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There was a bit of trouble in Husby last week in Stockholm. Reports of the police shooting a guy who had threatened them with a machete lead to what are being termed as riots. Now its true some cars and buildings got burned, and that some bad stuff did happen but the media seems a little out of control. I know people who are within 5 minutes walk of Husby and they were not even aware of the trouble. The riots seem to be a group of kids protesting in isolated pockets. And the guy that got shot just seems to have been an excuse for some vandalism.
I cant blame the Swedish media for getting a bit excited – nothing ever really happens in Stockholm, so a couple of kids toasting marshmallows over a burning car must seem a great opportunity to them. I was rather surprised to see its getting some global coverage now, and that one or two places are issuing travel alerts for people travelling to Stockholm – to my mind this is crazy and blown all out of proportion.
I kind of laugh at the thought of all these kids setting fire to their own homes in protest, and ending up living in burned shells – and i have to ask where the hell are the parents, and what does this say about their upbringing?
Posted by Owen Richardson on May 25, 2013
I have a Logitech H390 Headset and was suffering from really bad audio hum. This video very quickly demonstrates both the problem and the solution. Enjoy.
Posted by Owen Richardson on May 5, 2013
Heres a very quick introduction to virtualisation for people that have never seen it before. I had developers in mind when i prepped it – it amazes me that some people still develop on their native OS.
Posted by Owen Richardson on April 25, 2013
This is for glen – who is a cat lover, and can probably relate to this picture!
Posted by Owen Richardson on April 14, 2013
I was listening to the score of the animated movie how to train your dragon today on my iPhone on the way to work. As I listened very loudly to the track Forbidden Friendship by John Powell I could make out all the instruments and it was pretty awesome. It then occurred to me that working with an orchestra must be a fairly awesome job. Live music of any kind is pretty awesome, but a full blown orchestra has such energy that it touches the darkest reaches of your soul.
I've been to many rock concerts that are awesome and I've really loved them, but they are a very different experience to an orchestra – think its something to do with the pure number of people expressing themselves through music. Awesome.
Posted by Owen Richardson on March 11, 2013
A couple of times in the last 6 months ive come across this term in IT – “Best Effort” – Which to me is completely contrrary to what the words actually mean and it kind of drives me nuts. I saw in a presentation a while back a set of service levels defined – Category A being urgent, critical response going to category E which was “Best Effort”. I guess what they mean is “do your hardest but it doesnt really matter if you manage to solve it or not”.
For me though if someone asks me to do my best effort, i will drop everything and focus until the task is complete to the highest standards i have. Its something to be aware of!
If someone tells me these days they will do their best effort – i am sceptical.
Posted by Owen Richardson on March 2, 2013
This year has definitely been a bit weird for me – work has been a bit unpredictable for reasons i cant go into, it was looking for a while as if i was going to have to completely move away from SharePoint or change jobs, and i considered both because a new management structure left me (and them) with no real idea of what was going on.
It impacted my drive and motivation. My SharePoint Blog has been static because of it and I’ve been considering just joining the technet bloggers and becoming an MVP, but at the moment i just don’t know if i will find the time.
Health and fitness also suffered a major blow in the last few weeks – now work is starting to get more busy I’ve not been finding time for the gym and its impacted my running schedule this week – add to that the fact that i found out how to make marshmallow- and its really ridiculously easy to do – takes about 30 mins, and you end up with awesome marshmallows as a result.
Ive also just not found time to blog.
Now work is getting more busy and my billable time is back up to an acceptable level i can start to feel a bit more comfortable, and start to get control of this sliding situation. Today I am back on track!
Posted by Owen Richardson on February 22, 2013
I really liked Halo 4 – was totally immersive game play, stunning graphics and a great storyline, it was really awesome, until that is after about 7 hours of coop play I completed the game! Don't get me wrong, multiplayer first person shooters are fun but I couldn't help but feel a bit let down by how short the co-operative play was. Maybe my expectations were a bit high; co-op in the first 3 games were significantly longer. Is this a sign of the way society goes? Focus on the violence and forget about telling a story? You see the same tendencies in the movies….
Posted by Owen Richardson on February 10, 2013