in Oslo, Norway for the Norwegian release of his book Little Brother. In that context he also held a speech at Litteraturhuset where he among other things talked about DRM. Luckily, this speech was taped and you can watch it below. It runs for about 30 minutes.


Doctorow @ Litteraturhuset from Veslebror Serdeg on Vimeo.

AdSense to allow multiple Google-certified ad networks

I have AdSense on my blog. I don’t earn much, but it cover the yearly fees for this blog and my Norwegean blog, so I’m happy about that.

In August, Google changed their policy for AdSense and will “allow multiple Google-certified ad networks to compete for display ad space on your site“. On adsense.blogspot.com it states that “This new capability will help you generate the most profit for every ad that appears on your site, whether the ads come from AdWords advertisers or Google-certified ad networks.” and:

We’ll slowly begin allowing ads from Google-certified ad networks to appear on AdSense pages over the coming months, so you won’t see an immediate impact on your ads or earnings. As new networks are certified, you’ll see them appear in your account. This feature will initially be available to publishers in North America and Europe, but we hope to roll it out to additional parts of the world in the future.

So this is good for all Google AdSense users. You can watch the promo video below.

Internet dating in 1997

Computer Chronicles was a great American computer TV show hosted by Stewart Chiefet and covers the computer history from the shows start in 1981 towards the new Millennium.

In 1997 cyber dating or internet dating was the big new thing, and the video bellow cover that topic. Here’s the program discription:

One of the most popular early uses of the Internet was finding a date. This program looks at some of the first sites that offered to find that special someone. Sites demonstrated include match.com, americansingles.com, NetNoir, blinddate.com, and cupidnet.com. Guests include cyber dating counselor Dr. Judith Schwambach and netiquette advisor Larry Magid.

Watch and enjoy!

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The History of Microsoft – 1999: The Series Finale!

I’ve been watching most of the The History of Microsoft episodes. It’s very interesting to watch, but the series is now come to an end. The year is 1999.

1999 was the year Internet Explorer 5.0 got released. It’s amazing that it took a whole 10 year to get to version 8 of IE. We got Office 2000, which I still use and it works perfect for my needs. We also got Windows 98 Second Edition, I still have an old computer running on it. ’99 was also the year of The Matrix, one of the best movies ever made. It was also the first movie I bought on DVD.

If you haven’t watch all the episodes of The History of Microsoft, go to channel9.msdn.com and download them, it’s well worth a look.

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Review: The IT Crowd v3.0

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I really liked season 1 and season 2 of The IT Crowd. I’m happy say that season 3 is as good as the previously seasons. We’re still following Moss (Richard Ayoade), Jen (Katherine Parkinson) and Roy (Chris O’Dowd) in their everyday life as IT people. If this crowd can work in IT, everyone can.

Here’s the episode titles of series 3:

  1. From Hell
  2. Are We Not Men?
  3. Tramps Like Us
  4. The Speech
  5. Friendface
  6. Calendar Geeks

My favourite episodes are The Speech where Moss and Roy convince Jen into belive that the Internet is in a small black box. Friendface is also a great episode. It’s a parody on Facebook. Real fun.

Here is the text from the backcover:

Whilst Reynholm Industries boss, Douglas, is spending the pension fund on gold flakes in the water supply, the dysfunctional IT department – Moss, Roy and Jen – build up the courage to face the frightening world of people who somehow communicate without using a keyboard.

As well as the usual bickering, time wasting and incompetence, the co-dependent trio become the victims of sexual harassment, create a fundraising nude erotic calendar, confront the builders from hell and join a social networking site.

In addition to six good episode you also get this:

  • Audio commentary w/Graham Linehan
  • An Interview with Graham
  • Original Title Sequence Animatic
  • Deleted Scene 1: “Look After Yourself”
  • Deleted Scene 2: “Roy’s Sex Life”
  • Cracking the IT Crowd
  • Set Tour
  • Out-takes

If you liked the previously seasons of The IT Crowd, you will like this one. If you like British comedy, this is the show for you, start with season 1. The IT Crowd is highly recommanded!

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Use Twitter on Commodore 64

Do you have an old Commodore 64 laying around? Dust it of, buy a MMC Replay and download BREADBOX64. And you should probably take a look at Johan Van den Brande homepage. All this will make you Twitter on the good old C64.

Johan Van den Brande is the man behind BREADBOX64. He says that the software will work on both emulators and the real thing. Why you should use the C64 for twittering is up to you. But it’s cool, and from the YouTube-video he uploadet, it looks like it works to.

WordPress 2.8 Baker – available for download

The new version of WordPress 2.8 Baker is now available for download. The new version have 180 new features, changes and upgrades, and over 790 bugfix.

Here is a video from WordPress.org, showing some of the highlights of the new version.

Here is the highlights of the new version, check out WordPress.org for a full rundown of all the new features.

  • New drag-and-drop widgets admin interface and new widgets API
  • Syntax highlighting and function lookup built into plugin and theme editors
  • Browse the theme directory and install themes from the admin
  • Allow the dashboard widgets to be arranged in up to four columns
  • Allow configuring the number of items to show on management pages with an option in Screen Options
  • Support timezones and automatic daylight savings time adjustment
  • Support IIS 7.0 URL Rewrite Module
  • Faster loading of admin pages via script compression and concatenation