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20 Year Anniversary in 6 day, 11 hours, and counting.
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It seems there still are some sensible people in France!
@HelloKaiju @AminaMWRC It maybe a peddle beach. The one in Brighton is similar. You sadly can't make very good sand castles with them. janey_wright · 10h10 hours ago. janey_wright @EL_TORO_LOCO_. @AminaMWRC So they are proving a point by overheating?!?! #YeahGoodOneLads.
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And, now the French High Court has deemed the ban to be unconstitutional! Liberté! 
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+Esther Brown you and I could almost be twins. My photo is on LinkedIn if you want to see what I mean. Happy #Caturday !!
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These maps show European migration in numbers – with surprising results.
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+Magnus Itland Which is why some perspective is heavily needed. Challenge the perceptions.
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I am so looking forward to this season. The first one was awesome!

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Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors - explained
Board speaks more than thousand words! Probably the best explanation of this most useful mathematical concept, thanks Prof. Strang, you are a legend in teaching :)
The eigenvectors <strong>x</strong> remain in the same direction when multiplied by the matrix (<em>A</em><strong>x</strong> <em>=</em> λ<strong>x</strong>). An <em>n</em> x <em>n</em> matrix has <em>n</em> eigenvalues.
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How to teach well is very difficult to teach. First, it takes someone with a passion for the subject AND a passion for teacing. Then, they also need to develop communication skills in support of those passions. Too many teachers--at least in my country--are mediocre in their subjects, and only luke warm about teaching. The result is predictably poor.
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Happy 98th birthday!
Happy Birthday to NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration mathematician, Katherine Johnson!
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RAD Studio IDE errors are still routed to QC.
Isn't it about time that they are sent to QP, +Marco Cantù?
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+Stefan Glienke as brilliant as Google search? 
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Fret the small things!

For want of a nail, a shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe, a horse was lost.
For want of a horse, a messenger was lost.
For want of a messenger, a message was lost.
For want of a message, a battle was lost.
For want of a battle, a war was lost.
For want of a war, a kingdom was lost.
All this was lost for the want of a single 8 penny nail.

In other words, small things can at times have far larger consequences than you might believe.

Via +Ben Key in a comment on a different thread

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+Ben Key No, thank YOU. I hadn't seen this little ancient tidbit before.
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That something offends you, doesn't mean it should be forbidden. That your opinion may offend some, doesn't mean you should not express it. But - there are limits, mostly defined by laws and common curtesy.

Freedom of speech is not a free pass for harassment.
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Hmm. And yet we have laws in various countries that prohibit certain kinds of free speech. For example, in Germany, anything that reeks of racism or xenophobia might be in violation of those laws. So who is right? Does something cease to be free speech when it's now hate speech? Who decides?
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Expose yourself to nature.
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Aw man. :-(
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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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Hi, and Thank You for visiting or following me on Google+!

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.
  • You don't have to follow people back if they follow you.  On Google+, we don't have to be friends, but who knows - we might actually go from random commenters to become friends if we share a common interest, and if we like what the other have to share and say.
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    Search for People, brands or keywords and browse among the results.  Spot someone making a post you like?
    Follow them or one of their collections! 
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  • There are some people you absolutely need to follow.  These people - among many others - share knowledge about how to get the most out of Google+. Browse their posts to find more interesting people to follow! One of them is Denis Labelle . 
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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. If your profile and posts doesn't look like a real human being - you risk getting blocked. If your profile or page is nothing but reshares of the posts of others - you risk getting blocked. If you post spammish, hateful, insulting or derogatory comments or your commentary strays very far from the topic in a "You appear to be talking to the gallery" way - you risk getting blocked.  

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  • Photography: #photography #nikon #d7000
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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
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    Time and again, I run into developers who's feeling towards SQL ranges from slight discomfort to shear terror. This strikes me as odd, consi

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    Sadly, the good old Embarcadero newsgroups NNTP Feed appear to have come to an end.  Alas.&amp;nbsp

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    Selskapets billig-iMac sliter likevel med å gi oss «go-følelsen».

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    God service, gode senger, god frokost, rent og trivelig, selv om det er en del slitasje på tepper og vegger og alderen synes. God beliggenhet.
    Public - in the last week
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    OK, but aging hotel. Clean and nice, but no A/C meant it was pretty humid in the summer heat. Location is nice for those that love to swim and sunbathe, but walking to Køge is a bit far and you need to bike or drive. Staff is great, food is good - albeit a bit uniform. There is only one menu, and the chef is fond of Thyme.
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    Really easy booking through Expedia. Reasonably priced, and very nice rooms. We booked a 4 man room, and to our pleasant surprise it had a kitchenette with a fridge, dish washing machine, hot plates and a microwave! Good wifi, good breakfast, exceptionally helpful and kind staff, easy parking (remember to ask the receptionist), and the location means Lund city centre is at walking distance. Highly recommended!
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    Bra utvalg og moderate priser
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    Pretty dang large. If you can't get it here, you probably don't need it. Good parking, but as any mall, a tad tiresome.
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    Rent, pent og med god frokost på bryggekanten.
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    Service senter med stor S.
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