Simplicity in Software Design

Not many people would argue that a complex and difficult-to-understand solution is better than a simple and easy-to-understand one. And still, we often tend to end up with more complex solutions than we need and/or would wish for. This is generally for two reasons. Either we think to little, or too much.

Continue Reading 2 comments April 27th, 2006

Law is weird

I'm just back from a seminar in an interesting course about society and technology. And although it is nothing new, I once again feel that law is a weird mix of interesting and incomprehensible. Seemingly simple questions become surprisingly tricky in the hands of lawyers. Or to be fair, I guess the point is that they really are much trickier than they seem.

[Google Book Search](http://print.google.com/googleprint/about.html), formerly Google Print, is a nice example. While crawling and indexing copyrighted material on web pages is perfectly fine, doing the same thing with copyrighted material in printed books may not be.

And speaking of copyright and those "terms of use" pages you see all over the place. As of 1996, the US has something which is called the [Computer Fraud and Abuse Act](http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/cybercrime/1030_new.html). It has its root in regulations to protect government data (and later bank data as well), but was when Internet started to get popular generalized to include any computer. This basically means that if your web page states that brown-haired men may not click on any links on that page, I will commit a federal crime if I do so (unless I dye my hair?).

The only limit for the above rule is that in order for them to sue me, they have to lose at least $5000 as a result of me doing that. However, in order to figure out how much they lost, they may hire a consultant to do that analysis. If he charges them $5000 for that, then look… they've now lost $5000 because I clicked on their links! And yes, they may actually do exactly that (according to the lecturer, great lecturer by the way).

2 comments April 25th, 2006

A perfect day

A perfect day.Today has been pretty close to a perfect day. The weather has been really nice, with temperatures above 20 degrees Celcius. I've spent about five and a half hour playing Ultimate in one form or another. I've even managed to get some school work done! Incredible! 😉

By the way, the picture is taken by [Karin](http://nejlika.se/photo) while she was here. I'm not trying to take any credit for it, I just thought it represented "a perfect day" nicely. 🙂

1 comment April 25th, 2006

Oh, poor me! (Part II)

Okay, [last time](Oh, poor me!) I wasn't too serious, but this time I am (at least more). Now, I've left Karin at the airport and my room is all of a sudden very very silent. Too silent.

And while speaking of happy topics, one of the guys (a quiet guy about my age) who live on the bottom floor in our house got arrested yesterday night. Five cops came into our house and grabbed him. According to the Washington State Jail Inmate Lookup Service (yes you can see name and reason for arrest for anyone in custody) he is arrested for first degree rape of a child. Scary!

2 comments April 22nd, 2006

GÀstinlÀgg: SpÀckhuggare

Det blev ingen film igĂ„r. Eller Ă„tminstonde inte en hel – vi somnade ifrĂ„n den efter mindre Ă€n halva =P

I morse gick vi upp klockan sju, Ät frukost och gjorde matsÀck och begav oss till Anacortes. DÀrifrÄn Äkte vi med en valskÄdningsbÄt ut runt San Juan Islands. Vi var ute nÀstan hela dagen och fick bland annat se sÀlar (harbor seal), en flock med spÀckhuggare (Flock J) och en del tumlare. VÀdret var inte soligt men nÀst intill helt lugnt hav. Största delen av tiden var valarna ganska lÄngt bort, men vid nÄgra tillfÀllen kom vi dem förhÄllandevis nÀra och tvÄ gÄnger viftade de pÄ skÀrtfenan Ät oss! Det var dock mest ryggfenor vi sÄg. (Men det Àr ju coolt nog!)

Harbor sealOrca whaleAlpaca

PĂ„ kvĂ€llen har vi varit pĂ„ basketmatch. Seattle Supersonics (laget vi hejade pĂ„) vann med 109 mot 98. En sponsor hade lovat hela publiken varsitt Ă„tta-pack Pepsi om Supersonics vann med minst 108 poĂ€ng. Med andra ord har vi (kuponger för) vĂ€ldigt mycket Pepsi nu! =) I övrigt sĂ„ var pausunderhĂ„llningen det roligaste…

Innan vi somnar vill vi passa pĂ„ att önska Tess grattis pĂ„ födelsedagen!! TyvĂ€rr i efterskott, men bĂ€ttre sent Ă€n aldrig 😉

2 comments April 20th, 2006

GÀstinlÀgg: Tillbaks frÄn Olympic Peninsula

Big tree in Heart O' the ForestHelgen tillbringade vi pĂ„ Olympic Peninsula – en stoor halvö vĂ€ster om Seattle. Vi sĂ„g nog i princip allt som broschyrerna lovade: fantastiska utsikter, enorma trĂ€d, snöiga bergstoppar, flockar med (Roosveldt-)Ă€lgar och svartsvansade rĂ„djur, vindpinade kuster, skalliga örnar, varma kĂ€llor (eller rĂ€ttare sagt diken) och kalla vattenfall. FrĂ„n halvöns nordvĂ€straste punkt sĂ„g vi Ă€ven en hel ö full med stora sĂ€ldjur. I brist pĂ„ bĂ€ttre förslag klassifierar vi dem som stellar sea lion.

Idag har vi paddlat kanot i Lake Washington bland bÀverbon, sköldpaddor och hÀgrar. FrÄn vÄrt fartyg sÄg vi Àven en sovande tvÀttbjörn i en solig trÀdstam. Den var sÄÄÄ söt =)

Nu Àr det natt och vi ska sova. Eller ja, egentligen skall vi titta pÄ en film först, men det talar jag inte om =P

2 comments April 18th, 2006

GÀstinlÀgg: Fauna

Nu tycker jag inte lÀngre att faunan Àr endast vÀlbekant. Gick runt pÄ University of Washington campus idag, under en av Henriks lektioner. Och sen var vi pÄ promenad vid Lake Washington alldeles bredvid universitetet. Vi sÄg som sagt bÄde bÀvrar och sköldpaddor! =D

BeaverTurtle

Jag har dessutom sett mĂ„nga nya fĂ„glar – bland annat flera stycken söta chickadee (liknar vĂ„r talltita), american robin, white-crowned sparrow, red-winged blackbird (sjöng inte alls lika fint som vĂ„ra koltrastar med hade vĂ€ldigt coolt rött pĂ„ vingarna som den visade upp nĂ€r den sjöng) och spotted towhee. Har Ă€ven sett mĂ„nga vĂ€lbekanta, som tex kanadagĂ€ss, hĂ€grar, grĂ€sĂ€nder och skarvar.

American RobinWhite-crowned Sparrow
Red-winged BlackbirdSpotted Towhee

2 comments April 11th, 2006

Oh, poor me!

Hooray! Karin is visiting me here in Seattle! So far, we've mostly been walking around on campus, but we've already seen both turtles and (what we are at least pretty sure are) beavers! 🙂 Also, although the weather forecast promised rain both yesterday and today, both days have been beautiful and without any rain at all. I can just hope that it will stay that way.

However, not everything is just fun. For example, Karin is 9 hours jet lagged and woke up at 5 am this morning, and of course I have to wake up at that time as well. Oh, poor me! 😉

Add comment April 11th, 2006

GÀstinlÀgg: Karin i Seattle

Hej hej =)

Just nu har Henrik besök, bÄde i Seattle och hÀr pÄ bloggen! Jag ska vara hÀr i nÀstan tvÄ veckor. Resan var lÄng, men gick bra. SÄg inte Grönland dock, bara massa moln =(

Henrik talade sanning – hĂ€r Ă€r faktiskt vĂ„r! I jĂ€mförelse med Sverige kĂ€nns det nĂ€stan som tropiskt klimat! KörsbĂ€r och lövtrĂ€d blommar och hĂ€r alldeles utanför Henriks hus Ă€r till och med syrenerna pĂ„vĂ€g att slĂ„ ut! =D PĂ„ djurfronten har jag bara sett amerikanska grĂ„sparvar, duvor och trutar Ă€n.. förvĂ„nansvĂ€rt vĂ€lbekant 😉

Blommande syren.

Nu ska jag göra ett studiebesök pÄ Henriks universitet.

/Karin

Add comment April 11th, 2006

Strawberries

I just wanted to let you know that as I'm sitting here writing this, I have a large cup full of strawberries and vanilla ice cream next to me. It's actually my second cup, so I'm starting to get slightly full, but I think I can manage to finish this one too. 🙂

By the way, do you still have snow outside in Sweden? 😉

Strawberries with ice cream.

1 comment April 7th, 2006

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