Turn off full screen Samsung S8

Do you find the new full screen optimisation annoying? I do! On the Samsung S8 I lost the menu bar down the bottom all of a sudden, and I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to get it back.

Then I understood!

In order to get the button bar back, you have to make sure it’s no longer optional. In settings, turn off the “hide button”, and the pesky full screen is fine, ensuring I can still use the phone with my massive hands and thumb!

Tado Smart Radiator Termostat

In our Strata, we have district heating from Hafslund, and old MMA radiators. Its always a bit hard to know your consumption, but I have always gotten money back from our strata fees.

The radiators themselves are ok, but its extra work to regulate the heat with the manual thermostats, and lots of unnecessary heating when we aren’t home.

A neighbour recommended Tado Smart Radiator Termostat. I also looked at the Danfoss solution which might have been more suited to our MMA (M28) radiators, as Tado doesn’t include an adaptor for M28. But Danfoss didnt have any of the integrations I was looking for, so went with Tado.

I bought a Tado Smart Radiator Thermostat Kit, and 2 ekstra Thermostats, so I had a total of 4, 3 for the kitchen living area, and one for the basement where we sleep. They where programmed with calendar control, for automatic night and day adjustment, and adaptive heating for the hours we are at home.

It wasnt elegant to get them adapted to the MMA ventilators, but with an  adapter it was acceptable, and they work well enough as long as you dont do them up to tight. There is not enough travel in the pin if you do it too tight, so it wont be able to shut off completely.

The consumption last winter looked like this:

Gauge   16/17    17/18   Diff
671     1667    
261     1641 
094     1637

210      630

What will it be in winter of 17/18? Will it reach the 20% advertised saving?

Insert Phone into Daydream headset

When I used my Samsung S8 in a DayDream headset, it crashed continuously. I was constantly getting the message “Insert phone into daydream headset”. After trying charging, reinstall and swearing, I found the answer.

On the Samsungs, turn on “Performance Mode” before starting up Daydream. I also found some tips with aluminiumfoil to block the NFC, but that doesn’t really seem to be required if in Performance Mode. Problem is though, that the battery goes even faster now…

bitcoin, anti clima Ponzi scam?

There was a local talk regarding bitcoin and blockchain technology. I went for a gander, and found it perplexing. The conclusion I drew from the seminar, was that the tech is great, but bitcoin itself is a scam.

A ponzi based scam somehow fuelled by group thinking and FOMO, yet obviously so. Not to forget the great energy expense thats associated with the Proof of Work approach. Those who says bitcoin should be illegal, do have a point in the interest of the greater good.

For blockchain based payment services, state regulation is also required, so that it wont be yet another avenue for the likes of #ParadisePapers.

Dont think any of this is what Svein Ølnes wanted to convey though.

Another proposition was that bitcoin in its current state was well suited for wealth storage. I dont see how that can be true when there is no Fiat peg, and there is no regulation. Who guarantees for a Fiat reserve? How can we trust the exchanges to be able to cash in bitcoins in the future. Its not like they are regulated or in any way are able to generate real life cash for the value increase bitcoin has had.

No, to speculate in cryptocurrencies until there is regulation, fiat reserves, environmentally friendly patterns and the possibility to spend them in every day transactions like a mortgage, seems to be ill fated. Ill let others inflate the bubble.

Copy of the presentation

 

https://www.slideshare.net/mobile/sveino/teknaoslo/

Other sources:

https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/11/bitcoin-energy-pollution.html

https://splinternews.com/hey-idiots-youre-gonna-lose-all-your-money-on-bitcoin-1820805131

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-11/bitcoin-what-the-bubble-tells-us-about-ourselves/9245104

 

 

 

How to buy an Amazon Echo overseas

Det første du trenger er en Amerikansk adresse. Amazon Echo selges også i UK, men det er lettere å få en videresendingsadresse i USA. Utfordringer her er at Amazon ikke sender Echo internasjonalt, kun i de landene hvor de har lansert den. Alternativt kan du fly over og kjøpe selv, eller få en kompis til å ta med tilbake selvfølgelig, men det enkleste er nok allikavel å bare bestille en selv slik jeg har beskrevet her.

Videresender

I Norge er det 2 aktører som tilbyr videresendingsadresse, nemlig VirtualSpend og JetCarrier. Hvis du ikke har noen planer om å kjøpe flere ting fra USA, velg VirtualSpend. Hvis du tror du vil handle mere, ta JetCarrier og bli også Amazon Prime medlem.

Bestilling

Når du da handler på Amazon, så kan du betale med ditt Norske kredittkort, men du må bruke din nye US adresse som leveringsadresse på Amazon. Med Prime betaler du heller ikke ekstra for frakten til JetCarrier. Frakten for Jetcarrier vil være ca 279kr, og mva rett under 500kr litt avhengig om du får en på tilbud eller til fullpris.

Venting

Deretter er det bare å vente, til den kommer i posten! Den kommer med en US plug strømadapater, men som støtter 220v, så husk å ha en reiseomformer klar så du kommer igang!

Hva du må ha i handlekurven

Jeg anbefaler den sorte Echo. Dot krever en ekstern høytaler for tilbakemelding, så den er ikke like fleksibel. Har du barn så ta med fjernkontrollen også, da det gjør det lettere for de å bruke den.


There is always someone listening…

What does it mean to always have someone listening? During WW2 the saying was “Loose lips sink ships“, should we now say “Your lips sell out”. Can we trust that these always on devices are not used against us, but only for us? The convenience is great, and the trust we give the companies extensive. In the ongoing trial against James Bates, at least some safeguards are revealed.

The other thing we don’t know is if the information will be of any use. Alexa records and simultaneously dumps constantly, and only stores information for a quarter of a second before it hears the word “Alexa” (or whatever you’ve chosen as your wake-word).

However, there is always the unknown factor you cant foresee or control with technology:

I dont know if we are trading down, but for now Im willing to try, but with purchasing turned of.

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