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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.