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Lars Fosdal
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Lives in Stathelle, Norway
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  • Software: #programming #delphi #firemonkey #vcl #pascal
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  • Photography: #photography #nikon #d7000
  • Poetry: #poetry #prose #writing

About me:
  • Norwegian by birth
  • Grew up in the Gjøvik area, lived in Oslo from 1990 to 2010, now living at Stathelle, Bamble in Telemark
  • Educated in electronics and software, with music, poetry and photo as hobbies
  • Married, a teen, two young adults, a dog, two cats, computer & camera 
    What spare time?

På norsk:
    • Norsk
    • Oppvokst på Gjøvik, Osloboer fra 1990 til 2010, nå Bambling på Stathelle, Telemark
    • Elektronikk og software utdannet, med musikk, poesi og foto som hobby
    • Gift, en tenåring, to unge menn, hund, to katter, PC og kamera
      Hvilken fritid, sa du?
    Bragging rights
    Know a little about programming in general, and Delphi in particular.
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    Stathelle, Norway
    Oslo, Norway - Gjøvik, Norway
    Software Developer
    Embarcadero Delphi, Oracle/PL-SQL, MSSQL/T-SQL, XML, Windows and .NET.
    • Tine
      Systems Consultant, Industrial IT, 2010 - present
      I am currently part of a three man Delphi team, doing a complete Production Control and Warehouse Management System, which integrates with Lawson's M3 (aka Movex) ERP system. The system consists of a large MS SQL database, a multithreaded Delphi server running as a service with an Indy driven web frontend, a Delphi Windows frontend app, a Windows Touch Truck terminal app, various other system config and control apps, as well as two .NET apps for handheld computers. One of the handhelds is touch based, but the other is a displayless, voice operated computer, worn by the pickers that expedite the orders to clients.
    • IST AS
      Systems Developer, 2008 - 2010
      Learning PL-SQL was a great experience, but maintaining a Delphi 5 app was not. Since IST didn't actually own the app, but did it as a consulting task - it also meant that development was committee driven. An attempt to port the quite advanced Delphi 5 app (it had it's own ORM) to Delphi 2009, stranded on a grid component that they didn't have the source for, and which development had been discontinued - and a project owner that didn't want to take the cost of a partial rewrite. Being stuck at Delphi 5 and not owning the application, was really painful.
    • Sabbatical
      Student, 2006 - 2007
      The severance agreement allowed me to take a break and try to figure out if I wanted to go left and continue in the management direction, or take a right - and return to software development. I decided I wanted to stay on the technical path, as it would mean less politics and be focused on creating stuff. I spent some time on C# and Delphi.NET and various web technologies. When I got headhunted into IST, which was an Oracle and PL-SQL shop - I saw an opportunity to learn more about large databases.
    • Reuters Group plc
      Software Development Manager, 2000 - 2006
      Being both a pointy haired boss and a dilbert developer was both great fun and a great challenge. People handling skills are useful to have, and nothing hones them as having to manage smart and resourceful developers. All in all, a humbling and educating experience, but also a source of frustration as your development time gets torpedoed by other tasks. Reuters First was having growth pains, and we embarked on redesigning the data distribution system from a Windows NT based feed translators and Unix hosted feed concentrators and data routers, to a pure Windows environment using a compressed XML data stream over Tibco Rendezvous' multicast Publish/Subscribe bus. In 2004, We began a refactoring of the Reuters First App and started integrating with the other Reuters Systems, including dropping their COM objects into our app. In 2005 - we got the message that Reuters was concentrating their development sites to just a few main hubs - and the Oslo development team was facing the axe. The team got an invitation to move to Paris, but 5 of 6 team members declined. Most of us were not thrilled about leaving our relatives and business networks, and the signals that we received in Paris were not encouraging. Instead we accepted a handsome severance deal, and completed the refactoring/rewrite of Reuters First and handed it over to a Moscow based company for care and maintenance. For Reuters, that meant going from a team of 6 in Oslo, managing the system well, to needing a team of 15+ in Moscow. Clearly, experience does have it's value.
    • Reuters Group plc
      Sr. Software Developer, 1996 - 2000
      Reuters Norway bought Falcon - lock, stock and barrel. We were beating them on the trader and analyst desks, so since they couldn't beat us, they bought us. The Broker's ABC was fitted with a DDE based data connection to Falcon's System IV, a real time stock market information app, and suddenly we did real time technical chart analysis. System IV was the reason Reuters bought Falcon, and it was renamed Reuters First Nordic, and expanded to cover Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Iceland. FDBLib was ported to BDE, and a socket based client/server version was made - without any changes to the APIs exposed by the FDBLib16 and FDBLib32 time series libraries. I created new UX tools for automated and manual data maintenance as well. The updates were scripts that were validated and compiled into a serialized binary stream which was sent to the client's servers to be applied to the client's local databases.
    • Falcon Information Services AS
      Software Developer, 1992 - 1996
      My first task was to port "The Broker's ABC" - a DOS based Stock Market Technical Chart Analysis app to Turbo Pascal for Windows 1.0, and in the process I also designed and implemented a new time series vector format (FDBLib16) which was using Paradox Engine as a storage facility. At the time, it was the only royalty free engine that supported both DOS and Windows. Later, I made ABC into a white labeled app, which we licensed to one of the local Power Exchanges and added support for historical energy and weather data.
    • ABB Alfsen og Gunderson AS
      Software Developer, 1990 - 1992
      As their only pure software developer at the time, I ported and modernized a Timber Drying Kiln control system, written in Compas Pascal on a DEC Rainbow CP/M computer, to MS DOS using Turbo Pascal 4.0, and later as OOP in n TP 5.5, adding multi PLC, multi Printer and multi Display support. I also wrote various other control apps for a number of processing plants.
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    TPM for MS VMs?
    VMware's also trying to stop Dennis Nedry in vSphere 6.5, but both trail the NSA and Xen
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    Don't get me started on the date, time and number formats...
    Programmers are absolutely certain about these things.
    Wrong things that programmers believe, a curated list
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    "Designated Survivor" at Netflix
    Probably one of the most intense series I've seen in a long time! Looking forward to the continuance! 
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    Agreed, one of my favorites atm.
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    The smug look of a debate winner? Not.

    #TheGnashingOfTeeth (Humongous 6Mb+ gif, sorry!)
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    Look at him grind his teeth! Wow. Anger, disappointment followed by putting the smug veneer back in place.
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    Snurre is a very warm and relaxed gaming buddy :)

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    Oh, he has his turn. In fact, he turns over all the time ;) 
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    Dropping the bass... 
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    IRL, total queen, love him :0D

    [ Not seen film yet, I'll wait for it to come on TV, pity I'll be as convinced of his love for a girl as I was with GL's direction of 'poor young Darth Vader' ]

    ...only to those with a theistic mindset. Enjoy your Kurosawa knock-off, Foundation pisses on IK and GL's remake :0þ

    He peeked @ THX11...
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    Access OpenCV headers and samples for #Delphi which contain 2D and 3D feature toolkits, Egomotion estimation, Facial recognition system, Gesture recognition, Human–computer interaction (HCI), Mobile robotics, Motion understanding, Object identification, Segmentation and recognition, Stereopsis stereo vision: depth perception from 2 cameras, Structure from motion (SFM), Motion tracking, and Augmented reality. OpenCV also includes a statistical machine learning library with things like Boosting (meta-algorithm), Decision tree learning, Gradient boosting trees, Expectation-maximization algorithm, k-nearest neighbor algorithm, Naive Bayes classifier, Artificial neural networks, Random forest, Support vector machine (SVM).

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    I've been using this for months now for basic image processing operations (gaussian smoothing, unsharp masking etc..) and it works great. I could not get their implementation of CLAHE to work though and ended up writing my own front-end for that.
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