Are you waiting for a permission or invite from somebody?

quote gavin andresen bitcoin developer 300x221 Are you waiting for a permission or invite from somebody?You’re missing the point of Bitcoin if you feel left out. You can be as involved as you want to be, just go make something happen.

Find something you think needs doing, recruit some people to help if you need help, and do it.

Are you waiting for an invitation or permission from somebody?

— Gavin Andresen, Lead Bitcoin Developer.

The above quote illustrates perfectly well why I am personally involved in the Bitcoin industry. Since the currency and technology is not built on anything governmental, there is no one stopping anyone from doing anything. Just go ahead, and create whatever you think is needed. Get it out there, and see it grow.

Bitcoin has created a truly astonishing thing: disruption to the traditional way of thinking about what money actually is. It also changes who makes the money from a centrally controlled entity, to true decentralization. With Bitcoin and all the altcoins, money is created by you and me.

True freedom is being created in front of our eyes, and no one can stop it.

 

A mobile with two weeks battery life. Easy

mobile public domain 300x224 A mobile with two weeks battery life. Easy

Image via Anna Langova

Recently I gave away both my Samsung Galaxy S3 and Grand smart phones and replaced them with a cheap old fashion Nokia phone.

I have had it with the hype regarding how incredibly smart the smart phones are.

All smart phones in the market lacks one crucial thing: battery life. They last maximum for a day, while my nokia don’t need to be charged for two weeks, easy.

Another thing I dislike intensively about the smartphones, is what they do to people. Instead of being engaged in the conversation and being actually social, people sit and stare at their phones all the time. They get constant reminders about events in the so-called social media with pings and sounds, so they are unable to concentrate on the conversation they are having in front of them.

The older I get, the more I realize what is important to me, and I am sorry to tell you that social media is not any more social than reading a magazine in my opinion. Social media has made our time so fragmented and cut into little pieces, that the lack of concentration is about to drown us.

Another important factor here is that our kids needs our undivided attention when they spend time with us. Remember when your kid scored the first goal in the little league, and you were busy replying to a tweet or chatting on Facebook instead of actually paying attention to the moment?

My challenge to you

Drop the hype surrounding the smartphones, and get yourself an old fashion, regular mobile that stays in your pocket. Only reply to calls or messages that are really important. Always keep into consideration if the call can wait until you are alone. Also remember that phones do have an off button. Try it once in a while.

When I walk our dogs Odin and Sol, I often leave the phone at home. This is also pretty liberating. The knowledge that nobody can bother me, so I can concentrate on having a good walk and a fun time with them.

What do you think? Can you see yourself live without a smartphone?

Use the form below and have your say.

 

Upgrading to Filemaker Pro 13

200px FileMaker Inc 150x150 Upgrading to Filemaker Pro 13I just got a mail from Filemaker to download the latest release of their software, and have started doing so. As far as I can see, this release addresses a major annoyance with earlier versions: The need to be on Windows or Mac for the clients. They have implemented something they call Direct Web Access in Filemaker Pro 13, meaning you can basically use the browser as a fully fledged client connection to the server. I hope by god that this will be true, because that will mean we can finally ditch Windows on the company computers, and replace it with Linux. Time will tell though if this really is the case. I have been waiting for something like this for a long time, and even started playing with the idea to port our internal system based on Filemaker Server and clients over to one of the open source database platforms available. Alternatively we could have gone for a pure web based system built in php and MySQL. I have gotten to the conclusion that it’s simply not worth it. Our solution is so complicated that it would take a lot of efforts to move it to another platform. We have a mix of native Filemaker, file transfers to exchange data using FTP and timed scripts run on two external servers, 43 proxy servers running php as well as calling php from within Filemaker to check positions in Google that gets added back to FM. So, as you can see – it would not be very easy to trash it all and start over.

First installation went with no hiccups

Filemaker Pro Advanced 13 installed including the plugins from Filemaker Pro 12. I have logged on the the solution in Server 12 with no problem. It looks like 13 is faster than 12 even when it’s just the client being upgraded so far. This looks good! Apparently there is no need to upgrade the database in this version. I’m glad, because that is always a nerve wrecking thing to do.

Filemaker Server 13 installed and configured

I expected some problems here, but it went pretty smooth all in all. The whole procedure took a couple hours including fiddling with IIS 7 for the new WebDirect to work. I forgot to make a backup of the old server before replacing it with the new one, but that was not a big problem since I remember what schedules I had going in the old one. WebDirect works pretty well, but I can see I will have to do some adjustments to the layouts for it to work perfectly.

Weird thing about scheduled tasks in Filemaker Server 13

I just discovered that schedules acts as illogical as earlier versions of FM Server. They are not getting triggered on repeat unless they get started after 12 AM. The thing is, you can’t set something to repeat on a per hour basis if you have set the scheduler to trigger a script at 4 AM that you want to run one time per hour until next morning. You have to set it to start 1 AM and run until 11:59 PM to get triggered once per hour.

What is your experience with Filemaker Pro 13 compared to the older versions?

Feel free to share below.

 

How to take control over a people

The best way to take control over a people and control them utterly is to take a little of their freedom at a time, to erode rights by a thousand tiny and almost imperceptible reductions.

In this way, the people will not see those rights and freedoms being removed until past the point at which these changes cannot be reversed.

– Adolf Hitler.

 

Muslim Brotherhood Exposed

Have a look at the following video if you want to know what exactly the Muslim Brotherhood are up to in Egypt. The video features Michael Coren, a British-Canadian columnist, author, public speaker, radio host and television talk show host according to Wikipedia.

See the video, and then tell me: do you still believe the Brotherhood is a peaceful organisation?

Use the comments form below and have your say after seeing the video.

 

Timepiece vs. watch

admiral nelson timepiece watch 300x230 Timepiece vs. watchAdmiral Nelson Timepiece is really just a watch. Like any other watch.

I just watched a commercial on CNN where a guy in the advertisement talked about a wrist watch. What I find funny about this kind of ads is the fact that they never mention the word watch in the ad. They always refer to it as a “timepiece”.

So, what exactly is a timepiece?

I think they have found that it is more likely that they trigger the feeling of luxury if they call their expensive watches for timepieces instead of the less fancy word watch. Simple as that.

Does it work trying to lure the viewer into thinking in a certain way? Of course it does. Unfortunately.

We all love being seduced. Brands like Rolex, Seiko and others all try to convince us that they are not offering us a watch – but a timepiece. Who doesn’t want to wear a timepiece?

What is your opinion?

Are you letting the advertisers lure you into believing in their ads?

 

Effective mosquito trap – get rid of mosquitoes

effective mosquito trap get rid of mosquitoes Effective mosquito trap   get rid of mosquitoesEFFECTIVE MOSQUITO TRAP THAT WORKS. GET RID OF MOSQUITOES.

Update 23.06.2013 The trap works! You can read further down in the text how to make it.

I checked the contents of the mosquito trap today and saw that there actually are some mosquitoes down in the bottle. I have checked around a lot in recent days, and have seen that it is recommended to place the trap where you would like the mosquitoes will move to – and preferably at a distance away from where people are. This is because it generates less CO2 than what a human does, so mosquitoes will not go into the trap if our much stronger smell is dominant.

I came across a recipe on how to make a mosquito trap to get rid of problems with mosquitoes buzzing around your ears, and they are in general a pain in the ass where they sting you. Although I am very allergic to mosquito bites, so this I’m looking forward to try.

Like & share, so we get a much better summer.

You can make a lot of these traps, and they are effective.

You will need

1 cup of hot water. Not warmer than body temperature though, to not kill the yeast
1/4 cup of sugar
1 gram of yeast
1 large plastic bottle (large juice bottles are best, those made of thin plastic. A Coke, Fanta or Sprite bottle works well to.

How to make the mosquito trap

Cut the plastic bottle in 2. Both knife and scissors can be used.
Mix the sugar with the warm water and let it cool. When it is cooled then pour it into the bottom of the bottle.
Add the yeast (this will start the process of forming CO2 gas that mosquitoes are attracted to).
Insert the spout of the bottle upside down in the second half (can be taped to the closer).
The bottom of the bottle should be colored black, dip it in some paint as you can see on the picture.
The mosquitoes gets attracted to the black color.
The bottles should be replaced every two weeks, either fill in with new fluid mix, or create brand new.

Happy summer all – and be sure to share this post with as many people as possible.

The trap is practically free to make, and you can make one yourself in just a few minutes. A typical do it yourself solution.

The mosquitoes are a family of small, midge-like flies: the Culicidae. Although a few species are harmless or even useful to humanity, most are a nuisance because they consume blood from living vertebrates, including humans.

Do you know about any better way to get rid of mosquitoes?

Have you come by any other DIY solutions for mosquito related problems? Be sure to comment below if you have other good tips in regards to getting rid of mosquitoes and other flying insects that are annoying or know about other effective recipes for exterminators in 2013 that works.

 

BlackBerry bringing BBM to Android and iOS this summer

Living in Egypt, I know how big news this is! BBM might not die after all!

BlackBerry has just announced that its hugely popular BBM messaging service is going multi-platform: it will be released for Android and iOS as a free app this summer. BBM will support iOS hardware running iOS 6 and above; the Android version will be compatible with version 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and above. “It’s time to bring BBM to a greater audience,” CEO Thorsten Heins said in announcing the expansion, “no matter what mobile device they carry.”

Though it’s long been considered one of BlackBerry’s strongest exclusive offerings, Heins said that his company aims to deliver a “fully featured” BBM experience on rival smartphone operating systems. “We’re starting with messaging and groups, but we’ll bring voice, screen share, and of course, channels later on,” he said.

BLACKBERRY’S KILLER APP WON’T BE AN EXCLUSIVE ANYMORE

“Why are we doing this now? It’s a statement of confidence,” Heins went on. He said that BlackBerry 10’s prospects are “so strong that we are confident that BBM can become an independent messaging solution.” In a press release, BlackBerry notes that BBM’s successful move to iOS and Android depends upon the approval of Apple and Google. Assuming things go according to plan, BBM will face no shortage of competition from WhatsApp and other messaging apps that already enjoy enormous success across mobile platforms.