I just dont get anti-social drivers

I like to watch reality show on TV, especially traffic police. Why? Because I like seeing those that make the roads unsafe get caught!
Nobody has the right to risk anyone else life, that is also why I would not mind much about someone speeding on a empty highway.
Today I had several incidents, I got overtaken by a guy in a Volvo S40. I had just made a turn as was accelerating up to 50 km/h when this guy passed me at the same time as another car was coming from the opposite direction. This street was wide but he got unpleasantly close to me, I estimate it was less than 10 cm between our outside mirrors. I would probably not been able to get out of the car if we were parked that close. This was in Amsterdam and I think that stupid move of his made him shorten his drive time with about 1 second. Why take so much risks for almost nothing?
I wasn’t even going the same direction but I followed to see what else he would do. Traffic got more busy as we got on Jan Evertsenstraat after Mercator plein driving into Amsterdam.
Later I was driving from north of Amsterdam into the center. There is a lot of construction going on for the new metro line and speed is 50 km/h instead of 70 km/h. There are two lanes and I know the police like to have controls on this road so I activate the speed limiter to 50 km/h. When we come to the IJtunnel there is still two lanes but the stripe in the middle is solid, you are not allowed to change lanes. I know this part is also 50km/h as they had controls a few weeks back and I read about it in the news. I keep 50 km/h. First a guy in a Mercedes doesn’t like this and he passes me but he seemed to want to make statement and cuts me of really close.
What is up with that? I am not in the mode to risk getting any tickets, if he wants to speed he can break the law on his own but he does not need to cut me off and basically risk the life of me and my girlfriend. Stupid as he could just have overtook me and be done with it, without cutting me off.
The guy after him also had a need for speed. He was driving way to close and even flashed me with the lights as a signal for me to speed up. It was a middle aged man with children in the car. I ignored it, probably he was not aware that it is 50km/h in the tunnel. He could just have overtook me and left me alone but I guess breaking the solid line would have made him felt as a criminal and was happy with driving less than 10 meters behind me doing 50km/h.
Another incident took place where the A4 highway splits into A10 south/west. I had just come on it and was doing 80km/h as the car in front me was not driving faster, all of a sudden I see a car coming in the rear view mirror and he chooses to overtake me on the emergency lane. At least he was not passing me with only a few decimeters apart. A few moments later a Volvo overtook me, I just hope it was the traffic police.
At least I don’t felt as unsafe I did as I was driving to my hometown in Sweden with an oncoming snowstorm  with a crazy truck driver behind me wanting me to speed at a road construction site. The limit was 50 km/h and I was driving just above 50. He apparently thought I could drive faster and drove very close and flashed the light. I knew that I would be making 110km/h soon  and he only 90km/h. He probably knew it too, why make me drive unsafe so he doesn’t loose a minute or two?
The truck was for BR Leksaker and I guess it was in a hurry to ensure children get their toys, if a swedish developer or two gets killed while doing it so be it.
I would love to see a car that has put mine and any passengers life in danger being pulled over, now they all seem to be get away. I hear others fear getting caught by the police, I don’t as I am not breaking the law. The police is here to protect me, you and all other law abiding citizens.

Remote assistance is pretty neat

My mother just got ADSL and needed to change some settings to be able to send mail from her old address while changing to the new provider. This is of course quite difficult to check and change just by instructing her over telephone. I called her up, using skype, and instructed her to request to start remote assistance with me.
Another challenge for me is to guess the name in menus and similar because she run swedish windows and I have been running english versions as long as I can remember.
We got the session started and it took me less than a minute to do the change. Much faster than traveling 1200km to Sweden. 🙂
I really like remote assistance.

I am getting spammed

Apparently spammers thought my blog was attractive enough to post links to their sites. Now I switched to only allow links to other spaces sites, not that it would really make any difference to disallow everything.
Now I am getting spammed by MSN Alerts! 🙂 There was some issues earlier this week and all alerting was halted and now I am getting all pending alerts. So far 95 alerts received and I think there will be more…
Another alert just received…
EDIT: It was about 170 alerts pending…

Finding the answers

What do you do when the number one hit in google is the question you are trying to answer? It usually means that there isn’t many that has encountered that problem, yet.
Luckily there is the Product Feedback Center, lots of obscure problems are logged there. Never the one I need help with to help others… of course.
I also start to get what a nightmare it is to have so many possible scenarios to consider as large software vendors must do.
I like the challenge, it is fun!

Free source control software

Since I have worked professionally with source control for some time it is something I want when working at home too. Since I use the express editions I have no source control from inside the IDE.
SourceSafe was what I used first. It worked but it has its limits. Would probably work fine for me as stand alone product. However, I have no license for that, I need something free.
CVS, well. I have tried it and never really liked to work with it.
At work we are using source gear vault. It is not working to well, slow and buggy. We are not using the latest version and they are considering options. Source gear has a free stand alone, 1 user version. I am aiming for free and tried to install it with SQL Server 2005 Express and failed. I probably should spend more time finding out what goes wrong but I am lazy.
Now I just installed Subversion with TortoiseSVN and it seems to be good enough for me. I just installed the applications and I got started pretty much without any further introduction. TortoiseSVN integrates nice in windows explorer and hopefully it will help me avoid losing and messing up code.

Labor day and national drinking days

It is labor day and I have worked all day. After 5 years in the Netherlands I am getting used to having less days off. I think the difference is 3-4 days per year. So the extra day vacation I have usually ends up with less days anyway. Sweden has nice rules for holidays.
In Sweden we have the biggest celebration on the day before the day. Like Christmas eve, new years eve (eh, that is for most but we have it free too!) midsummer eve, thirteen days after Christmas eve. Why? Because we use the free day to recover from the hangover of course.
Yesterday was Walpurgis eve in Sweden. It is 30th of April, always. Because labor day is a free day and we can recover well from the hangover before returning to work.
Here in the Netherlands we celebrate queens day on 30th but if it is on Sunday they move it to the Saturday. Why? Because we can not recover on labor day of-course.
Plan well!