2006 UPDATES[This page is basically a diary, check here to see what's new...]
December 29, 2006
To no ones surprise, another miss in my update schedule. I will have to seriously consider how I want to deal with this.
Meanwhile, on December 17th, this site officially turned 10 years! The first "log entry" is from December 17th 1996, although the site was actually online before that. Unfortunately I no longer remember the exact date.
Anyway, Xmas is now behind us and all that remains of 2006 is to get the New Years eve ower with ,-) Oh yeah, a couple of weeks ago I upped my harware a little, details can be seen on the about me page.
So if I don't post any more updates this year (VERY likely), I might just as well wish you all a Happy New 2007.
December 6, 2006
Another semi-late update, but hey, at least it's here.. ;-)
November 29, 2006
Somewhat late, yes, but better than nothing right?
Man, time flies doesn't it? In a few days it will be December and we all know that it pretty fast becomes Xmas, NewYear and then, say hello to 2007. Another year gone. As for the past week, the big news, I guess, was the release of the Nintendo Wii game console.
Technically (CPU and GPU-wise) it's years behind PS3 and Xbox360, but it brings some refreshing ideas to home gaming. The controllers have advanced motion sensors making some fairly original gaming modes possible. We'll have to wait for a few months to let the dust settle before we see any indications which console concept proved to be the most successful.
November 21, 2006
Back on track? Well, who knows. In any case, the update is here. The featured news include news items such as the official releases of the PS3 and Windows Vista. Both products will have a major impact for hundreds of millions of users worldwide over the next few years.
November 14, 2006
Where do I start? Or do I even bother? Suffice it to say that these weekly updates have had a fairly low priority lately. Some stuff in my personal and professional life have taken the time and focus away from my traditionally persistent updates.
I'm not sure where to go from here. I'll still make an effort to come back on track, but time will tell. I'm still interested in keeping track of the events going on in the Tech biz. This past week we've seen releases such as the long awaited Playstation 3 and Nvidia's latest generation DX10 compatible graphics chip.
So my apologies for the absence of udates, but for now here's one with the tech week in review and some link updates.
October 17, 2006
I'm not sure where this is going. I just don't get the updates out on time. Anyway, it's here it's late and it should have gone straight to the archives.
Other than that, I updated the aboutme page because I added some more storage space to my computer. I have now broken the 1 TB (TeraByte) barrier. Yea, storage is cheap these days. ;-)
October 11, 2006
Not so late, wow. Anyway, I'm just barely keeping up with this stuff. Not much apart from the news update. Well there is one thing - I updated some of the outdated info on the "about me" page. Can't help noticing that some parts of my homepage could use an overhaul. But that will most likely have to wait to the xmas holidays when I usually get some spare time to do stuff like that.
October 9, 2006
Late, late, late.. Again.
Oh well. It is what it is I guess. And time sure flies, doesn't it? Almost mid October and before you know it, another Xmas. But not quite yet. There's still time for some more missed or really late updates. ;-)
September 26, 2006
What can I say. I've been *beyond* busy these past 2-3 weeks. At times I barely found the time to sleep, keeping work at the highest priority. I completely missed 2 weeks worth of updates so now that I found the time to do an update it's obviously the most recent news. The missed updates will be added at a later time directly to the archive.
September 11, 2006
Late updates continue. Apart from that I also adjusted some info on the "About me" page as I upgraded my hardware somewhat (Got my first dual-core CPU about 2 weeks ago, though I forgot to mention it before).
Today also marks the 5 year anniversary of the WTC incident.
September 4, 2006
This update is so late it should have gone straight to the archives. Still, I have now passed a full 6 years of continuous news updates, delivering weekly news from the world of technology and science.
Now, I know this site doesn't exactly have a big group of dedicated followers, so why do I even bother? Well, for the most part, these updates are a way for me to keep up with the stuff going on in the tech biz. Anything besides that is a bonus.
August 24, 2006
Another update is here and due to laziness it's back to being really late. Also threw in a few new links in the shopping section.
August 16, 2006
Just the update and the news harvest was rather meager this time. The lateness is due to my laziness ;-)
August 9, 2006
On more significant thing happened on August 6th which I forgot to mention. The World Wide Web (WWW) celebrated its 15th birthday apparently. Today, is (incidently) the anniversary of the Nagasaki bomb.
Anyway, today's update brings some order to the chaos. There are also some new links in there.
August 6, 2006
August 6th always has a special "ring" to it. It's of course the day when humanity the first used a nuclear weapon against other humans. Last year, on August 6th, I also released the first public beta of my book (which was fully released in late december last year).
And there's another thing - today is the last day of my vacation. I just got back from my trip to Peguera, Mallorca (right-click here and save Google Earth link (rename to .kml)) where I spent a week with my girlfriend.
The update today is one week late but at least I have a valid excuse this time ;-) Tomorrow is "back to work" time but I'll try to catch some of the commotion going on down town as Gothenburg hosts the 2006 European Athletics Championships.
July 28, 2006
Ok, this late update proves that I'm just being lazy. ;-)
I'm already more than half-way through my 3 week vacation. It's been a while since I went on a proper vacation (outside of Sweden) so I'll go away on a trip with my girlfriend for the last week. If I stay at home it just wont feel like a real vacation.
In the IT biz, the big news of the week so far is the announcement made by CPU maker AMD. They announced that they are buying ATI for some $5.5 billion. This is clearly a long term investment as the short term results don't make a lot of economical sense. In the long term however, AMD and ATI will both greatly benefit from this merger. The reason is simple. In about 2 or 3 years, the graphics processor (GPU) and the main CPU will merge into one product.
July 21, 2006
And... here's the next update. I'm currently just enjoying my vacation.
July 18, 2006
Ok, the ultra late update thing continues, but at least now my vacation has begun. This means I'll have much more spare time for a couple of weeks. Today's update is likely to be followed by another update soon This one is trailing by more than a week).
July 11, 2006
These ultra-late updates seem to continue with no end in sight. I'm not sure why it keeps happening but the most obvious reason is that work and private life (away from the computer :-) eat up the time I used to spend with things like this. THis update should go straight to the archives since it's more than one week late. Soon I'll have a vacation and I might do some catching up then.
As for the World Cup, a lot has happened since my last update. In fact, the World Cup is now over. England lost *again* on penalties and Brazil failed to impress against France. The hosts Germany were beaten by Italy who somehow also managed to beat a superior French team in the long awaited World Cup final. I would say "congrats" to Italy, but I really don't think they deserved to win. They barely managed to get the ball over to the french half of the pitch the last 75 minutes of the game. Not exactly what I expect from a team who are now the World Champions. Then again, Greece won the European Championship 2004. Oh well, maybe it's time to renew the game so it better rewards the teams who play nice attacking football.
June 29, 2006
Tried to get the update a bit earlier this time but I kind of failed.
The World Cup is now getting *really* interesting with all the "final 8" teams ready for the quarter finals. Before this upcoming weekend is over, we'll know who'll be playing the semi-finals.
June 24, 2006
The expected ultra-late update and the usual World Cup commentary ;-)
England will face Ecuador on Sunday and Sweden have to take on the hosts Germany this Saturday. Soon we'll know how strong the teams really are.
June 18, 2006
It's obvious I can't deliver the updates on the inteded dates so how about I stop excusing myself and just do them when I can.
More interestingly, England has done fairly well so far in the World Cup. They haven't played particularly well, but the got the results they needed to secure the passage through to the knock-out stages.
June 9, 2006
A meager and very late update due to time constraints. But no big surprise there, right?
To a more interesting note, today is finally Kick Off time! The 2006 FIFA World Cup starts today!
June 2, 2006
Wow, time flies, doesn't it? It's June already and then it's just a few more days til the World Cup begins. The world cup in football (soccer) is definitely the unrivaled sporting highlight for hundreds of millions of people and as always I reeeeally look forward to it. Go England!
Howeve... Before it's time for the WC, there's still time for a few more updates. Due to extreme working hours, this one is just as late as the updates have been lately.
May 25, 2006
Another ultra-late update... Oh dear...
May 19, 2006
How about I skip the apologies this time and just tell you that the update is very late. ;-)
Let me also congratulate my favorite team Liverpool for winning the FA Cup in such dramatic fashion! Since my update is so late, I can also comment the UEFA Chapions League final. Not the great game we were all looking forward to, mostly due to the early sending off of the Arsenal keeper.
May 12, 2006
I know... ;-) But, my week has been a little something like this... Work, sleep, work, sleep etc. YOu get the idea. So here's another really, really, really late update.
May 3, 2006
Late... Yes.. Another late Tech update.
April 28, 2006
Oops, I simply forgot to update. I've been busy at work and the few hours of spare time were spent on other things. ;-)
Anyway, here it is. Just a few days before the next one should arrive.
April 19, 2006
To no ones surprise, here's this weeks update. Ywah, it may have been a 3 or 4-day Easter holiday for some but not for me. I was burried with work. Oh well...
April 13, 2006
Well, what can I say.. Ultra-late update, but here it is.
April 3, 2006
April already, wow. The snow is now finally melting away as we enter the second quarter of the year.
The update contains the usual TechNews stuff. Somewhat late this time.
March 26, 2006
Another weekend update - on time!
March 19, 2006
For once, I actually managed to make this a Sunday update. I also updated the PC Buyers Guide. More specifically, I updated Section 3.
March 15, 2006
Oops, another late update. (And the weather is still crap here, btw) ;-(
One pretty interesting news in the world of astronomy. The Cassini orbiter (orbiting Saturn) found evidence that suggest that there may be liquid water on Saturn's icy moon Enceladus. If confirmed, this is pretty remarkable.
In somewhat related news, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter successfully entered Mars orbit. Congrats to NASA for another successful Mars mission.
March 7, 2006
Oh wow, is it March already? Technically spring doesn't begin until March 21:st so maybe I shouldn't be too surprised that my hometown (Gothenburg) is covered in snow. But I can't remember the last time we had a proper winter this late into the year.
Anyway, I sort of forgot about the weekend update yesterday so it's a bit late (big surprise).
February 27, 2006
I've barely gotten used to 2006, but now February is practically over already. No big surprises this time either, just the usual weekend update.
February 20, 2006
The expected weekend update is here.
Well then. Today was my first day @ work on my new job. Technically I'm still in school, but instead of the scheduled 4 month practice period, I started working right away. I'm officially a student until mid June though.
February 13, 2006
I'm still quite busy, but here's the update. Also note that I moved the calendar link in the left frame since it is now merely a link to an external page provided by someone else.
February 6, 2006
Just the weekend "Tech news" update.
January 30, 2006
Ok, it's only been 4 days since the last Tech News update, but that's what you get when you're running late. This one is just a liiitle late.
January 26, 2006
Very, very, *VERY* late Tech update, but I was extremely busy with more important stuff. I could have posted it yesterday, but that, I simply forgot.
January 16, 2006
Another late weekend update. Lots of news though..
January 9, 2006
Back to school then. My last term before I'm done with this. Anyway, despite the break I was a bit busy this weekend so the Tech update is a bit late (as it usually is). In contrast to last week's meager "news harvest", this past week was flooded with consumer electronics news because of the CES show in Las Vegas.
January 1, 2006
Well then, here we go again. My traditional January 1:st speech (blog? <-- I hate that word) ;-)
All things considered, 2005 wasn't too bad as far as I'm concerned. I was quite busy for most of the time with school, work and various private projects. Although, not by a huge margin, I did manage to release my book officially in 2005 (although the first public release was way back in August). I still haven't started promoting it yet, but it's still on my "to do "list.
Late last year I posted my 500th official update in these "diary" pages. The number of updates during 2005 was 64. At the end of this year, this site will have been online for a full 10 years.
Now let's just have a rundown of some memorable moments in 2005. It started off quite stormy - literally - with an uncharacteristically strong storm here in Sweden; it did quite a lot of damage. Then just a week later (January 14:th), the astronomical highlight of the year. I was excited to see the first man made probe land on Saturn's mysterious moon Titan.
Then in February I modernized this site by skipping all old HTML3 tags and replacing them with HTML 4.0 compliant code. At this time and well into March I was quite busy with a big school project. The news from April most people will remember was the death of pope John Paul II.
Then in May came the definite highlight of the year as far as I'm concerned. My favorite football team Liverpool FC won the Champions League final after one of the most incredible games I've ever seen in my life. After 0-3 down at half time, they leveled the score in 6 magical minutes in the second half! Then after a goal-less extra time period they went on to win on penalties. It was the kind of game you remember for the rest of your life.
On July 4:th, NASA prepared fireworks of the special kind. Their comet chasing probe "Deep Impact" shot a projectile into the comet "Tempel 1". The probe sent back nice images of the event.
Then on August 6:th, exactly 60 years after the Hiroshima nuclear bomb, I finally released my book to the public. Although it didn't quite have the impact of the Hiroshima bomb it was still quite a milestone for me. I made the wise choice to release it as a "Public Beta" meaning that I still expected feedback and and another revision before I considered it to be the official release.
September saw the 5th anniversary of my Tech News updates but after that it was lots of work and late updates. The 500th update came in November then on December 30th I finally managed to release my book officially.
Well that's about what I care to mention about 2005, as always I don't go too much into personal details on this site ;-) For a more IT related overview of 2005, check out my History Of Computer Graphics page and scroll down to "2005".
Anyhow... January 1:st happens to be on Sunday this year, which means that today's update also contains the Tech News of the week, albeit a rather meager amount of news (which is usual for this time of the year).
Now, as always, I'd like to say to all my visitors: "Thank you for visiting and welcome back".
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