Friday, June 28, 2019

Pod interview + New Hotels Guide (my new website!)


A few days ago I got podcast interviewed by Viggo Cavling.

The interview in Swedish. If you listen to it you have to understand that Viggo pulls out the tape recorder the same second he steps through the door at Knackeriet, and begins firing off questions like crazy. I get somewhat surprised and Viggo is quite entertaining with his bare appearance which makes hard for me not to giggle my way through the interview for the first ten minutes.

The we cool down a bit and talk about Tripbirds (my old startup), Boutiquehotel.me (the site I have with Jonatan) and my newly launched site Ping-pong-hotels.

At the end of the interview I have a surprise for Viggo: That I have built a NEW website just for HIM (and people like him!). It's called New Hotels Guide!

New Hotels Guide 

The background is that Viggo wrote in an opinion piece recently that he does not like hotels where hundreds (or thousands!) of people have already slept in the bed and used the toilet. So my new website lets people find newly opened hotels in London, Paris, New York, Berlin and many other cities around the world. :)


Viggo also mentions that he is planning a trip to Lisbon and that what he really is after is "wow hotels" or things like really hand-picked hotel recommendations.

You can listen to the podcast with Viggo Cavling on apple podcasts or acast.

And check out New Hotels Guide too, and let me know what you think. Please note that I can not promise a personal hotel website for each and every journalist - but if you ping me I will do my best!! 😊

Monday, June 17, 2019

Ping pong hotels!


Which is the world's most popular sport?

This could come as a surprise to some people but it might actually be table tennis.

According to credible sources, table tennis has more active players than soccer.

There are more than 300 million active table tennis players in the world, compared to about 265 million soccer players. These numbers are referring to people who play table tennis every week for at least 30 minutes. Official numbers are quite hard to find, but it seems that all in all there are a total of 900 million table tennis players worldwide.

Based on these numbers, I thought it was strange that there was no website for people who want to play table tennis while on vacation.

Happy people playing ping pong on vacation. 

If 265 million people play table tennis every week, wouldn't at least some of them want to play table tennis while on vacation, as well? Or when travelling abroad, for work? Table tennis could also be the world's most social sport, a great way to meet new people. A a matter of fact, many of you readers will have played table tennis on you past vacations, as a way to meet new people.

So in order to help all you ping-pong players out there, I have created the world first ping pong hotel website! Welcome to ping-pong-hotels.com

Here you can find the best ping pong hotels in many thousand cities worldwide. The site is updated every week, with new ping pong hotels and pictures of their table tennis facilities.

The site uses AI (=artificial intelligence) in the form of image recognition to find real pictures of table tennis facilities at the hotels. Many hotels have their ping pong tables tucked away in the basements. I want to encourage hotels to put the ping pong tables in their "front and center" social areas, and take nice pictures of them. Like these hotels in BerlinBarcelonaParis and Los Angeles. The image recognition is not always perfect, but it will get better over time. But note that if ping-pong-hotels.com says that a hotel has table tennis facilities then this is 100% verified.


 Table tennis hotels

Currently, ping-pong-hotels.com lists more than 85.000 hotels with verified table tennis facilities. Do you know which countries have the most table tennis hotels? Here is the top ten list, which might surprise you a little. (I thought Germany would top the list, but I was wrong.)

Italy - 10510 table tennis hotels
France - 8371 table tennis hotels
Spain - 5885 table tennis hotels
Austria - 5041 table tennis hotels
United States - 4422 table tennis hotels
Germany - 4408 table tennis hotels
Russia - 3395 table tennis hotels
Brazil - 3246 table tennis hotels
Hungary - 2473 table tennis hotels
Poland - 2419 table tennis hotels

If you need more info, send an email to ted + @ + tedvalentin.com! 


Friday, March 22, 2019

Barbro Thörn, saknad kyrko-recensent

Barbro Thörn, hÀngiven anvÀndare pÄ en av mina sajter, Kyrkokartan, har tyvÀrr gÄtt bort.

Barbro Thörn, lÄngt innan jag stiftade hennes bekantskap

Jag har skrivit om Barbro ett par gĂ„nger tidigare hĂ€r: Barbro Ă€r grym och Barbro och det magiska numret.

Kyrkokartan startade jag i november 2008 efter att Mattias Hallberg pÄ Svenska Kyrkan hörde av sig med "en idé". Jag skrev om bakgrunden hÀr. NÄgra mÄnader senare hade Barbro hittat till sajten och redan hunnit skriva tusen kyrkorecensioner!

Sannolikheten Ă€r stor att du har lĂ€st en av hennes texter, eller sett en av hennes bilder nĂ„gon gĂ„ng under de senaste tio Ă„ren. En stor del av den svenska internetanvĂ€ndarna har vid *nĂ„got* tillfĂ€lle besökt sajten. ComputerSweden gjorde en intervju med Barbro hĂ€r.
" - Jag har samlat kyrkor i ett antal Är. Jag har sÀkert 6 000 bilder och de ligger hÀr i kartonger. Vad ska jag göra med dem, frÄgade jag mig? DÄ hittade jag Teds sajt. Perfekt! DÄ fick jag anvÀndning av alltihopa." - Barbro till ComputerSweden
Barbro och jag trÀffades aldrig i verkligheten, men vi hade kontakt under tio Ärs tid pÄ e-post och messenger. Det var alltid trevligt. För det mesta handlade det om praktiska smÄ saker: kyrkor som fÄtt fel positioner, avkristnade kyrkobyggnader och dubbletter i databasen.

Barbro fortsatte att ladda upp bilder pÄ Kyrkokartan, nÀstan dagligen. Mikael Mogren, biskop i VÀsterÄs stift, skriver pÄ DN.se:
"UngefÀr 3.000 kyrkor och kapell i Sverige hann hon besöka och nÀra 25.000 utvalda bilder har hon publicerat pÄ Kyrkokartan.se. Det Àr i sanning ett enastÄende arv som hon har lÀmnat till framtiden." - ur minnesordet till Barbro pÄ DN.se
SÄ hÀr minns vi Barbro frÄn Kyrkokartan:


Barbro Àr saknad. Hon blev 78 Är. Hennes bilder och texter hjÀlper varje dag mÀnniskor i Sverige att hitta kyrkor - för utflykter, dop, bröllop och begravningar. Jag ska göra mitt bÀsta för att det ska leva vidare.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Knackeriet Äret som gÄtt

HĂ€r kommer nĂ„gra bilder frĂ„n Ă„rets som gĂ„tt pĂ„ Knackeriet, det medlems-community för kul folk och smarta entreprenörer som jag grundat i Gamla Stan. Det Ă€r nĂ€stan ofattbart hur mycket trevligt vi har hunnit med pĂ„ bara ett Ă„r. Dessutom har ju vĂ„ra medlemmar hunnit jobba en del, faktiskt. Bilderna Ă€r inte i nĂ„gon speciell ordning :)

Knackeriet Offsite pÄ Möja
Knackeriet, vanlig onsdagsfrukost

Knackeriets Ärliga KrÀftskiva

Knackeriets Sommarfest

Knackeriets BÄtsÀllskap, en av mÄnga utflykter

SommarhÀng pÄ innergÄrden

Knackeriets Ă„rliga Skid-Offsite

Knackeriets Julbord ombord M/S Enköping
Knackeriets Ă„rliga Luciafirande

Ett av flera fina kalas!

Tack till alla fina Knackerister som gör Knackis till en sÄ fantastisk plats. Och tack till Nora, vÄe office manager och Olga, vÄr chief Knacker!



Screenshot testing to find UI bugs

A friend here at Knackeriet is developing a tool to find UI bugs by taking screenshots across many different browsers. It's called Happo.io.

In the past I used Browserstack to make sure that frontend changes I made on my websites didn't break the design in different browsers. But that was very time consuming, and sometimes visual bugs could still slip through.

UI screenshot testing - Happo

Happo generates screenshots of selected segments of a webpage, and all the visual changes are reported, and can be easily compared with the original segments. That makes the whole experience of doing frontend changes to a website a lot smoother.