20 years ago

I came across this photo recently, and it struck me: that’s twenty years ago!

Win95launch

I remember that time well. I was working for Microsoft Denmark as a member of a novel 6-man team called the Microsoft ShowTeam that toured the country for months and held hands-on Windows 95 experience sessions. We also presented Windows 95 at Denmark’s biggest IT fair which coincided with the Win95 launch. It was awesome – being part of this milestone is my personal little claim to fame.  Continue reading ’20 years ago’

Block ads on your computer and smartphone

Do you like ads in your browser? In Skype? In your phone’s apps? No? Well, there’s a way to get rid of them, and I’ll show you how. This works on computers (Windows, Mac, Linux) and even on Android phones! It probably works on iPhones too, if you can figure out how to get access to the system files.

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Get more screen space on your Android

app iconSwipe Navigation is a cool Android app that lets you use intuitive gestures instead of the buttons on the black navigation bar at the bottom of the screen. Even better, the app can hide the navigation bar so you win that extra screen space for your apps instead. It’s like getting a bigger screen without it being bigger.

Several basic gestures are available, including the obvious back, home, recent that you’d use the navigation bar for in the first place. You can unlock more gestures (even multi-touch ones) for 90 cents.

I’ve just started using this, and the added screen space is very nice. The app can even tell the difference between a short swipe (nav bar) and a long swipe (whatever app is in the foreground). It does take half a day to get used to but then you probably aren’t going to miss the original navigation bar ever again.

Daylight wallpaper (Linux script)

I discovered a website with a beautiful world map that updates throughout the day to show sunlight and nighttime right now:

world map with daylight and night

I thought it would make an excellent desktop wallpaper and wrote a script to pull the image every half hour and set it as the background image. That worked really well so I thought I’d share it, which led me to create a sweet little installer for it:
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The Hacker’s Diet

How to lose weight and hair through stress and poor nutrition

The Hacker’s Diet, notwithstanding its silly subtitle, is a serious book about how to lose weight and permanently maintain whatever weight you desire. It treats dieting and weight control from an engineering and management standpoint, and provides the tools and an understanding of why they work and how to use them that permit the reader to gain control of their own weight.

The blurb above is how it starts. Is it a book? Is it a website? Is it a chart? Is it an MS Excel file? Continue reading ‘The Hacker’s Diet’