Adele på Tele2, biljetter via AXS och Stockholm Globe Arenas, ett ord #fail

AXS_Adele_StockholmGlobeAXS och Stockholm Globe Arenas. Adele på Tele2-arena.

Det är din tur.

Välj platser. 4. Accepterar utspridda platser. Bästa lediga plats. OK. Finns inga.

Välj platser. 3. Accepterar utspridda platser. Bästa lediga plats. OK. Finns inga.

Välj platser. 2. Accepterar utspridda platser. Bästa lediga plats. OK. Finns inga.

Välj platser. 1. Bästa lediga plats. OK. Finns inga.

Ehm … OK … skall jag välja noll platser nästa gång?

VEM I HELVETE HAR SKRIVIT DEN HÄR BOKNINGSAPPLIKATIONEN? Det kanske inte är läge att börja testa en installation i samband med att Adele släpper biljetter. Ni borde f-n skämmas. #fail

Stockholm Globe Arenas och AXS … leta efter andra utvecklare. Hallelujah!

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Discrimination should be annihilated / Diskriminering borde utrotas

Discrimination in all its forms should be annihilated. The rest is just a bunch of politically correct bullshit from people who feel comfortable hugging the staircase railing of their wanna-be comfort zone crowd. Are we equal, hell no. Do we deserve the same rights, support, possibilities and responsibilities, hell yes. When the shoe fits …

 

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Using Shared Resources from your Linux workstation in your RemoteDesktop (RDP) environment and Windows Server

remminaIf you, like me, are using Ubuntu – or similar – for your daily stuff and need to connect to a Windows Server by using RemoteDesktop (RDP) / TerminalServer, you may find that local (Linux) resources are not made available to you on the Windows side.

The Remmina client on at least Ubuntu 14.04.LTS is very outdate. Go grab the latest version directly from their site. Installs without issues and gives you a “somewhat” more up-to-date RemoteDesktop Client for Ubuntu Linux.

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:remmina-ppa-team/remmina-next
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libfreerdp-plugins-standard remmina remmina-plugin-rdp

#remmina #linux #rdp #remotedesktop

 

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Brit Floyd @ Cirkus, Stockholm (Sweden) 19-Oct-2015

First time I’ve seen this act, but probably not the last. I’ve seen several Pink Floyd concerts over the years. The first time was during the Delicate Sound of Thunder tour, at Globen in Stockholm. I was surprised at how tight and well played the concert at Cirkus in Stockholm was last night. And it was Brit Floyd, not Pink Floyd! :) Very impressive. Kudos!

You’ll find some (smartphone) pictures below as well as some videos embedded from Flickr.

Brit Floyd - Comfortably Numb  Brit Floyd @ Cirkus, Stockholm 2015-10-19

 

Brit Floyd @ Cirkus, Stockholm 2015-10-19

 

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Making SimpleXML truly simple using JSON in PHP

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So using SimpleXML in PHP is possibly one of the worst hells of typecasting and data extraction procedures one can encounter, or close to it :) But more the point, you don’t need to walk down that road alone, enter JSON.

In the simplest of ways, this will typically get you something useful:

    $pvar = json_decode ($xml);

 

(Where $xml is a SimpleXML-type object) This returns a “slightly easier to manage” PHP array.

If you want an associative array, do this:

    $pvar = json_decode ($xml, true);

 

To get it back to JSON, you simply use:

    $json = json_encode ($pvar).

 

You may need to handle XML data, but you don’t necessarily need to work with it in XML form inside your application. The above examples may not work fully for you if you have to deal with “foreign” files or clean the input data prior to conversion, but you get the idea.

This is, obviously, obvious to many. It’s a lifesaver for others :)

LinkedIn:
www.linkedin.com/pulse/making-simplexml-truly-simple-using-json-php-joaquim-homrighausen

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Eat your Cancer, now with every Lenovo sleeve

It seems like Lenovo (and most likely others) have their own Volkswagen Gate to deal with. I don’t know if this warning has been on all their sleeves or if this is a recent addition. Perhaps the US State of California has threatened to sue them. Regardless, I’d like Lenovo to inform their customers about what’s going on … ?

Warning: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. Manufactured for Lenovo 2015-06-05. ThinkPad 12″ fitted reversible sleeve (P/N: 4X40E48909).

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Nicotine-free since September 17, 2013

When the working day is formally approaching its final minutes, and the necessary Five Finger Death Punch supporting coding music has turned into the somewhat gentler tunes of Baptism by Fire by AC/DC (“Rock or Bust”), you suddenly realise …

… it’s been exactly 24 months since I last had nicotine :)

Hoo-Fing-Rah!

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Removing ClustrMaps

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As of today, this site is no longer using ClustrMaps. There’s no particular reason for removing it. I just don’t use any information from ClustrMaps, so I don’t see the point in having it activated :) For the functionality it provides, it has always worked well for me. If you need the information/statistics provided by ClustrMaps, I highly recommend it.

Clustrmaps: ClustrMaps

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Spotify. Privacy Policy. Oxymoron.

Privacy_smallSo Spotify’s new “Privacy Policy” (an oxymoron by the way), dated Aug 17 2015, all of a sudden allows the company and possibly its partners to utilize things like media files and photos stored on your phone. “With your permission”, according to Spotify.

Some posts on the Internet claims “There’s nothing you can do about this.” and others say that “This is the price you pay for free and/or ad based services.” I disagree with both statements. One such post is WIRED.COM’s by Gordon Gottsegen: http://www.wired.com/2015/08/cant-squat-spotifys-eerie-new-privacy-policy

The second statement is interesting in itself because Spotify uses the same “Privacy Policy” (did I say this was an oxymoron?) for paying customers as they do for users of their “free” services. So it’s not the price we pay for free and/or ad based services. It’s the “price” we pay for using Spotify. Period.

The first statement is incorrect as well. I can think of two solutions:

  • Stop using Spotify. There are other services. If you have a ton of legally acquired music in your collection, walk on over to Google Music and upload some 25000 tracks to it and off you go. Or store the music on your device as mp3s or listen to streaming radio stations :-) I am by no means suggesting that Google knows any more about Privacy and Integrity than Spotify does.

(By the way, Sonos has Spotify support built-in if you’re a Premium user, I don’t think Spotify can get a hold of your images and contact data that way :)

Oxymoron_SmallOn with the show, so what is the big deal with giving up this particular piece of privacy?

Well for starters, it’s none of Spotify’s business what I store on my phone.

Maybe I have Spotify on my one and only smartphone that I also happen to use for business. So I’m in a project meeting, I shoot some snapshots of a whiteboard, and this becomes available to Spotify?!

Or I happen to have contacts in my address book that do not want their details shared with Spotify and Spotify make me responsible for obtaining that permission.

This is – of course – ridiculous.

I understand obvious data sharing, as in if you choose to connect your Facebook and Spotify accounts. I do not understand intrusive and unauthorized use of private data.

Note that Spotify claims that they will only use this information “with your permission”. They do not, however, state how they will obtain that permission. As is quite common these days, you sign away all your rights when you begin using a service and/or app. So perhaps they’ve already received said permission. It’s an extremely loaded construct from a legal point of view, and I’m quite sure Spotify has done this on purpose.

If you don’t have a problem with that, by all means, keep using Spotify.

If you do have a problem with it, maybe this post will help: Unsocial 2.0, keep your family jewels out of the privacy grinder

 

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Unsocial 2.0, keep your family jewels out of the privacy grinder

Given the number of online services, Smartphone suppliers, app developers, and the amount of data we “leak” to all kinds of companies, it comes as no surprise that it is nearly impossible to keep things separated.

Photos you take of your children, family, or colleagues can be tagged, used, stored, and seen by companies all over the world – and their employees. Photos you take of the whiteboard after that awesome project meeting can and will be used in a similar manner, you can count on it.

Combine this with location data and timestamps, and it’s pretty obvious that there are few things “they” cannot find out about you.

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The rest of the data, we willingly give away for free. And we do this because we always get something “for free”, right? We get 15GB of Google photo storage, we get 2GB of Dropbox space, we get to listen to Spotify’s music, and we get to post our project drawings, mockups, and source material for permanent cloud storage.

Some may argue that we’ve been doing this long before Google, Android, iPhone, and Apple. And they’d be right. Credit Card companies “bleed” or “leak” information to various partners. Shops personalize their offerings and discount coupon based on what you have previously purchased, etc.

And perhaps this is simply the way it works. Privacy and Information Integrity isn’t ours to have any more if we want to “participate online” in one form or other. The concept of “my private space” is an extremely confusing topic if you ask any given person born after 1990.

You can actually make it somewhat harder for your data to end up in the wrong place. But it does require an effort where it shouldn’t and it does come at a price. But you’re already paying a price, so what’s a few extra minutes of your time, right?

Use two completely separate identities using two completely separated devices of the same kind. I am not talking about separating your personal life from your professional life. There’s very little difference for many today. I’m talking about keeping your actual communication “safe” from the “social mind” or “global awareness pool”.

The market is over flooded with inexpensive and/or second-hand smartphones and tablets, regardless of your preferences. Get one that you only use for Facebook, Google+, Spotify, and other similar companies/services that don’t have the first clue nor interest in your right to privacy.

The idea of separating your identities is called compartmentation.

  • On your “scrap device”, use a nondescript e-mail address, which is typically used as a common key between various services.
  • On your “scrap device”, don’t take pictures that you don’t want “leaked” or store any useful e-mails.
  • On your “scrap device”, don’t store any useful contact information.
  • Needless to say, when signing upp for new services, etc. that you want to keep separate, you do it with the e-mail address used on the “scrap device”.

This isn’t all that hard actually. And if you want to share something from your “actual” device to your “scrap device” (like posting the latest photo of your dog on Facebook or sharing the coolest party photo on Google+), send it by e-mail (or Bluetooth, or NFC) to the “scrap device”.

Yes. It adds one step to the process. Perhaps that can also act as a useful filter so we can put an end to all these images of half-eaten food on social networks.

It would be interesting if a manufacturer could actually put out a device that was two devices in one, physically separated with the ability to switch the display from one to the other with a simple press of a button. Think “Dual SIM cards”, but going all the way.

SpyFlashMost smartphone and tablet devices today are way too powerful for most users to harness all of their capacity, trust me, you don’t need octacore and 4K HD resolution to scroll through your Facebook feed or read the latest gossip on Twitter.

If your boss at work doesn’t get this, ask her or him if it’s OK that the latest project whiteboard photos are sent to Spotify. Your boss may change her/his mind.

 

 

 

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