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Lars Fosdal
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Although I am not really a fan of SEO in general, I found this quite hilarious :D
I imagine there are more than a few brands whose SEO's are going through this right now.

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poor guy
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Oh Sunny Day!
Should have had some shade over the lens of the Nexus 4, though.

#nexus4   #autoawesome  
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J.J. Abrams would be proud. 
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Is it Caturday again?
Snurre wonders why I'm holding the phone in front of his face.

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He still likes to bite stuff.
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[x] Rømme
[x] Paprika
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Article on featured XE6 partners.
"The following Embarcadero Technology Partners are among the first to update their tools and components to support RAD Studio XE6, Delphi XE6 and/or C++Builder XE6 at launch time. These are just some of the many partners who plan to support XE6. "

There also is a partner directory that I can't remember having seen before?
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Weird, when I click your link it gives me some API error, when I click the exact same link from the edn article it works.
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Oh Sunny Day II
Note to self - bring DSLR for next morning walk of dog.

#nexus4   #sooc  
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The scariest emergency plan ever!
It can happen to you!
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Fetal position and hum quietly. I did all last week after work. Scary...
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Good to know.
Not that I needed any excuses in the first place.. ;)

#health   #wine   #happiness  
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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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Hi, and Thank You for visiting or following me on Google+!

FYI - You will not find me on Klout, PlusClout or other emperor's new statistics sites.

If you are new to Google+ - there are a few points to take note of...
  • Google+ is not Facebook.  Your old friends might not be here (yet), but that is okay, since Google+ exists to bring people together based on their shared interests and not only by social connection.
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  • There is no wrong way to use Google+ - but we all have our preferences.  Personally, I'm not huge on wisdom memes and posts about how you slept or what you ate - well unless you had a weird dream, or took a #foodporn picture of something delicious, or shared the recipe.  I prefer when people leave Facebook confessions on Facebook.  I also like it when people are civil, reflected and care to post a little bit more than smileys, lols and wtfs.  
  • If you look spamlike - you risk getting blocked.

My interests:
  • Software: #programming #delphi #firemonkey #vcl #pascal
    If your primary interest is Delphi Development, please follow the Delphi Developers community
  • 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, three teens, a dog, a cat, 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, tre tenåringer, hund, katt, PC og kamera
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    Know a little about programming in general, and Delphi in particular.
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    Stathelle, Norway
    Oslo, Norway - Gjøvik, Norway
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    eg kjenner ho mot meg no det mjuke bak ei tøff yte kor ho skjelv når eg stryk langs ryggen hennar før eg langsamt kjem heim og finn det fina


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    Veldig hyggelig, og maten er OK, men ikke fantastisk. Hverdagskinesisk, kan du si?
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