For those interested in having a look at some snippets of APL code
http://rosettacode.org/wiki/Happy_numbers#APL
http://rosettacode.org/wiki/Monty_Hall_problem#APL

I noticed a rather strange thing just now, and I tried to reproduce it without any luck. I was surfing, doing my thing, when all of a sudden the bookmark star, on the right (v9.0.597.98), was no longer present….

This was a tab that had been open for a few restarts of chrome. Going back on step, and then back again, made it appear. But what is going on? Searching for similare events, just gives me “ah they moved it to the left – ah they moved it back to left – (then my favorite) AH – it’s back on the right again!”. Jeez…

Ah well – I bet I’ll never be able to reproduce it.

http://www.viber.com/

Let’s you call other iphone users having the viber app. It uses your wifi or 3g connection – which practially means it’s free! Android app in development. Free SMS is planned.

VOIP is not new. Skype has been around for ages, but this is directly marketed on iphones – phones being the primary target. And the fact that no registration is needed, besides your own telefon number, makes getting started easy!

Kudos!

I have noticed a drop in performance after upgrading to v4.2.1 of iOS. Especially noticeable when opening grouped applications. I wonder if it is possible to downgrade..? This is a big downside for me – if I knew about this, I would not have upgraded. Period!

Too late for that now. I have a non jailbroken iphone, so I’ll have to stick with this version I guess. One of the pros, is that the “Find my iphone” functionality is free with this version. And it works!

I caved!
I have no regrets!
Yes – I will have to get a case, as I experience a significant drop in reception reported by my phone, but currently not a showstopper. Or I am not allowing it to be!

But how to kill an app? Ah – it is so simple! Double click the home button to get background apps listed – and simply press the app until it shows starts shaking – and a small “minus” is visible on each app. Kill it by pressing the red minus sign!

I finally took the step to buy myself a Sonos ZonePlayer 90. The main reason for the investment is the streaming service Spotify. It simply rules. You need to have a Premium membership, register it in the new 3.3 Sonos software, and you are on!

I did one error during the installation, which was setting my country to Denmark – where I do actually currently leave, but my Spotify subscription is in Norway. And as Spotify is not available in Denmark, Sonos does not show the option in their Music service list. But fear not – just login to your online account at Sonos, and change it. Then restart your Sonos Desktop controller and it magically appears. Excellent!

It is not superfast, when it comes to loading playlists etc, and the folder structure is not currently implemented. But I am confident it will be implemented! Kudos once more to Spotify – and Sonos!

Linux have tools for everything. Converting a pdf into another document type is as simple as it get.

Abiword and OpenOffice both supports opening pdf and saving them in the desired format. But a more elegant command line tool exists;

pdftotext doc.pdf doc.txt

All sorts of options are allowed – try it out!

It may just be me – maybe my skills using the mouse pad or the over sensitive index finger mousy-thingy between GHB is bad – but why the hell is Cancelled positioned at bottom!? The result for me, when I accidentally double click, I stop the download…. jeez

The action buttons on Ubuntu 10.04 has moved from the classical Windows inspired top-right corner to OSX inspired top-left.

Personally, using Chrome, which has it’s own action buttons on the right, it tend to get confusing. I also dual boot Win and Ubuntu so I’d like the same behaviour for the standard tasks, albeit I tend to use keyboard shortcuts.

Anyway – gconf-editor is the key! All applications are configurable, and so is this. It allows you to personally arrange the title buttons to your liking.

Run gconf-editor, and find apps/metacity/general/button_layout. Experiment! Allowed settings are: ‘menu’,’:’,’close’,’maximum’ and ‘minimum. Note the ‘:’ is the title and ‘menu’ is the window menu ( you know ALT-Spacebar ). Any combination is allowed.

A new photo organizer. Well – it’s not brand new, but pretty new. I am not able to get Picasa to work as I want on my Ubuntu 10.04. So, I needed an alternative photo manager. Shotwell entered the field. And do not dismiss this tool by it’s look. The simple GUI is one of the key attractions for me.

Of the fancy features, it has auto grouping by events; the default being by date. You can easily rename these events to your liking.

You also have the basic crop, red-eye and tuning that you expect. It also has a “magic” button – auto enhance which works quite well.

The version I tested was 0.5.0. I upgraded to 0.6.1 by adding their launchpad repository. They have made some changes under the hood. The most significant for me is the importing of folders which lets me choose to link instead of copy the files. It also allows external editors to be launched.

Oh – and did I mention it was fast? It is fast!

Kudos to the developers at yorba!

For more detailed story, see the Gnome journal here.