Opera Software are celebrating their 10th anniversary today… and they’re having a big party where they also are giving away free licenses for their browser as long as the party lasts! While you’re there you can have a look at the milestones page for a rundown of company history, and also see how the browsers look has changed over the years.

MultiTorg Opera (v1.0)

MultiTorg Opera (v1.0)

I’ve used the Opera browser since version 5, which came out in 2000, and been a registered user since 2001. In my opinion Opera surpasses every other browser I’ve tried in terms of speed, usability and customization options, and now there’s no way I’m using anything else for browsing the internet.

Happy Birthday Opera – and all the very best wishes for the next ten years 🙂

My new Nokia 6230 came with a handsfree set with earbuds who were not as good as I had hoped, and I wanted to be able to use my own when listening to mp3 and radio. So I decided to do a little hack and install a standard 3.5mm headphone jack.

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(Click on the image for a larger version)

First I tried to do it on my own, but my skills with a soldering iron is not good at all, so I got a guy at a shop to do it cheap (100,- kr) for me. I think the result is great, and now I can use my nice Koss headphones with my mobile.

I’m usually not much of a gadget freak, but occasionally a product comes along that just immediately makes me want it real bad, and the Asono Sound Hub is one of those.

It has almost a perfect feature set for this kind of device, even including an option to record from FM radio. It’s not out for a few weeks, and will sell for about 3500 kroner, which is too expensive for me at the moment … but I can always dream, can’t I?

I recently decided to invest in a upgrade for my old computer, which up for the last four years has been running at a measly 450mhz – not exactly state of the art these days.

Not wanting to mess around with a new motherboard, I bought a Powerleap slot-1 upgrade with a 1.4ghz Intel Celeron CPU from Jarep Data, as well as a GForce FX5600 card and 160GB hard drive from Komplett. The total cost was about 3500 kroner, which is not bad considering that this upgrade hopefully will might make this PC last a few more years…

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Kristen Nygaard, professor at the University of Oslo, passed away this weekend, at the age of 75. Together with Ole-Johan Dahl, who died in June, he was the inventor of Simula, the first object-oriented programming language. He was also one of the main people in the campaign against Norway joining the European Union in 1994.

This follows close after Edsger W. Dijkstra, who died from cancer on the 6th of August. That’s three great minds and recipients of the ACM Turing Award gone in a little more than a month. Sad indeed, and also a sign that the pioneers of the computing age are slowly passing away. Rest in Peace.