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Aug 052014

the Mighty Microthe Micro MillenniumA little while ago I came across this gem from the past: A book titled ‘The mighty micro: the impact of the computer revolution’, by Christopher Evans. In the US it was published as ‘the Micro Millennium’.
This book contains predictions about the (then) upcoming microcomputer revolution, which includes predictions for the future up to the year 2000.
Just one example: ‘Starting from the 1990′s the use of cash money will be quickly replaced by the use of credit cards, which will most likely contain a chip.’

From the front of the Micro Millennium:

This book is about the future.
Not some distant future which we can blissfully ignore, but one which is imminent. It will involve a transformation of world society at all levels, and while taking place slowly at first, will gather pace with sudden force. It’s a future which is largely molded by a single, startling development in technology. The piece of technology is, of course, the computer.

This book was later turned into a 6-part television series, which is luckily available via YouTube:

  1. The Coming of the Microprocessor
  2. Of Machines and Memory
  3. The Political Revolution
  4. The Introverted Society
  5. The Intelligent Machine
  6. All Our Tomorrows

(Unfortunately dr. Evans passed away before the broadcast of this series in 1979)

Check it out on YouTube, when you have some time to spare. :cool:

Jul 312014

A while ago I decided switch to Google’s Gmail as my primary email account. Since most of my emails arrive on another account/server, I was hoping to use the Mail Fetcher functionality of Gmail to collect these emails from that old account automatically into my Gmail account. Well, it’s not that simple…

Gmail Mail FetcherI went to Gmail -> Setttings -> Accounts and Import -> Check email from other accounts (using POP3). Here I filled in all the fields, and hit ‘Add Account’… which gave me the following error: Server returned error: “Connection refused”.
First I thought: ‘Incorrect password’, and tried again. Same error. Then I went to the pop3 service logs on the email server of my old account, to see what was actually happening.
Turns out Google doesn’t even try to connect to my server. No connection attempts whatsoever in my Dovecot logs, and I know for sure my firewall isn’t blocking any connections on port 110.

How to resolve this? I’m not sure… I tried with adding another POP3 account on a different server. Same problem. If only there was a way to get in touch with a human at Gmail… :cool:

For the time being I’ve set up forward on the old server, but some day I hope to be able to use Mail Fetcher instead…

Jul 052014

Varig oppholdsbevis
After being in Norway for 16+ years, I finally have a permanent residence permit (or varig oppholdsbevis as it’s called in proper Norwegian)!
Now I can stay as long as I want, without having to renew my permit every 5 years. :cool:

(If you’re also an EU resident, and have been in Norway for 5+ years, check whether you qualify as well!)

Jul 042014

Posten Sporing app - screenshot
I just came across an interesting feature in the Posten Sporing app of Posten Norge AS.
This app does the following (translated from the product description on Google Play):

Record tracking makes it easy to monitor packages on their way to you with the Post Office.
When you register with your mobile number and email we find automatically packages on the way to you. To achieve this, we rely on that the sender has registered your mobile number or email. We therefore constantly check if there are packages on the way to you and alert you via push when there is a new package. We will notify you when you can get it at the post office or possibly when it will be delivered to your home.

All good and well, of course. It also let’s you enter a package tracking number manually. Handy of course, should you have a package coming your way that didn’t make it into the system automatically.

Posten Sporing - 12345But… here you can also enter some totally random number like… 12345

And then it suddenly gets interesting! I see a long list of packages, none of them mine (see screenshot, which I mutilated a bit on purpose). I can track their whereabouts, and it wouldn’t surprise me if I’d get a hentekode (pickup code) in the app when the package I selected makes it to the post office and is ready for pickup.

I wonder how long it will take before less honest people will start abusing this ‘feature’…

Their website on is even worse. There I can also search by phone number. This makes it very easy for anyone to track exactly where their neighbours, colleagues & family shop, and quite often it also gives a fair idea of what’s been purchased…
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