Thursday, January 29, 2009

Venus over Reykjavik; today!

Venus was beautifully bright over Reykjavik this evening. The following is a snapshot from Microsoft WorldWide Telescope, it shows how the moon looked like a Pac-Man trying to eat the Venus bonus-point. You might not be able to see "anything" in this small snapshot :-) so lets do some zooming.



The moon was very thin, really like an Pac-Man open mouth!



Venus of course didn't look like the big yellow fireball it is. It looked like a bright beautiful star or a Pac-Man bonus-point!



I don't think I have ever seen one of the planets showing as bright as Venus showed today. Truly a great sighting.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Enterprise in Iceland in 1983!

Do you remember when the Boing 747-123(SCA) came to Reykjavik with the NASA Space Shuttle Enterprise on its back? This was in 1983, I was 15, I didn't see it at the airport, I saw it when it flew a show-off flight over Reykjavik. It was spectacular!



This is a picture take by Eggert Norðdahl. Unfortunately, I can't find many pictures of the event. I think I have seen a picture of it flying over Reykjavik, with Hallgrimur's Church (Hallgrimskirkja) in the background. If you know of pictures like that I would really like to take a look. Thank you!

Did you know that the Enterprise was the first space shuttle built for NASA? It was to be named Constitution but a campaign got it renamed after the Starship Enterprise from StarTrek the TV series. Did you know that the Enterprise never had any engines, wasn't capable of space flight and never went outside the atmosphere. It was suppose to, but it was too expensive when NASA got to it. Everything that has to do with the space shuttles is interesting reading at Wikipedia.

Hestarnir komnir í bæinn!

Á milli jóla og nýárs fórum við fjölskyldan vestur á Miðjanes og vorum þar fram yfir áramótin. Við komum vestur um kvöld og var þá mjög kalt en algjörlega heiðskírt og mjög stjörnubjart og fallegt. Þegar ljósmengunin frá Reykjavík og öðrum bæjum og borgum er horfin þá er svotil ómögulegt að hafa augun af himninum.


Þetta voru öðruvísi áramót en fjölskyldan er vön, enda árlegur viðburður að eyða gamlárskvöldinu með ömmu og afa í Reykjavík og skjóta svo upp með öllum hinum um miðnættið. En þótt það væri öðruvísi þá var það mjög rólegt og skemmtilegt að eyða gamlárskvöldinu fyrir vestan. Þegar við svo fórum heim tókum við hestana okkar með svo í ár byrjar hestaveturinn snemma. Það gekk bara nokkuð vel og allir mjög ánægðir með að fá Póló og Normu aftur.

Í þessi ár sem við höfum verið í hestunum höfum við leigt aðstöðu víða; við höfum verið í Heimsenda í Kópavogi, í hesthúsahverfi Mosfellsbæjar, í Fjárborg við Rauðavatn og í Víðidal. Póló og Norma eru því ýmsu vön, en í ár munu þau búa aftur í Fjárborg, en nú í öðru hesthúsi en síðast. Þótt stutt sé liðið, þá virðist okkur eigandinn sem leigir okkur aðstöðuna og gefur vera mjög traustur og ábyggilegur kall - kannski við endumst þarna lengur en einn vetur, sjáum til!?


Við komum semsagt í bæinn með hestana um helgina fyrir hálfri annarri viku og höfum verið að venja þá við, gefa lítið og teymingar um hverfið, enda hestarnir ójárnaðir. En núna um helgina voru breytingar þar á og voru þau bæði járnuð og eru nú komin á fulla gjöf og því full tilbúin að hefja útreiðar og frekari tamningu.

Ég held það sé mjög skemmtilegir mánuðir framundan með Póló og Normu!

What software I use for my work!

20. January 2009: Renamed this post from "What software do you need on your computer?" to "What software I use for my work!"

I'm getting a new computer at work (or at least a new disk :-) so I will be installing my OS again - probably Windows 2008 Server because Windows 7 is not released and I will not install Vista! In addition I'm going to have to install all the software I need to do my job at Rue de Net!

So, I decided to list out the software I have installed on my current machines (3 different ones), all of which I hope to install on the new computer. I was surprised at how much software I really need and yet I probably haven't found it all!

Here is the list as I currently see it - I will add to the list when I start installing and using the new computer to see what the actual list will be.
  • Adobe Reader 7.0.7
  • Altova XMLSpy 2007
  • Apple iTunes 8
  • Beyond Compare 3.0.13
  • Camtasia Studio 6
  • Cisco VPN Client 5.0
  • Check Point SSL
  • CrashPlan 1.6.2009
  • CvsNT 2.5.04.3236
  • EasySQL 1.1
  • Eclipse 3.4.1
  • Eclipse Visual Editor Plugin 1.2
  • Fiddler2 - Forgot, added 20. january!
  • Flashnote 3.1
  • Garmin Training Center 3.4
  • Google Chrome 1.0.154
  • Google Picasa 3
  • Informix JDBC 3.5
  • Jalopy 1.9.1
  • Java JDK 7 b42
  • JetBrains ReSharper 4.1
  • Jira 3.13.2 by Atlassian - Forgot, added 16. january!
  • Microsoft .NET Frameworks
  • Microsoft Office 2007
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 - Forgot, added 20. january!
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2008
  • Microsoft Windows Live Sync 2008
  • Microsoft Windows Live Messenger 2008
  • Microsoft WorldWide Telescope
  • Mozilla Firefox 3.0.5
  • Mozilla Firefox Add-on Firebug 1.3.0
  • Mozilla Firefox Add-on Fast Dial 2.11
  • Mozilla Firefox Add-on Foxmarks 2.6.0
  • Mozilla Firefox Add-on IE Tab 1.5
  • MyLife Organized 2.0.1
  • Paint .NET 3.36
  • PDFCreator 0.96
  • Python 2.6.1
  • RapidSVN 0.9.6
  • SharpReader 0.9.7.0
  • TimeSnapper
  • Trend Micro OfficeScan Client
  • VideoLAN VLC media player 0.8.6c
  • VisualSVN Server 1.6.3
  • WinCvs 2.0.2.4
  • WinZip 11.2
  • WinRar 3.61
  • uTorrent 1.8.1
This is obviously a mixture of commercial software, shareware and freeware.

PS: If you have some time you should take a look at www.DigitalLaughter.com

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Leap second caught on film...

The last minute of 2008 was one second longer than usual minutes!

Our current measure of time is based on the oscillation of an atom of Caesium-133, called UTC. But the actual solar day (rotation of the earth around itself) and solar year (rotation of the earth around the sun), called UT1, is a little bit different than the oscillation of Caesium-133. In order to a adjust UTC to UT1 the leap second is inserted every now and then, approximately every 18 months. Further information can be gotten on the Leap second page of Wikipedia.

This was done at 23:59:59 December 31st 2008, which resulted in the 59 minute having 61 seconds. The world time is provided on the web at http://www.time.gov by two U.S. time agencies (NIST and USNO). I used Camtasia Studio to record this 61 second and you can see the video here: