Oops! Didn’t mean to take this long a brake from blogging here…

Crocus with bee, 19th March 2017. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Oops! I didn’t mean to take this long a brake from blogging here… Time sometimes flies faster than you realise.

Meanwhile I was caught in between various activities. Spring finally has arrived and all the snow is gone. For the moment at least. It snowed this night again but snow is now gone again. That’s normal for the season.

Larvae Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

Both the bees and the larvae are waking up as well as the spring flowers. The soil has thawed (more or less) and spring-cleaning of the garden has begun. Too early yet to dig or plant anything, but soon…

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Gustav asleep. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Gustav the cat, my neighbours male cat, turned 12 on the 20th of March. He still visits me almost daily if he finds the door to the garden open. May he yet last many years to come.

Garden-boots. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The bench against the warmest wall in the garden is in place again and the neighbour and I and the cats can sit there when weather allows and have coffee and just enjoy the sunshine.

Knitting. Photo: ©nini,tjader.2017

I have taken up knitting again and again enjoy it. Presently only re-using old yarns from old sweaters that have been unravelled. Had forgotten how much I used to enjoy knitting. And crocheting.

I am also presently participating in an Instagram photochallenge called #fotoutmaningmars2017. It is fun. We have one word or phrase a day during March to interpret with an image and post on Instagram. You do not have to participate every day, but it is a challenge to do so and I really enjoy it. My identity on Instagram is @ninitj. You can also see my latest postings on Instagram in the column to the right if you are interested.

Will be tomatoes? Photo. ©nini.tjader.2017

I’ve also been busy sowing all kinds of things. Despite that I said that I would not buy any seeds or sow any seeds again… I’ve usually no luck with sowing seeds.

But here I go again … The above will be (if it succeeds) tomatoes of 4 different kinds. Three different ones in the pink box, and another under the plastic. Those in the box is an experiment with seeds from sliced tomatoes from the grocery store. We will see…

White geraniums. Photo: ©nini,tjader.2017

Now is also the season to tend to your indoor plants and particularly the geraniums. I cut down my only remaining white geranium, which resulted into 8 cuttings, which I planted 2 in each pot. The mother-plant is now smaller and got new soil in a new pot. With a bit of luck I will get 5 healthy white geraniums to move outside when it gets warmer in a couple of months.

Fragranced geranium. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The fragranced geranium which I had as a cutting in a vase for a long time over winter, also survived being planted in its own pot a couple of weeks ago. Originally those cuttings were two, with lots of roots in the vase. One survived being planted, the other one died.

I’ve also knitted two pairs of socks.… That was what awakened my re-born interest in knitting. Then there was one pair of fingerless mittens. And one pillow-case.

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Hand-knitted socks. Photo.: ©nini.tjader.2017

All is well. Spring is here. Summer-time starts on Sunday.
I will not have such a long brake in blogging again… unless I get extremely busy with other things.  But I will always be back. That I promise.

They call this “art” and sell it

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Ylva Skarp “art” lightboxes by IKEA. Screendump from image at livethemma.ikea.se

IKEA just announced these lightboxes with “art” by Ylva Skarp on a foil attached to the lightboxes. Price SEK 1295/approximately USD 145. The product is called FLOALT. Ylva Skarp and her images are popular in certain interior design circles and you often find her images in featured interiors. 

Personally I don’t call this “art” or “calligraphy” which some do. Personally I would never pay SEK 1295 to IKEA for a lightbox with her images. Would you? I’ve always found her imagery overrated.

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Images and “art” by Karolina Palmer. Screenshot from Leva&Bo.

The above “art”-images are sold via Leva & Bo, a magazine from one of Swedens daily newspapers. They are posters and art-cards and even pillow-cases. They are created by Karolina Palmer. Apparently they are very popular? I fail to understand why… How can images like these be called “art”? They look like something your child (or your friends child) would have created. And mass-produced to sell via the magazine. I would never pay for them. Nor would I ever put them on my walls at home.

Of course taste differs between different people, but some things that are sold as art, really shouldn’t be called art…. In my opinion.

I actually love art and am a real image-nerd, but these ones? No, thanks.

Nothing new under the sun…

Picture from Fermliving.

I today read about the new collection from FERMLIVING in a few of the blogs I follow. One of the items that caught my eye were the saucers in the above and the below pictures.

Image from Fermliving.

I thought: wait a minute. Aren’t those very much alike the old saucers I have in my cupboard that I inherited from my parents/grandparents?

Image from Fermliving.

I also thought: What is new about these ones, this model? Haven’t we seen them before? Or at least very similar models? These cost €34 a piece and are not yet in stock at Fermliving.

The ones I inherited, see below, are often seen at stores that sell used goods, like the Salvation Army store for instance. Then at a price of about SEK25 a piece. I still have seven of them left. You might be able to get more of the same model at the Salvation Army store…

Nothing new under the sun, right?

Below are my old saucers. Not the same, but similar in model and look. Mine have a handle and are probably not dishwasher safe. We used them for deserts when I was little.

Reload page to sort the images differently. Click on an image for a larger view. Photos below ©nini.tjader.2017

Hangups over the door

Hangup in the entrance hallway. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

We always need hangups, that is, somewhere to hang stuff, don’t we? When you have limited space for hanging things, use your doors where it is possible.

I have a very small entrance hallway. Except for the entrance door it has one door to my storage room. On that door I use an over-the-door hang up thing for jackets and bags and such that I use frequently. Also my guests hang their coats and such on this hanger as there is no space for anything else for this. This particular one I bought at Lagerhaus long ago. I like its colorful heads. No longer sold, but there are similar ones around.

Hang ups over the door. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

On that very same door I use both sides for hanging things. On its inside I have two small over-the-door hangers.

Hang ups over the door. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Both hangers are used for bags for recycling purposes. They hang on the inside of the door to my storage room so you don’t see them unless you open the door. The one to the left is used for bulbs and batteries, the one to the right for plastic bottles to be returned to the store after use. A plastic bag with various paint brushes alos hangs there at the moment. It is always hard to find space for all that recycling one does nowadays. Hang them on hooks over the door works when content isn’t heavy.

Hang up on the bathroom door. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

I also use the door to the bathroom for over-the-door hangers. Here I only use the inside of the door, in the bathroom. There isn’t really anywhere in the bathroom to hang things, except for one single hook on the wall and smallish hooks for towels and then the towel-dryer. I need somewhere to hang my bathrobes and some other clothes. One of Ikeas over-the-door hangers solved that. When I bought it they only sold them in grayish metal. Nowadays you can also get them in white.

Over-the-door hangers. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Except for the entrance door, I only have three doors inside the flat (not counting the sliding doors to the bedroom or the door to the patio). I only use two of them for over-the-door hangups, the one to the bathroom and both sides of the door to the storage room. I could use the inside of the door to the walk-in-closet, but presently have no need for it. Nowadays you can even find mirrors done for hanging over the door.

So, when there is no other solution for hanging things, use your doors.

The globe got a new home

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The globe in pieces Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

I’ve always been fascinated by maps and lighted globes. Two years ago I went with my neighbor to her former husbands sister to help clean some stuff out. I then saw this globe and wondered if that was something she wanted to keep or not, but never had the opportunity to ask her then. Last week we were there again and I had the chance to ask her. And she said I could have it. Brought it home on Sunday. The globe got a new home.

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Dis-assembled globe. Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

As the electric cord was yellowish and the wall-connection of an old model that doesn’t fit in my electric wall-mounts, I knew I had to exchange the electrics in it if I wanted it lighted. The foot is wood and the holder for the globe is metal.

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Parts of the globe. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

After googling how to disassemble and change lamp in a globe, I managed to disassemble it. I then had to go to the store and buy a new cord and a new LED-lamp for the globe. It got a 15W/140 lm cool white LED lamp. And a new cord with a button for on and off light that had a connector that fits into my wall-mounts.

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The globe with new electric cord. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

After cleaning every part of the globe and assembling it with the new electrics, I tested that I could turn on the light, and I could. The globe was then put in place again and I turned it on with the globe on.

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The globe with the light turned on. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Then remained to find a place where to put it.

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The globe in the bedroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

I’ve placed the globe in the bedroom on top of my tower of two smallish chests of drawers after some re-organizing of other stuff. It is connected to the electric outlet that has a timer, so how it looks lighted there, I will only see tonight.

What I do see though is that I have to change the curtain there to something less colorful. It is a bit much with the globe in front of this colorful curtain.

The globe has got a new home and after cleaning all its parts (except the inside of the globe), it now almost doesn’t smell of cigarette-smoke any longer.

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The globe by the bedroom-window. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016


Adobe Bridge and El Capitain


If you like me are using Adobe Bridge to import images from camera or smartphone AND has updated to Mac OS X 10.11.x El Capitain, then there is something you need to know. Importing from iPhones and iPads and certain cameras doesn’t work if you choose “Get Photos from Camera…”. Adobe Bridge doesn’t “see” the devices and says that there isn’t any device connected if you choose “Get Photos from Camera…”.

If you use Get Photos from Camera in El Capitain

According to Adobe: On Mac OS 10.11, Bridge CC does not recognize the following types of devices:

  • Devices (such as cameras or Android-based devices) connected in PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) or MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) mode
  • iDevices such as iPad or iPhone

Instead of choosing “Get Photos from Camera…” you should choose “Import from Device…” to import your images.

Bridge “Import from Device”

You will not get all the options with this choice as you do with “Get Photos from Camera…”, but at least you can import your images from those devices (smart phones, iPads and certain cameras) that are not supported by Adobe Bridge in El Capitain.

Import from Device in Adobe Bridge

If Bridge is pointing to a folder you have earlier imported to, it shows which images are in that folder. If you don’t want to import to that folder again, you click on the Import To: at the bottom of the window and choose which existing folder to import to or you create a new folder as destination by choosing “Other…”.

Import To

You can either Download All or choose by clicking on the images which ones to import and choose Download. Then you can use Adobe Bridge as usual by pointing to the folder you want Bridge to manage.

Bridge and “Import from Device…” uses the application Image Capture to import from device. It is just a faster way of doing it if you are already in Adobe Bridge.

This is a temporary situation. Adobe is working on solving it. It is solved in other Adobe applications so, one of these days…

Adobe Bridge

Here is Adobes own explanation.

A visit to Millesgården

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Lemontree at Millesgården. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Last Wednesday Ulla and I visited Millesgården. Both the special exhibition of Josef Franks patterns, textiles, furniture and aquarelles and the park with it sculptures and the home of the sculptor Carl MIlles which used it as his and his wifes summerhouse.

It was a perfect day for visiting. Sunny, blue skies and just the right temperature outside. This time of the year the estate and its sculpture garden is also at its nicest with all the plants and pots with Mediterranean plants.

Between the steps. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

In between the stonesteps in the garden were planted this nice little plant, called “murreva” in Swedish, or Cymbalaria Muralis in Latin. It was everywhere between the heavy stonesteps at Millesgården.

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Millesgården, Europa & the Bull

The first thing you see when you enter the sculpture park at Millesgården is the pool with the sculpture called Europa and the Bull. And then the view out over the water.

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Europa and the Bull at Millesgården. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

I’ve always been fascinated by sculptures. For some reason I have only visit Millesgården once when I was in school, long ago… Didn’t enjoy it then. Though who does as a school-child?

Millesgården, Europa and the Bull pool. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

One of the most famous sculpture here is the one of Poseidon, which also can be found in Gothenburg.

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Poseidon at Millesgården. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Here are some more pictures from our visit. Doubleclick an image to see a larger version, reload the web-page to sort them in a different order, hover over an image to (eventually) get an explanation of it.

We also visited Anne’s house at Millesgården. There the interior had furniture and patterns of Josef Frank. Very contemporary.

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Anne’s house at Millesgården. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016
Anne’s house at Millesgården. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

And of course we also had a “fika” at the much too expensive restaurant almost at the top of the garden. The prices were ridiculous there, as in almost all places where you have no choice of other less expensive restaurants.

The birds in the surroundings also got their share when guests left their tables…

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The flat where I grew up

Brännkyrkagatan 44, the entrance. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

I grew up at Brännkyrkagatan 44, 2nd floor, Stockholm.

It was a one bedroom flat with a hallway, livingroom, entrance,kitchen and diner corner. More about it here including some pictures.

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Brännkyrkagatan 44, 2nd floor. Drawing with Adobe Illustrator CC2015 ©nini.tjader.2016

I don’t have all that many pictures from this flat, only a few presently, but I will add more to that page in the link if and when I find more.

Brännkyrkagatan. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Bye bye Samsung, welcome back HP

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My new HP printer. PHoto: ©nini.tjader.2015

My printer problems continued. I had to say bye-bye to the Samsung printer and got myself a HP printer instead.

The new Samsung SL-C480 color laser printer turned out to be less than compatible with Macintosh and Mac OS X 10.11.2 (my iMac) and 10.10.5 (my MacBook Pro). I installed and deinstalled, I downloaded new drivers directly from Samsung in exchange for those on the install CD. Nothing helped. Once in the blue moon the printer printed one single page. Normally it just printed gibberish. It couldn’t even print a pdf.

The newest drivers available from Samsung were released before Mac Os X 10.11 El Capitan was released. So of course they were not all that compatible. Apart form that it lacked a file it said when trying to install it. After trying to make it work for about a month, I gave up. Installing drivers and getting a printer to function shouldn’t be that difficult. And in this case, impossible. It was good at making color copies, but I really needed to print now and then.

So about two weeks ago I asked my neighbor to take me and the printer back to Netonnet to return the printer and get another one. Was a bit anxious if they would accept the exchange or not as the free 30 day return-period was passed with about 13 days. But to my relief they did accept to take it back when I explained it wasn’t compatible with my Macs (or the iPad or the iPhone either for that matter).

My choice for a new printer was between an HP LaserJet Pro 200 M277dw and a Brother DCP-9020CDW. As I had/have no experience with Brother printers, the choice fell on the HP. I have used HP printers for many years and never really had any problems with them. Both the above are sold at the same price at Netonnet (SEK 2.990) and cost SEK500 more than the Samsung I returned.

The HP printer was (and is) a totally pleasant and good experience from the very first moment. The installation was smooth, fast and easy and HP has drivers for the latest Macintosh OS. Everything just worked from the start. Both on the iMac, the MacBook Pro and the ePrint from the iPhone and the iPad. I am happy. I can finally print – even from the sofa from the iPad. Haven’t tested the copier yet, or the fax (don’t know where to connect it presently – have to find a vacant phoneline for it) or the doublesided printing, or the print from anywhere, or the scanning – but I will, soon. The most important thing was to be able to print. It has all the functions I want, including wifi-printing and much more. The HP toners are expensive, but so are the other firms toners too. May the printer last a long time.

I am happy. I can print again. And I can recommend this HP printer.

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My new HP printer. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

The kitchen wall is finally done

Kitchen wall, before. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

I today finally fixed my kitchen wall. At the beginning of the summer we (I and my neighbor) bought two reinforcing bars. The intended use was to be trellis. One for the rosebush, and one for my neighbors clematis. I put up the one for the rose. My neighbor regretted the buy and didn’t want it any longer. So I bought it from her. Thinking that it would be perfect to put onto the wall in the kitchen to hold various small things.

Kitchen wall, before. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2015

It has been standing there in the kitchen ever since, waiting to be put onto the wall. Today I finally put it up. This is the result.

Kitchenwall, after. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

I got some decorative clothes-pins for hanging things with onto the bars.

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Clothes pins. Photo:©nini.tjader.2015


Also had to slightly re-arrange the plates on the wall and some of the other things. i’m quite pleased with it. This part of the wall is pretty damaged with holes from pins and other things that have previously hung on the wall. Those marks became much more invisible with this solution.

Next time I’ll do something to the kitchen-walls will probably be to give them new wallpaper, or paint them. That will have to wait until I can afford it.

Kitchenwall, after. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Xmas-Moose in Stockholm

Xmas-moose at Nybroplan. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

I was in town yesterday at an Adobe Lightroom seminar. Unusual to have a seminar on a Sunday, but… The theater was filled to the last place.

When we were done it was pitch dark outside so took the opportunity to go take photos of the Xmas moose at Sergels Torg and Nybroplan.

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Moose at Sergels Torg, Stockholm. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Unfortunately Sergels Torg also this year is filled with building materials and various constructions for the tram-station to be there. Which means you have find a moment between cars passing by and people among the moose in what in other seasons is a fountain to be able to take a picture. At Sergels Torg there is mother+father+baby moose and a couple of fir-trees.

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Moose at Sergels Torg, Stockholm. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Some think that the moose aren’t appropriate for Xmas decoration in Stockholm. Or that they are ugly. I don’t. Rather a couple of lit moose and fir-trees than a lot of Santas and stars or similar in various colors. Of course, moose have nothing to do with Xmas, but that is exactly what I like about these decorations. The light up the place and are fascinating where they stand. Especially if ti is really dark.

This year there were seven (7) moose at Nybroplan. Last year there were five (5) I think.

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Xmas-Moose at Nybroplan. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2015

I only had my mobile (iPhone 5S) as it was unsure when I left home if it should rain or not in the evening. But using the iPhone was fine. (The rain started when i was waiting for the bus and almost home).

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Xmas moose at Nybroplan. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

The moose at Nybroplan are mightier than those at Sergels torg. There is more of them (and no fir-trees) and it is darker there. They come in a group and look like they are on their way into the center of town…

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Xmas moose at Nybroplan, Stockholm. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

I shot the moose also last year. It was then published at my Swedish blog. I called it “Älgarna demonstrerar”/”The moose are demonstrating” because I came to think of a an old song from the 70-ties with that name when I at first saw them. The song and a video on YouTube can be found here. Last years pictures were shot earlier in the day with more light. The darkness of yesterday was better for showing the lit moose.

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Xmas moose at Nybroplan. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

New, oval plates

The old plates. Photo:©nini.tjader.2015

For years now I’ve been looking for oval plates. I’ve hade those grey ones from Ikea for ages, but never really liked them. That is, I’ve never really liked the look of them. I’ve always liked their size and how much you can put on them at the same time.

The old plates. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

They are heavy. The surface started looking cracked (if you look closely) quite some time ago. I normally like the color grey, but not on these plates. Problem was, there were no other oval plates to be had when I bought these ones at Ikea years ago.

New oval plates. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

But last week I found the perfect plates. At Åhléns. SEK 149 a piece. I was in town and thought I’d look if they had any oval plates. And they did. Called “Bon”, one of several models in a whole series of plates.

The new plates. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

They are white, simple and oval. Just the model I’ve been look for the last couple of years.

New, oval plates. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Perfect. Just the right size to have salad, potatoes and a steak on them at the same time.

I didn’t look closely on the other plates of the same series, but I will next time I’m in town.

More new plates. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

I recently also bought two new plates at Ikea. Also oval, but with a higher edge.

New oval plates from Ikea. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

These ones are good for wetter food or pasta with a sauce or a salad.

Oval plates from Ikea. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Used them last time Ulla was here and we had meat casserole which was rather wet. They are too narrow though for salad, potatoes and a steak.

New plates. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

It isn’t easy to find nice, oval plates. But don’t give up, they are out there. I’ve seen several over the years when I’ve been looking, but then most of them have been too big and not meant to eat from but only to server from. My new ones of course can also be used for serving the food, but they are also the right size to eat from. Depending on which food of course.

And I love white plates. Not colored, not patterned. White.

The old grey oval plates will be thrown out next time we go to the recycling station.

The new plates. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Bye, bye HP – Welcome Samsung

My old HP ColorLaser Printer. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

I am finally saying bye bye HP to my old, defect HP color laser printer, and welcome to a brand new Samsung printer.

HP Color Laser Jet 2600n. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

I got that HP color LaserJet 2600n for FREE from my last employer (the big daily newspaper) where I worked at the support department. It was going to be thrown out and exchanged for other printers that could be run only by identifying yourself with your card of access to the offices. It was used at the newspaper for a couple of years and have served me well for at lest some seven years or so.

The innards of my old HP color laser printer. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

For quite some time now it has been leaking toner onto the printers innards. This time CYAN. It has happened before, but then it was the YELLOW. I then got a new toner cartridge from the toner suppliers. This time I just gave up. I didn’t want to throw more money after this old printer. Especially as the the HP toners are quite expensive and I have to pay them myself. The toners aren’t even all that good. They are re-filled, re-used ones. I decided already a couple of month ago, when the printer started printing with blue stripes all over the paper, that I would not buy any more toners for it when it would be unusable. (I still wonder though where in the printer it keeps the surplus toner that all lasers produce, the wasted toner powder that is… never found that out).

So I began looking for a new color laser printer. A current one, with features like copy, scan, wi-fi (to be able to print from iPhone and iPad) etc. And it had to be a laser and had to be color. I looked at several ones. In the end the choice stood between a Brother and a Samsung. In the end I choose a new model from Samsung.

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My new Samsung color laser printer. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Friday I went with my neighbor (who has a car) to the nearest Netonnet shop and bought a Samsung SL-C480 color laser printer. Welcome Samsung.

So. Now begins that painful period of getting to know all the quirks of this printer… And quirks there are.

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Samsung laser color printer. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

I’ve always downloaded the latest drivers from provider instead of using the ones provided on an installation CD/DVD. Normally those are newer/updated than on the installation CD/DVDs. So I did this time as well. And then it wouldn’t print anything but gibberish… An occasional page of real print, but most of the time gibberish. Wasted lots of paper on that. Today I uninstalled the printer drivers and installed from the CD instead. Same problem. One page printed, then gibberish on lots of papers before I managed to cancel the printing.

Then I found a trick. Quit the Samsung printer application after one successful print. Start the next print-job. That automatically starts the printer and the print application. And it prints as supposed to, one print-job at the time. Hm.

At least now I can print again and it prints beautifully both in black and color. I don’t know if the printing problems have something to do with my operating system (El Capitan10.11.1) or the Samsung drivers.

The printing problem (gibberish on several papers) appeared in any application I tried to print from. My MBP is still not El Capitan so will test from there when I have installed the drivers on it. I’ll wait for a while with updating the drivers again, now that I actually can print even though it requires a restart of the printing application between each print.

Also tested the copier. Nice to be able to copy in color. Works fantastic. Remains to test the wifi printing and the NFC printing… and the scanning. It installs a TWAIN driver. I thought TWAIN was dead? I didn’t buy this printer for the scanning though as I have an old Canon scanner and VueScan to run it. But I will try the scanning too.

It is nice to finally be able to print at all and not having big blue blemishes all over the print-out… The Samsung toners also cost less than the HP ones.

Samsung Color Laser Printer. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

TBT Work lying down

Yours truly testing the workstation lying dow.

[TBT THROW BACK THURSDAY] Lately there have been lots of images on FaceBook and other sites of a workstation for working lying down. During the period 1982-04-19 – 1989-01-09 I worked at Arbetslivscentrum, Stockholm (later Institutet för Arbetslivsforskning) as a project assistant (1 year), then administrative assistant, secretary to one of the research directors in one of the research departments. Our department researched in the areas of work organization and computers – coordinator of jobs for the assistants and assigner of jobs to the assistants, economic administration for the department. Parallell to this from December 1984 I was the main operator for the Macintosh installations in the house, responsible for three networks with a total of 70 Macintoshes. All support and installations and internal training programs.

The image above is from 1988. We were testing workstations of different kinds, among them one for working lying down, together with Ergonomi Design Gruppen (EDG). Conditions were very different in 1988 than today as there were no portables, no pads, no smartphones and no flatscreens. We used a Macintosh Plus… and hoped it wouldn’t fall down on the person sitting there testing the chair… You can easily say that we were too early with what we wanted to achieve. Conditions today are much different.

Workstation from http://altwork.com/

Above tone of the images from Altwork.com that lately has been seen in various social media and on various websites. If you visit the site, there are more images and a video about the ideas around it.

The image with me in that contraption above was what I immediately thought about when seeing the Altwork workstation. The image of me and our workstation was published in a leaflet about how to make offices better in an ergonomic and organizational way. The leaflet was called Bakom Knuten, News from Knut-Projektet, December 1988. Still today, the leaflet is interesting. Some of those ideas have since been implemented, like working and meeting more flexibly standing up for instance.

Stokke zero gravity chair. Image from the internet.

We also tested various ergonomic chairs. The one above was good for relaxing or reading, but at the time not something you could use in front of a computer. Today yes, as there are pads of various sorts. Some found it difficult to use and were a bit afraid of using it as it leans quite far backwards.

Stokke kneechair
Stokke kneechair. Image from the internet.

One of them, the above kneechair from Stokke, stayed with us permanently as it turned out to be very comfortable and good to sit on and work. It was relaxing for your back. Trick was to not hang on your knees on it. I’ve missed that chair ever since… (I left that job in januari 1989 to join an Apple Center).

This was a research project. Some of it has become reality since, but not everything. Particularly the design of office furniture isn’t really there yet. Some of the more advanced ideas about how it would come to be in 2003, that were in that leaflet, seem dated today. Development on the technical side also has advanced much faster than the researchers then could foresee. It is interesting to compare the ideas from 1988 with the reality of today. To work lying down still has a long way to go though I think.