Monday, May 16, 2011

NextGentel needs help to improve (the obvious?)

My local broadband provider sent me an email today, or six of the same emails where the subject says "Help us getting better" (in support). Start by fixing you spam-agent :-D

Monday, April 25, 2011

The Agile Principles and The Agile Manifesto


The Agile Principles

  1. Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software.
  2. Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. Agile processes harness change for the customer's competitive advantage.
  3. Deliver working software frequently, from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, with a preference to the shorter timescale.
  4. Business people and developers must work together daily throughout the project.
  5. Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done.
  6. The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation.
  7. Working software is the primary measure of progress.
  8. Agile processes promote sustainable development.
  9. The sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely.
  10. Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design enhances agility.
  11. Simplicity--the art of maximizing the amount of work not done--is essential.
  12. The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams.
  13. At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly.

The Agile Manifesto

Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
Working software over comprehensive documentation
Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
Responding to change over following a plan

That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more.



All of the above is taken from www.agilealliance.org but it looks better formatted this way :-)

Friday, November 26, 2010

How to make square corners with CSS

HAHAHA this was so increadibly funny, I'm still laughing 10 minutes after I read it (maybe the last line in parenthesis is right for me too)

Go here to read not about how to make rounded corners but sharp 90 degrees corners using CSS: http://secretgeek.net/Css_right_angles.asp

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Spiterstulen - Glitterheim = Stony stepping exercise

  • 17,5 kms estimated to 5hrs trekking time not including breaks, it took us waay longer ;-}.
  • Starts with a steep ascent.
  • Approximately 16 kms of attracting stones to step on, averaging the size of a football.


1. Starting of with good spirit, even after the steep ascent.


2. Starting to feel the weight...


3. Scenery is nothing but stones and remote glaciers.


4. Rest stop aprox 1,5 kms from Glitterheim, exhausted.


The start of our mountain journey that involved carrying everything we needed, like a snail with its house, had begun. It was a good thing we had just had two great days at Spiterstulen highlighting Hellstuguryggen, because what laid ahead was not pleasant.
This coming from me having carried a heavy back pack (rigged with tent and food etc.), if you carry light it will probably just be a boring trek giving exercise to your ankles ;-)
Glittertind is a good starting point for Norway's second tallest peak Glittertinden, tallest if you include the glacier on top of it.

For us this was just a stopover towards Gjendesheim.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Hellstugu-ryggen/ridge from Spiterstulen at 2339 mts.

Norway's 19th highest peak at 2339 mts. a.s.l. (moh).
Not commonly climbed.
A much better experience than Galdhøpiggen.

The pictures:
1. View of the valley we came from, nice view but only the beginning.


2. View of the long narrow part of the ridge, seen from Nørdre Hellstugutinden 2218 mts. a.s.l.


3. Rest stop on the ridge.


4. The group descending an area on the narrow ridge.



5. Happy to close in on the target seen in the background.


6. Moving down from the peak towards the glacier.


7. Short break on the glacier, enjoying the view.


8. The happy couple with our peak Midtre Hellstugutinden in the background.


9. The second rope with trekkers crossing the glacier.


(...yes it's a shame, I forgot to take pictures with the cellphone from the very top, will update later with real camera shots :) )

Story:
Initial plan being like "everyone" else's at DNT's tourist hut/hostel/camping: a day trip to Norway's tallest mountain "Galdhøpiggen". As we listened to the info about guided tours the next day the plan changed, after a little consideration and persuation - Hellstuguryggen with the middle peak as our target (not knowing exactly where that was, until we saw it with our own eyes way into the climb the next day :-p ).
Our guide Hågen said this trip was done only in nice weather, otherwise it would be too slippery.
Basically it was the coolest day-trip any of us had had before! Despite the fact it took us ca 12 hours ;)
It's a "ridge", something I think few in the group of 14 members thought much of, partly because of the strange sounding name.

The route:
From Spiterstulen head south, upwards along the stream (the big one in the middle of the valley), after aprox. 3kms you cross a bridge over the melted glacier (Heilstugubreen) running below it, you will then have "Hellstuguhøe" on your left on the right hand side of the glacier stream, ascend it as "head on" as you like. It is 2272 mts. a.s.l (moh). From then on it's pretty much given where to go, the ridge lies ahead.
There is a large relatively flat area close to the top of this "høe" (round top) this is where we had the first rest with food.

As we closed in on "Nørdre Hellstugutinden" 2218 mts. a.s.l. ("tind" is a pointed peak/top), most of us thought it was the end... Oh how wrong! From the peak we could see the middle peak on top of a long narrow ridge. "We're going there" Hågen said. Is he joking? Are we going all the way over there?
Midtre Hellstugutinden at 2239 mts. was in sight! :-)
Normally we're "trekking" mountains, this time we were actually climbing :) using our hands, a lot of balancing and help from others.

Having constant focus on where you stepped and watching out for loose stones was a necessity.
I love this kind of airy paths and was able to enjoy it a lot :-)
Due to the height of the last hindrance before the peak I bent forward to help Karen over it, which caused our food to fall out of my back pack that had opened in silence during the climb, it fell to an unrecoverable location. We got some from the others and lunch was saved :)
Finally the peak was reached, bellies no longer starving and we got ready for traversing relatively loose blocks of stone down to Hellstugubreen (the glacier to the left of the ridge).
With harness, spikes on the shoes and all connected to ropes we rather quickly walked down and to the end of the glacier and the beginning of its stream.
Phew, now it was "straight" home...
Tired, happy and full of impressions :-)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Geiranger on foot.

This place is really great for scenic hiking day trips.

What we did:
- Dalsnibba -  the highest viewpoint in the area with clear view of the Geiranger fjord. Take the tourist bus meant for this purpose (Three times a day, e.g. 09:40).
Yes, it has a great view!
No, 10 minutes is not enough time.180,-/person feels too much.
DO NOT expect the bus to hunk its horn before leaving as we did... "Heeeey, were's the bus??" Oh yes, we were left behind in the middle of nowhere with our day trip backpacks ON the bus.. some phone calls later and it were to be dropped of at a hotel further down the mountain. Starting to loose hope we were able to hitch with some tourists going our way :)

- Flydalsjuvet, this is were the picture-famous overhanging mountain can be found, having the fjord with various cruise ships in the background, as here in this picture where I'm holding Karen in my arms while a by-passing tourist takes the picture :-).


On the way down we left the transportation here for picture taking and lunch before walking the remaining kilometers down to the camping, which is not a problem for anyone without walking sticks etc =)
P.S. You can also take the public transport that goes to Langvatnet for 80,- and it can probably drop you here on its way. It's actually the same bus as the tourist bus which normally stops here for 5min on its way to Dalsnibba.

- Storseterfossen, a side trip down from Flydalsjuvet. Follow sign to Hole then walking path to Storseterfossen. If the weather is nice you'll probably meet more people heading the same way. It's an easy to medium trip.
Bonus: you can walk behind the large waterfall.


- Towards "Keipane" is were we headed the next day, it turned out to be too far for what we were prepared for and turned back at after around 900 height meters :-P
On the way we passed the beautiful "Sæter"(small farm) as seen in this picture.


Best equipment: water bottle.