Admitted Google / Udacity Scolarship on the Android Developer track!

I recently received an email from Udacity informing me that I’ve been accepted into the Android Programmer track! This is great news for me, and I’m really excited to get this chance to delve deeper into Android development!

Dear Thomas,
We are excited to offer you a Google Developer Challenge Scholarship to the Android Developer track.
We received applications from many talented and motivated candidates, and yours truly stood out.
Share your good news!

The program is three months, with the best candidates being awarded a further six months scholarship. I’m going for the full package! 🙂



Sending with Mozilla

I was listening to my favorite podcast, the TWiT show Security Now, episode 623, with Leo Laporte and Steve Gibson, while driving the other day. They showcased a brilliant little tool that the Mozilla foundation has launched at which allows you to send files up to 1 GB in size, correctly encrypted (TNO – Trust NoOne!) that vanishes after 24 hours or a single download. The project is open source  and currently in “Test Pilot” according to the site. And, as you might expect, works in most (any) browsers, not only Firefox. Check it out at !

Microsoft consolidates documentation

I learned today that Microsoft, in an effort to centralize and consolidate all their product documentation, have launched a portal at

I have just been perusing around a bit, but from the looks of it, the new portal will serve as a good starting point for delving deep into Microsoft technology, wether you’re in Dev, IT or an Office-worker..


As we speak, I’m one of the many people eagerly awaiting the arrival of my pre-ordered reMarkable “paper tablet”.. I’ve read all the reviews and I’ve been following the development of this device for quite some time now. It promises to deliver a paper-like experience in a tablet, and should replace all my “notebooks, sketchbooks and printouts”…

Here is a photo from the reMarkable website:


I’ll be sharing my experiences with it here on the blog, so come back for more..

My very first “meetup”

NordlandI finally got around to starting something I’ve been wanting to do for many years – a user group for IT people in the area where I live. So after working with the local itSMF chapter for about a year and a half, I was inspired to branch off a more “technical” UG for my fellow geeks. Then, I saw that another UG I’m part of (NNUG Trondheim) moved over to I finally got the spike that I needed to move along. The sign-up process was painless (except for the part where I had to pay  for the service Smilefjes ) and then I was all set up! It seems very easy to set up meetings and it’s abundantly functional for my use, so I quite like it.

Now, I’ve been inviting people I know to the group and we’re set to have the first meeting on Oct 9th. I’m hoping to fill the space we’ve got (about 20 seats) but frankly I’ll settle for not having to talk to myself for two hours.. Smilefjes som blunker

We’re also looking for sponsors of the group, to provide us with some food for our meetings, maybe some prizes for competitions or even the use of meeting-space and facilities, so if you want to get your logo on display in our Sponsor section, let me know!

You’ll find the group IT Helgeland here


Out caching It seems lately, wherever we go, geocaching comes up as a topic. We’re hooked, and feel the urge to run out up a mountain side at a moments notice just on the hopes that we might be the first to find that particular cache. It’s a very healthy addiction though – we get a lot of exercise and we get to see a lot of neat places we wouldn’t have found on our own as tourists! We’re proficient at reading maps and using gps navigation and it’s just great fun! When we don’t have the time to go out ourselves, we get updates on other’s caching-adventures. Once in while cachers host events and get together and that’s great!

So if you have a sense of adventure and like the outdoors, click the picture and read more about geocaching.

To put it short – geocaching is the best thing since sliced bread, isn’t that how that saying goes.. 😉