Archive for January, 2008

iPhonedrive seems to fill a hole in what I’d like to see on my desktop from the iPhone – including a list of all my phonecalls, and all my SMS’es! Follow the link below for the companys website:

keep your files on your phone
access your music, photos and more

Just a few more things your iPhone does. Use your iPhone or iPod Touch for file storage, ensuring that you always have your important data backed up.

iPhoneDrive also provides easy access to your iTunes media, photos, notes, SMS messages and call history. Simply drag music, videos, notes and phone data from the iPhone to your desktop or just double-click to copy.

[From Ecamm Network: iPhoneDrive iPhone and iPod Touch Disk Mode – Backup to iPhone – Access Notes, SMS, Call History]

I found the little story by Richard Corbett – who apparently is a Member of the European Parliament interesting, as he tries to use Norway as a example of why UK should stay in EU.

As I am Norwegian, and as Norway now have had 2 referendums resulting in Norway staying out of EU this needs some corrections IMHO.

On his blog he writes :

Under its agreement with the EU, Norway, for example, has access to the internal market and most of the economic integration programmes. On a superficial level, this might to some to be an attractive prospect. But, as part of the terms of their agreement, each year, Norway transposes 400 EU internal market regulations into their national law, but have no say in shaping them. They have no Commissioners, no ministers in the Council to represent their national interests, no MEPs, no seat on the European Council and no civil servants in the EU institutions. They also have to make a hefty contribution to the EU budget, and receive no EU spending at all. Perhaps this is why Norway’s Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has publicly stated that he would like his country to become a member of the EU.

[From Blog – Richard Corbett MEP: Better off out brigade are only lying to themselves]

Let me comment his statements one by one :

but have no say in shaping them” – this is not quite strictly true, as Norway have access, and can take part in, any of the discussions, we just do not have any vote in them. But look at reality, Norway have 4.5 million inhabitants, so a proportional vote in Europe (as the other smaller countries already have found out) would not be given much weight….btw. in 2004 the number of such regulations were 181.

They also have to make a hefty contribution to the EU budget, and receive no EU spending at all” – actually the “hefty contribution” is approx. 200 mill Euros per year, extremely cheap for one of the wealthiest countries in the world and not what I would call hefty. Btw. Norway contributes approx. 97% of the total contributed by the EEU countries, so the other countries contribute only around 5 mill Euros per year…is this what you call hefty?

Perhaps this is why Norway’s Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has publicly stated that he would like his country to become a member of the EU” – look at the first part, we have had 2 referendums, so very little chance of this happening. The statement is taken out of context, as he went on to say that it would be political suicide to raise this on the agenda at the current time.

no civil servants in the EU institutions.” – you’d better walk around your own offices in Brussels, as you will find plenty of Norwegian civil servants there. My dad has been one of them for a period of time!

IMHO Norway seems to have gotten the best of the deal, few of the disadvantages but almost all of the advantages of a full membership. It lets me work in the UK with no formalities and requiring no work permit or visa…

I do not say that the UK should leave the EU btw., I just want to correct some of the inaccuracies in the story.

I found this story by a non-norwegian teacher teaching in Norway (and in a open school) very interesting – as he brings a different perspective to a situation I know quite well.

Follow the link at the bottom to read the whole story

To me it illustrates some of the differences between the Norwegian school system, and the british school system, where the Bristish system is much more formal and performance oriented, yet both systems seem to reach the same goals at the end….

Teaching in Trondheim
Let me tell you about my school.

At the “Charlottenlund Skole” I teach history and English to pupils in the 8th grade. I teach Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays (noticeably absent Fridays!). Classes range from 30 minutes to 60 minutes. Instructional time is somewhat difficult to pin-down, as the schedule is quite fluid.

This fluid nature is due to the “open” school system of design in Norway. This type of school was invented in the during the 1970s in the United States. Since this time however, the open school form has moved from the United States to be mainly embraced by Europeans. The main characteristic of an open school is their use of space. Open schools trade the traditional classroom environment for more open spaces – hence the “open” school name.

I teach in a room without doors. I do not have an assigned place, I use whatever space in the building that is most functional for my lessons. If I have a lesson that is heavy on geography, I use a room with a lot of maps. If I wish to encourage student discussion, I find a room with cozy furniture.

The philosophy that has kept me happy here in Norway (and while traveling) is “go with the flow”. Time and space are viewed as fluid resources. Rigidity is not to be found.

Neither is formality.

[From Josh » Blog Archive » Teaching in Trondheim]

I may just have to try this one out…

HyperOffice Launches Free Trial of Tools that Connect iPhone to Corporate Email, Contacts, Calendars

Collaboration suite synchronizes iPhone with Microsoft Outlook, but without Microsoft Exchange. HyperOffice today launched the public beta of business collaboration tools that connect the Apple iPhone to corporate email, contacts, calendars, tasks and notes.

Rockville, MD. (PRWEB) January 30, 2008 — HyperOffice today launched the public beta of business collaboration tools that connect the Apple iPhone to corporate email, contacts, calendars, tasks and notes.

The collaboration tools are built into HyperOffice and operate as an alternative to Microsoft Exchange, the corporate messaging platform that the iPhone does not support. HyperOffice synchronizes the iPhone email client with Microsoft Outlook, giving business users wireless access to secure corporate messaging and collaboration services from work, from home, and while traveling.

[From HyperOffice Launches Free Trial of Tools that Connect iPhone to Corporate Email, Contacts, Calendars]

Being rather sad I do occasionally look at the webservers logfiles, and as I found a url to a domain called “radian6” I looked it up, and thsi is what I found L

Who is Radian6?

You have likely found you way to this page because you were curious about our crawlers, having seen them in your logs, and noted this page was present in the UserAgent string. Radian6 is a social media monitoring company that has developed a product offering specifically tailored to PR and marketing companies, that helps companies find and listen to conversations about their brands. You can find out more about our company at

If you have seen our crawlers visit your content, then that is because you have written about topics that are of interest to companies and brands that are using our system. This is good for you, as it means your voice is being heard, and the number of subscribers for your content has increased.

What is R6_FeedFetcher?

R6_FeedFetcher is our main RSS update crawler. It is responsible for checking RSS feeds periodically, looking for updates to your feed. The behavior of this agent should look much like any other RSS update agent. If you have concerns about how it is interacting with your content, or would like to have your content removed from our subscription list, please provide details and email them to

[From Radian6 Crawler FAQ]

Another interesting charger for the iPhone / iPod Touch :

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Double your talk time on your cellphone or listen to hundreds of extra songs. The Powerstick™ allows you to do what you have to do and more of what you want to do anytime, anywhere.


Plug the Powerstick™ into a USB port to charge. The fuel gauge turns on when charging begins.
With the appropriate connector, plug the Powerstick™ into your device’s charger port
Press the start button and your device has instant power. You can even use the device while it charges.

[From POWERSTICK :: fueled by Ecosol]


This is a showstopper for me – so no MacBook Air for me:

The Mac OS X 10.5 installation media that shipped with your MacBook Air is designed for use on this computer only and not intended for any other computer. The installer prevents this software from being installed on other Macintosh computers. Furthermore, other Mac OS X 10.5 installation media should not be used when restoring the system software on your MacBook Air. [From MacBook Air Requires Custom Install Disc]

I just commented on the following story (to read the whole story – and my comment, follow the link below the quote.

Censorship as protection?
In Norway, we’ve had a massive debate over the last couple of days about who’s responsible for the content published in the comments following stories in online media. I won’t bother you with links, since they’re mostly in Norwegian, but the short version is as follows: On the web site of Norwegian daily Agderposten’s discussion forum, rumors of highly sexual nature about soccer player and former Liverpool pro Stig Inge Bjornebye were circulating. The rumors were false, but were accessible for a long time. Today, Agderposten was found guilty by the PFU, the Norwegian press’ watchdog organization.

The case has raised some interesting questions: Are newspapers responsible for content published on their web sites? Should newspapers censor this content? Should everything published on the internet be censored? If so, who should do this? And is it possible?

[From Censorship as protection? « frjohnsen – Beyond 2.0]

I did not manage to get the Magnifier module for Drupal to work “out of the box”, but this blog posting put me on to some fixes for the javascript library – and this works.

Update: The jquery magnifier wasn’t working well for a lot of people, so I redid the javascript. Credit now goes to Mihai Parparita for writing this magnifying script. Be my QA and let me know how it works on your browser.

[From Me, Master Han, and the Pizza Boy | Jody Hamilton]

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