Making the best of a bad job

Making the best of a bad job is a very interesting podcast episode by BBC Analysis.


David Goodhart considers whether the declining status of basic jobs can be halted and even reversed.

Successive governments have prioritised widening access to higher education to try to drive social mobility, without giving much thought to the impact this has on the expectations of young people who, for whatever reason, are not going to take that path.

But even in a knowledge-based economy, the most basic jobs survive. Offices still need to be cleaned, supermarket shelves stacked, and care home residents looked after.

The best employers know how to design these jobs to make them more satisfying. Are politicians finally waking up to the problem?


Above description by BBC.

Silicon Drinkabout

Last friday I found myself on my way to London with not much to do. Ola was going to a conference, my dad was out of town and my sister is consumed with finishing her final bachelor in fashion collection.

So what to do?

Just before take off I wrote this Facebook status update “Kjenner jeg noen som er i London i helgen og vil leke med meg?”/”Do I know anyone who is in London this weekend who want to play with me?”.

A friend from uni, Navid, was quick to invite me along to Silicon Drinkabout and I was quick to say “I’ll see you there”.

I loved the concept of Silicon Drinkabout; get a lot of people who share the same interest into the same bar, buy them some drinks and let them mingle.

Finally a concept focused on letting people mingle, not having them sit through presentation after presentation with a little bit of mingling at the end.

I talked to alot of interesting people and drank some really good cocktails! The Shoreditch Grind, were we met, is a coffee bar by day and cocktail bar by night – my favorite type of bar.

So if you find yourself in London (or Copenhagen) on a Friday night, look up which bar Silicon Drinkabout is meeting at!

Or if you decide to bring the concept to Oslo, I’ll be there 😀

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Removing revision from WordPress database

Sometimes when moving a WordPress blog the best option is to export the database and then import it at the new location. When doing it this way, instead of just exporting and importing the content, you move everything – not just the content. Your plugins configurations, your settings and so on and so an are all included in the move.

The other day was my first time moving a WordPress install the database way, and even though it is seemingly straight forward I met some challenges on the way.

The database dump was to large

When importing the database phpMyAdmin kept timing out and only part of the database got imported. The size of my database dump was 12.4 MB and therefore well below the stated limit of 500 MiB. However I was not in the mood to talk to support and after some research I found out that my database dump consisted mostly of revisions.

After getting rid of the revisions the database dump size was down to 3.2 MB and the import went through without a glitch.

Solution: Remove the revisions from the database

I found the solution in this blog post, and used the query option:

[code language="sql"]
 DELETE FROM `wp_posts` WHERE `post_type` = 'revision';
 [/code]

Hope this can be of use!

Office Roundup: Oslo

I love working from home. It took me a couple of months to get into the whole working and living in the same space when I first started out on my own, but now I love it. There is no commute, no getting dressed in office appropriate apparel and if I don’t feel like talking to anyone I don’t have to.

However some days I just have to get out the house, and after coming back to Oslo this fall I have spent several days at an old favorite; Litteraturhuset, but I have also found a new favorite; Chill Out!

Litteraturhuset

In the back of the café there is a lounge section perfect for working!

Only a few people show up early and it stays fairly empty until early afternoon.

The best part is you do not have to buy anything, so don’t be scared by the food prices 😀

There is free wi-fi and electrical outlets on the left side when walking in.

Chill Out

A travel shop, but also a café!

They have travel-books, travel-gadgets and yummy homemade baked goods. It seems most people use it as a store, not a café, so feel free to hog a table all day buying only one coffee.

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There is free wi-fi and electrical outlets by the tables in the back and in the basement.


Follow the hashtag #kafékontor on Instagram (and Twitter) for tips on where to work in Oslo!

Support e-mail makes me happy!

Sunday night we got Lilly Apps’ first support mail, and it made me super-duper happy!

Strange you might think? The mail even notified us of a small bug, how could that make me happy?

It is a sign that the person sending it really cares about Lilly Maps. When you send an e-mail to support, instead of just discarding an app, you are also letting the developers know the is important enough for you to spend time on letting us know about about bugs or other problems you might have with the app.

Of course it helped that she did not write an angry e-mail in ALL CAPS LOCK, but the above would still be true if she had!

The first support e-mail made me just as happy as uploading the app for testing the first time!
The first support e-mail made me just as happy as uploading the app for testing for the first time!

Office Roundup: Boston

My first office review came about because I finally had a laptop to work on! I am sad to say tell you that my new, but actually old and inherited Mac Book Pro, decided to die. I did a proper shut down, thinking it might need some sleep, but it turned out it wanted to sleep for ever.

Rest in peace Mac Book Pro 2008 model! I am sad to say I do not miss you, I am totally in love with my new Mac Book Retina bought on a day trip to New York form Office Location: Tent City 😀

We have stayed in Boston for the last couple of week, and here are some of my favorite offices.


Trident Booksellers and Cafe, Boston

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It’s a bookstore, it’s a diner! They serve breakfeast all day and I love the place.

My favorites from the menu: Huevos Rancheros and Co Co Banana with a shot of espresso.

Newton Public Library, Boston

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Very bright, very large and very quiet. I had channeled my inner librarian when Ola took this picture, he is not the best whisperer.

Go up to the second or third floor and find a spot by the large windows overlooking the park.

Invivia, Boston

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Ola interned for Invivia when he was a student in Boston in 2006, since then they have bought a brown stone and completely refurbished it. One of the partners is an architect and it really shows.

Room 510, Hostel International Boston

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For the first time since August 14th we are not living with anyone, so it was nice just to stay in bed, enjoy the solitude and work on Lilly Apps first app.

A toddlers choice of app icon

This past weekend we stayed with one my father’s cousins outside of Washington DC. There I got to spend a lot of time with my  two-year old cousin, and of course I let him play with my iPhone. Mostly for peace and quite, but also for the chance to observe him using my iPhone over a longer period of time.

I was very intrigued when I saw that the he did not tap app icons at random, but he never tapped the right icon that would take him to the apps he liked.

He is very mush into cars, so I went  to pappasappar.se and searched for “car” and found this app: Build a Car with Kate and Harry. You build a car with a preset of parts and then watch it drive for a little while. He enjoyed building the car, a lot, but the driving part became a little too long. So what did he do then? Pressed the home button!

Then he started asking for busses, so I did a search in the App Store and came up with this app: Wheels on the Bus with Mango and Papaya. To me the app looked kind of crappy, but after I helped him select the right choice in the menu he loved it. Each session with this “bus app” lasted a lot longer than with the “car app”. I never observed at what point he decided this app was boring and pressed the home button.

After leaving the apps I think he tried to come back to the app he wanted. However he would always end up demanding “more bus” or “more car” from me. When I looked at iPhone I usually found Mailchimp, DCRider, Harvest or bitly opened.

Yes there is app chaos on my phone now. App icons talking about circled in yellow!

One or two times I was with him when he pressed the home button and I said “press the bus”. His finger lingered above DCRider, but then he just looked at me for help.

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Office review: Tent City

Tent City is the core of Ocean Grove and a reminder of the origins of the city:

On July 31, 1869, Reverend Osborn, Reverend Stokes, and other Methodist ministers camped at a shaded, well-drained spot on New Jersey’s seashore and decided to establish a permanent Christian camp meeting community called “Ocean Grove.”

It is hard to explain the concept of the tents, so have a look at these pictures instead.

I happen to have a cousin on my father side whose immediate family lease no less than three of these tents. Her parents even met there and we were lucky enough to borrow their tent for almost three weeks.

Me, the cousin and Ola

Location:
Tent City, Ocean Grove, New Jersey, US

Internet:
Very good, the owner of the tent works at IBM and has made sure the Internet is up to speed! Except for the day it stormed; the power went out for several hours and we used the opportunity to take a little trip into New York City.

Ambiance:
Quaint, which happens to be one of my favorite english words.

Focus:
Very good, especially on rainy days when there is not much else to do.

Will I do it again? Hopefully 😀 This is my second late summer in the tents, last time was 2010 and I have already “booked” time for 2014.

Annoying Baby Pictures in my Feed

My most popular Facebook post lately has been a link to Unbaby.me, a Chrome plugin that blocks baby pictures on Facebook. One commentator even proclaimed: “The Internet just became a better place”.

So it seems I’m not the only Facebook user who is fed up with baby pictures and baby statuses showing up in my feed. However every time I see this little guy on Facebook my immediate response is alway: “OMG he is the cutest baby ever, why are there no more pictures of him in my feed?”

It seems we hate baby pictures and baby statuses except for the ones we like or sometimes even love. We forget that the ones we like and the ones we hate are usually identical, except for the poster.

I read somewhere that people are less tolerant and more negative to statuses the further out in their social circle the poster is. I know this to be true in my case; the boy in the picture is the son of a close friend. I would love it if she posted some more pictures of him, She on the other hand does not want to be one of those moms “everybody” hates.

So what to do…please answer the question below in a comment:

How do you keep updated on the babies in your life that you care about?

Yes, I am working on an app idea that would help you out in this department, but before I make it I would like to know more about what you do today.