Saturday, 18 February 2012

Not Prepared

Last autumn I was in an OK shape. I had completed five half marathons, set personal records on most distances, and decided to sign up for a CPC Loop Den Haag half marathon in the Netherlands. My plan was to do a lot of running through out the winter and be fast and strong on the 11th of March when the race starts. It was a good plan. My only problem is that I did not follow it. Don't really have any reason why. I just have not been running that much. Now, three weeks before my first race in 2012, I realise the 11th of March might become a painful day. A day where my only goal is to set a season's best, which means just to finish the distance. Yesterday a good runner told me to look at the race as "a run-through", a warm-up for the season that is starting. Good idea. I will do that, enjoy the atmosphere and the after-run, or so called "bankett" (Norwegian). 

The following chart shows the number of kilometres I've been running, per week, since April 2011. It's far too little at the moment for being able to run a fast half marathon.

The next chart shows the elevation gain, per week, since April 2011. The peak in December was due to a one week trip to Madeira where I ran every day. And guess what, that island is not flat. The graph from the last period do lie a bit though, since I've done a few session on the treadmill on 10% increase. However this is not good.

But now it is time for me to go out and gain some kilometres. At least I can do some work the coming three weeks.

Monday, 13 February 2012

Linux Mint // tweaks

Linux Mint on the VirtualBox
At work I decided to run Linux Mint 12 using Oracle VM VirtualBox. Here are my experiences from trying to tweak the installation. Tweaks are needed for the system to work the way I like it working. It was a lot harder it should be.

missing mintMenu : solved
The first problem I ran into was that the mintMenu, the wheel with "Menu" written next to it, that normally is to be found in the bottom left corner  was gone. It was no where to be found. The solution was found when I checked some screenshots and realised I had to enable 3D Acceleration in VirtualBox for the mintMenu to show up.

List View : solved
In Linux's "Explorer" I find it most handy listing directories using a so called list view. To fix this open "Places" and for example "Downloads". Chose "Edit" -> "Preferences". Set "Default View" -> "View new folders using: List View".

mintMenu shortcut : not fixed
I need some shortcuts for being able to work on a system. One crucial one for Linux Mint is the shortcut to open the mintMenu, the start menu of the system. On the Linux Mint Forum I read Ctrl + Win should work, which it did not. It was written there that you are supposed to be able to right click "Menu" and chose Preferences as well. However on my system right clicking didn't work either. And under "Keyboard" -> "Shortcuts" no shortcut for the mintMenu where to be found either. I added a post to the Mint Forum but no help was received there either but gave up before a solution was found.

Rectangular screenshot : not fixed
Using "Software Manager" I downloaded "Shutter". With that program you can screenshot a selected area of your desktop. However somehow screenshotting only gave me a black screen. Pretty sure this has something to do with running the OS using VirtualBox.

Remove "Computer" and "home" : gave up
I like to keep my desktop clean. Two symbols comes with Mint by default. I assumed removing these icons would be dead simple. That was not the case. I did some searching on the Net and realised it was actually quite a bit work.

Win 7
Annoyed with these issues, and not having more time to spend on tweaking, I uninstalled Linux Mint and VirtualBox. Windows 7 works pretty well after all. I'll stick to it a bit longer.

Friday, 10 February 2012

Hello, World

Hello World
First of all, welcome to my new blog. After having been on for a while I'm moving back to Blogger and am letting Google getting an even firmer grip around my soul. This blog was registered in 2008 and one post made. However it's first now, in 2012, I'm starting to use it.

History Of Blogging
I've been writing on the Internet (or "blogging" as it is now called - for many years. Back in the old days, long before the term "blog" was used, I wrote some posts on my own web page using kCom (a Perl solution I developed). First in 2006 I moved to, to the blog Zuroku ( (which is Japanese and translates to "picture book"). My first post was Zuroku, true to it's name, quickly became a blog where I only published pictures from my phone (

Another blog I had was Giiku ( Giiku is Japanse for geek ( In the beginning Giiku was used for hosting content for my own web page (using kCom::i - next version of my web publishing solution). Example of my oldest posts on Giiku can be found following the link, the very first being For a full overview over all my blogs, check out the link

In september 2009 I swapped to Posterous, where my main blog became Now about two and a half years later, in February 2012, I'm switching back to Blogger where this is my new blog (

2006 - 2009 :
2007 - 2009 :
2009 - 2012 :
2012 - xxxx :

FeedBurner and old posts
My main RSS feed is That was previously "burning" feed from my Posterous blog, while it is now linked to this new blog.