Saturday, August 30, 2008

David Platt on WCF in Iceland!

David Platt is going to be teaching a 3-day course on WCF at the University of Iceland in the middle of October. This is a great lecturer from Harvard, and the author of Introducing Microsoft .NET, latest edition is the 3rd one since 2003. He knows a thing or two about .NET and WCF!

In 2006 he then wrote the Why Software Sucks...and What You Can Do About It, which has resulted in a lot of publicity and David has therefore been in numerous interviews, like these two at ARCast.net and ARCast.TV.

There are also some good videos at YouTube, like these:To me the best one is this one here:

Why Software Sucks: Geeks Drive Stick Shift Cars



"...they want to have used your software."

I will surely try to get to his course at the University of Iceland!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

10 km in 51 minutes !!!

This morning I did my first public run, in the Glitnir Reykjavik marathon 2008. Since April this year I have been training for this run and my goal has been to run the 10K in under an hour. This morning I completed the 10K run in 51 minutes, jibbi dibbi duuu!


Yours truly running the 10K

So, what's next? Faster or longer?

Thursday, August 14, 2008

I got the Garmin Forerunner 405!

In the beginning of this month I took a trip to England with my wife, to follow our daughter back to Iceland as she had been spending a couple of weeks in the York Ballet Seminar.

Like I had said in my Garmin, Nike+, iPod Nano and Instructables post, since May 4th, I really wanted the Garmin Forerunner 405. During this trip to England I decided upon purchasing one. I got it at the airport without tax - a pretty sweet deal.

You can have the Garmin Forerunner 405 with, or without, a heart rate monitor. I got myself a monitor because I didn't think my Polar monitor would work with it.

Running with this watch is great; at any given time it will tell me 1) how far I've run so far, 2) how long it has taken me, 3) what my current pace is, 4) what my current heart rate is and it also 5) records my current GPS location.

Then, when I'm back from my run it is a snap to get all this data onto my laptop, using the USB plug that comes with the watch. Finally, the Garmin Training Center software is able to display this information like the following snapshots shows:

What a great watch!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Sóttum Ellen til York

Jæja, þá er þessu ballet námskeiði í York lokið.

Við Hjördís tókum kvöldflug út til Manchester fimmtudaginn 31. júlí.

Byrjuðum á að eyða föstudeginum með stelpunum á námskeiðinu og fylgdumst með, fórum út að borða um kvöldið.

Sóttum þær á laugardagsmorguninn og fórum á Kínversku ballet/fimleikasýninguna Swan Lake í leikhúsinu The Lowry í Manchester um kvöldið. Sýningin var frábær!

Daginn eftir var sunnudagur og við fórum á Body Worlds sýninguna á Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), líka í Manchester.

Mánudagurinn fór allur í búðaráp, enda var ég í "stelpuferð" til Englands :-) og svo var loksins flogið heim aftur.

Svona á að skrifa ferðasögur!