[The Listserve] I’m sorry to break this to you…

I just got the fantastic chance to send an e-mail to ~10.000 people. What would you write if you got that chance? This is what I wrote: “I’m sorry to break this to you, in an e-mail from a random stranger like this, but it needs to be said: Most of your life won’t be…

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Google support gone wrong

Google really produces great software. I use many of them: Web Search, Picasa, Reader, Feedburner, Analytics, Images, Groups, Docs, Translate, Code, Chrome, Maps, Video, Blog Search, Youtube, AJAX API, Webmaster Central, and Site Search. Just to name a few :) Problem is, with many of the above, if something breaks you’re out of luck. Because…

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Voddler – movie streaming for the masses?

I’ve recently managed to get a hold of a beta invite to Voddler, and thought I should tell you a little about my experience of it. But first, big thanks to Gunnar Bark (Tweets in Swedish, follow him!) who tipped me off about a Voddler invitation competition. It was run by Christian Rudolf at mjukvara.se…

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Usability isn’t a crime

The programmers behind The Pirate Bay are getting charged with making it easy to share files over the BitTorrent protocol. Note that it’s not because they’ve done it themselves, but because they have made it easier for others. Never before has usability been a crime. “They have to get paid” Copyright holders protest and say…

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Google is down

I’d never this that this day would come, but it actually seems that Google has decided to block all sites in their index. Try searching anything, it will be marked as spam. I see the same results in the swedish and english version, in Firefox and in Internet Explorer. “This site may harm your computer”,…

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Downloading MySQL: How bad can it get?

MySQL is quite popular on the web these days. Lots of frameworks have support for it, and some frameworks only support MySQL. So lots of people must be downloading it right? So what do you do when you have a website where most people will be looking for completing one simple task? Well, you make…

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Spotify invite via Twitter or Jaiku

I’ve talked about Spotify before. It’s simply the reason I no longer have any music stored on my computer. You heard it right: No more music stored locally on my computer. What Spotify did to convince me to take this step was to really start to compete with file sharing. Spotify does just that, but…

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Templated User Controls in ASP.NET

Good design repeats itself. It works hard to convey a whole, a feeling of consistency. Once you understand a part of such a design, you know your way around all of it. This is often done by repetition, using the same elements, colors, styles, positioning, and so on. This is a good thing. Good code…

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Django – the fun framework (presentation)

Yesterday I attended the excellent Geek Meet hosted by Robert Nyman at the Creuna office. I held a presentation about the Django web framework, and took some time today to add some comments in english and make a PDF-file of the presentation. Would you like to know why Django is more fun than what you’re…

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Ten commandments of update services

I’m getting increasingly annoyed with update services shipped with popular applications. It’s looks like it’s getting worse and worse, and I think someone should stand up and say enough is enough. Adobe Update Google Update Microsoft Update Ten Commandments of Update Services Let me start by showing when updates go wrong: Adobe Update I start…

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7 silliest W3C specs ever published

W3C is producing lots and lots of good specifications and we seriously have their joined effort to thank for a lot of today’s web. But everything released by them isn’t all nice. I’ve digged deep into obscure search results to find, that’s right, the silliest specifications ever. *Drumroll*. HTML+TIME: Why not add timers to HTML?…

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Google Reader subscriptions on a WordPress Page

Instead of posting new lists of blogs I follow over and over again I thought I’d make a permanent place for them. So I just exported all of the blogs I follow from Google Reader (Settings -> Import/Export) and imported them to WordPress (Write -> Links -> Import Links (in the sidebar)). OPML is a…

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Avlyssna befolkningen (Swedish)

(Eng: Sorry for writing this in swedish. Sweden is about to pass a law allowing the government to wiretap its citizens and I need to add a few things to the debate. The rest is in Swedish) Sverige kommer på onsdag högst troligen rösta igenom ett lagändring om att FRA ska få avlyssna internet, istället…

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MSN blocks YouTube links

I’m not sure if there’s some kind of big power struggle going on right now, but obviously MSN is blocking strings containing “www.youtube.com”. It started by me finding a funny youtube video (who didn’t?), and tried sending it to a friend. Message back was that “Message could not be sent because of a network error”….

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Top 3 articles of friendlybit.com (according to me)

Robert taunted me cause my blog was to inactive, so I thought I’d write something. As you might imagine, pushing me terribly to be creative like that isn’t a good way to get good posts up, so I thought I’d just point to some existing articles instead. The selection is not based on popularity, ratings,…

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Fixing Sharepoint 2007

I’m sorry for all the Sharepoint 2007 posts lately, if you’re not interested, just skip to the next post :). Anyway. The Sharepoint team recently announced further support of an addon called Accessibility Kit for SharePoint (abbreviated AKS) in a blog post about the future of Sharepoint on their official blog. I thought I’d comment…

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New design for friendlybit coming up

Hi. I just wanted to tell you that I’m now working on the new friendlybit. I’ve listened to your previous comments, and these are the changes I’m going to make/not make: Blog format stays, no community. You’re damn conservative (something like 95% percent said to keep it a blog). More compact writing. I’ll skip more…

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The future of friendlybit.com

It’s vacation time and you’re allowed to lean back and just relax. A blog it’s always there though, you post to it on your spare time, and as soon as you have some a little glitch in your schedule you need to consider blogging. It’s a full time job. Current situation I use Friendly Bit…

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Safari now available on Windows

Hi, this is just a short post to let you know that Safari is now available on windows. It’s was unveiled at the World Wide Developer Conference 2007 by Steve jobs himself. I can’t stress enough how important this is for all Safari users. Most developers still use Windows when developing web sites (it’s changing,…

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Spotify is a lot like…

Hi. Today I want to tell you about a music player called Spotify, that I like. What does that have to do with web development? Nothing, that’s why it’s in the “other” category :) Anyway. Spotify is a lot like Pandora, you know that music player that runs as a flash applet and suggests music…

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