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Torben Gundtofte-Bruun
Works at Raiffeisen Bank International
Lives in Korneuburg, Austria
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  • Raiffeisen Bank International
    IT Professional, 2010 - present
    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 :-)
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.
Bragging rights
I'm a quadrilingual identical twin, married to a trilingual fraternal twin :) :)
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Korneuburg, Austria
Vienna, Austria - Kawasaki, Japan - Copenhagen, Denmark - Lyngby, Denmark - Fredensborg, Denmark - Mammolshain, Germany - Lerum, Sweden - Vallensbæk, Denmark


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Microsoft released Windows 7 in 2009, and one thing I’ve always hated about it is that the option to underline keyboard shortcuts was gone. Why would anyone deliberately make it harder for users to work smarter, by no longer showing them those underlines?…
Microsoft released Windows 7 in 2009, and one thing I've always hated about it is that the option to underline keyboard shortcuts was gone. Why would anyone deliberately make it harder for users to...
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For my developer friends out there!
Google has published our style guide for Java source code. All the internal Java code we write is bound by these rules, and Google-owned open source projects are highly likely to be following it as well (Guava certainly is).

As you'd expect, the guide consists of M% sensible style practices... and N% quirky rules we kinda somehow evolved into over time (like our import order). But we've worked hard to trim the fat, and we hope you'll find the M to be high. :-)

But note that even a "quirky" convention, that is objectively no better than its alternatives, is still often better than no convention at all. The primary goal of a style guide isn't even to promote inherently superior coding practices (such practices tend to promote themselves). The main job of such a guide is to promote consistency, which reduces distraction. When you're reading code, you want everything you notice about that code to be something that matters. You don't want to notice things like "whaat, what are these extra spaces inside the parentheses?" The more your project's code can maintain the illusion of having been written by a single author, the easier it becomes for everyone to read (once they get used to it!).

We hope you'll find this guide interesting, perhaps even useful to your team in one way or another.

Comments are open -- but please don't use this space to argue over specific individual style preferences (I will probably delete such comments to keep the conversation useful).

-- +Kevin Bourrillion on behalf of the "Java Stylists" at Google
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Brilliant gift idea!
Modern Mixed Tape

Yes, the cassette has gone by the wayside, but here's an alternative, and it's once again USB to the rescue. Though, for an old-timer like me, it's not the same. We poured our souls into making the perfect mixed tape. I suspect the work is much less now.

Back in the day, you had to use math and calculations to make the perfect mixed tape. Someone back me up on this? +Motavis Jones?

#modernmixtape   #mixedtape   #music   #favoritesongs   #mixtape   #favoritemusic   #mixedtapesrule  

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How the heck can this picture be a real photo without any Photoshop?

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science is awesome

The people handling the Mars rover discovered that its wheels were getting more worn than expected. They figured out why, and came up with a plan to deal with it.

This is a simple thing, except in the fact that the little machine is so unbelievably far away. But that's not an obstacle to NASA. 
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It's so incredibly convenient to have a keyboard that intelligently completes what I type -- even though I switch between three languages during any given day. Probably the only thing I dislike about +SwiftKey is that it's not available on my PC. I wish my desktop keyboard could do the same, somehow, but I guess that just the spacebar-autocomplete ought to be possible to implement even on Windows/Linux.

My wife just got a Samsung smartphone and kept sending me messages with really weird words in them, and she wasn't happy about Samsung's on-screen keyboard in general. I gave her SwiftKey instead, and all gripes disappeared.
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Chat rooms can be fun! Here's a sample:

<tomatosalad> it is 54 degrees in this house
<tomatosalad> I am so damn cold
<Bubonicfred> whats that in C?
<Palomides> Bubonicfred: printf("it is 54 degrees in this house");
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Dear +Cover I have some +Cover Feedback for you :-)

I felt that the default home/work/out images are too similar, so I took a few quick snaps of my own home to use instead. Perhaps this is a useful inspiration?

(I grant public use of these images, just in case anybody is interested.)
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How to annoy your customers:

1) post a teaser,
2) let one person add a "I want this" comment,
3) disable comments.

Classy, +Prey Anti-Theft
Has anyone seen this? :)
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