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Demonetising the blog

As I have previously alluded to, I have had ads on the blog to offset costs involved in running it. This past week, I turned them off. I have considered doing so for some time, and well, it felt like it was time to do so. There are a few reasons why I took this step, and I would like to take a moment to address some of them:

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Understanding bookings in Outlook

I’ve been seeing a surprising number of tickets from users asking why they are seeing double bookings of meeting rooms of late. In each and every case, the issue has boiled down to one of user error, with users not knowing or understanding how meeting invitations work in Outlook. This was a source of confusion to me, until a user put it as follows:

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The Hard Life of Privilege

Guest posts are a rare occurrence on the blog, this being the second time it’s happened. It was written by Hjalti Nönnuson, and originally published at the Yawning Portal. It is reprinted here with his kind permission, and sums up my feelings on the matter in a way that I feel you deserve to read the original, rather than whatever bleak imitation I might have been able to come up with. Now, then: The hard life of privilege:

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Linking to a specific time in the description of a YouTube video

As you may have gathered at this point, I’m – among many other things – a YouTuber. While most of my videos are fairly simple, some of them benefit from having a table of contents (complete with clickable links) in the description. When I first came across the need to do so, I spent a fair amount of time searching, before I finally found out how to do it.

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Achieving GDPR compliance to the best of my ability

As you may or may not be aware, GDPR (the General Data Protection Regulation) comes into effect on May 1st, 2018. From what I can tell – and the text of the regulation is fairly convoluted and hard to understand – anonymized data collection (such as IP address of visitors) needs no active consent, while non-anonymized data collection does require active consent. To this effect, I have combined and consolidated what used to be to pages – the cookie and privacy policies – into one, which you can find here.

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Reviewed: Tesla Model S part 8: How Tesla deals with issues

With nearly 30000 kilometers behind the wheel of my Model S, I have seen the good and the bad. The car behaves well in most conditions, and winter driving is absolutely no problem (as it has been since very shortly after winter came in my first season with the car. We have been all over southern Norway, from Kristiansand in the south, to Stavanger and Bergen in the west, and Trondheim in the north. The car has been – and continues to be – an absolute joy to drive. Inevitably, there have been some problems.

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Reviewed: Jaybird X3

About a year ago, I was on the look for a new set of wireless in-ear headphones. They had to be bluetooth compatible, had to support both audio playback and phone calls, and they had to fit my ears. After reading a lot of reviews, I ended up with a set of Jaybird X3. Here are my notes on my experience with them: 

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Turn off Facebook pop-up tabs

A while back, Facebook introduced a feature where posts would pop up in your browser window if people respond to you. Now, I can certainly see how it is a useful feature to have, both for Facebook – it increases engagement with posts – and for users – you don’t have to leave the news feed to continue interacting. That said, I don’t like it. I would rather leave the news feed and go into a specific post if I want to follow up.

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Why I rejected an exciting job offer

Not long before we found out that we were expecting our second child, I interviewed for a position with a well-known and prestigious international technology firm, to become one of their internal support technicians here in Norway. After a whopping four rounds of interviews, including one at the European HQ somewhere down on the European continent, I was offered the job. They offered a 10% increase in pay, and the position would see me travelling to satellite locations in the Scandinavian region two out of five days per week. It was made very clear that they would not be able to make the offer any better. I thanked them for the offer, but ultimately rejected it.

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