As many of you know, I arrived in Norway on October 3rd this year, almost
2 months ago. Since then, I haven’t found much time to update this blog with
new content. However, I always try to post at least one post per month, so here
I am, on November 30th at 23:10 UTC writing this month’s entry. With just under
an hour to go, I’m rushing to get this done.
Anyway, the last two months have been exciting. Working for Opera has
been really fun and I’m starting to adjust to my new life in Norway reasonably
well. Although I can’t yet tell you everything, I’m working in the Core QA
department, finding and analysing bugs and working on some other really cool
I have, of course, continued my involvement with the W3C HTML, Web API and
WAF working groups. The HTML WG recently published the first public working
draft of the HTML
Design Principles. This is actually a really important document,
since it outlines the core principles and design aims behind HTML5. Unfortunately,
we are yet to formally publish a first public working draft of the spec itself
(the editors draft is always available), we are really hoping we can resolve
the remaining issues sooner rather than later.
I’m currently living in an apartment, sharing with three other Opera employees.
of this place have been published on my flickr account. My bedroom
is a little bit small (it’s only 1.7m × 4.7m), but somehow I’ve managed to
fit everything in.
One thing I’ve noticed here, which has required a fair bit of adjusment,
is that almost everything is backwards here! Seriously! Here’s just a few things
to which I’ve had to adjust:
- They drive on the right instead of the left. This is a problem because
I instinctively look the wrong direction before crossing the road and it’s
not easy to break the habbit.
- People generally walk on the right as well, so I have to try to remember
to move right instead of left to avoid running in to people.
- Escalators in shopping centres are ridden on the right as well.
- While traffic lights are red, they briefly flash orange before changing
to green. For those who don’t know, in Australia, the orange is only used while
changing from green to red.
- They have zebra crossings here, some with pedestrian lights! In Australia,
zebra crossings mean that the cars must give way to pedestrians. Here,
at the zebra crossings without lights, cars don’t always seem to stop when
they see someone about to cross, only when the pedestrian is actually on the
crossing. (Maybe they’re just bad drivers, I’m not sure of the rules)
- Pedestrian lights flash green before turning red. In Australia, it’s the
red that flashes before turning on fully.
- They have both Norwegian and English TV shows here. They put Norwegian
subtitles on the English shows and no subtitles on the Norwegian shows.
There’s probably more, but I can’t remember them all.
It started snowing here a few days ago, though it’s still a little warm and
it melts away during the afternoon. I’m looking forward to the ski season starting
sometime in the next few weeks. Although I wear warm clothes while walking to
work, I generally walk around the office during the day wearing shorts and t-shirt.
The office is just too warm to be wearing long pants or a jumper, yet some people
are still surprised to see me like that.
As those of you who’ve been following my
twitter posts would know, I recently
bought myself a 17" MacBook Pro. I absolutely love it and I’m finding myself
using it more and more instead of my PC. OS X Leopard rules! Windows Vista
sucks. Seriously, I’ve never seen an OS so bad and unusable. It’s unbelievable
how annoyed I got with it after only 5 minutes of use on a friends laptop.
Anyway, my time is almost up to get this published before the end of the
day, so that’s it for now.