Archives for: "January 2010"

Red Bull Sparkstøtting Supercross

January 31st, 2010

Yesterday Petter, Sverre and I went to see the Red Bull Sparkstøtting Supercross competition held at Grefsenkollen ski center. Crazy and a huge amount of pure fun, no doubt about that.

Around 50 teams, two on each kicksledge (sparkstøtting), one had to be the passenger and the other one the driver. The last 50 meters they both had to stand up and kick, not run, towards the finishing line.

Here a picture from the first turn.

Further downhill

And uphill

Afterwards Espen joined us for two hours of cross country skiing. My first time on skis this season, pretty bad, but that's how it is now these days.

Tractor fail

January 30th, 2010

Found this clip while looking for tractor videos together with Anders, who loves Mummi and tractor videos

Controlling the fan speed of my T60

January 28th, 2010

Had some trouble with my Lenovo T60 becoming way to hot in the past. Not sure, but I guess it might have something to do with me having installed Ubuntu (Linux) on it. Here the other day it did in fact switch itself off because it was to hot, and when it today started getting as hot as before. So, a quick search on the Internet I found the description of what to do. Created the file "/etc/modprobe.d/options" with the following line "options thinkpad_acpi fan_control=1". Then, after a reboot I was able to control the fan speed, setting it to automatic using "echo level auto > /proc/acpi/ibm/fan".

Thinkwiki to the rescue, the article found there

Firefox 3.5.x - Pages goes blank when loading

January 28th, 2010

A lot of cursing, but as always Google to the rescue, Shockwave Flash Plugin was the devil causing the problem. Just disable it and voila, back to normal. Solution found here

@Update: Did just help for a while, so I enabled it and it all worked just fine. So now waiting until the next time when I have to disable it. And by the way, I do have the same problem on my laptop running Ubuntu as I have on the laptop I use at work running Windows XP.

Web application to adjust the window blinds

January 28th, 2010

Quite cool feature I must say. At our office building we can use a web application to manually override the window blinds. The TAC Vista ScreenMate...makes my day

Testing the Maven JMeter Plugin

January 27th, 2010

Currently testing the Maven JMeter Plugin developed by Ron Alleva. Did some testing, but quite soon got an error like the one mentioned in the comments of his post

2010/01/19 16:42:45 ERROR – jmeter.JMeter: java.lang.NullPointerException
at org.apache.jmeter.gui.tree.JMeterTreeModel.

A bit of struggle to actually find it, since I'm new both to Maven and diving into Open Source-code, but after I had a quick look into the code of both the actual plugin and JMeter itself it came clear that the problem was ClassNotFoundException related to Apache Commons LogFactory. With great help from Kaja I just added the following code to the POM-file


Updated my repository and voila, test running...

The Men Who Stare at Goats

January 25th, 2010

Me, Espen and Loy saw The Men Who Stare at Goats this evening. Had some very funny moments I must say, really worth spending the time watching it on a Monday evening. We saw it at Ringen Kino, actually at Ringen Deluxe. Good seats, popcorn and soda included...a taste of luxury...

From Lindesnes to Nordkapp with bicycle

January 22nd, 2010

Ok, the title being a bit misleading, I will not actually ride my bike from Lindesnes to Nordkapp, but to keep track of how much distance I have covered riding my bike back and forth from work I use that distance to compare with.

For now I have done ten days, about 360 kilometers, so now I'm passing by Drammen. What is there to say about Drammen? Anders and Eivind are from Drammen. Herodes Falsk, one of the members of Prima Vera is from Drammen, they also made a song about Drammen (...for jeg ble født i en jævla by, ja jeg snakker om Drammen...).

Another ambition is to write something about the things I see when cycling to work. So, the first thing worth mentioning which I pass by would be Tveitablokkene. Three big tower blocks housing no less than 819 apartments. Not the biggest cooperative in Norway, but I'm quite sure no other have so many apartments with only three buildings.

@Update: And as my best man Espen pointed out...he is born in Drammen...

Commuting is hard for the equipment

January 21st, 2010

Commuting with my bike has created the first system malfunction today. One of my barends broke when I applied to much pressure on it. Might have been caused by the accident I had last week in the parking house at Lysaker.

A bit funny, when using Google to search for barends one of the hits was this

Takket være sin konsekvente tro på ny teknologi, holdbarhet og attraktiv design fortsetter Nakamura, det anerkjente canadiske MTB merket, å gjøre suksess ...

(Google translate)
Did not feel that today I must admit, durability when the barends are made of rubber and plastic...but, ok, the bike is Nakamura, but the barends are made by Specialized...

Cleaning up my backpack

January 21st, 2010

Using an old backpack when using my bike to work. Opened one of the pockets and had a thorough look yesterday and found this document from the vacation me, Loy and Espen had in 2004. Remember the sleeping directly on the floor as the most extreme thing, or maybe the elephant ride was most extreme...extremely boring...

Tractor fail and forest tending

January 17th, 2010

Out at Vestreng this weekend, been out and doing forest tending and preparing for next winter, cutting down fire wood. Had a tractor fail on my way back one time. Not a hard thing to fix, just had to put in reverse then the tree was freed from the wheel.

This is the result of 1 1/2 days of work, ten more and I should have taken out enough for next winter.

Installing VmWare-player on Ubuntu 9.10

January 15th, 2010

Quite simple to install VmWare-player, just follow the guide available here But note, if the installer hangs like it did for me, kill the installer (I did a reboot), then follow this steps Voila, installed and running flawlessly.

How to get hold of the admin console

January 15th, 2010

I thought I had created a blog post about this issue already, but was not able to find any information when I desperately needed to find the port number used to access the admin console of my local WAS installation. Anyhow, the trick is the file serverindex.xml

You will find the file in the directory located at

So I found my console at http://localhost:9060/ibm/console/

See the InfoCenter for more information

Nice day for a bike ride - and cars collision

January 12th, 2010

Pictures taken when I arrived at work this morning around eight o'clock.

And on my way back home I stopped at a pedestrian crossing. The first car stopped, no problem, but then came one up behind it - way to fast and then bang!!! No one got hurt at least and I could go on, passing the spot where I crashed yesterday, this time without any incidents...

Mount your cell phone in Linux

January 12th, 2010

I found this guide on how to mount your cell phone using bluetooth, in my case a Nokia 6280. I got an error when I tried to run the command "sudo modprobe fuse", but it turned out that I could just skip it. Neath...!

I hit the ground

January 11th, 2010

On my way home today I had an accidents with my bike. Out at Lysakerlokket the fastest way it through the parking house. At first there is a bit downhill with a sharp left turn at the bottom. I did not think of it at all, but realized when trying to use the breaks that wheels with spikes and polished concrete is not a good combination at all. Luckily just a graze wound and a bracket for my rear light broken, apart from that nothing to complain about.

Can't get it all - Polar s725x and Linux not best friends

January 9th, 2010

Have been struggling quite hard (at least on my level it was hard (Jackass på lavt nivå )) to enable my installation of Linux to read from my Polar 725x heart rate monitor but now I have raised the white flag. Since I'm not a c-programmer or a hardcore Unix/Linux administrator I must admit that I find really hard to struggle with low level IR-issues combined with the need to run make to install the software that should read the exercises. And when that is done, I must install another application to view the data.

I think my next option will be to try out Windows XP running on a VmWare-image, or worst of it all...dual boot...annoying because it would just be because of the Polar SW not running on Linux.

...a bit angry since I actually got to install s710, and by using irdadump I know that my laptop and the watch are communicating. But running the Polar Protrainer on Linux using Wine enables all features except the use of IR...doh! I've seen some postings of people who has managed that as well, but that is far beyond my level of knowledge. Sometimes Open Source is not as open as people say it is...ok, I know how to read the code, but my God it is a long way before I can do anything with it...

Infrared port on my T60

January 8th, 2010

Struggled to figure out how I could get the IR-port to function. It turned out that the port was functioning but I needed to send some data. Unlike Win XP which had a pop-up whenever a IR device was present, my Ubuntu installation have no such. Some struggeling, but I found this tutorial The command "ircp -r" saved me and I could transfer a picture from my cell phone to the laptop via IR.

Dirty laundry

January 8th, 2010

Coop OBS has it all, even dirty laundry on sale...

Running Music Collector using Wine on Linux

January 8th, 2010

Based on the guideline found at I tried to do the same with my Cd collector program which they for some reason have decided not to make a Linux version of.

With Wine installed I downloaded the installation file from

Then I just ran “wine musiccollectorsetup_13327937.exe”, plain and simple. Wine creates some errormessages, but it was no showstoppers.

Started it by clicking on the icon on the desktop. The first time I tried to scan a cd I got a small problem, since the CD-drive did not show up. But that was solved easily with closing the application, then open “Configure Wine”. Go to the “drives”-tab, then choose Autodetect and remember to click “Apply”. The next time I tried it worked flawless.

And if your CD drive won't open, check out this posting Just right-click the icon and “eject”.

Running Spotify on Linux using Wine

January 8th, 2010

Could it be simpler? Think not...just follow the guideline found here

Listening to Green Day just now...but not loud, the tummy bug reminds me now and then that I'm alive, most of all giving me headaches now...

Finally - Linux on my laptop

January 8th, 2010

Yesterday I finally decided to take the time to install Linux on my Lenovo T60. Intentionally I planned to have two distros, one which just fires a browser and another one which offers a fullblown OS. But I got tired of trying to find a suitable small distro, also knowing that wireless can be troublesome with some of them, I decided to just go for Ubuntu 9.10. The whole process of downloading and installing was done in less than two hours. I threw out Windows XP completely, no dual boot, planning to use Wine instead to run the few Windows applications I need (or maybe if everything fails, just use a VmWare image).

First I installed using Norwegian locale, but realized that I really does not enjoy Norwegian language on my computer, so I followed this guideline and in just a few minutes and a reboot everything is in English now. Quite fancy I must say, Ubuntu even changed the names of my folders "Skrivebord" --> "Desktop"...fancy I must say!

Connecting to my wireless was the thing I feared the most, but that has also become very easy. The drivers for my T60 is now part of the kernel, and when I just figured out where to click to connect to wireless it was done in just a minute or so.

Want to do more today, but since I'm sick at home I most of all want to sleep :-)

Confusing Spotify with nothing

January 6th, 2010

Read the article named "Halleluja for en åpningslåt!" yesterday, released by the band named [ingenting] (Ingenting is Norwegian for "nothing"). Had to check it out, so I search for Ingenting using Spotify. The result is quite interesting, I must admit that I could not quite understand that Ingenting (from Austrått, Norway) had changed their profile totally and started singing in Swedish as well. But I realized after a while that [ingenting] and Ingenting is not the same band, just Spotify believing so.

Top 15 Developerworks WebSphere articles of 2009

January 4th, 2010

Developerworks have made an overview of the top 15 DW WebSphere articles of 2009, found this compilation from the Top 100 of 2009: developerWorks articles (and other favorite things) compilation. Lots of interesting stuff if you are in to stuff not only related just to IBM HW/SW, but also pure Java.

I just spent five minutes reading the article written by Tom Alcott The WebSphere Contrarian: Less might be more when tuning WebSphere Application Server

Aggressive tuning doesn't always equate with improved application performance. This installment of The WebSphere® Contrarian discusses why this is the case and provides some high level performance tuning guidance.

Recommend reading that article, and then really dive into the details with selecting one of the top 15 articles: Case study: Tuning WebSphere Application Server V7 for performance

Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown

January 2nd, 2010

Ordered it a long time ago on, but due to some issues with the order it took some time before it arrived. Needless to say, after the concert last year I really had to have this cd as well. As American Idiot, it is a really good one!

Beck - Odelay

January 2nd, 2010

Since I have two of Beck already, and it costed only 20,- at Platekompaniet, I had no excuse not to buy it...

System Of A Down - Steal This Album

January 2nd, 2010

20,- at Platekompaniet, have two of them already, yet another one is

a really must have!

Quit Your Day Job - Tools For Fools

January 2nd, 2010

20,- NOK at Platekompaniet, been on one of their concerts here in Oslo a long time ago.

Ryan Adam - Demoliton

January 2nd, 2010

20,- NOK at Platekompaniet. Heard about him, not much of him, but Elin has another cd, so I bought it.

Suede - Head music

January 2nd, 2010

20,- NOK at Platekompaniet, a must have.

Suede - Coming Up

January 2nd, 2010

20,- NOK at Platekompaniet, a must have, plenty of beautiful ones... (did you get that?)

Judas Priest - Stained Glass

January 2nd, 2010

20,- NOK at Platekompaniet, a must have just because of the price, but also the fact that I need to have a huge collection of rock'n roll so that my son can get to learn what real music sounds like

Judas Priest - Turbo

January 2nd, 2010

20,- NOK at Platekompaniet, a must have just because of the price, but also the fact that it is Judas Priest.

Train plowing snow

January 1st, 2010

A must see, trains plowing snow. Plenty of clips available on Youtube off course. Elin thought I was crazy when she heard asked what I was watching an evening early last year, but that was until she had seen it. She loved it!