Waterfront development

Åge writes about the danger of everything looking the same when old industrial waterfront is converted to residential or business use during a short period.

Such projects may turn out very differently. Aker Brygge, Sandviken Brygge and Kilen Brygge represent the good, the bad and the ugly.

When I started working in Oslo in 1983, the shortest route from the train to my office was on the waterfront, in front of the City Hall. But to avoid the polluted highway between the City Hall and the sea, I walked the detour, via Karl Johansgate. With very good help from an undersea road tunnel, Aker Brygge did reconnect Oslo to the sea. And while much of the place was built within a couple of years, it did not look too planned, it looked like a naturally grown cityscape.

Sandviken Brygge in Bergen is the opposite - like Aker Brygge, it is very nice for those who can afford to live there. But unlike Aker, Sandviken is blocking its inland neighbourhood from contact with the sea. Sandviken is not the only - not even the worst - culprit in the area. When I visited in 2001, the only breathing hole in the waterfront barrier, was the pier by the KPMG office.

Kilen Brygge in Sandefjord looked plain ugly, last time I saw the place and the plans.


Selling a car without a road

According to Faroese Radio, the politician Kaj Leo Johannesen wants to include the physical network, when Føroya Tele is privatized.

His claim is that selling the telephone operator without a net, is like selling a car without the engine. (At einskilja Føroya Tele uttan net er tað sama sum at selja ein bil uttan motor)

Wrong metaphor. Selling a telephone operator without including the net, is more like selling a car, without including a piece of road.

Imagine if the Ford dealer owns the tunnel under the Vestmanna Sound. A Volvo can only use the tunnel, if the Volvo dealer strikes a deal with the Ford dealer. As a customer, I will have to choose a Ford, or risk losing access to the tunnel. Ridiculous and inefficient, but very similar to the present situation in the Faroese telephony market.

Kaj Leo and I agree that state ownership of the network is not important. What is important to me, is separating ownership of networks and services.

(Maybe Citroën préfère Total, but fortunately, they do run equally well on other gasoline brands)


Wiccan Wedding

Wiccan Wedding

...we saw descriptions of the binding ceremony and it just seemed so beautiful," she explained. "We are not followers ourselves, but...

Congratulations! This sounds just like your average Christian wedding.


Tourist Seal Hunt

Count Dracula did not hurt the Transylvanian tourist industry.

Inviting foreign hunters on seal hunting in Norway, will not hurt the rest of the Norwegian tourist industry.

See, we get PR, even in Australia.


JPEG vira - told you so in 2001

OK, GIF not executable? Sure? is not about JPEG, but GIF. Same von Neumann principle, though.

Gun 42 added to my gallery

Holmstrom No 42, Tórshavn

Gun no 42 at the Tórshavn Citadel 62.0233-6.7655 ]]>

BL.5·50CAL Mk.I HOLMSTROM C.O.W.1916 No.42


Installshield.com circular error

According to consumer.installshield.com/, I should update to the Latest InstallShield Installation Engines:

If the file version number starts with 6:
  1. Delete the folder C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\engine from the machine.
  2. Download IkernelUpdate.exe.
  3. Once downloaded, double-click it. This installs the InstallShield engine for your installation.

But when I install IkernelUpdate.exe, I get an error that again directs me to update to the Latest InstallShield Installation Engines in an endless circle.

I have an MSI log, it does not make me any wiser:

=== Verbose logging started: 11-10-2004 12:15:48 Build type: SHIP UNICODE 2.00.2600.1183 Calling process: C:\WINNT\Profiles\XXXXXX~1\LOCALS~1\Temp\pft23F5.tmp\Disk1\Setup.exe ===
MSI (c) (14:40): Resetting cached policy values
MSI (c) (14:40): Machine policy value 'Debug' is 0
MSI (c) (14:40): ******* RunEngine:
******* Product: {8B114997-C963-11D3-BBAD-00C04F5996A7}
******* Action:
******* CommandLine: **********
MSI (c) (14:40): Client-side and UI is none or basic: Running entire install on the server.
MSI (c) (14:40): Grabbed execution mutex.
MSI (c) (14:40): Failed to connect to server. Error: 0x80070005

MSI (c) (14:40): Failed to connect to server.
MSI (c) (14:40): MainEngineThread is returning 1601
=== Verbose logging stopped: 11-10-2004 12:15:48 ===

G.O.Sars í grind

G.O.Sars i grind i Torshavn

G.O.Sars besøkte grindedrapet i Tórshavn 9 okt 2004, velkommen skal dere være.

Som barnebarn av to norske hvalfangere, skulle jeg ønske at den norske splittflagget var med på bildet. (Men jeg er for skinnhellig til å sette det inn med PhotoShop.)

62.0155-6.7755 ]]>

Send KRL til Saudi-Arabia

Eksportere KRL til Saudi-Arabia?

Glimrende ide! Det ville bli større religionsfrihet, både i Saudi-Arabia og i Norge.

Derimot er jeg skeptisk til å eksportere KRL/IRL til Marokko. Marokkanske barn har bedre kunnskap om europeisk språk og kultur, enn hva KRL har gitt norske barn om arabiske forhold.


Vivisimo - clustering search results

Vivisimo is a search meta engine, whose main feature is the ability to cluster the result pages, based on content. This is especially useful when the search word has two or more distinct meanings. One such word is tank, meaning either a (usually large) receptacle or armoured battle tank.

Searching Vivisimo for tank gave 198 hits. Most, if not all, really belong in two main clusters, receptacle and armoured battle tank. These two clusters are not detected by Vivisimo, only their smaller sub-clusters. Still, this is a very impressive performance by a machine. (The movie Tank Girl may be about both water tanks and battle tanks, if so, it belongs in both main clusters. I can't tell from the web page, so we have to wait for a new release of Vivisimo - one that watches movies.)

Such clustering would be facilitated by metadata in (or outside of) the web pages. Suitable Dublin Core DC:subject URIs for these clusters could be

and

Webmasters may be less than truthful in their meta markup, so analysis of content and incoming links will stay important.


Calling the 112 test center

When stolen mobile phones are sold, they are often tested by calling the emergency center, number 112, because that is the only number that works without the SIM card.

Suggested solution: Detect the IMEI of all mobiles calling the emergency center without a SIM card (no IMSI identification), and block them for all non-emergency calls. (Blocking emergency calls is too dangerous, unless the phone is constantly harassing 112.)

This should not bother legal phone owners, because the SIM card is usually present. If I get blocked anyway, I'll have to apologize for my dog removing the SIM and calling 112, and hope the police believes me.

The IMEI of a stolen phone should of course have been blocked by its owner. But few of us have saved our IMEIs. It is found by typing *#06# or looking under the battery. Take a note of it and keep it, but keep it secret, unless you want some practical joker to have your phone blocked as stolen.


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