Antti Kupila

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View over the green room at Sid Lee, Montreal

Crew12.se released!

Yeah, after a couple hours of hard work, the site is out.

Crew 12 splash

www.crew12.se

Behind the scenes of Crew12.se

Our awesome backstage team here at Crew 12 have filmed, edited and now released a short film that describes the journey to this year’s crewsite. It mostly focuses on the filming part, which obviously isn’t all (trust me, there’s a hell of a lot of actionscript behind it too!), but if nothing else I hope you understand the scale of this project by checking out the movie.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PT3QIrmrc6Y]

A couple more days. Mark monday the 19th in your calendar.

www.crew12.se

Two hours with Fredrik Härén

We at Hyper Island had yet another super interesting lecture, this time with Fredrik Härén, who spoke about creativity and ideas.

Fredrik is a natural speaker (well, he does it for a living, so that’s probably what you’d expect), and content was really great. In just two hours we was able to inspire probably everybody in the class to think in another way, to think outside of the box pretty literally. In addition to this he interacted a lot with the audience and spiced it up with loads of humor, which of course stepped it all up yet another notch. There’s no way i can convey what he said in written text or even in person, especially not in a short blogpost, but .. i guess it’s worth writing about anyway :)

idea=p(k+i)

So, what’s an idea? Fredrik showed us this formula.

  • P = Person
  • K = knowledge
  • I = input

So basically an idea is a person combining his or her knowledge with outside input. Interesting concept, but when you think of it, it becomes more reasonable – give me one idea that hasn’t isn’t a combination of something existing. So, with having more knowledge and more input, you get more ideas. As simple as that. Yeah, i know it doesn’t sound like that here, but sure felt like that after the lecture ;)

Anyway, i can’t do much more here than express my gratitude to Hyper for arranging the lecture, and Fredrik of course, for coming. If you have a chance to attend a lecture with him, do it. He’s a funny guy with good stuff to say, definitely worth a couple bucks (in return you’ll get ideas that will make you a millionare) ;)

Fredrik Härén is a writer and has written a whole bunch of books of which one, the ideabook, seemed really interesting. I’ll most definitely be getting that one.

www.interesting.org
www.theideabook.org

The final teaser is out

The 6th and final Crew 12 teaser called “the preparation” has been released.
Check it out at www.crew12.se

The Preparation - www.crew12.se

So, now there’s just two weeks to the final release. Exciting, isn’t it? ;)

MacBook Pro battery problems

This is seriously uncool.
I mean, my mac has been great, but look at this (click for bigger images):

Battery bulge

Yeah. It’s a bit bulged. I’ve read about this happening to others too, but this is almost worse than other pics i’ve seen, the gap there is over 1cm!

I noticed that my batterytime had gone down a lot a week ago or so. I checked my battery capacity with coconutBattery and noticed that the capacity had gone down to 94%. Ok, i thought, the battery won’t stay new forever. Checked a couple days later again and was down to 84%. Uhh..

A couple days later i noticed that the battery would run out of power really quickly, in 1:30 or so, much faster than before. I checkede the capacity with coconutBattery again and noticed it had gone down to 66%, in two additional days! This can’t be good.. After this i started checking the capacity daily. Today’s result was 57%, with 206 load cycles.

coconutbattery
(Click image for full history. It shows -1 mAh now, because i don’t have the battery plugged at all, running on AC. No way am i putting it in anymore)

Ok. Not good. The battery would die out in about 1:15, after being fully charged. The computer also shut down even if there was 80% power in the battery. Something was definitely wrong. So, i decided i have to call apple support, ’cause this can’t lead to anything good. That was yesterday.

This was today:
Bulged macbook pro battery

While i was working today i noticed that my computer would tilt very easily. I flipped the laptop and noticed this. Yep. Didn’t have time to call today but i guess i have real reason to call now. If this isn’t a valid reason to get a new battery, i don’t know what is :)

Bulged macbook pro battery

I’ll update when i can write a blogpost without being restricted by the AC cable.

It’s a shame that problems like these come up. In general i really love apple’s products, but this .. well, this is simply not acceptable. Come on, you can do better than this!

Update

I got the new battery from Apple. I’ve got to say that they handled all that pretty well, no problems no nothing. A friendly UPS guy delivered the new battery to my home door. I could also say that the old battery is now about double the size it was when i took the images in this post. It bulged from the bottom too. Insane.. Well, the good part with all this is that I got a new battery, which is even better than the original one. According to coconutBattery the capacity is 6719mAh! Then again this could also be because it’s not properly calibrated yet, or something..

Update 2, June 14, 2009

Happened again to the replaced battery. Kinda worried about the built in batteries in the new macbook pro’s..

Battery bulge