Identity 2.0

Take a look amazing presentation given by Sxip CEO Dick Hardt about Identity 2.0. Even if you are not interested about subject it self it’s really worth of checking out presentation because this 15 minutes video is made very well.

I like the concept behind Identity 2.0. Identity 2.0 is user-centric web identity system designed for next generation web sites. The idea is a single sign-on (SSO) system that, unlike systems like Passport, puts you in control of which companies host your data. Where basically you as a user control who can use your identity. For example you have login to Amazon, eBay, Slashdot, online banking, about 10 different forums etc. In Identity 2.0 you can tell Amazon to let authenticate you in Slashdot.

Saturday on the sofa

Yesterday was hard day in a office so 3 o’clock I had enough and I went with Danjal to buy six pack of Heinekken… One thing goes to another and I notice that it’s over mid-night and I am sitting in Irish bar with my colleagues and table is full of empty pints and shot glasses.
This morning… I open my eyes first time around eight and I felt like I am going to die. Suddenly, going to yesterday Irish bar didn’t sound anymore good idea at all. After rolling around in a bed one hour I went to a sofa and started my laptop.
Good thing about hangover is that only thing what I can do day after is surf, play computer games or watch movies.So I started my day reading blogs. I started with TechCrunch great blog about Web 2.0 and from there I end up inOPML 2.0 experiment with Dave Winer (listen to Dave?s podcast here too).
After surfing and reading blogs 8 hours I went with my wife to watch Charlie and The Chocolate factory which was a great movie. I really like Tim Burton. Overall its been a great Saturday just lying down the sofa and doing nothing.

Moving to vectorial

Last 1.5 years I have been drifting towards Linux world since Microsoft has been pretty much dead when it comes to interesting stuff for web developers. I can see that Microsoft is working hard on creating new API’s like XAML which is (IMHO) from web developer’s point of view quite useless. Hopefully someone in Microsoft soon wakes up for SVG.

I have been running latest Ubuntu on my laptop which works like a charm. But still I have windows in dual boot because I need to sometimes work on Photoshop, Flash and Visual Studio. But slowly I have started to move my development environment to Linux.

I think SVG is going to be big in following years; SVG has more potential than XAML simply because SVG was designed for web and it’s part of web standard. It will revolutionize interface in internet as well as on operating systems. Therefore I have decided to start move to SVG world with the Mono, Cairo and Gtk+. Gtk+ is a library used to build GUI applications on UNIX and the heart of the Gnome desktop. Gtk+ is built on top of the 2D graphics engine Cairo which released version 1.0 in August: every widget is now written using Cairo operations and most importantly developers can now draw their own widgets using the PDF-like rendering model offered by Cairo.

Cairo also brings to the end user nice touches like anti-aliased rendering for a more pleasant experience. Gtk builds on this new functionality to bring vector-based themes to the desktop as well.

Back in Denmark

Canada was Greeeeat. I hope to go back very soon I really liked Vancouver. Canadians are very friendly people.

Hello from Vancouver

I arrived to Vancouver, Canada in Sunday it was a long flight from Copenhagen-Amsterdan-Vancouver. Plane was old; you know those planes where you don’t have TV on front of your seat but one big 10 meters from you. :( Though, KLM service was good, so it wasn’t so bad in the end. I even manage to sleep a little.

I’m first time in Canada. (In fact first time in North-America). Vancouver is very beautiful city with spectacular nature surrounding the city. I am staying now in West-Vancouver about ~20km from the city. I just remembered how bad my English is now that I am visiting in the country where people actually speak English as their mother-language. I guess I have been too much in situations where I have to speak English to non-English speaking person. Well, anyway this is good practice. :)

Here come my first feelings after 2 days.

Things I like in Vancouver:
1. People. Very friendly
2. Nature. Lot’s of warter, green forest and mountains
3. Beer. I taste really good beer. But now I cannot remember the name :-/
4. Dose. Free magazine I picked up on the street.
5. Vibe. Vancouver has this “Vibe” I like, it’s a cool city.
6. Whistler
7. SoMa
8. Cafe’s

Things I don’t like in Vancouver:
1. Public Transportation. They say it’s the best in America but it could be a lot better. Metro would be nice. I found sky train :)
2. Tipping. I don’t like tipping, it makes me feel guilty. “Did I give enough was it too much…” If food costs 5 dollars I don’t want to pay 5 dollars+15%. I expect to pay 5 dollars.
3. Time zones… Why Canada is far away
4. Taxes top of the prices. If latte costs $2.99 final price is something like 3.14 because prices are without taxes. How annoying.

Powerpoint makes you stupid

Edward R. Tufte writes: “It induced stupidity, turned everyone into bores, wasted time, and degraded the quality and credibility of communication. These side effects would rightly lead to a worldwide product recall. Yet slideware -computer programs for presentations -is everywhere even in our schools.” Whole article at Wired

I think I choose PS3

PS3 from behind with ControllerI have been waiting new Xbox to replace that horrible looking black+neon-green xbox but ever since PS3 was launched I change my mind. PS3 is going to be in my livingroom. I have also been a bit disapointed on Xbox. Mainly because of the reason I bought xbox over ps2. Games… Maybe it’s just because once you have other console then it feels that all good games are in the other. I really though that xbox has more and better games but that is not true at all… For example GTA, I almost bought PS2 next to Xbox just because of GTA was only for that last year. In Xbox you get Halo, which is a nice game if you play with keyboard and mouse, but with Xbox controls I didn’t liked much. Only nice game which is available only in xbox (I think) is Fable.
Even though all news around Xbox 2 and PS3 has been about performance and variety of the games. I think both consoles comes with very good games and 95% of the games are published to both consoles. What comes to a technology I like to read all those cool things about Cell prosessor and how it is compared with superconputers even though it’s all just hype. I have been comparing these two consoles a lot and now I am sure that I want PS3 just because it looks so much more better than Xbox 360.
Playstation 3

PS3 to support OS X and Linux?
From Sony Magazine “Sony is expected to offer optional hard drives for the PS3 with potential memory capacity of 80 or 120 GB. It remains to be decided whether the standard version of the PS3 will come complete with a hard drive. The operating system has also yet to be clarified. The integrated Cell processor will be able to support a variety of operating systems (such as Linux or Apple’s Tiger).”

Google Earth…. WOW

No… I haven’t been living under a rock last few weeks. I just haven’t had a time to check out this new application before. But now I am totally hooked to Google Earth it?s really, really cool. As well as Google maps, Gmail, Google Groups and… yes… Search as well.
I need to hook up very soon to their API.
These guys are doing really cool applications.Thought, one thing I don’t understand they don’t seem to validate their code against w3c standards :-/