Apr 28
Today is the 6 week mark of my wife and I coming home from out anniversary weekend to find my big black bum, Smokey had died. It still hurts but the pain is more of a sweet pain where I remember the wonderful 9 years I had him. I cannot write this without tears trickling down my face but I guess that is not so bad.

We don't know what happened on that Sunday, March 17th but I know I will never forget. The fear that struck when he did not come to great us and the pain when I found him dead in our bedroom.

I miss you buddy! You were the best dog I could ever have wished for. I feel robbed of many years with you! I feel cheated that I will never see you get old, grey and lazy but I am also very grateful for the years I had with you.

Thank you!

Posted by Mark Nyqvist Hjarding

Apr 27
So I finally participated in my first real trail run on April 20th 2013 Leatherwood Mountains Ultra Run. Friday was a very rainy day and I was really hoping for good weather on Saturday and I couldn't have asked for better weather. It wasn't too windy, it did not rain and it was neither too hot nor too cold, it was just perfect.

We lined up shortly before 9am and since this was my first trail run I started in the back of the pack not really knowing what to expect. However I quickly found that I was faster than that, but when we hit the real one track trail there was little I could do and I had to stay behind people until it was convenient to pass. After about 4 miles or so I had advanced past most of the people that were slower than me and I was joined by Michelle. We ran/trudged up and down the mountain while talking/chatting/cussing. It was my first social experience during a run. During most road races I am focused on my running and so is everyone else around my pace so if we exchange words they are few and far between.

I finished my first 10 miler and with a total elevation gain of somewhere between 2000 and 3000 feet (Garmin Connect is not 100% precise when it comes to elevation) it was definitely the toughest run I have ever done. This is also reinforced by the fact that it took me 2h 9m 23s which is the longest run (time-wise) I have ever done. That being said I am hooked on the trails. I am hoping to do the 50k out at US National Whitewater Center in October.

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Mar 5
So for a couple of years I have had to put up with a 10" Asus netbook. It has served me well but it is far from perfect. The screen is too small, the resolution too low and the keyboard too cramped, not to mention that it is slow. I can't play the movies I would like to watch and overall it is just not good enough but still it has served me well. I have spent countless hours looking at laptops. I even bought a Asus UX31E when I was visiting the US only to have it be defective. I have looked at ultrabooks and real laptops. All have had something wrong with them. Primarily I think the resolution is too low on them. 1366x768 would have been acceptable in the early to mid 90'ies. 1920x1080 would be acceptable but I still would prefer more. When Apple released the retina display Macbook Pros I was finally impressed. What I was not impressed with was the general issues people reported when it came to running Linux on them. I want something that can run Linux. Then recently Google released the Chromebook Pixel. Finally a laptop with a proper display and it runs Linux but there is a catch. The standard version has 32GB storage and the LTE version has 64GB since they are designed for use with Google's cloud storage. I do not believe in the use of cloud storage (another ranting blog post should be dedicated to this subject) but I could probably live with 128GB even if I would prefer 256GB or 512GB.

At least it has arrived in a non-Apple packaging hopefully we will soon see more high end laptops with resolutions of 2560x1600 or 2560x1700 (or even higher?).

Posted by Mark Nyqvist Hjarding

Jan 20
So after I moved to the US I could not get my old analog phone adapter (Linksys SPA3000) to work and I just assumed that it had not survived the trip to the US. I never saw any registration attempts on my Asterisk server from the SPA3000 but both my Nokia N9 could register using SIP and so could my wife's Samsung Galaxy S3 using Sipdroid. I finally decided to buy a new phone adapter and since I have been very content with the SPA3000 I decided to go with a Cisco SPA112. Later I have found out that a lot of people really don't like either the SPA112 or SPA122. Well I fought and fought with it for days but the problem was the exact same as with the SPA3000, no registration attempts ever reached the Asterisk server. I thought it was possibly firewall issues or something similar although that made no sense since the mobile phones could register while being on the wireless network. I finally came to the conclusion that it had to be the new Netgear WNDR4500 that we also bought when we moved here. So I found the setting.

Enable WMM (Wi-Fi multimedia) settings

This setting seems to come enabled by default. It can be found under Advanced Tab -> Setup -> QoS Setup. I disabled that and the SPA112 registered right away and I have had no issues since. I guess either Netgear's implementation of WMM is faulty or Cisco's SIP implementation is buggy. No matter which I don't need that setting enabled and I am very happy that everything works now.

Posted by Mark Nyqvist Hjarding

Jan 14
About 10 years ago or so I bought a Happy Hacking keyboard. I liked the minimalistic keyboard and it worked well for me but it was expensive and I was constantly force to use regular keyboards so it never got to be the perfect keyboard for me. I then switched to using gaming keyboards and for a long time I was happy with a Razer Lycosa. When I got a new Lycosa Mirror it had many issues and it turns out that Razer unfortunately is notorious for the quality control on the Lycosas. I then looked at the Blackwidow Ultimate and Razer Deathstalker but I didn't really like them enough. My wife likes the Deathstalker and knock on wood has had no issues with it so far. So after many years of using a gaming keyboard or at least a backlit keyboard I have now replaced it with a much more basic keyboard. Das Keyboard Ultimate S tactile soft. Now I can really feel like a proper nerd again. The only problem is that I will want one at work as well. I guess that will have to wait a little while I get completely used to not being able to look at the keyboard for help while typing.

Posted by Mark Nyqvist Hjarding

Jan 12
So a lot has happened since my last post on this blog.
- I quit my job at Danske Bank
- I moved to Charlotte, North Carolina
- I got a new job as a contractor with Wells Fargo Securities
- I have sold my old Ford Focus station wagon (well my uncle Finn sold it for me)
- I have bought a brand new VW Golf R
- I had to give up on AT&T and my Nokia N9 (damn I miss that phone)
- I replaced it with a Samsung Galaxy S3 (nice phone but not half as cool as my N9)

Life is good in the US but of course I miss Denmark too.
- I miss being able to wear jeans and a tshirt to work
- I miss the weather (it is not supposed to be 23 degrees celcius in January)
- I miss seeing snow
- I miss being able to say whatever I want (my son got in trouble at school for saying "that sucks")
- I miss Danish politics but at least I don't have to worry about what I am going to vote
- I miss Danish driving rules (damn I hate all those friggin stop signs over here)
- I miss my family. I miss being able to call them whenever I think of it, now I have to factor in time difference and crap
- I miss my friends
- I miss speaking Danish

I do like it here but I am Danish and I believe I will always be Danish no matter how long I live in the US.

Posted by Mark Nyqvist Hjarding

Aug 25
Tell this little fella that size doesn't matter.
A little dog and his bone

Posted by Mark Nyqvist Hjarding

Apr 28
Day Against DRM vertical banner

Been a while since my last blog post but this is important I believe. Why do I believe it is important? Because not only does DRM take away from our potential choices when we buy something DRM infected but it also promotes piracy. This may be a controversial statement but why is it that I cannot just put a blu ray disc in my Linux computer and view the damn movie when if I download the exact same movie from Pirate Bay (no I do not use Pirate Bay, I never have and I never will) it will play out of the box. It is time for the media industry to understand that DRM has not done anything to stop piracy of movies and music but only made it harder (in some cases nearly impossible) to be a law abiding citizen.

Posted by Mark Nyqvist Hjarding

Oct 20
Today I received my Asus UX31 featuring a Intel Core i5-2557, 4GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. Overall I love the looks and the feel of the machine. Of course the computer comes preloaded with Windows 7 Home Premium or something like that. I only managed to boot it into Windows once because I didn't realize that F2 was the right key to enter the BIOS setup utility. Then my fun started with getting Debian installed.

I had a USB stick with a Squeeze (stable) 6.03 Netinstall copy on it. Only problem was that the kernel would not recognize the wireless card. Then I tried the USB-to-ethernet adapter that comes with the computer but that didn't work either since the kernel had no driver for the USB 3.0 port on the right side of the machine. After some fighting back and forth on my wife's Windows laptop I created a new Wheezy (testing) netinstall USB stick using unetbootin.

The machine is currently installing but since I am on my mother-in-law's fairly slow DSL I will have to wait a couple of hours before writing more about how Debian Testing runs on it, hopefully I will be wrinting form that machine and not my wife's laptop. I have not decided if I should just go to Unstable or stick with Testing. We will see. I am sure there will be plenty of hours playing with my new toy to get everything working to my full satisfaction.

Posted by Mark Nyqvist Hjarding

Jul 28
I supported this project with $25. I may be kinda cheap but I am also kinda broke.

Posted by Mark Nyqvist Hjarding

Jun 7
So I went fishing for the first time here in Denmark on my own. I have been fishing in DK before but it has probably been 20 years. This was my first time fishing for sea trout and even though I didn't catch anything but seaweed I had a good good time. I went with the following setup.

Pole: Abu Garcia Vendetta
Reel: Abu Garcia Ambassadeur Orra SX
Waders: Kinetec waders and wading boots
Lure: Random Hansen lure (for sea trout)

I really liked the Orra reel. It casts very smooth and I hope it will serve me well. I have read about some quality issues with the reel but I hope that wont be me. It has been a good experience fishing like this and I believe I will be doing this quite a bit more over the summer. Now I will just have to learn how to break apart and reassemble the reel for good and thorough cleaning and lubrication.

Next time (hopefully tomorrow) I hope I will at least hook something that resembles a fish. :-)

Posted by Mark Nyqvist Hjarding

May 8
So I have finally started getting some runs in in my Vibram FiveFingers KSO Trek. I try running like 3 times a week and I have finally been up to around 4k. Far from what I used to run but for some reason running in them is just more fun. I still get somewhat sore in my calves but I can't wait until my body is ready for a real trail run in the woods near by.
Now in my roaming the Internet today I stumbled on Luna Sandals and I think they look so cool. I really want a pair but now my wife basically told me to put down the crack pipe and get back to reality. This one is going to take some convincing.

Posted by Mark Nyqvist Hjarding

Mar 15
For many years I have been a Nokia fan and user. I have primarily owned Nokia phones since 2000 with only 1 defection when I bought a SonyEricsson T610. I quickly went back to Nokia after that. Last year I finally found the money and bought my dream phone a Nokia N900. Could the world be any better than getting a phone from Nokia running Linux, no not in my opinion. I was originally against it when Nokia joined forces with Intel and created Meego but I tried to see the best in the situation. When Nokia announced the Microsoft venture in February I realized that this was the end. How on Earth the board managed to let Elop destroy the greatest mobile phone manufacturer in the world with the board's blessing will always be a mystery to me but one thing is painfully clear. Nokia as the we all knew it is dead and there is no turning back at this point. I can only hope that they will manage to release a good Meego phone until someone else can can pick up where Nokia left off.

Read SemiAccurate's news posts on it and judge for yourself:
Microsoft gutted Nokia and left them without a chance
Microsoft gutted Nokia and runs off with IP

Posted by Mark Nyqvist Hjarding

Oct 12
Sunday I was gonna go do the 13.3 km run through Dyrehaven known as Eremitageløbet. The race starts a 11:00 but since I live out in BFD (bum f... Denmark) I got up at 7 am to be able to be on the train at 8:23. Well of course the train from Copenhagen to Kalundborg was late which made the train from Kalundborg to Copenhagen late due to there only being one track between Kalundborg and Holbæk. Well I was at our local train station (Svebølle) at 8:15 and I got my ticket at all was good. That the train was 7 min late coming to my station was no biggie (I thought I had plenty of time). My planned arrival at Klampenborg station was 10:25 so even if I was a little late for my connecting train in Copenhagen I should still have plenty of time to catch the next one and have time to get there before the race start. Well the train ride went smoothly until we got to Regstrup where the train operator announced in the speakers that we would have to wait 7-8 min before leaving due to another late train (funny how one late train makes all the other trains late as well even though they can pass each other at the stations). Well after about 10 min and us not moving he announced that the train before us had broken down on Holbæk station and there was no way of knowing when we could leave. Then the ticket guy came running through the train asking everyone where they were going (at this point I had called my wife and she was getting the kids in the car to come pick me up). After 5 min wait more the train operator announced that we would go to Holbæk and couple to the train in front and we would be on our way. Once we had gotten moving he announced that coupling up to the train in front would take 20-25 min. Well we finally made it to Holbæk station about 30 min late I am guessing. I got off there and waited for my wife to pick me up. When she picked me up at 9:50 or so the train still had not left Holbæk (about 1 hour after it was originally supposed to leave Holbæk station). My wife kindly drove me up to my run, I was there 10 min before my group started.

So DSB. I have used you 2 times within the past 8 months or so. Last time you made me sit and wait on Odense station for an hour and this time you made me have to get my wife to come pick me up. I have filed my request for compensation but I am sure you are going to deny it so that not only will I have wasted DKK 121,- on a train ticket that didn't get me to my destination but I will also have wasted the money on an envelop and a stamp to send in my request. I can't honestly believe I was once again stupid enough to think that DSB as a company would be able to get me where I needed to go on time. I think a 30 year old Trabant is more reliable than your trains and I know for a fact that both of our cars are. Thank you once again for nothing. I hope it will take me at least a year before I am stupid enough to try traveling with your crap trains again.

Posted by Mark Nyqvist Hjarding

Apr 18
My last post was about how I had a good bike ride in the wind. The following day I had a very nice run but I could feel some tired mmuscles following the bike ride. It was rather windy on the run as well but I had a good run anyways.

(Sunday April 11th)
Distance: 5.32 km
Time: 00:27:23
Average speed: 05:08 min/km
Average heart rate: 176 bpm
URL: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/29669376

Wednesday I got in another bike ride and I managed to bump up the distance a little. It was still rather windy but I had a very nice ride anyways. I do get sore while riding but usually there isn't much left the following day.

(Wednesday April 14th)
Distance: 27.04 km
Time: 01:03:46
Average speed: 25.4 km/h
Average heart rate: 159 bpm
URL: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/30282758

Yesterday I got in another run. Still just my standard run of a little more than 5k but it went well. I didn't get to complete the entire run up the final run into Viskinge as my son came running to meet me. Another day with some wind, I guess it is just that time of year!

(Saturday April 18th)
Distance: 5.25 km
Time: 00:27:56
Average speed: 05:19 min/km
Average heart rate: 174 bpm
URL: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/30282796

Posted by Mark Nyqvist Hjarding

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