Monthly Archives: August 2008

IAD center opening

Monday was exciting – not only was it the Fall workshop for the iAD Center for Research-based Innovation, but it was also the opening of the iAD Lab [Norwegian language story here] – a physical manifestation of the Bjørn Olstad, CTO of FAST, opening the lab research project, as well as an important tool for drawing the researchers from the five Oslo-based participants (FAST, Accenture, Schibsted, UiO and BI) closer together.

Myself, I plan to spend at least one day per week in the lab – there is nothing like physical proximity to get to know an organization and a field, notwithstanding all the communications capabilities, electronic and otherwise, we surround ourselves with.

The lab itself, incidentally, is just six workspaces, a few computers and access cards for researchers. Gone are the days when the opening of a computing center was photogenic, with blinking lights and spinning tape decks. But it will enable us to store sensitive data in a secure environment, have enough horsepower to really analyze them, and provide a natural focal point for demonstrations, prototypes and experiments.

Stewart Brand on cities, nuclear power, and GM food

And yes, he thinks cities are good, nuclear power a solution we need to consider, and GM food completely safe (and a heck of a lot less evolutionary than the microbial gene sharing that occurs within and outside of our own bodies.)

Tune in to this radio show.

Semi-voluntary blog pause

This blog has been quiet for a while. The reason was that I (rather stupidly) started updating Movable Type the day before going on holiday in Spain – and when it didn’t work, I took a look at the error log and said to myself  "hey, I need a vacation anyway – what an excellent excuse not to blog" and took off.

Incidentally, the error turned out to be that the Perl version my ISP (Verio) had running was too old – despite what they told me. That little caper cost me quite a lot of time and frustration. On the positive side – it wasn’t my fault. And it caused me to install a new FTP client, FileZilla, which is a great improvement on WS_FTP. On the negative side: Upgrading to MT4 (with, reportedly, better spam control) will have to wait until Verio puts its software were its mouth is. Time to migrate to Dreamhost, methinks….

Anyway, I am now officially up and running again. To a grey and rainy Oslo. I could do with about one week more vacation….