You’ve reached the online home of Jens Raaby, a Software Engineer at the BBC and
former MSc student at the University of Copenhagen.
You can find my journal posts below. I mainly write about technological topics,
with the odd foray into my other interests. The post frequency tailed off when I
moved to Denmark in 2012 and I started being quite busy.
Today it’s a photo. I sometimes like the play of light on elements of architecture. This is from one of the cafeterias where I work. A brief glint of sunlight came through the window after a short rain shower.
Here I am, a little over one year since I started writing journal posts every two weeks (or so). Recently my tempo has dwindled thanks to working full-time. That doesn’t mean I’m going to stop, just that with only so many hours available each day I can’t always do everything.
You may notice I have recently experimented with the typefaces used on this site. I am currently too busy with another website to work on this site’s re-design but a recent project demanded a particular font family be used and Typekit happened to have it available. I consider the value of the Typekit packages to be quite good considering what you get so I am going to let my subscription continue.
This month it is approximately ten years since I first had a PC and the ability to use the internet at home. It is also a year today since I ordered my iMac and iPod Touch. I don’t intend to celebrate in any particular way, but I realised that is about time I dealt with the ever-growing collection of digital data that I’ve accumulated over the years.
It’s approaching the time of year when I take an internet holiday. I find that it really helps to get away from the constant distractions and endless flow of communications. It’s also convenient to not have to pay the internet roaming bill when you are abroad.
I have a rule which has served me well the past ten years: only buy a new mobile phone when the previous one breaks or wears out. This has probably saved me hundreds of pounds, and I’ve got used to the simplicity of a candy-bar phone which lasts for days if not weeks without needing charging. My last purchase was a Sony Ericsson K750i, back in 2006.
I am currently saving up for a new mobile phone, which will probably be an Apple iPhone 5 in September. As a result my iPod will no longer be needed, so I am offering it to anyone interested for the current eBay market value, around £70, or nearest offer.
If you don’t happen to use a car or bike for travelling long distances, it’s often quite useful to keep on top of you travel itinerary. This app (homepage) is available for iOS, Android and Blackberry and basically reads your travel confirmation emails (e.g. train ticket bookings, flight confirmations, car rentals) and builds it into a useful all-in-one resource for knowing where you need to be . Highly recommended.
For my personal website I’ve been using off-the-shelf content management systems and making do with popular templates such as the great K2 and lately twentyten which are both fairly nice templates to start with. However they don’t really lend a personal touch to my site in the way a custom theme would. I often store a mental image of a well designed site when I come across one (and it’s frustrating when I can’t find it again) and I don’t think my site has ever done that for anyone. It’s something I would like to achieve, but I know is quite a challenge.