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March 1, 2007

Comments working again!

I've upgraded to MT 3.x and comments are now available and working for all entries!

Read on...

March 28, 2006

New winter-design

Finally this page has a design suitable for my current life in snowy Norway.
The logo-image is taken at 'the outlook' in Trondheim, with a view over the entire city centre and has not been photoshopped at all. I actually created this design exactly one year ago in March 2005, but haven't had the time to tinker it into place until now since I wanted the australia-posts to still use the old design, something that was quite hard in MovableType and required some PHP-hacks.

To the left in the logo you can see the famous medival city church, Nidarosdomen, and further right the needle-tower of Tyholttårnet pierces the sky. On the far right just where the text ends you can just see the old main building of the Norwegian University of Technology and Science where I am currently studying.

November 25, 2005


Check out the heated comment-discussion on my travel-entry from Rome, where a bunch of Italians are throwing hissy-fits over my comments that Italy is a country where you shouldn't be in a hurry since public transportation are often late. They consider such comments to be very rude and, it apperas, personally insulting, since Italy and Italians are the best in the world. (Stupid me, how could I forget!)

March 19, 2005

New website and design

I have now created and published an all new website for the domain. I thought this blog was a bit to personal to be the first thing potential employers found on my site, so I've made one with a lot more professional information about myself. This blog will still be updated at, and the entries from my year abroad will still be found at

I will also finish a new design for my blog shortly, so expect it to be published just after easter! I'm going home tomorrow to spend a week at our cabin with my family, where we'll go cross-country-skiing and just relax. No internet, no computers, no cable-tv or fancy stereosystems. Just us and mother nature, and the basic necessities to avoid beeing uncomfortable.
But tonight it is Alexanders birthday, so there'll be lots of fun and party! Hopefully I'll be able get up tomorrow morning so I don't miss my flight. :-)

February 28, 2005

More downtime

Once again hackers found their way into my server, but this time I had a warning system in place so I was notified immediatly. However despite knowing they were there I was not able to root them out and purge them from the system, nor was I able to find out who it was, so I decided to take the system down until I had more time to figure it out, which is the reason for my webpages unavailablity this weekend. This time I'm using an even more paranoid approach to protect myself so now the server is hopefully safe for a while...

October 20, 2004


After a power failure on NTNU my computer didn't reboot properly, and it took some time to have someone physically check on it and have it rebooted, but now it is finally up and running again. Also I'm working on installing a brand new server to replace the aging Elentirmo that I will hopefully find some other good use for.

May 22, 2004

Online Down Under

After the successful celebration of Constitution Day the 17th of May I started looking around for online galleries with pictures from the event here in Brisbane. During the search I came across several both old and new homepages for people currently studying here, so I decided to add them to my list of links of people Down Under. At the same time I decided to write a short review of each page which you find when you press "Read More"! Be advised that most of the pages are in Norwegian.

For somewhat obvious reasons I have only included pages belonging to people that have been studying in Brisbane during this semester. Some (like me) are going home in a month, but most of the people will still keep on surfing for a while :-)

Read on...

April 1, 2004

The Beauty of Little Norway

After a long wait I have finally made a movie portraying my new home. Read More or go here to download your preferred version of my australian paradise!

The topic is a play on the fact that out of the 514 apartments here at Cathedral Place, more than a hundred is occupied by Norwegians! This makes us a highly visible group around the pool and beach, giving some enough reason to dub the complex "Little Norway". And why shouldn't they? The chinese have their Chinatown just a block away... :-)

Read on...

March 14, 2004

Weatherforecast and exchange rates

If you take a look on the right-hand menu, you will see a new box named "Right Now". I've just written two PHP scripts that fetch current weather data and exchange rates from WeatherUnderground and the Norwegian National Bank and displays it on my site.

It will be nice to have all this info in a single place, and I hope you like it too. In time I will probably add some more live-updated features there as well. For an even cooler setup with graphs and more details, check out Nils Dahls homepage!

March 9, 2004

Secure from spam

Now I've installed MT-Blacklist and upgraded my Movable Type installation, so hopefully there will be no more commentspam on my site for a while. I was getting a bit annoyed from having to delete a couple of spam-comments every day, but now all is peace and quiet again! Ahh...

February 24, 2004

Travelling the world

worldmap.jpgAs this site currently is mostly about my travels in Australia and elsewhere, I figured it would be suitable to provide you with a map of where else in the world I have travelled. The map can be found on the left-hand menu, along with the destinations I still dream of visiting and the challenges I have not yet fulfilled.

Is the map of a decent size and quality or should I make it bigger? Are the captions sufficient or should I try to make them more readable?
Does anyone really care? ;-)

February 13, 2004

New layout!

As of this moment the new layout is completed. It took about 20 hours all in all, but has now been applied to all the pages under All the archives has been rebuilt and checked for errors, so I just hope I didn't leave anything out :)

Enjoy the change!

Working on a new layout

The last couple of days I finally got around to designing a bit again. What you see here is more or less the layout my page will have the next couple of months. It is only applied to the index-page as of yet, so the rest of the pages look horrible for the time beeing. Also I haven't started on text fonts and coloring, so I will be tweaking and fiddling around with the page a bit during the days to come.

Please post any suggestions you may have as a comment! Also if anyone could tip me on how to get the corner-image to sit on top of the div-borders it would make me really happy!

Yes the picture in the logo has been retouched a little bit. I had to paste in a replacement head you see... This is actually the first time I have performed such an extensive retouch of a picture, so if any of you photoshop-wizards have any hints on how to improve it a little bit, I would really appreciate it!

January 31, 2004

Travel Channel Pictures

Today I finally took the effort in adding pictures to all the entries where I have written about my travels the last couple of months. Go looksie!

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November 16, 2003

Rainforest film

And now I present to you the movie from an excursion to the Australian rainforest on the Gold Coast. As usual it can be found in the Moviesection of my gallery. This one is also in WMV8-format because I am lazy.

September 8, 2003

Pictures from Australia

I've been so busy with school and friends and parties that I had forgotten all about uploading all the pictures I've taken since I left Norway. Luckily Anne reminded me about it today, so I immediatly uploaded all the pictures I have taken so far. This includes the pictures from Singapore, the ISS excursion to Kurrumbin and our trip to the Sunshine Coast as well as lots of other pictures from various parties and around Brisbane.
All of the pictures can be found on the gallery pages! Enjoy :)

August 16, 2003

Finally *real* ADSL.

After spending lots of money on extra downloads and having lots of troubles with the strange internet layout here at SCA, we finally recieved our DSL-modem yesterday. This means we are now on a somewhat slower connection (512k/128k) but it includes unlimited uploads and downloads!

As a result of us again having free usage, I have now uploaded all the latest edited movies from Trondheim. This includes some ISFiT-movies, the TTS-Ball, and the After-Åre party movie. So get over to the movie-page and check them out! The picture gallery will also be updated shortly :)

August 11, 2003


And now... a webcam for you viewing pleasure :)

Read on...

July 23, 2003

No more movies for a while

Today I was gonna be real clever, and upload all the movies I've finished editing the last couple of days without using up my bandwidth-limit here at Southbank. The trick: Use the free wireless internet connection that is available all over Queen Street Mall. Of course this didn't work as all outgoing ports except port 80 for WWW was blocked... so I couldn't get any useful work done with both SSH, FTP, Telnet and secure-email ports closed. I'm really starting to dislike Australian internet...

July 16, 2003

My Story

TelcontarI was born in the city of Bergen in 1980, but soon moved to Harstad with my parents where I grew up. I have since completed general highschool, one year of military service in Bergen, and several years of studies.
I am know a Bachelor of Engineering in IT from the Sør-Trøndelag University College, with a year of study abroad at QUT in Australia, and a Master of Science degree in Telematics from the Norwegian University of Technology and Science.

Read on...

A view of the apartment

By request I finally present a short movie showing the pool area and our apartment! Read More or go here to download your preferred version of our little australian paradise :)

Read on...

July 14, 2003

More bloggers

I've now added Christine as a writer on this blog, and hopefully there will be more people writing here soon. The guys I'm sharing an apartment with have not yet internet in their rooms and have therefore not started blogging yet.

The right-side menu is also new, with room for each of the writers to add their own links. I'm wondering about switching places for the left and right menus, please do comment your views.

July 1, 2003

New website. New blog-engine.

For my year away from Norway I'm switching my blog to english, and as we are 3 guys that will be sharing an apartment I'm installing Movable Type to use as a multiblog as it is better and prettier than Greymatter. So here is the new page, currently just using the MT default layout, but this will be changed when I get to it sometime after my arrival in Australia.
The previous entries concerning my journey here have been imported from my norwegian blog and translated to english for completeness.
Enjoy the change!

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