Free Wireless Internet/WiFi at Oslo central station

July 5, 2009

Oslo Central Station (Oslo sentralstasjon or simply Oslo Sentral/Oslo S in Norwegian) in the lovely Norwegian capital offers WiFi through The Cloud. That isn’t free, though.

There is however free WiFi at a cafeteria called La Baguette. No password required. The WiFi network is also called LaBaguette, and you can access it by simply sitting close to the cafe or ordering one of their reasonably priced coffees while you read up on, say, Dag Solstad on your laptop. Gratis WiFi til alle!


A ’90s dance song with church bells

June 16, 2009

I heard a ’90s dance/techno song the other day, but had no idea what it was called. It had prominent church bells in the chorus, a female singer, and it had the words “she’s gonna look like with a chimney on her” — or something like that — in its chorus.

When I googled for the title of the song, I found that several others looked for something similar.

I finally found out today, so I thought I’d share for future googlers: The song I was looking for is Feel It with The Tamperer featuring Maya, released in 1998. They were an Italian group, apparently, and were also responsible for “If You Buy This Record Your Life Will Be Better”.

YouTube: The Tamperer feat. Maya – Feel it.

MP3: The Tamperer feat. Maya – Feel It.

Swedish bonus information: Sången parodierades också av Rally i låten “Var har jag lagt min telefon”.


IBT and Spartacist League RSS feeds

January 15, 2009

I’ve created two more RSS feeds, for “What’s New” sections on the websites of the Spartacist League and the International Bolshevik Tendency. Both groups have pretty crisp websites (despite the Sparts’ anti-Internet stance), but they could do with a 2.0 update. (I’ll say nothing about their ultraleft politics, though.)

International Bolshevik Tendency:
http://feed43.com/ibt.xml

Spartacist League (ICL-FI):
http://feed43.com/iclfi.xml


SeeqPod down for scheduled maintenance

January 15, 2009

SeeqPod, the search-and-stream application, is down for “scheduled maintenance”. While you wait, go try Skreemr. Smaller index, sure, but they also offer direct download links.


RSS feed for 27bslash6.com

January 13, 2009

I used the free, and kick-ass, service feed43 to create an RSS script for Australian humorist David Thorne’s (of spider email fame) website, 27bslash6.com. Seems to work, for Gmail Web Clips and your RSS reader.

http://feed43.com/27bslash6.xml


Warning: Greetingcardgarb.com virus spam

January 7, 2009

I recently got an email from a “Karen” (ajosie@laporte.com) with “Regards from Karen” as topic. The email was as follows:

Karen has mailed to you a postcard.
Click here to view your card:
(link removed)
Your eCard will be available for the next 40 days.

The link goes to a malicous website, greetingcardgarb.com, which displays a picture that, when clicked, will download an .EXE file — most likely, a virus or trojan, to the computer.

I didn’t find any information on this, so I decided to post this info here. Some googling gives us information on the domain holder:

Technical Contact:
Name: JIANCHENXIAN
Organization: JIANGCHENGXIAN
Address: CHENTINGLU17
City: wuhushi
Province/State: anhuisheng
Country: china
Postal Code: 241159
Phone Number: 86-0553-45190052
Fax: 86-0553-45190052
Email: JIANGCHENGXIAN_1@SINA.COM

DNSStuff says that the registrar is “XIN NET TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION”, which is, apparently, a known spam host.

Besides from — natch — not downloading the virus .EXE file and reporting the message as spam in Gmail, I guess there’s no more one can do; unless you’d want to hunt down the email address through Sima’s abuse function, or report the malicious domain somewhere.


Firefox: Download Brightcove videos

December 30, 2008

Note, April 24, 2012: This post is getting a lot of Google traffic lately, but I’d just like to point out that the method described below is from 2008, and might not still work. More information in the comments, below.

Brightcove is a streaming video service similar to YouTube. A Google search reveals that several people wonder how to download videos from it. Regular website based methods, such as Video Downloader and File2HD, will fail. You can download files from it using Firefox plugins such as VideoDownloader, but here’s a method of doing it without having to install any plugins or external applications.

1. First, you’ll want to open the video you want to download. Let’s say we’ll get the latest Dear Prudence, the Slate video column: Slate V – Dear Prudence: Well-Endowed Dilemma. Let the commercial play through, and pause the player when the video you want to grab has started playing and seems finished.

2. Next, type about:cache?device=disk in the Firefox address bar. This will give you a list of all files currently in the Firefox cache.

3. Search the list for the video file, which will be in the FLV (Flash video) format. Search for .flv, and you’ll find a video link looking something like this: http://brightcove.vo.llnwd.net/d5/unsecured/media/78144477/78144477_4875815001_SV08022501-DP134-WellHung2.flv?videoId=1428675764&lineUpId=&pubId=78144477&playerId=988092926&playerTag=&affiliateId=

4. Select and copy he link up to and including the .flv: http://brightcove.vo.llnwd.net/d5/unsecured/media/78144477/78144477_4875815001_SV08022501-DP134-WellHung2.flv — this means you won’t want to select the rubbish after the file name.

5. Go to Media-Convert. Select “Conversion from URL” and paste the file name you just selected. You will now be able to download the file in MP3 or AVI format.

The method described here should work for other video sites as well.


Excel file in weird format

December 5, 2008

Did you ever get an Excel, .XLS, file in a weird format? Something like this:

%PDF-1.4
% ¦Š’
4 0 obj
<</Type/XObject
/Subtype/Image
/Width 1656
/Height 2339
/BitsPerComponent 1
/ColorSpace/DeviceGray
/Filter /CCITTFaxDecode
/DecodeParms <</Columns 1656 /Rows 2339>>
/Length 68298
>>

The reason is most likely that it is not an Excel file — it’s a PDF file named XLS! Rename the file to .PDF instead, open it in Adobe Reader or a similar PDF reader, and, hey presto, there you go.


Who is Kieren Rhys?

November 13, 2008

Kieren Rhys

In the title sequence to HBO Showtime drama Californication, David Duchovny is shown holding up a magazine, ‘Book Critic’, with an article on/by someone called Kieren Rhys. As far as I can tell, both the magazine and Rhys are fictional. Does anyone know anything more?

Update, June 22, 2013: Almost five years later, we’ve got an answer: “Kieren” and “Rhys” are the children of Californication property master, James “Skip” Torvinen, who checked in to tell us this in the comments, below.


Swedish: Namntrender i svensk musik

April 10, 2008

Det är väl mer än uppenbart att det går mode i hur man väljer att namnge band. På nittiotalet skulle bandnamn gärna vara kort; ett ord, gärna på engelska.

Sedan har vi såklart “The”-trenden. Efter The Strokes framgång ville alla heta The någontings.

En ny, obskyr trend att observera är ju en tillbakagång till svenskan igen. Gärna med lite retrotouch. Pionjärer är ju såklart Slagsmålsklubben, och nu finns även MySpace-band som Spårvagnsligan och Detektivbyrån. Får säkert exotismpoäng (eller är det exotisism?) på amerikanska musikbloggar.