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The move to WordPress.com

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I have recently moved this blog from Blogger.com to WordPress.com. Everything have went fine, using the Import tools in the WordPress blog dashboard. The only thing which didn’t work out out-of-the-box was source code syntax highlighting. Previously I used FTP publishing with Blogger.com and I used Alex Gorbachev’s syntax highlighter from my own server. To fix this small issue I needed to edit all posts depending on the syntax highlighter using the WordPress.com syntax.

Please do report any issues with the blog. 🙂

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Written by anderssonjohan

June 28, 2010 at 22:23

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Dags att boosta ett eller kanske tvĂ„ varumĂ€rken


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Även om denna blogg sköts frĂ„n Blogger sĂ„ publiceras den till en server som stĂ„r hos webhotellet FS Data. IgĂ„r hĂ€nde det igen. Allt bara dog och noll kommunikation frĂ„n FS Data om lĂ€get med min server.
Jag kan inte pÄstÄ att tillgÀngligheten hos dem Àr dÄlig, tvÀrtom. DÀremot nÀr nÄgot strular sÄ Àr de stört omöjliga att fÄ tag pÄ. Okej, inte som dessa, men snudd pÄ.

Försökte man nÄ dem via telefon var linjen stÀngd. Tanken att de kör kundtjÀnsten pÄ IP-telefoni över deras vanliga lina slog mig. Deras skypenamn var ju av förklarliga skÀl inte online. I bolagsregistret stÄr numret till deras redovisningsbyrÄ istÀllet för deras, vilket jag fick pÄpekat av dem nÀr jag ringde. Tydligen var jag heller inte den enda som hade ringt dit och bett att fÄ komma till supporten.

Som tur var hade jag en del direktnummer till dem och slog till slut ett antal slumpmÀssiga anknytningsnummer och kom till slut fram till ekonomiavdelningen som tog mina kunduppgifter och skulle be supporten ringa upp. De har fortfarande inte ringt. (Per och ni andra som arbetar med dedikerade servrarna med driftavtal pÄ FS Data, ring gÀrna upp mig nÀr ni har tid, jag vÀntar..)

FS Data Àr bra pÄ fler sÀtt Àn de Àr dÄliga, men de behöver snabbt fÄ ut information om vad som hÀnder nÀr nÄgot gÄr fel. Att varken vara antrÀffbara eller skicka ut en kort notis om att de arbetar pÄ en driftstörning gör ju bara mig och alla andra kunder förbannade och börjar söka support bÄde hÀr och dÀr.

PĂ„ minussidan har Ă€ven varit faktureringsprocessen, trots att alla fakturor smidigt ligger online – enkelt och anvĂ€ndarvĂ€nligt, precis som med en e-faktura. Plus i kanten för det senare!

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Men det handlar inte om sĂ„dana hĂ€ndelser som jag rĂ„kat ut för med UPC/ComHem. 3×40 min i telefonkö för att fĂ„ dem att dra tillbaka en pĂ„minnelseavgift dĂ„ jag inte betalat min mĂ„nadsfaktura. Kruxet var att priset hade Ă€ndrats och jag hade betalat det gamla priset, som var i runda svĂ€ngar 50 kr mer Ă€n vad jag skullet ha betalat.
Eftersom de har ett sÄ avancerat och automagiskt betalningssystem sÄ skickade det per automatik ut en pÄminnelse + avgift om summan inte stÀmde med fakturan (oavsett om man betalt för mycket eller för lite).
Plus i kanten till ComHem för att de har e-faktura i alla fall.
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Visst kan det hÀnda trista saker med servrarna hos FS Data. Men samtidigt fÄr man ju vad man betalar för.
Det kostar inte skjortan och nÀr man fÄr tag pÄ rÀtt personer Àr det bra personer man har att göra med. Visst, de har klotat sig med mysql konton och lite DNS poster. Men inget som har sabbat driften. Shit happens, sÄ Àr det ju.

NÄgot som Àr vÀldigt bra med FS Data Àr deras kundtjÀnstlösning som bÄde finns pÄ telefon och pÄ webben. Det som sagts pÄ telefon registreras alltid som ett Àrende pÄ deras kundtjÀnstwebb, dvs i din egen Àrendehistorik.
Glömde du t.ex. att sÀga nÄgot sÄ behöver du inte ens ringa upp igen utan kan dÄ besvara Àrendet direkt pÄ webben. Stort plus i kanten!

Om de bara kunde kommunicera lika bra som kundtjÀnstens Àrendehantering vid driftavbrotten

“The biggest room is the room for improvement”


ApropÄ driftavbrott sÄ har jag ordentligt lÀst igenom anvÀndarvillkoren och Àr fullt medveten om att jag varken implicit eller explicit betalar för dieselkraft. DÀrmed varför allt dog igÄr kÀnns vÀldigt mÀrkligt. Detta pÄstÄende:

“Orsaken till att FS Data inte har dieselbackup i dag Ă€r att serverhallen ligger i ett k-mĂ€rkt hus och att ett sĂ€rskilt dieselaggregat fĂ„tt bestĂ€llas.” – IDG.se

…kĂ€nns lite frĂ€mmande för mig. Dieselaggregat gör mig pĂ„mind om hĂ€ndelsen hos min förra arbetsgivare för ett par Ă„r sedan.

Tillbaka till vÀntandet pÄ samtalet frÄn supporten.

Written by anderssonjohan

February 5, 2009 at 21:04

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Helping young hackers understand the importance of software testing?

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I recently saw this fun picture over here:

(and I thought it would be fun for others as well – yes, I know this would probably be classified as nerd humor)

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October 14, 2008 at 21:07

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Alien Arithmetic & Steganography

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(via Tess Ferrandez)

Tess writes about this article telling how 3rd graders can be thought “alien arithmetic” (binary), and I can’t agree more than it is an amazing read. Especially when you have your daughter that goes to a montessori pre-school. I don’t know if this is something general for the montessori way of teaching, but at our pre-school the children get to know about numerals and basic mathematics at a very young age.
And talking about the teaching method covered in the article, the Socratic Method, it’s just fantastic when you ask your child about something (that YOU think they shouldn’t have a clue about) and you get a descent, totally unexpected, answer back!
Alright, my daughter’s (2Âœ years old) F’s sounds more like P’s (one two three pour pive..), but you get the picture.

Also Tess recommendation of “The Code Book” (by Simon Singh) reminds me of picking my copy from the bookshelf and re-read it.
I got really inspired by the beginning of the book that covers some history of cryptography (or steganography, not to be mixed up with each other). About the same period in time, Corinna John started to write some interesting articles about how to apply this using C# and different technologies (bitmaps, media files, zip files and so on).
If you are coding in C# and liked “The Code Book”, you are going to like her articles.

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April 20, 2006 at 20:30

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Blog.GetByName("Mr Andersson").Resume();

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Oh, that was a hibernation worth to mention! I’m talking about the fact that I haven’t had the time.. Ehrrm, let me re-phrase that in a honest way; I haven’t prioritized posting my discoveries here in life for the past 5 months.

To make a short re-cap for myself:
November+December: Last months on my former employment. I was planning to take some vacation, but when you your client still needs you on site and your plan is to move on to a new employer, you can’t just leave. I hope I managed to round it up gracefully (and that the client shares my belief in that).

Christmas Holiday: Ah, finally some nice time with the family. Uhm, actually no. As usual a very hectic time, trying to get everything and everyone (including myself) in christmas mood. And of course, on new years day, the destiny surprised us with an opportunity to move to the neighborhood where we have been seeking for an apartment for such a long time. Oh oh. Now we have just one month to pack everything…

January: At the same time I started my employment at RemoteX Technologies and, as you probably understand, you need to pay some extra attention on the new job.

February: Moving time! And of course, with alot of packing left to do, the whole family gets the flu, just one week before the date we’re supposed to move.
When all things found their place in a moving box, we could count 80 boxes, still some things excluded. And why is this crazy? Well, you understand, our apartment is only 62 square meters. 80 boxes is quite a deal on that area. I don’t know how all the things got there, but somehow they did.

Thanks to many friends and my beloved parents; Mission accomplished (not that I had any doubts, errhm..).
Quote from MĂ„rten: “- That was the strangest move I ever have participated in!”

So what about the new job? Well, that have been quite nice. Starting with my new employment I moved away from developing support systems for “sysprep solutions” and into the brave new world of WCF.
“- WTF?”, you say.
No, WCF, the Windows Communication Foundation, one of the “pillars” of the next upcoming version of the Microsoft .Net Framework. I promise I share some of my experiences with that in upcoming posts.

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April 19, 2006 at 18:12

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YODA the programming language – What MĂ„rten wants?

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I was reading Matt Warren’s post about the future comings to C# beyond LINQ and isn’t this almost what MĂ„rten wants?

– or –

Reading I was, Matt Warren’s post. C# future beyond LINQ he writes. What MĂ„rten wants, this may be?

Silly I hope not.

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October 31, 2005 at 22:14

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Signed up for the launch event of VS.Net+SQL 2005

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Today I got an invitation to the launch event of Visual Studio .Net 2005 and SQL Server 2005 which is taking place here in Stockholm 22:nd of November. It will be interesting and a lot of fun (they will have XBox 360 there for example).

More info and registration form here.
Please leave me a comment if you are going to attend.

Written by anderssonjohan

October 25, 2005 at 23:25

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