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Torben Gundtofte-Bruun
Works at Raiffeisen Bank International
Lives in Korneuburg, Austria
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Simon Stålehag, a digital painter, grew up in these landscapes - and so did I! These images evoke wonderful memories of my childhood years, even though I seem to have not noticed all those derelict robots and gauss freighters.
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Why is it that more and more often, when I am about to post something here, I realize that I could turn it into a blog post instead? 

I often jump over to my blog and write some more lines on the topic instead. As a teaser, here's the thing that got me started this time :-) It's a fun little read.

Let's see when it gets published! I have several posts queued up already and they get auto-published weekly. It would be cool to crank it up to bi-weekly - and I might, when I have built an even bigger queue. I don't want to stress myself over something as silly as that.
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It's your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you. - Anonymous
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I've long had a problem on my Ubuntu computer that compiz would always use a lot of CPU power, even when the computer wasn't doing anything, even when no programs had been started. Here's the solution!
I've long had a problem on my Ubuntu computer that compiz would always use a lot of CPU power, even when the computer wasn't doing anything, even when no programs had been started. Here's the solut...
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Every great story on the planet happened when someone decided not to give up, but kept going no matter what. - Spryte Loriano
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Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will. - Karim Seddiki
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Success isn't about being the best. It's about always getting better. - Anonymous
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See past the liberal use of the F and discover some wise words to think about:

...most of us struggle throughout our lives by giving too many fucks in situations where fucks do not deserve to be given.

... Developing the ability to control and manage the fucks you give is the essence of strength and integrity. We must craft and hone our lack of fuckery over the course of years and decades. Like a fine wine, our fucks must age into a fine vintage, only uncorked and given on the most special fucking occasions.
In my life, I have given a fuck about many people and many things. I have also not given a fuck about many people and many things. And those fucks I have not given have made all the difference...
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I've recently discovered genealogy by way of stumbling upon this simple online tool for modeling family trees. It's really easy to get started and it's quite captivating and lots of fun trying to remember everybody in the family.
I've recently discovered genealogy by way of stumbling upon this simple online tool for modeling family trees. It's really easy to get started and it's quite captivating and lots of fun trying to r...
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Stop thinking about how much more you can sleep and start thinking about how much more you can do. Good morning. - Anonymous
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+Jan Moren is spot on, sadly: As soon as active marketing becomes possible, it suffocates all beneficial applications of a technology. RIP my phone if that happens.
 
Open source bluetooth tags. Get close and they'll broadcast you a unique ID (for use with specific apps) or an url. And you can find out how far the tags are and select the closest of a set.

The idea seems neat at first. Bus stops and train platforms would broadcast an URL that gives you the current timetable for that specific route, and tags inside the vehicle could give you up to date info on the schedule, delays and so on.

For shops you could get to a section-specific inventory search screen - if you're at the nut-and-bolts section in the hardware store you click on the tag url to search for the particular size and type you need, and a small map showing where on the shelves it is.

Go to a restaurant and you have the menu and allergy info. Your suitcase can ping you as it comes down the arrival conveyor belt. Sets of tags will give you accurate navigation underground and dense, crowded spaces.

With just a bit more smarts (the link opens a bluetooth connection back to an embedded web server on the tag) your tires tell you how old they are and what the tire pressure is, plants tell you when they need watering, your appliances give you their status (is the laundry done yet) and service history.

Unfortunately, none of that will happen.

Here's the sentence that dooms this idea: "A beacon-equipped bus stop could send out transit times, stores could send promotions to the customers currently in the store, or a museum could send people information about the exhibit they're standing in front of."

The people that will be first and most enthusiastic about all this will be advertisers. It's a safe bet that if this ever starts taking off, 99% of tags will be for "promotional offers", discount coupons, deals of the day, Buy One Get One Free!!!

Bombarded with yet more advertising, people will uninstall or disable tag reader apps and stop clicking on the notifications. And since "nobody" uses them, serious uses of tags such as schedules - that need a fair bit of infrastructure investment - will never be deployed, leaving tags as yet another idea that could have been good but never was.
Google's cross-platform standard combines the best of iBeacon and The Physical Web.
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  • Raiffeisen Bank International
    IT Professional, 2010 - present
  • Golfbravo.net
    Founder, 2012 - 2013
  • Microsoft, IBM, Siemens, Maersk, Allianz ... lots of big ones and some really small ones, too.
    (Various exciting jobs!), 1993 - 2009
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Technology geek, handyman, parent, and all-round nice guy :-)
Introduction
Google+ suggests that I fill this text box with a short description of me, so that you can tell you've found the right "Torben". Let's put it this way:

If you've seen the rest of this page, and you're still not sure whether you know me, then you don't :-)

For everybody else, a few highlights:

I'm an identical twin. Man that's fun!

I'm from Denmark, but I've also lived many years in Sweden, Germany, Japan, and currently Austria. I speak 4 languages fluently, plus one or two more rather badly.

I'm a father of two wonderful young boys, and I'm very active on a great parenting Q&A website.

My education is a hybrid of IT, economics, and organizational change. That makes me a bit of a Swiss army knife, and I've worked in software, shipping, insurance, banking... Every kind of business that uses software. Right now I'm doing anti-money-laundering, which is more exciting than you'd expect, and probably safer than the kind without "anti".

I'm very good with tools, whether IT or mechanic. Nobody can assemble IKEA furniture faster (and better!) than I can. Yes, you may challenge me. Or hire me; I'll bring my own tools. I've always been the local software and hardware guru in the office, and I leave a wake of wiki intranets wherever I work.

On computers:
I've used Macintosh in the good old days before it was Unix-based. I don't like OS X because it requires so much mousing. I did like my (jailbroken!) iPhone because the hardware is fantastic; I absolutely hate iTunes. Switching to Android made me much happier.
I've used DOS and Windows since forever, and I really miss Windows XP. I'm trying to get used to Ubuntu on my home computer and I'm doing great. Ubuntu's "App Store" is awesome, and so is the Ask Ubuntu help community.

I'm generally soft-spoken but driven by clear principles.
I'm not religious; I believe in science. 

I'm a facilitator - what I do best is help others be great.
Bragging rights
I'm a quadrilingual identical twin, married to a trilingual fraternal twin :) :)
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Currently
Korneuburg, Austria
Previously
Vienna, Austria - Kawasaki, Japan - Copenhagen, Denmark - Lyngby, Denmark - Fredensborg, Denmark - Mammolshain, Germany - Lerum, Sweden - Vallensbæk, Denmark