Remote Assistance

I have to hand it to Microsoft – the Remote Assistance feature in Windows XP really works. Alke fried her Mail profile the other day. Rather than explain through ICQ what she had to do or figure out what was wrong, really, I just coached her through the steps required to let me take over her computer. From there it was just a matter of doing a bit of magic and everything was back to normal. The nice thing here was that she could watch what I was doing, and we had a chat window we could both use. Even though I took control from her PC. Beats VNC both in functionality and in ease of setting up.

Holmenkollen 2007 – 1:14:02

It’s a tradition at Funcom that we have a team in the annual Holmenkollen relay race. We’re not expecting to win it – it’s hard enough to find fifteen nerds that want to run at all, you can’t expect us to run fast. But this year we finished in 1:14:02 hours, a record for the company and 4:22 minutes faster than last year. It was a pretty crazy day, and I’m glad everything worked out so beautiful in the end. I think it’s safe to say that everyone had a blast!


Alke asked me to fill out this one. Okay, here we go then:

1. Which film have you seen more than ten times?
I haven’t seen any film that often. I’ve watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Leon a lot, though.

2. Which film have you seen more than once in a cinema?
The Sixth Sense, once in Brasil and once in Germany.

3. Name an actor that would make it more likely for you to watch a movie
Kermit the Frog

4. Name an actor that would make it less likely for you to watch a movie
Keanu Reeves

5. A film you regularly quote from
Withnail & I: “You should never mix your drinks”

6. A film-musical where you know the lyrics to all the songs
No way.

7. Music from a film that you have sung along to
Zoltan Spirandelli, Der Hahn ist tot

8. A film that everyone should have seen
The Straight Story is a beautiful film. But I have also recommended Das Leben der anderen to everyone who wanted to listen (and a few who didn’t).

9. A film that you own
According to the movie industry, I cannot own any of their films, just pay for them. As a consequence, I don’t own a DVD or VHS player. So the only valid answer to this one is probably Steal this movie

10. Name an actor who did not start his or her career in film and surprised you with his acting?
Somehow I have a feeling the interviewer is fishing for Patrick Stewart here. But I’ll say Humphrey Bogart. Although I really don’t know enough about actors’ past lives to answer this.

11. Have you ever seen a film at a drive-in?
We don’t have those here.

12. Ever made out in a cinema?

13. A film that you’ve always wanted to see, but never gotten around to?
Many. Mongoland springs to mind.

14. Have you ever left the cinema because a film was terrible?
No. But I should have done it more often.

15. A film that made you cry
I’m a very emotional movie-goer, laughing out the loudest and crying first of all the viewers. Just to give you an idea, I cried in King Kong.

16. Popcorn?

17. How often do you go to the movies?
About once a month, but that depends on the schedules of my friends, since I don’t watch movies alone. I’d go more often if they did. I catch as much as I can of the film festivals in Oslo.

18. What is the last film you watched in a cinema?
It’s actually been a while. Rocky Balboa. And yes, I cried in that one, too.

19. Favourite Genre?
Despite the answer to the last question, I like intelligent movies like Memento.

20. What was the first movie you saw in a cinema?
The Jungle Book. What percentage of my own and later generationn have started with a Disney film, I wonder?

21. What film would you rather not have seen?
The Proposition was a monumental waste of time.

22. What was the strangest film that you liked?
Me and You and Everyone We Know. I got free tickets for this, otherwise I probably wouldn’t have watched it, and I would have missed out on a great film.

23. What was the most frightening film you have ever watched?
I watched Alien late at night when I was 13 or 14 years old, and that was pretty scary. Not scared enough though, we watched it back-to-back with part two which turned out to be lame and not frightening at all.

24. What was the funniest film you’ve ever seen?
That’s hard to quantify. More recently, I laughed a lot in Over the Hedge.