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    Karianne Ekern is a developer in Vivaldiโ€™s Android team. Last month she answered a few questions for Norwegian tech site We picked her inspiring story to start us off in the new year.

    Click here to see the full blog post

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    Interviews like this fascinate me. I find the Vivaldi team to be unique - both as to purpose and as to consciousness.

  • First for 2020!
    Happy New Year! ๐Ÿš€ ๐ŸŽ†

    Great interview - and such a nice early surprise, you guys are really on the ball for the new year ๐Ÿ™‚
    Getting a job at Opera after graduation must've been the Dream Job.

    Any plans of bringing the three Jon interviews out from behind the Digi paywall too? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • I note that Karianne is a keen runner and interested in reducing her carbon footprint. I also see that the main downside of her job is that it is too sedentary. This is a major health problem for many of us these days โ€” we spend most of the day sitting down.

    I wonder if a laptop could be powered by a bicycle. Looking online, it seems that a fit person might manage to produce 0.2 kwh while pedalling. Is that enough to power a modern laptop?

    What can technical innovation do to improve the efficiency of bicycle or treadmill power generators and reduce the power consumption of computers?

    I reckon one could learn to work while riding an exercise bike or walking on a treadmill. It might save those hours running to and from work, leaving more time to spend with the children.

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    Really nice article. Interesting side note, she is not the only marathon runner in Vivaldi. We have at least two others currently working here. We also have at least one caving specialist, another who is an adventurer (who walks very long distances) and several people with interesting in different forms of cycling.

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    I reckon one could learn to work while riding an exercise bike or walking on a treadmill. It might save those hours running to and from work, leaving more time to spend with the children.

    Save? You make it sound like a chore. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I am pretty sure that Karianne does not see it that way. Plus, I suspect a large part of the joy is being outside and making the commute more interesting. It is not purely an exercise thing. My own commute is actually one of my daily highlights. Even when conditions are โ€˜badโ€™ I still enjoy it. As for saving time, many of us have very short commutes to work. This is one of the great things about small cities like Oslo or Reykjavรญk.

    Also it is worth considering that work/life balance is encouraged by Vivaldi, so we do spend a fair amount of time with our families. The office here in Norway even has a dedicated kids play room and several of us bring our kids into the office regularly. We are also encouraged to bring our families with us on yearly get together in the US.

  • @ruario: That's the problem in a lot of North America. For me, it's at least a 40 minute drive to work, then after spending hours sitting at work I have to spend another 40-60 minutes sitting in a car again. With so much time spent on the commute, squeezing in exercise in the little bit of time in the day you have left in the day does feel like a chore.

    I've had some time off for the Christmas break and the weather has been disturbingly warm so far this winter, so I've been taking walks in the morning. And it's actually really nice and doesn't feel like a waste of time when there isn't a big time crunch.

    It's nice to hear how well Vivaldi treats its employees.

  • Thank for your great work.

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    @ugly: Yes I understand that it is a problem for many. I previously lived in London (UK) and had a commute that took around an hour (I worked just outside of London). When I first moved to Oslo (Norway) to work at Opera, my commute was cut to a 7 mins walk to the office. It was quite a revelation! Nonetheless I prefer the longer commute I have now via unicycle as it gives me more time to think about things.

    All that said, even in London at least the transport links were good enough that I never had to drive. I used a train, with a folding bike either side of the main journey to do the last leg parts. While I prefer the commute I do today, using a train over driving at least allowed me to relax and read a book or the newspaper. I was never stuck in a car, in traffic.

    For those of you in parts of the world where car transport is your only option and you have to deal with being stuck in traffic, I really feel for you and hope that with the right political pressure mass transit and cycling options can become more normalised.

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    Oslo has heavily invested in cycling in the last few years (it was the 2019 European Green Capital). It is still a long way off the great cycling cities of the world, like Copenhagen and Amsterdam but with recent investments (new cycle lanes and better snow clearing programs) and the rise in electrically assisted bikes (to overcome our hills), it is moving up the ranks. We got to position seven in the Copenhagenize Index, last year just above Paris (which is also making great strides in recent years).

    In my opinion these moves have benefited not just cyclists but all of Oslo's citizens, which is probably why the total road deaths in Oslo for 2019 was ONE!

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    Some perspective on what an achievement 1 is. Oslo is relatively small with a population of only 673k but Portland, Oregon has a 657k and had 51 road deaths.

  • @ruario @ruario Also, considering Oslo is a very hilly city, while most of the cities in the list are basically flat as pancakes, I'd say it's quite an achievement even being on the list. Shows that voting Green helps ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Very interesting, even if I understand little of the technical stuff! (My programming is confined to Sinclair Basic and writing macros in WordPerfect.) And all with three small children! Brilliant, thank you! Happy New Year!

  • Hi! Great to know about your dev history. I'm a long-time vivaldi user and appreciate your work

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