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.

Design from scratch

I will be attempting to design this site from scratch over the coming months. This will be a live development (so you get to see things as they progress).

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on Live Redesign

Focussed content or everything and anything?

A lot of blogs succeed because they aim to address a niche area, and provide many high quality posts within that domain. There are a great deal of blogs which simply represent the opinions of the author in relation to current affairs. Then there are blogs like mine, where I try to follow my own interests and add in the occasional niche piece to address some technical issue.

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on General and Web

Art on the iPad

This is just a short post with one of my sketches done on the iPad with Procreate.

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on General

Adopting new web technologies - The HTML5 Boilerplate

Let’s face it, all this talk of HTML5 and CSS3 is getting a bit tiring now. In every activity there are always the people who prefer to discuss the equipment or technology more than the actual activity itself. I’ve noticed this in particular with photography and cycling, two of my main hobbies. With photography, people often get the impression that buying a better camera will mean you take better photos. What makes a photo good is not the camera that takes it, but the person who composes and takes the photograph. I always cringe when I hear something along the lines of “you must have a really good camera” when I’m showing someone a photo I’ve taken. Of course I’m not showing you photos from a 1 mega pixel camera, but it was me who took the photo, not the camera. I’ve even had some good results with my 2 mega pixel phone camera.

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on Web

iPad - the first two weeks

I decided to snap up one of the refurbished iPads which Apple were selling at reduced price. As I now sit typing out my first impressions I can’t help but feel something has changed with technology.

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on Computing and General

The elephant in the room

This is just a short follow up from this morning’s post. I didn’t really discuss online rentals or streaming content very much, because the perceived problem that the news articles I linked to focussed on was pirating content and distributing it online.

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on Computing and General

Principles for an online film distribution system

There are a couple of articles today in the Observer on the topic of illegal film downloads and in particular how to ensure the revenue of the small British film industry can be protected in the face of the “something-for-nothing” culture of the youth. This made me give some thought to what I think would make a good digital film consumption system for the future.

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on Computing and General

Keeping track

I’ve been wondering if using this blog is a good way to log the films I’ve watched recently. I occasionally forget that I’ve seen a film, or what it’s about, so it would be nice to have a way to keep track. I’ll be on the look out for Wordpress Plugins that integrate with IMDB, but if anyone reading this has any suggestions, please feel free to tweet (@jens_raaby) or comment here.

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on General

The New iPad

A great deal of press attention for the new iPad seems to centre around rumours of the next version - apparently a bigger leap forward.

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on Computing, General, and Web

Time to sell a bike

Last year I managed to buy what has been one of my dream bike frames - a Principia. These frames were handmade in Denmark until 2004, when the factory closed. Since then, Principia bikes have been manufactured in the far east, like so many others. Fortunately when the factory closed there was still a lot of stock left, and various distributors bought it up. The frames had a reputation for good build quality and ride quality. They are ranked with the likes of Cannondale for aluminium frames, which is high praise. So when I managed to find one that I could afford, unused, from the last batch of stock, I jumped on it.

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on Cycling

Cooking with Cast Iron

I recently became a bit of a fan of traditional cast iron cookware. There is something satisfying about a pan that will outlast you, especially something which is better at doing its job than many more expensive items.

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on Cooking and General

Microsoft Remote Desktop Client on Mac OS X: "Cannot verify the identity of the computer that you want to connect to"

Once again a little bit of tech support to fill a gap in the Google results… This time I am publishing a quick solution for an error with Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Connection client for OS X. This will most likely affect you if your Windows machines are not on a corporate network (with a Domain Controller). The summary: don’t leave the host name in the “Domain” field of the credentials dialogue - blank it.

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on Computing

How to deal with snow

Snow Tractor

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on Cycling and General

New rail photographs published

I have recently uploaded a collection of rail photographs from the last year or so. While it may not be of interest to that many visitors to this site, I hope some people enjoy them. Browsing some of the older photographs makes we want to delete them, but I don’t think it’s fair to erase historic records from the public domain like that. I may migrate photos to an archive on Google’s Picasaweb service, and only keep the better (generally the newer) work on this domain.

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on Photography

The trap of the blog

I’ve noticed over the past 5 years that a lot of people I know start a blog and fail to keep up enough momentum with no new posts appearing for a few weeks, then months, then years.

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on Web