Getting lost in the middle of the nightOctober 19, 2013
This week’s been very tiring for me, I’ve been busy with two releases this week at work and I’ve had a lot of other projects that are nearing completion.
But I’m not the only one who has been stressed out. Paulina, as I’ve mentioned earlier, has started working at Arlanda. And this week she’s had two morning shifts. These shifts start at 5 AM, which in turn means she’s had to get up at 3 AM and take the night bus to Sergelstorg (city central) and walk to the Central station to take the Arlanda Express. At this time of night everything’s closed, the Central station and subway included. This in turn means you can’t take the regular shortcuts through the subway to get to Arlanda Express. The evening before her first shift, I asked her if she knew how to get to the train from Sergelstorg.
Paulina doesn’t have a good sense of directions, she’s good at a lot of things, but when it comes to navigating, through anything, I’d rather have a goldfish hold the map than Paulina. So after I had asked her how to get to the Central station, she confidently replied, “You just follow Sveavägen until you get there”. In a sense she’s right. If you follow Sveavägen from Sergelstorg long enough, you’ll eventually get to Arlanda, but you won’t get to the Central station. Sveavägen is northbound, as is Arlanda, the Central station (and Arlanda Express) on the other hand, is located south of Sergelstorg. I tried to explain to her why walking along Sveavägen was a bad idea, but finally, I gave in and decided that I’d rather follow her to Arlanda Express than knowingly let her get lost in the middle of the night. This in turn meant that I too had to get up at 3 AM, take the night bus with Paulina, walk her to Arlanda Express, then turn around, find another bus to get me back as near home as possible, walk the final stretch and go back to sleep at 5 AM.
I woke up without any problem, wasn’t even that tired. Everything went great, she got to work in time, I got home, slept a few more hours and got to work. Because everything had gone so well, I decided that I’d follow her to work the next morning as well. Woke up, night bus, walked to the Central station, while we were walking, we met two other guys, they sounded like they were from Denmark, they were drinking beer, and looked like they had smoked something beside tobacco. They stopped us and asked for directions to Hasbro. Both me and Paulina were dumbfounded. Who in their right mind walks around in the middle of the night and is looking for a toy store? We just told them that we didn’t know and that we were in a hurry. I wonder if they ever found Hasbro? And if they did, did they wait until it opened?
Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone GDR3
It’s also been a huge week for Windows users. First we got the GDR3 update, anyone with a developer unlocked phone can install it right away. The rest will have to sadly wait until it comes out through the normal channels. The update itself didn’t come with many things that I care for, except one little thing, we can finally choose custom ringtones for emails and messages. I’ve been waiting for this ever since I switch to Windows phone 7.
The other major release was Windows 8.1. Just like GDR3 it doesn’t come with anything that I’ve really been waiting for, except for one crucial thing. When I got my Surface RT, I foolishly updated to the 8.1 preview, because in the reviews, everybody were talking about all the nice things that would come along. Sadly, one restriction was in place, and that was that you couldn’t change the language of the device, and my RT is a Nordic/Swedish version, which meant that I was forced to use the Swedish version of Windows, which is a pain to say the least. And now finally, when 8.1 has been officially released, I’ve finally gotten the option to change the interface back to English.
One last thing.
Remember how I talked about a secret project? Well I’m not ready to spill the beans yet, but we’ve had a few more meetings, put in a little work, and the project is taking form. To pique your interest, without saying too much, I’m going to leave a small clue for you to look at.