Norwegian strawberries

The Norwegian strawberries are exeptional. Because of the relatively cold summer with much light the strawberries get very tasty and good here up north.

Still, large scale production does it best to destroy the whole thing. Now 90% of the berries grown in Norway are of the same type, Corona.

So much for diversity

The Corona berries are grown using fertilizers and all kinds of tricks to get them grow with no defects, grow fast and get big.

So much for the taste

Well, as I said, the Norwegian berries are exeptional, so despite these efforts to destroy one of natures wonders we can still enjoy quite sweet and tasty berries every summer. The reason for my irritation towards the large scale production is the berries on the pictures. They are grown by myself on our balcony. They taste like heaven and remind me of how real strawberries should be.

My tip to the Norwegian Asociation of Strawberry Producers (if something like that exist) is to start thinking about quality and give up the sensless focus on quantity.

Norwegian strawberries

Living in Norway

The main reason we can live here at all is the gulf stream. It brings hot water from the Mexican Gulf all the way up along the coast of Norway. Bringing the temperatures up to a resonable level. Still, the difference between summer and winter can be quite remarkable.

Check out the two pictures shot out of my window. One, showing +31 degrees Ceslius (87 F) at the 9th of July 2005. The other one showing -16 degrees Celsius (3.2 F) at the 3rd of February 2005.

One slightly too hot and one slightly too cold. Give me something between -5 and +25 degrees Celsius (23 – 77 F) and I am just fine.

Living in Norway

Who can you trust?

I know that the web is crowded with unreliable info. I know how to always check a story from several sources before I make up my mind. However, I actually trust some of the more serious web sites. Or, maybe not!

I mentioned some roumors about Microsoft and a company called Claria a while ago. I read the story on Ed Bott. Now the story has reached out and it seems like it suddenly, out of nothing has been confirmed that Microsoft actually has bought Claria. Apparently BoingBoing is as trustworthy as an average TukTuk driver in Bangkok.

Ed Bott has summed this crappy piece of journalism up here.

This is actually even more scary than the Microsoft – Claria story itself. It means that I can not trust one of my favourite web sites, BoingBoing?

Who can you trust?

How to close all programs on a Nokia 6630 or 6680

Quite often I get a stupid message on my Nokia 6630 telling me that there is not enough memory and that I should close some programs. With no task manager and no simple way to know what programs are running this is a very annoying message! But, there actually is a very fast and simple way to close all programs. Simply open the memory card cover and close it again. As you might have noticed the Nokia actually closes all programs when you do that (to prevent loss of data if you remove the card).

How to close all programs on a Nokia 6630 or 6680

Vacation

I am currently high up in the Norwegian mountains starting my summer vacation. Vacation means time to snap some pictures. Combine that with other serious activity, like making soap boubbles. And you might get some interesting shots…

Vacation