Hello Oslo

I hardly ever repost anything, but how could I not repost this?!? Check out the post for photos, words and a video!

“Unfortunately I did not get to see much of Oslo. Well at least what is “expected” of one to see when in Oslo.  However my time was certainly not wasted.  I was fortunate enough…”

Source: Hello Oslo

Instagram for Android is a Joke

Blogging about blogging: As some you are aware of, my fruity device couldn’t handle the Norwegian climate and became rotten, which meant I had to spend some of my hard-earned cash on a new phone. Obviously I didn’t want to get another fruit phone, so I went for a weather resistant Android phone.

One thing I quickly noticed with my new Android phone is that when I share photos to Instagram via Flickr, the quality is total shit.

First I upload my photos to my Flickr account then, on the Flickr app on the phone, there’s an option to share the image on Instagram. This app works for both Iphone and Android. On the IG app for Android you have the option to enable or disable High Quality uploads, but even the so-called High Quality is, at best, a pile of feces. Instacrap.

I did a web search with duckduckgo (because they don’t track your searches like Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc, etc, do) and quickly learned that this issue isn’t a new one: the post I read was more than two years old and they still haven’t fixed it!

My original image on Flickr.

My original image on Flickr.

Here’s one of the articles I read about the same issue:

Check out the full Flickr album with night shots from bangkok here:

Duck and Spot Healing Brush

In my previous post I forgot to straighten the photo when I was post-processing it (thanks for the reminder Mariane). In this photo I used the Spot Healing Brush in Photoshop  to remove all the feathers that I found disturbing. The “spot healing brush” tool really comes in handy sometimes.

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Phishing spammers stole my post

Spam fuckers trying to steal your WordPress account.

Spam fuckers trying to steal your WordPress account.

I didn’t want to spend time writing a post like this today, but it’s nice to post a warning to all my fellow bloggers out there. 

The spammers are getting more and more rude. Now they stole my post! Not only a picture or two, but the whole post! They stole it and published it in 3 different websites.

Once some blogger asked me why I watermark my photos: Some bloggers don’t like it when they see a post and the photos are watermarked. Well, that’s why: because people steal your text and your photos to market their own products. I’m not getting paid to blog, I’m not earning money by blogging and I don’t want other people to steal my shit to try to generate revenue for themselves.

Not only are these websites trying to generate revenue for themselves, they are also trying to steal your password & your WordPress account: In order to comment on the websites questioned, you need to log in. The log in looks exactly like the ordinary WordPress login (see illustration SpamFuckers01.jpg),  but it’s not.
They’re trying to get you to log in, and by doing so they successfully get your log in details (your username and password).

The spammers use WordPress.org as a platform, but I looked up the owners of the websites and all 3 sites are hosted through singlehop.com – a site famous for spam.

So, if you encounter this problem, make sure that you don’t leave any comments or try to log in.

Trying to redirect you to their site and make you believe it's the official WordPress site.

It looks like the official WordPress site, but it’s not. They are trying to redirect you to their site and steal your password.

The good news is: WordPress’ spam filter stopped them!

Opera Software Headquarters

For those of you that are into software & computers (Daniel?): I just wanted to present this gallery with the surroundings Opera Software‘s new headquarters in Oslo. Opera’s new offices are located in Gjerdrums Vei 19 in Nydalen, Oslo. All these photos are shot  nearby or just outside the building.

Technical problems with WordPress

I seem to experience some problems with WordPress. To be more specific the problems arise when I am trying to post a comment or click like on blogs that are under their own domain (blogs that have an example.wordpress.com adress are fine). Here’s a screenshot of the error message that I get:

That email adress is associated with an existing WordPress.com (or Gravatar.com) account. Please click the back button in your browser and then log in to use it.

That email address is associated with an existing WordPress.com (or Gravatar.com) account. Please click the back button in your browser and then log in to use it.

Of course I am already logged in and the email address is mine.

A similar thing happens if I want to click “like” on a post, I’ll be asked to log in (again: blogs that have an example.wordpress.com adress are fine). After I’ve clicked like & logged in, nothing happens. So I click like again, and I’ll be asked to log in again.

Here’s a screenshot from RobertSantafede.com:

Just one more step to like this post (but you'll have to repeat this step forever and ever like Sysifos).

Just one more step to like this post (but you’ll have to repeat this step forever and ever like Sysifos).

At first I thought the errors was related to my browser, so I decided to try commenting with Chrome instead of Firefox, but had no luck…

So, after having read about this on the WordPress forum (http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/recent-update-to-commenting?replies=4) I now believe that the error is to be found here:

Update #2
We discovered another bug that prevented some users from commenting if they attempted to comment on a blog with a custom domain name and had third-party cookies disabled. This bug has been fixed as well and we’re sorry for any inconvenience this might have caused.

According to user johnnytesting “It’s to stop counterfeit commenting. It may have been implemented poorly, but it was needed. Previously, if I had timethief’s email address, I could pretend to be timethief. So now, if someone tries to comment with an email in the WP database, WP wants to make sure it’s legit. That’s all.”

But, the problem still remains and as I discovered; multiple posts have been made on the subject.