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Early fall is a great time to visit Gothenburg, Sweden. The students are back at the local universities, which gives any city a certain energy. You’ll also find fewer crowds than other times of the year, agreeable weather, some of the best people in the world, and plenty of serious awesomeness to see and do.

Sweden’s second largest city is an important port city, quickly growing in popularity due to a variety of attractions including of course, MacSysAdmin. In addition to popular tourist destinations, there are special events held in September, charming canals that stretch through the city and beautiful neo-classical architecture everywhere you look. Great food at every corner, a vibrant shopping scene, and all the nature you can ask for right at your doorstep are just a handful of reasons that make Gothenburg so unique.

Walk and Ride Around the City

Much of Gothenburg can be explored by walking. I usually register at least 10 kilometers a day when I’m there, but longer distances can be covered via the simple public transportation provided by the city. I recommend the Gothenburg Card that allows you to use all public transportation, and gets you free admissions to museums, parks, and a number of entertainment venues. The card is 40 Euro for 24 hours, 56 Euro for 48 hours, or 72 Euro for 72 hours.

Explore Gothenburg’s Canals by Boat

Just arrived in Gothenburg? A trip through the seemingly endless canals and moats is the best way to get a good overview of the city. Ride in a Paddan boat underneath dozens of bridges, along famous sights, and through scenic waterways while learning all about the city’s exciting history. Boats depart 2-3 times per hour from Kungsportsplatsen right in the center of Gothenburg. Walking along the Canals is also a wonderful way to see the city, especially so you can catch a sunset during your travels!

Visit the Archipelago of Gothenburg

Just outside of Gothenburg lies a breathtaking chain of islands that are home to fantastic beaches, seals, and romantic villages. Several boats drive along the car-free islands, where you can hop off and go for walks. This unique little trip is definitely worth including in any Gothenburg itinerary. You can also easily get there on tram 11 from Gothenburg to the Saltholmen boat terminal.

Shop Till Ya’ Drop

Gothenburg provides a veritable cornucopia of shopping outlets. You’ll find everything from large modern shopping malls like the Nordstan to designer boutiques to vintage shops. Candy, crafts, fashion, electronics, and even toothpaste. Stroll around trendy neighborhoods like Haga and Magasinsgatan that are packed with cool cafés and bistros or, if you’re looking for a broader selection of shopping and nightlife options, walk around the Avenyn Boulevard that stretches from Kungsportsplatsen to Gotaplatsen and along several side streets.

Try the Food

With direct access to the North Sea, it’s no wonder that fresh seafood can be found at every corner – nothing beats fresh fish, oysters, lobsters, shrimp, and of course brilliant salmon. If waking up early isn’t an issue for you, head down to the fishing port where Sweden’s largest fish auction kicks off at 06:30. And while you’re out, try the Tunnsbrödsruller, the Swedish answer to hot dog – sausage, mashed potatoes and lettuce rolled in soft flat bread. If you find yourself in a café make sure to try the Swedish cinnamon rolls, but do yourself a favor and stay away from the salted licorice!

Pet Some Animals

You can pet some animals, visit with woodland creatures like deer and owls, and try and get a donkey to clear out of the road while you’re walking by at Slottsskogen. Stunning woodlands that have been protected as a park since 1874, with plenty of trails, spaces, animals, and Pokéstops, it’s a must!

Visit a Museum

Although Gothenburg offers so many things to do outdoors (and by September I want to spend most of my time outdoors – Winter Is Coming after all), the weather sometimes turns and we retreat indoors. One lovely way to spend some time in Gothenburg is in their wonderful museums. If you love you some science then Universum (https://www.universeum.se/en/) is your answer. Want to know more about the city’s history and its culture? Head off to the Gothenburg City Museum (http://goteborgsstadsmuseum.se/en) for interesting facts and insights – by the way, the museum is home to a real Viking ship, Sweden’s only surviving one. Love cars & machines? Whether you’re young or old, you will love the Volvo Museum (http://www.volvomuseum.com/) that will show you everything you ever wanted to know about Volvo and more. Want to check out some fine art? Visit the Museum of Fine art. It’s cool. But check out the others first, as they’re some of the more unique museums you’ll visit.

Catch Some Sportsball

Sports fans won’t want to miss the Gothenburg Basketball Festival, where young players from 20 different nations come together for the largest basketball tournament in the world. Every competitor is under the age of 20, and games are played at more than 30 courts throughout the city. Who knows, maybe you’ll get to see the next Jonas Jerebko before they end up at the Celtics!

Visit the Book Fair

Bibliophiles will enjoy the Goteborg Book Fair, which features many celebrated authors. Here you can attend seminars, exhibitions, and enjoy a variety of activities geared towards book lovers. The fair is held in the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre.

Check Out Other Beautiful Nordic Destinations

If you’re coming through Gothenburg, you’re in Sweden. Stockholm is the largest city in Sweden and easily accessible by trains that take you through stunning countryside while you swipe away at those elusive Charmanders. Oslo, Norway is close, as is Copenhagen. But as with many places, more important than the big cities in the region are the plethora of adorable small cities and towns that dot the landscape.

Get Your Rollercoaster On

Opened in 1923, Liseberg Amusement Park is home to roller coasters (41 rides!), a beautiful garden, and all the craptastic fair food you can stomach (and a vegetarian menu btw). There’s also The best wooden rollercoaster in the world, which is the name of the coaster, not an award it’s been given. And if you’ve got any energy left, you can catch a show at the Stora Scenen, an attached concert venue. If you get there in later October, you can also catch the Halloweeeeeeen festivities there!

Grab a Drink

Gothenburg also has a vibrant night life. If you happen to be in Gothenburg for MacSysAdmin, which is when I make my annual pilgrimage there, chances are you can easily find me at the Bishop’s Arms, the Dubliner, or the bar in whatever hotel you’re in. And there are plenty of night clubs if you want to go dancing (Glow and Parken), cafes for lounging, and of course, McDonald’s for getting a few calories back in your system after hours of cavorting with friends.

I have a lot of friends that visit Gothenburg frequently, or live there. What did I miss, what are some of your favorite spots, or stories of Gothenburg?

July 27th, 2016

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First came food, shelter and clothing. Then came technology, innovating all three for thousands of years. But innovation in clothing stalled at some point. Once upon a time man make thicker clothing out of animals with thicker hides, better shoes and then armor. These helped to expand where we could go, when we could go there and how safe we were once we got there. But mankind has long sought using technology that is worn to make life better, from false teeth to eyeglasses. Moving into the somewhat more modern era, let’s look at 10 advances that, while more recent than throwing the hide of an animal that might have otherwise eaten us, are still pretty darn cool!

  • As a species, we are probably one of the most ordered on the planet. We go places at certain times and are able to minimize the amount of time that is wasted waiting for others because we know what time it is. We don’t have to find the city square and locate a clock tower or find a sunny spot because we have watches. I’ve always been happy with my watch, which I’ve had for a long, long time (see below).

IMG_5635But these days I’ve been experimenting with watches that do way more, such as  track heart rate, have integrated Nike+ and GPS (for example. the Polar watches and the Garmin watches).polar

  • The cellular phone goes in our pockets. So we don’t totally wear it. Yet… Many of the other innovations are coming and coming faster due to the fact that it seems practically everyone today has a smartphone and the APIs for cloud services that those devices connect to. Since the breakup of Ma’Bell we’ve seen the massive phone, the brick phone, the flip phone, the Treo/Windows Mobile phone and ultimately the battle between iOS/iPhone and Android. At first these started to change our lives by making us connected all the time. Then they gave us cameras and then came the app. Given the custom applications and wireless interfaces that allow each to communicate with external devices, we’re now seeing an unprecedented level of innovation due to a large part the advent of the smart phone. The GPS in my phone tells Foursquare where I am, the camera let’s me share pictures of my kid with the grandparents, the Bluetooth let’s me talk hands and cable free and the accelerometer keeps track of bike rides. The many aspects of technology required to make all this happen then comprise the basis for many of the other recent innovations in this field.

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  • Wearable technology for the eyes, which we can just call eyewear for short started with the contribution of optics to wearable technology. Glasses were pretty good for a long, long time. Isaac Newton would likely burn the creators of Vuzix and Google Glass at the steak for witchcraft though (only after he’d used the devices to search for how to transmute lead to gold). Today, we are entering a new era, where contacts change the color of someones eyes and your glasses are able to show you information from your computing devices.

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  • From the Nike+ sensor in my shoes to the Iron Man shirt that glows as though it has an arc reactor in there (thanks ThinkGeek), there are plenty of examples of technology being embedded in clothing today. There are also devices out there that test your golf swing, how you throw a ball and the speed of balls. I’ve come across prototypes of products and products with extremely limited supply chains that go a step further and allow you to wear clothing with embedded sensors for such things. I think that those will become more common, more open (so you’ll be able to use one item for multiple sports or tests) and of course as they become more common, less expensive. In the meantime we’ll have to settle for things like the Scottevest and quick drying shorts…Screen Shot 2013-07-04 at 7.14.35 PM
  • Speaking of Nike+, health is an area where we’re starting to see plenty of advancements. Walk into any Apple Store and you can buy a Jawbone Up, Fitbit, Fuelband or a Nike+ sensor for a shoe. My Fitbit Flex is one of my favorite examples of wearable technology that I don’t even notice any more. I had experimented with the Nike FuelBand and others, but a tiny computer that talks to my phone and updates far more details of my life than I even knew previously is just awesome. And, it tracks my sleep patterns and has even become my alarm clock. But having a tiny sensor means these things could do so much more. I look forward to seeing where things go with these types of devices! IMG_5638
  • But health doesn’t stop with us leading healthier lives. Wearable patches to control pain, chips in pacemakers to alert manufacturers and doctors when devices are going to die and monitors that can be placed in the body and keep track of pretty much every detail of our medical state all bring us more and more towards the bionic man and woman. There are enough companies at this point that there’s room for an organization like Continua to push for the open and interoperability of these solutions. But to me, blood pressure monitors (such as this one from Wiithings) and glucose monitors available in the Apple retail stores are the best sign of the times, bringing these technologies from the prescribed or surgical to the every day practically mundane.

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  • I first saw techie headgear, such as the Emoki project (now cancelled) at Burning Man, long ago. Actually, I guess I first donned a head mounted flashlight while exploring caves in Georgia far before that. But science fiction has long promised us brain wave translating or altering technology that we can wear on our heads and that just hasn’t really become common place. What is becoming normal are head mounted cameras for biking and other sports (such as live action Dungeons & Dragons). You can buy this stuff at the Apple retail stores, Amazon, etc. I’m not sure what the future holds for head mounted gear. Certainly we’ve come a long way from helmets to protect our heads from the sword of our enemy. But I tend to think that wigs that change color with our mood aren’t even scratching the surface of what we can really do. Not that anything will ever top the hat with beer straws that everyone should try at least once (yes, that is putting old school technology to a very important use)!Screen Shot 2013-07-05 at 9.52.22 AM
  • So we’ve covered the whole body, except our hands. The most obvious modern example of a wearable technology is the glove. I picked up a pair of Etips from North Face a long time ago. I have another pair of their gloves that’s thicker as well (it gets cold where I live) and while I like the way they do things, there are other companies that specialize is a more contoured threading around the tip of glove fingers. I don’t like the gloves with little metal discs on the tips (e.g. Isotoner), but I’m sure many must. As I mentioned, gloves with sensors, that analyze the way that we hold or catch a football, grasp a golf club or swing a bat are likely to become somewhat common place at some point. I expect the future may hold gloves that send gestures to your phone without you taking the phone out of your pocket. Burton has already taken the technology they put into jackets 10 years ago and put them into their Mix Master Gloves. But the Nintendo PowerGlove made a promise to humanity. One that we could some day control Bad Street Brawlers with gloves. And while sensors in gloves to control machinery are now common in factories, I’m not certain such technology will really make it to the every day home until we all have robotic minions doing more than vacuuming our carpets.Screen Shot 2013-07-05 at 9.37.27 AM
  • RFID is used to track parts in warehouses and Wal-Mart had supposedly made a requirement that all items sold in their stores would be tagged with RFID. Plenty of schools use RFID to track students as they move around campuses. While there are privacy concerns with students rolling around with chips embedded into their backpacks or ID cards, those arguments could be countered with the fact that when emergencies happen, it helps to be able to locate all your kids in a hurry. RFID isn’t as flashy nor as user friendly today as, let’s say, Google Glass. However, it does have some seriously awesome connotations for the future of logistics, passports and even safety in schools.Screen Shot 2013-07-03 at 8.32.32 PM
  • Sure, I don’t really carry cash or much more than a couple cards and a license in my wallet. But I don’t want even that. NFC (Near-Field Communications) is getting more and more traction, although far slower than I would have thought. While there have been some Android devices with NFC built-in, it hasn’t become the killer protocol for wireless financial transactions we’d  hoped. I’m assuming that’s because Apple has tried many of their own things, like Passbook and apps that can be used to exchange money. I like using Groupons more because I don’t need to exchange money than because I get to save money. But the promise of NFC is there and whether it’s NFC or some other, more secure technology, I very much look forward to the day I can stop carrying a wallet!nfc_payment

And now, with fortunes to be made out there, there are wearable technology conferences springing up all over the world, from the Wearable Technologies Europe Conference to the Wearable Technologies Conference in San Francisco, there are vendors who are already doing this kind of stuff. And with Apple hiring former Yves Saint Laurent CEO Paul Deneve as a new VP we can only assume that Tim Cook’s statement “I think wearables is incredibly interesting, it could be a profound area” was more than just a politically correct response. Dell has announced they’re looking into wearables as have others. With all the added resources now available to the market expect innovation to increase so that it’s not just health and fitness, medical and other smaller markets that are getting a lot of this innovation. Apple isn’t going to do much if they don’t see every human on the planet as a potential customer for their new products. What’s the most fascinating to me is what we haven’t even though of. And with the ability to control much of our homes from our mobile devices (Apple Stores now have NEST and controllable light bulbs), technology is becoming far more a part of everyday life than just the laptop, phone or tablet. It’s now being interwoven into the fabric of our everyday existence, helping us to live better, reduce our impact on the environment and be better. Or just have Angry Birds on a much larger “screen” with our Vuzix if that’s what we’re interested in!

July 5th, 2013

Posted In: iPhone, Travel, Wearable Technology

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When I’m on the road, I use a Sprint Sierra card. I used to pay for Internet access in my room, fish around for Wi-fi networks, etc. But no more. Now, when I’m at the airport, in the hotel or even when I’m at home and both of my Internet connections go down (sadly, it happens) I’m able to use my laptop and be online. Right now, I’m using the Compass 597 from Sierra, which has a top speed of 3.1 Mbps down or 1.8 Mbps up. I look forward to the day when I can upgrade to the Sierra USB 306/307, which actually bumps that top speed to 21 Mbps, but for now I’ll take what I can get.

I knew from the day that Zack lent me his card at MacWorld that I loved this thing. You plug it in, an installer pops up (located on the USB stick) and it’s a 30 second install and then reboot. The installer loads 3 kexts (SierraSwitch, SierraSwitchKicker and SierraSupport) so last time I installed it I tested doing a kextload of the drivers and thus hopefully not needing a reboot, no dice and eliminating a reboot I rarely do isn’t high on my radar, but theoretically you should be able to install without the restart…

Once installed, you just open the application and click on the Connect button and it does the rest. What the GUI design lacks in a sleek and pretty look, it makes up for in simplicity of use. Don’t get me wrong, they used that glass shelf widget look and it’s not ugly to look at, it’s just a bit of an awkward app.

Once you’re connected, the Sprint card has a couple of other features that I find pretty useful. The first most iPhone users will scoff at, but if you click on the GPS slide-down menu and click on the play button, it will retrieve your GPS coordinates. Using that information you can click on icons to bring up coffee shops, restaurants, gas stations and of course the nearest Sprint store. Under Applications (which also brings up web pages), you can do a speed test, hit up Sprint’s support, manage your account and of course, find coverage maps.

Overall, Sprint SmartView and the Sierra cards make for a great combo punch and a great tool that I use every time I’m on the road (mostly in airports and hotel rooms, not while actually driving on a road – usually). I rarely give a product a glowing recommendation, but I’ve been planning on writing this up for awhile as these things deserve it!

May 6th, 2009

Posted In: Mac OS X, On the Road, Travel

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Off to Delphi.  Zeus released two Eagles to fly around the world and meet in the center.  They met at Delphi, which then became the religious center of Greek life.  

 

 

Lisa, cute after a long bus ride to Delphi

Lisa, cute after a long bus ride to Delphi

Me, not so cute after a long ride to Delphi

Me, not so cute after a long ride to Delphi

 

Christian Symbolism in Delphi

Christian Symbolism in Delphi

 

Resting after a hike

Resting after a hike

Married and in Delphi

Married and in Delphi

 

Lisa, cute as always (but in Delphi)

Lisa, cute as always (but in Delphi)

 

Greek Warhead

Greek Warhead

Overlooking Delphi

Overlooking Delphi

 

Happy at Delphi

Happy at Delphi

 

At Delphi

At Delphi

 

Where is the beach?

Where is the beach?

 

Happy and leaving Delphi

Happy and leaving Delphi

May 4th, 2008

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Note to self: E1B.  That’s the terminal and gate you want.  No waiting, no lines, no nothing.  Perfect.  If you’re flying out of Logan E1 is where you want to come out of.  Only 3 gates down there and they have their own security checkpoint!!!

August 23rd, 2007

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When you’re looking to measure output of telecommuters, creativity can’t be forgotten about.  Remember that part of the quality of output that an employee can have is manifested in the creativity they bring to the job.  Creativity isn’t just relegated to fields like advertising either.  In IT, some of the best network designs come from creatively inclined folks.

April 27th, 2007

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Honeymooners

Honeymooners at the Airport

It’s Istanbul not Constantinople.

 

 

Styled in Istanbul

Styled in Istanbul

 

Lisa, being cute

Lisa, being cute

 

A little chilly

A little chilly

 

Happy Lisa

Happy Lisa

May 6th, 2005

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At the dock

At the dock
Yay, on the way to Istanbul

Yay, on the way to Istanbul

 

Leaving Athens and taking a trip through the Greek Islands.

 

On the boat

On the boat

 

Lisa looks cute in hats

Lisa looks cute in hats

 

Touring the Greek Isles

Touring the Greek Isles

 

Grabbing a beer on a stop

Grabbing a beer on a stop

Great Views

Great Views

 

Honeymoons are fun

Honeymoons are fun

 

I'm not sleepy

I'm not sleepy

 

Or am I

Or am I

 

Long Trip, and all she wanted was a day on the beach

Long Trip, and all she wanted was a day on the beach

May 5th, 2005

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Off to Delphi.  Zeus released two Eagles to fly around the world and meet in the center.  They met at Delphi, which then became the religious center of Greek life.  

 

 

Lisa, cute after a long bus ride to Delphi

Lisa, cute after a long bus ride to Delphi

Me, not so cute after a long ride to Delphi

Me, not so cute after a long ride to Delphi

 

Christian Symbolism in Delphi

Christian Symbolism in Delphi

 

Resting after a hike

Resting after a hike

Married and in Delphi

Married and in Delphi

 

Lisa, cute as always (but in Delphi)

Lisa, cute as always (but in Delphi)

 

Greek Warhead

Greek Warhead

Overlooking Delphi

Overlooking Delphi

 

Happy at Delphi

Happy at Delphi

 

At Delphi

At Delphi

 

Where is the beach?

Where is the beach?

 

Happy and leaving Delphi

Happy and leaving Delphi

May 4th, 2005

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OK, so you’re in Athens, might as well do a little sight-seeing!

 

 

 

 

 

Wait, how did you look so cute first thing in the morning…Lisa in the morning before the sight-seeing

Lisa in the morning before the sight-seeing

 

OK, so at least she’s cute in the morning… Jump on the bus and make a silly face

Jump on the bus and make a silly face

 

 

As has my darling wife.Lisa at the Athens Olympic Arena

Lisa at the Athens Olympic Arena

 

Wild dogs

Wild dogs

 

En route to the Acropolis, stopping for a photo op

En route to the Acropolis, stopping for a photo op

 

This building sure had some vaulted ceilings

This building sure had some vaulted ceilings

Just Married!!!

Just Married!!!

 

Caryatids - Not the Originals

Caryatids - Not the Originals

 

Lisa at the Acropolis

Lisa at the Acropolis

 

Got no neck!!!

Got no neck!!!

Me at the Acropolis (still with hat)

Me at the Acropolis (still with hat)

 

Lisa Overlooking Athens from the Acropolis

Lisa Overlooking Athens from the Acropolis

May 3rd, 2005

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