There’s something wrong with my car

I live in Norway. A place where you’re not allowed to drive more than 100 km/h on any of our roads. Still, the speedometer of my car goes all the way to 220 km/h and according to Toyota’s official specs for my Rav4 it has a max speed of 185 km/h. Driving at that speed on Norwegian roads would be both dangerous and utterly illegal. Illegal to the point that they would put me in jail.

I bought the car in Norway. It’s registered and fully official. This isn’t an illegal pirate car. I can roam around Norwegian streets with it. Completely blessed by the police, the king and whatever person that cares. As long as I follow the rules and keep it under 100 km/h.

So why is it possible to drive the car in 185 km/h? Why on earh didn’t the officials put in some kind of Digital Speed Management (DSM)?

It should have looked like this when sold in Norway:

Complete with encryption to stop it from going faster than 100 km/h. That would probably save lives. Preventing people from driving too fast is important. Still we don’t add Digital Speed Management to cars. Not even in the pretty controlled and safe country of Norway.

We don’t do it because that would be too much of a limitation on our freedom. That would be very irritating when taking the car into Germany or another country where you can drive much faster than in Norway. Such limitations don’t fit into our mental models of what you get when you buy a car. People would protest. Loud protests.

Yes, I know. Digital Rights Management on music and movies isn’t exactly like this. But there is something with the comparison that’s not that far fetched. DRM sucks.

(And for all the people that keep asking me how I have the time to write articles on my blog. This was written at Stavanger airport while waiting for my plane to Oslo.)

There’s something wrong with my car


Oyvind leads me to this: Foodpairing.

The story:

“Food combines with each other when they have major flavour components in common.”

A list was made of 250 food products each with their major flavour components. By comparing the flavour of each food product eg strawberry with the rest of the food and their flavours, new combinations like strawberry with peas can be made. The way to use is, is just to select a food product like strawberries. You will get a plot where you have strawberry in the middle surrounded by other food products. Take one of those other food products and try to make a new recipe by combining those two. The more flavours food products have in common the shorter the distance between the food products.

A food product has a specific flavour because of a combination of different flavours. Like basil taste like basil because of the combination of linalool, estragol, …. So if I want to reconstruct the basil flavour without using any basil, you have to search for a combination of other food products where one contains linalool (like coriander), one contains estragol (like tarragon),… So I can reconstruct basil by combining coriander, tarragon, cloves, laurel. The way to use it is to take from each branch of the plot one product and make a combination of those food products.

Wonderful. I need to leave. For the kitchen. Experiments. Lots of experiments.

More food on eirikso:
The pepper matters
How to roast your own coffee
Good American sparkling wine
Make your own mustard with chili and honey


How to quickly compare two directories

I am in a process of organizing some of the data on my hard drives around the house. And during that boring task I needed to compare the contents of two directories. There are several ways to do that, but I liked a small program called KDiff3 enough to mention it here.

It’s free and multi platform. Download for your operating system here.

It can compare files or directories and help you merge the results if you want to.

“$RE..” is only available in directory B. “.DS_…” is only available in directory A. Everything else is available in both…

How to quickly compare two directories

Reversed Search Engine Optimization

(Image: Stockholm Sunset, HDR style)

A couple of years ago I wrote a very short note here on Mostly because I wanted to remember the name and address of a very nice restaurant I visited in Stockholm. When posting the note to my blog I realised I had spelled Stockholm wrong. I wrote “Stocholm”.

This error turned into what I would call RSEO, or reversed search engine optimization. The point is that ever since that error I have recieved traffic from google on that note. Traffic from people searching for “travel advice stocholm“. I fixed the typo in the headline, but the URL still says stocholm. And I think I’ll leave it that way. That typo gives me traffic.

The lesson learned is that you might want to tag your articles with a couple of typos as well. The next time I write an article about Stockholm I will stay away from typos in the article itself, but I will for sure tag it with both stockholm, stocholm, stokholm etc

And by the way, I can still recommend that restaurant. I visited it again after speaking at the Social Media and User Generated Content conference in Stockholm a couple of weeks ago. If you like luxury italian food and great wines, go ahead and visit Divino. Unfortunately they have one of those irritating flash based-impossible-to-link-to-with-popups-web-site. But again, the food and service is great! And because you don’t want to visit their site, here’s what you need: Karlavägen 28, Tel: +46-8-611 02 69.

Reversed Search Engine Optimization

High Definition Seasons

I am doing some tests with BitTorrent distribution through Amazon S3. The file I just made available is the high definition version of my seasons time lapse. It’s H.264 and no sound.

You find the torrent here: Seasons720.torrent
Please comment on how it works.

I am working on a new version of the video as well. That one includes professional quality optics. 10 megapixel resolution and HDR on all images. Unfortunalety you’ll have to wait about one year before it is finished. Here’s a quick preview so far. A tiny bit of autumn.

Same forest. New camera…

High Definition Seasons


I have used the term “facebooksofting” in quite a bit of presentations lately. It reflects what you do when you relax with your laptop surfing around facebook for an hour or so. I learned it from my coworker Marius Arnesen. And he heard it the first time from some of his friends after they’d done a full day of show kiting snowkiting in the Norwegian mountains.

Sitting in the car on their way back to the hotel he was listening to these young people looking forward to do “some facebooksofting” when they returned. A couple of years ago and the same young people would have been looking forward to some relaxing in front of the TV. Times are changing.

A couple of weeks ago I was speaking at a conference in Stockholm and Mr. Antony Mayfield of Spannerworks liked the term and mention it in his article about Facebooksofting and Facebacklashing. I was about to leave a comment to clarify the Norwegian use of the word “soft”, but it turned into this article and a trackback to Mr. Mayfield.

We have a couple of Norwegian words that are identical to English words but meaning something else. Some of the classic ones are “boss” that in my Norwegian dialect means trash. And “odd” and “even”. They’re both quite usual male names in Norway. I guess it’s bound to amuse people if two Norwegian brothers named Odd and Even present themselves in the UK or the US. “Hello, my name is Odd and this is my brother Even”.

But using the term “softing”, relating to “soft” to describe relaxation is something we have borrowed from Sweden. And as far as I know it has been adopted from English.

I guess it is because relaxing is a “soft” activity? I really don’t know, but people from Denmark, Norway and Sweden are pretty clever watering out their own language with English words. In all kinds of strange ways.