So Fresh and So Clean

My laptop at home was beginning to run slowly and Windows took forever to boot. I’ve had the computer for a little more than 18 months, and in all that time I haven’t re-installed it one single time, which must be a record for me.

Before re-installing Windows there is always a lot of backing up to do – mainly I wanted to tranfer my emails and contacts, which were now stored in Outlook – on the clean install I didn’t want Microsoft Office installed, so firstly I installed Thunderbird which automatically imported everything from Outlook without a hitch. Sweet. I then downloaded MozBackup which is a small application which allows you to backup your Mozilla profile into a single file, which I then transfered to one of my external harddrives. Because I have a file server and external harddrives at home, all that was left to transfer were all the files under “My Documents”, which took me about 10mins.

With everything backed up, I put the Windows cd into the pc, crossed my fingers and hoped that everything went smooth. It did! This is probably the easiest install of Windows I have ever experienced, and I guess I have done it approximately 50+ times.

With a clean version of Windows, I started installing all the necessary applications: Firefox, Thunderbird, Sunbird, OpenOffice, HTMLkit, Photoshop, Illustrator, Nero, IrfanView, Winamp, BS Player, AdAware SE and Miranda.

The result of the re-install is remarkable: Windows definently boots faster, my applications aren’t running slowly and I even got the WiFi to work, which it didn’t do before. Now I just need to order some more RAM – I am only running on 512mb, which in theory should be enough. It’s not.

I’ve already ordered a USB Bluetooth Device, so I can run FMA and Mobile Master on both my laptops (home and work), which means that my contacts and calendar will be synchronized on both laptops and my K700i phone.

Tomorrow I will write about all the extensions/plugins I use for my applications.

Summer


skyscraber
Originally uploaded by kimblim.

Not exactly the time of year where you want to spend time in front of the computer, which explains the recent lack of updates on the blog.

Don’t know when I will be back, but for now you can just click on the image of the skyscraber and see some pictures from our May trip to New York.

Yo, We in There

KRS-ONE
The Blastmaster in Full Effect!
Tonight is going to be a great night! For the first time ever I am going to see KRS-One in concert, and I have been wanting to for years! He hasn’t been to Denmark since 1992, when he performed at the Roskilde Festival, and unfortunately I missed that show. He performed in Århus on monday, and those in attendance said that he still knows how to rock the show! He is bringing the original chief rocker, Busy Bee, as his hypeman and it’s going to be incredible! Hopefully we will be able to get an interview with KRS, but he is a wanted man by the media, so a “small” site like ours doesn’t stand great chances, but it’s not impossible!

Masta Ace is also playing at the show, so it’s definently three legends on stage tonight – Common was originally hired for the show, but Mr. Righteous decided to go for the cash and shoot a commercial in the States instead..

Player not linked to Man Utd

Per Kroeldrup
Who should be..

I would love to see Danish international Per Krøldrup at United – he might not compete with Rio Ferdinand in the fame-stakes, but he is a skilled defender who is among the top performers in the Italian Seria A, where he currently plays for Udinese. A Danish newspaper has a story about Schalke 04 trying to buy him, and they are talking about a price around £2.5m… That is a bargain! He has previously been on a trial at Arsenal, and he has been consistently linked to Juventus, which in my opinion says a lot about his qualities.

Park looks United bound

Park Ji-sung
Park Ji-sung
According to one of his agents PSV Eindhoven player Park Ji-sung has decided to join Manchester United. This is great news, especially because former PSV Supremo Frank Arnesen – who has just ditched Tottenham to go to Chelsea – at one point looked to try and get him to join Chelsea. The days when United could compete with Chelsea in the transfer market (financially) are long gone, so if Park really joins United it is a great coup for Sir Alex Ferguson – and a big F**k you to former United executive director Peter Kenyon, who according to Ferguson botched the deals to get Ronaldinho and Robben to United.

In related news, former United keeper Roy Carroll has joined West Ham United, who are now back in the premiership. Good luck to West Ham – with a keeper like Carroll, they are going to need it.

The Big Roundup..

New York

As most of you know, I (we) have been to New York for a couple of weeks to visit my sister, who graduated from Rutgers College while we were there. Actually, that was the reason we went this time, as she held a big party in the backyard.

Here is a little rundown of things we did, things we saw and places we visited while in the States:

The Late Show
The Theatre
We went to see a taping of the Late Show with David Letterman. I was prepared and brought an extra shirt, but the theatre wasn’t cold at all – for years Mr. Letterman has been telling jokes about the low temperatures inside the studio, but I guess they fixed the heating system 😉
The guests on the show were David Arquette whom I guess is only famous because he is married to Courtney Cox. Well, he is an actor, but can anyone name a good film he has starred in? I can’t. The other guest was British chef Gordon Ramsay who was there to promote his new show, which I can’t remember the name of, and it sounded like a typical reality-show: boring and mind-numbing.

New York City
The PSP in big
We (Louise and I) spent a couple of days in the city. We stayed at a nice hotel on E24th Street called “The Marcel“, although we hardly spent any time there. It was merely used as a base, while we went and spent our time shopping, going out for lunch/dinner and just walking the streets of Manhattan. The picture shows a giant PSP, which is the biggest thing in the US right now.

Family
The whole family
Obviously we spent a lot of time with the family, as we rarely get to see them. For those not in the know, the picture shows Joel, Katrine, Kirsten and Lucas in a hammock.
Next up is a silly picture of Kirsten…
Kirsten making a silly face
And here is one of Lucas looking a bit spooked…
Lucas making a silly face

The Yedids
As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, I used to be an au-pair/nanny when I lived in the States, so Louise and I went out to visit my “family” in Long Island. It was quite scary, because the kids are growing pretty fast and the oldest (Alan) is looking at colleges! Anyways, it was great to see them all again, and here is a pic of some of them (Dave, Jake, Elyse and Alan):

The Yedids - well, at least 4 out of 6

Party time!
Katrine threw a big party in the backyard, and on my request there was a keg of beer 🙂 Nobody got drunk, but it was a good party, good food and lots of nice people.

In the garden, drinking beer..

Other stuff
While we were there Manchester United lost the FA Cup final on penalties to Arsenal, even though they dominated them in regular time. I have never seen an Arsenal team so anonymous, so it’s quite a shame that they got the trophy, but it just goes to show what kind of season, United have had. Malcolm Glazer has now taken full control of Man Utd, so I guess the club could be in dire straits within a few years… Join Shareholders United! NOW!

FCK also lost to Brøndby, but let’s not talk about that anymore…

I know, I know…

I got back on thursday, and here I am on a saturday writing some lame excuse about not updating my blog. I have a lot of stuff to write about, but I’m just not in the mood right now, so be patient.. Maybe tomorrow… or monday… or tuesday…

A Sad Day

For sale?
The end of Manchester United as we know it???

American tycoon Malcolm Glazer has purchased another 27% of the shares in Manchester United, and that makes him the owner of over 53% so far – some people say he is already on his way to 70%. If he reaches 75% he is practically in total control of the club, and if that figure rises to 90% he can take the club/company off the share market and make it a private company.

What’s the bad news I hear you say? Why isn’t this great? Didn’t Chelsea just win the league with a tycoon as the owner?
The bad news is that Malcolm Glazer doesn’t have the cash that he needs to purchase all the shares – which, by the way, are valued at around £780 million. He has had to borrow a lot of that money, and the way he intends to make the money needed to pay his creditors is what worries everyone who loves United. He will most likely increase the prices for merchandise, match tickets and everything else related to the club. He could also sell the stadium and lease it back – this is what we danes call the “pissing in your pants effect”: at first it’s warm, but it will quickly get cold! If Manchester United fail to qualify for the Champions League, the income for the club will fall drastically and Glazer will have to find that money somewhere else: selling the best players!

Leeds United were in the Champions League semi final 4 years ago – now they are in the second division, because they had a tycoon as the owner, and when results started going downhill, so did the finances. This must NOT happen to Manchester United!

Oh, and if you are a fan of some other English team and you are happy about this, think about one thing: Glazer is not likely to agree on a tv-deal with the other teams, which means that he wants to own the rights to all Uniteds games, and this leaves the smaller clubs with less tv-money, as it won’t be a collective deal = Bad news for English football.

Today was supposed to be a happy day – instead this could turn out to be the second worst day in the history of Manchester United

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I’m leaving tomorrow

Tomorrow I am going to New York to visit my sister, her husband and their two kids. I haven’t been to the States for a couple of years, so it will be great to go back. For those who don’t know, I lived in New York for a year back in 1996, where I worked as an au-pair – au-pair is just a fancy word for a nanny, isn’t it?

I am going with Louise, and a few days later my mother and her boyfriend are joining us as we are all going to celebrate that my sister is graduating college. I’ve asked her like a million times what she has been studying, but I keep forgetting the exact word, although I know it has something to do with social studies..? One thing I am sure of, is that she has had to endure some math tests along the way, and she hates math. With a vengeance. She passed though, so now it’s actually only the graduation party that is left 🙂

Our program is pretty tight, but among other things we will attend a taping of the David Letterman Show, which I think will be really cool (no pun intended – rumour has it that the theatre, where the taping takes place is freezing).

Louise and I will also spend a couple of days in a hotel in the city, where I predict there will be some pretty heavy power-shopping going on. I know I will be doing the usual rounds looking for rare sneakers and records.
We will also visit the family that I used to work for, and that will be a fun experience – it’s been 3 or 4 years since I last saw them, and the kids have changed a lot. They are four boys, and when I left in 96 they were 2, 4, 6 and 8 years old – imagine how much has gone on in their lives since then!

Other than that, we will spend a lot of time with Kirsten and Lucas, chill out in the house and just enjoy being away from home for some time.

I will try to keep the blog updated, but please be patient 🙂

Television: The drug of the nation pt.2

More than a year ago, I described on my blog how television was addictive and how it had affected me. Well, a few days after that admission, my tv was sold and out the door. Instead I took my computer lcd-monitor and installed as a tv, which made the livingroom into a livingroom again, and gone was the days of the tv dominating the room – All of a sudden we had a livingroom where you noticed other things than the giant grey box in the corner.

Now, I need a new tv though. The lcd-monitor has done a great job although it is only 19″, but it makes a wierd noise when it’s turned on, and now that noise has driven me crazy (remember: I hate noise). At first I was certain I was getting a Sony – they always make nice designs, and I own so many other things Sony, that I quite trust the quality of their products. Unfortunately for Sony, they will not be getting my money this time, as they only have pc-inputs on the lcd-tv’s that are 32″ or bigger. And just because I am getting a tv again, doesn’t mean I want to give up my livingroom, so the maximum size of the new tv is set at 23″.

So now I have been studying the market and I have a shortlist of three tv’s:

  1. Samsung LE23R51B
  2. JVC LT-23c50B
  3. Sharp LC-22 AD1

All that is missing is the final decision on which one to pick? Any recommendations? I really want to go to a store and see the tv “in person” – although I will probably end up buying it online – I just haven’t been able to find any of the three in any store in the Central Copenhagen area!