Marklish: What English sounds like if you don't understand it

2019-02-27

Have you ever wondered what a language you understand sounds like to someone who doesn't understand a single word of it? I've heard it said that my native Swedish has a lot of melody to it, like we're almost singing. I can't hear that at all myself, but perhaps it's easier to hear things like this if you don't understand the words being said?

Read on…

I published an app on the App Store

2019-02-06

A while ago I released an app on the iOS App Store: Tågkollen, which translated to English is something like "train check". It uses an open API from the national transport authority in Sweden to display information about train departures.

Read on…

Solving an embedded mystery in ten easy steps

2017-08-31

Sometimes there are bugs that cause mysterious effects that seems to defy all logic, but since we're dealing with computers we know that there's always a logical explanation for everything that happens. If you're running on a desktop computer with a few gigs of code running at once, finding the explanation is sometimes too time consuming, but on embedded devices you can usually figure out what's going on - one step at a time.

Read on…

App Store upgrade pricing is already here

2016-04-02

One of the more common complaints with Apple's App Stores I read about is that Apple doesn't allow upgrade pricing. On a Mac or PC, if you've already bought version 1 of application Foo, you can often buy version 2 at a reduced price. People have been asking Apple to add support for this since forever, since the current "buy once and get updates for free forever" isn't sustainable. Developers need to be able to get more money from users to fund the additional work they're doing after the initial sale.

Read on…

Tinitell first impressions

2016-02-24

A first look at the Tinitell wrist phone for kids, which I backed on Kickstarter. Will the delayed device live up to its promise?

Read on…

Laying out embedded GUIs

2015-10-24

At work we've got a little layout problem. There's an embedded application with a GUI, made mostly by someone who left the company a while ago. Now I'm trying to make some changes to it, to add scrolling of too long texts and such. While doing that I exposed some bugs in the size and positions of various parts of the GUI, so now I need to do something about that too.

Read on…

The F2P game

2015-10-15

When will the plague that is F2P end, and give us interesting games again?

Read on…

The App Store increased developer royalties by 23x

2015-08-04

When the 30% cut that Apple et al take on sales in the app stores is being discussed, I always marvel at those who suggest that 30% is bordering slavery and that developers would be far better off without middle men. It's like they willingly ignore the realities of how a game (or other software) is marketed, sold and supported in the real world.

Read on…

LLMNR, Multicast DNS and names on your LAN

2015-05-25

Let's say you've got a LAN at home (crazy thought!). You're a single minded kind of person, so all your computers are running the same operating system family. Assuming you remember what you named them, you can open a terminal and run "ping BobPC" and get back some ping timings. All is well.

Read on…

Game review: MicRogue

2015-05-13

I like the concept of roguelikes, and so the last couple of years have been neat: a lot of indie games like to call themselves roguelikes, even if not everyone agrees that they really are. I don't think there'll be too much debate about the roguelikeness of MicRogue, though: it's got "rogue" in the name, it has a fantasy setting, death is permanent, and it's turn based. The only thing "lacking" is that there's no loot to pick up (except the dragon's treasure on the top floor) and no spells to cast.

Read on…

Blog tech

2015-03-25

A little bit about the technicalities of the updated blog system I've built for this blog.

Read on…

Human evolutionary pressures

2015-03-18

For some reason I thought about how the fashions of human matchmaking can shape the future of the human race – specifically our height.

Read on…

Money with expiry dates

2012-03-22

The purpose of money is to get people to do meaningful things together. People who have money decide what's meaningful, and people who want money try to be the ones who get to do it. But there's a slight problem with money: it's only useful when it's actually used, and sometimes a long time passes by between earning and using.

Read on…

The music industry cannot win

2008-02-07

Although this has been said over and over again, with a number of different theories to support the opinion, I've going to say it again: the music industry cannot win.

Read on…

Bredbandsbolaget…

2005-08-14

As some of you know I've been unable to send emails from home using SMTP for maybe two months, due to my incompetent ISP. Now I've finally figured out what was wrong and what needs to be done, and I'm just hoping they'll actually be able to do it. Read on for the whole story..

Read on…