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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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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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Who reads the license, anyway?

Terms of Service; Didn’t Read is a site that gives you a very compact summary of the terms of your favorite websites and services. There are some surprises in there but Google isn’t one of them – we already know that they have a direct line to our brains.

It’s difficult to strike a balance between privacy and usefulness. Google is getting a lot of data from me but I get a lot of convenience in return. I could also set up a lot of the services on a server of my own, using for instance Kolab.
Benefit: privacy and control over my data.
Drawback: I suddenly become responsible for uptime, security, backups, and a lot of geeky challenges.

Note: Before you run off to install your own cloud solution, you’ll need to face another important decision: Which tool do you choose?

I have half a plan to set up a home server that runs either Kolab or something comparable, but as always, other real-life tasks are more important and/or urgent so this is a project for those “long winter nights.”

Can you afford to rely on free services?

Along with the outcry after Google’s announcement to kill their popular Reader service, people have started to realize the danger of using online services. Yes, they’re incredibly convenient, and they’re often free, but they do have a cost all the same. That cost is risk: online services are outside your control. It follows that any data you place in these services are also outside your control!

Essentially, we are trading convenience for risk. How much risk are we willing to accept? Have we ever considered how much risk we can afford to accept?

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