Hi, I am Martin.

This is my blog on mainly technology, entrepreneurship and design. Links about just about anything comes through now and then though. I also run a site on photography called Digital Photo Guide! If you are into photography, why not check that out?

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Datavision from 1979

Found this gem earlier tonight. It is in Swedish but in short it is a demo from 1979 where they show a system where a user can dial to a computer central and retrieve data. There is still a system like this in action in Sweden where information is provided over the same network as TV.

Amazing to see how they look at this service and how they could not see what the future had just a few years later.

What can a single developer do?

I am currently in a situation where I am actively looking for a new challenge professionally. The reason is my current employer is moving business to another country and by doing so downsize the office I’m in. With all this going on the question arose in my mind on what it is that I want to do and were my strengths lie. For a long time I’ve had a bunch of ideas that I would like to wrap a company around and try my own wings but I have not yet been able to get a solid enough business plan to do so. While in these thoughts I asked myself, what can really a single developer or IT person do? Where are the limits for a small size software company?

Behold, the game Banished. Banished is a resource and gathering game where the player takes control over a small number of people who was banished into the wild and need to survive. The player need to help out by building homes, get food production going, educate the people, trade and in other ways take care of the banished population. The goal of the game is to get from a small number of people who have nothing and help them build a great thriving self sufficient town.

So, why am I talking about the game Banished in the same article that was about what a single developer can do? Well, Banished is a game created by a development studio called Shining Rock Software. Shining Rock Software consist of a single guy – Luke Hodorowicz. He is the developer, tester, requirement handler, graphic artist and sound artist. The entire studio is wrapped around one developer who loves what he does so he created a game. For two years he created the game Banished and just a few days ago, it was released to the market and open for sales.

The game software market holds companies with thousands of developers and here is a single guy company who can create and roll out a game which in many ways is a more polished product that we are used to see. I am truly amazed of the work done.

“A lot of people ask me for advice on how to get started – I tell them just start making games.”
— Luke Hodorowicz in an interview made by RedBull.

In my situation a story like this is really an eye opener as I can see what is possible. The boundary of what can be done is not in the individual, it is in where the individual decide to put their most personal boundaries. Luke wanted to build a game, so he went out and did.

So, to answer my initial question on what a single developer can do?

Anything.

The Internet of Things

I continue my 750 words per day project and here is yet another text from one of those sessions. The Internet of things is one of the hottest buzz words of 2014 it seem but what is it all about?

The Internet of things is really the appliance of networked technology into every day appliances. An example of Internet of things that we have been using for quite some time is that as a runner I can have a heartbeat monitor on my body that is wirelessly connected to my wrist watch where a GPS is tracking my moves. This makes it so that when I have been walking about or been out on a run I can sync all this data and replay the route I took, see on a map where I’ve been, the times when I was at specific points and at the same time the exact heartbeat I had when I was there. I am using multiple small devices that can communicate with each others to give me more data out of things I do. But there is more!

Change every app specific keyboard shortcut on a mac

Now and then you run across something that you had no idea was there. It simplifies you everyday life tenfold and you have no idea for how long you were missing out.

I have been using mac computers back and forth for almost twenty years and today I found something I that may or may not have been there for years. Let me share this little gem with you.

Application specific keyboard shortcuts that are made for a specific keyboard layout can in fact be changed even though they are not in the application’s own preferences.

Many applications have shortcuts made by the developers who were using US/UK layouts. Now for me who is using an SV layout keyboard this becomes bit of a problem mostly since the keys for [ and ] often are used. Now on an SV layout these keys are for Swedish letters å ä and ö.

Keyboard Shortcuts Mac

To change shortcuts using [ and ] you simply need to open up your System Preferences –> Keyboard -> Shortcuts (tab) and select App shortcuts. Here you can overwrite what ever shortcut you want and by doing so, the shortcut is actually changed in the application to.

Good stuff!

The value of a social network

Since I’ve started a challenge for myself on writing at least 750 words in English each day I thought I could use some of the text I write for an article here. This will be a longer than normal article and the topics will be of something I have been thinking about or working with in the past week. 

This week’s topic will be on the possible profit of big social networks and how to find which ones are valuable.