Monthly Archives: December 2006

2006 in Retrospect

2006 has come to an end, and 2007 is about to begin. Normally I don’t look back, but I’ll make an exception this time. So: what did happen in 2006, worth mentioning?

Well, in a way, my 2006 started in December 2005. Unlike other years, I had a New Year Wish. Not the normal one (smoke, drink or eat less), but instead: In 2006, I would find myself a new job! I really wanted it to happen early 2006 – preferably in the first quarter of 2006, but I knew that would be hard to obtain.
But I did it! I found a job ad late January, went to job interview in February, quitted my old job in the end of February, and started in my new job April 1.

I have long had a dream of seeing more of the world, but until now, it hadn’t been more than small trips. In 2006, I said “Well, f… it!” and went on an absolutely wonderful – and extremely expensive – journey to Greenland. I still suffer from the aftereffects in form of an almost empty bank account. But I’ll never ever regret that I did it! To other people, traveling round the globe, it might not sound as much. But to me it was something special! And something I tend to do again!

Me on ice (in bright sunlight).

Looking back, 2006 will probably also be remembered as the year of broken stuff. Normally I have a lucky touch in buying things of good quality. Or – that was before 2006 started. Never has so many of my things broke down in such short time!
I think it started out with a broken water pipe. Later on my laptop computer has been repaired twice (!), and my hard disk recorder has crashed yet another drive (the first one not in 2006 though). Oh, and if you haven’t heard of anyone, getting a new steering wheel, because the original one suddenly started to melt – well, you have now!
These days, in the last days of 2006, I have some trouble with my kitchen sink. Hopefully that’ll be the last part breaking down for me for some while!

The rest of the country might remember 2006 as the year Christian Valdemar Henri John got christened.

And that, my friends, was 2006 as I have seen it.
Happy New Year to all of you out there! My best wishes for 2007!

Spam status

It seems like my two spam-filters and an added anti spam rule has done the job. Normally I would have to delete maybe 50 spam-messages each day, when I only had one spam filter attached. The last few days, I haven’t had to delete a single one! It’s all been taken care of. 😉
But now, I have to be careful that I’m not blocking real comments too. So: If you’re having problems making comments, please let me know!

Zune vs. iPod

Yesterday I got the opportunity to compare the new Microsoft Zune with the latest iPod.
Zune looks bigger than the iPod, but in reality it’s not much. Design is always a matter of taste, but the edged design of the Zune makes it look clumsier than the iPod, I think. 
Zune needs two extra buttons since it doesn’t use the round navigation button the same way iPod does. But both players are simple to use; and if you are used to one of them, you will immediately know how to manoeuvre the other.
The screen on Zune is much bigger than on iPod, which is nice. But where the screen on Zune might seem contrast less, the screen on new iPods is very sharp. What is best? I don’t know, but for shorter films, I would definitely choose iPod. I really like the size of the screen on Zune, but it’s just not sharp enough! Fingerprints don’t show on Zune as they tend to on the iPod. I didn’t have time to study Zune in greater detail, but I think it might support more formats than iPod. But as far as I can see, it doesn’t support podcasts (unless you download them yourself, and then upload them to Zune).

iPod and Zune

Sorry for the quality of the photo. It was taken with a cell phone with a lousy built-in camera. Both players are showing the film “V for Vendetta”. You can’t see the difference in screen quality on the photo!

My choice? Not a choice really. With a sharper screen and direct support for podcast, I’ll stay with iPod!

This comparison was made between the latest iPod edition and the first Zune on the US market.