MetaCarta - not geographic telephone intel

MetaCarta, according to the BBC, is a system for geographical intelligence gathering, which might even be able to find Bin Laden.

But their registration page is not able to recognize Faroese telephone numbers as valid, it insists that a valid phone number must have at least 10 digits, I had to pad my +2982622xx to +2982622xx0 to satisfy their 'validity' test.

(I don't think Bin Laden need to worry.)

Rocknes mot rødt lys?

I følge NRK Hordaland sa sjøkartverksdirektøren at skipet var i rød sektor, uansett om det ble brukt nytt eller gammelt kart.

Hva så? Det er en feil å kjøre en bil mot rødt lys, men det er både OK og nødvendig å seile skip i rød sektor.

Dette er propaganda for å få landkrabber til å tro at losen har gjort noe feil.

Sektorfarvene rød, grønn og hvit betyr i utgangspunktet ingenting, før de er satt i sammenheng med kartet. Vanligvis er skipsleia markert av smale hvite sektorer, og farer med røde sektorer. men du må lese kartet for å vite hvilken lykt som markerer den aktuelle delen av leia, og hvor i den røde sektoren det er noe farlig.

For å seile langs norskekysten uten å komme i rød sektor, skal det seiles langt uttaskjærs.

Hvordan mener Statens Kartverk at man skal seile gjennom Vatlestraumen, uten å komme inn i den røde sektoren fra lykta på Hilleren?

Sjøkart, Vatlestraumen

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No wonder Eduard Shevardnadze had to go

The flag Shevardnadze vetoed:

Christian Flag of Georgia

which means this is the beauty he wanted to keep:

Georgian flag of the Shevardnadze period

I'm no fan of crosses myself, but in this case, the alternative is simply too ugly.


WAPforum has classified the WML spec

WAPforum has password protected their specs, e.g. the WML 1.3. (I told them about it 4 days ago, no answer yet.)
Now wonder they didn't answer, the address given in Feedback Form is the following addresses had permanent fatal errors: info@wapforum.org

The specs are now available at openmobilealliance, e.g. WML 1.3.


Krekar: Mein sak

Krekar debuterer i april som forfatter på norsk med sin selvbiografi «Min sak».

- Dette er mullah Krekars personlige og politiske selvbiografi. Den islamske og kurdiske aktivisten går gjennom hendelsene i iraksk Kurdistan og saken mot ham i Norge fra sitt eget perspektiv, sa informasjonsrådgiver Even Råkil

Dette lyder som desinformasjon, men bekreftes av http://www.aschehoug.no/multimedia/archive/00026/Utgivelsesliste__26063a.pdf

Hadde han lagt seg nærmere tittelen på Hitlers personlige og politiske selvbiografi ville han fått copyrightproblemer.


New Faroese 200 DKK bill

Faroese 200 DKK bill

The new Faroese 200 DKK bill is out.

By popular demand, here is the reverse side:

Reverse side of Faroese 200 DKK

But before you start printing, please be advised that these are preproduction sketches.

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'Den siddende koalitionsregering kan fortsætte'

Danske medier (TV2) demonstrerer sin dype forståelse av færøysk politikk:

Resultatet tegner til, at den siddende koalitionsregering derfor kan fortsætte.

Til TV2s orientering, kan jeg meddele at statsministeren kastet alle statsrådene fra den største koalisjonspartneren, samtidig med at han skrev ut nyvalg.

Så det krever nok betydelig familieterapi, om den koalisjonen skal fortsette.


Bad web design equals popular brand name

Sony and BMW are supposedly among the 3 most popular brand names on Google.

Guess they're proud of that, and will give fat bonuses to their web managers.

Even if the reason for this 'popularity' is obvious to me: You can't find information on Sony products at Sony's site, nor information on BMWs at bmw.com. You simply have to google to find anything at all.

Last I tried, googling for BMW R 1100 did not return a single hit on any of BMW's pages. They should rather donate their web budget to the likes of bikez.com.

(More rants on corporate web design.)

Update: No 1 hit on the above google search, is now bmwmotorcycles.com. Though not in the bmw.com domain, it is owned by an organization called BMW Of North America.

(But the design is terrible. Pop-up windows with fixed width, too narrow for the content.)


HTTP headers of Nokia 3410 ?

I have a WAP page that is listing the HTTP headers sent from the gateway to the HTTP server.

It works fine with Nokia 3510i, Opera, validator.w3.org etc. But not with my Nokia 3410.

Anyone out there have any idea of what's wrong? Does anyone have a 3410 that works with this page? Is there any other page that will echo the HTTP headers from a WAP phone?

Navigation: http://landsbank.fo, Tools and HTTPheader.


A virgin logo is hard to find

Tryggingarfelgaið Føroyar Institute for Transfusion Medicine

The Economist on whaling

A bloody war

Obduracy in the face of hypocrisy

MANY quarrels divide nations, but few do so with the ferocity that characterises the war between those who want to hunt whales and those who would see the practice stopped. The front line in this long-running war is the International Whaling Commission (IWC), a multilateral organisation?part industry regulator, part conservation body?from whose trenches pro- and anti-whalers hurl insults at each other year after year.

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Good use of favicons

The host names of the Danish Military is quite a mess. But they do use a common favicon:

Danish Armed Forces Logo

In pages like http://hoppa.com/eu/nor/Military/index.en.pl.gz?, the consistent use of the favicon made the Danish military sites stand out as a group. As do the Alvis sites.

More on favicons.


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