Old blogs online

Posted on Wednesday 27 July 2011 at 2:25 pm in category: Nerds, Whatever
In the past week 9 people read this, in the past month 31 people read this.

Much to my surprise, I've found an old backup of some blogs I wrote before 2008. to my surprise, because I'm not much of a backer-upper. Anyway, they are online now, becasue I was able to import them to this blog, that runs on PivotX.

There's only one problem...picutres in those blogs are not shown until I open the actual blog, and save it again. 

They're all in Dutch, by the way.

Old blogs online


A sign in my yard & a tip to save money

Posted on Tuesday 12 April 2011 at 09:09 am in category: USA
In the past week 11 people read this, in the past month 44 people read this.

Today, I have taken my 'being an american' to a whole new level. I now have a sign in my yard. The United States is the only country I know where people express their political views by putting a sign in their yard. Especially when elections are coming closer, almost every house will have a sign (or more than one) to tell you who or what to vote for. In The Netherlands only die-hard partisans would do this. The rest of the population would probably rather have a red hot soldering iron shoved up their nose than tell anybody what their political preferences are.

American politics differ from Dutch politics in a lot of ways. For example, most of the time when voting here in the US, you have two choices for every issue: who is going to be president (choose between these two idiots please), if you are in favor of a tax raise to keep the school going (yes or no), if you agree on having bars serve alcohol on Sundays (yes or no) and a ton of other things.

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A sign in my yard & a tip to save money


This is not an April Fools joke

Posted on Thursday 31 March 2011 at 3:27 pm in category: Whatever
In the past week 8 people read this, in the past month 28 people read this.

I admit, it was an easy joke to make. Yesterday I tweeted that I would give away 50 iPads today. As we all know, today is April 1st, historically a day that people publish hoaxes and other stuff that's meant to be funny. So no, it wasn't true. I was just trying to see if it would spread. And it did.

But I didn't expect is that it would take off the way it did. Within a couple of hours, the tweet had been retweeted and re-retweeted and even more often re-re-retweeted. Lots of people started 'following' me. Of course, by the time most people retweeted, the treshold of 50 had already been passed, so most of those re-tweeters would not stand a chance anyway.

However, today I really do want to give something away. I know it is not an iPad, but hey, it's free, and I thought somebody might be able to put it to good use, or maybe know somebody that could use it. It is my trusted Dell Latitude D800 laptop. It's not new, but it isn't really old either. It has a 1.7GHz Pentium Mobile processor, 1GB of RAM, is ready for WiFi and all that stuff, and has a DVD burner in it as well. I'll throw in the original laptop bag it came in as well. And before I ship it, I will do a clean install of Ubuntu 10.10, so we have no issues with licenses and stuff.

All you need to do to get it is this: explain in an e-mail why you want or need it, in English or Dutch, preferably without spelling or grammar errors. If you convince me, it's yours. You can either come pick it up or pay for shipping, whatever you want.

Below is this text in Dutch.


En nu in het Nederlands:

Ik geef toe dat het een makkelijke grap was. Gisteren tweette ik dat ik vandaag 50 iPads weg zou gaan geven. Vandaag is het natuurlijk 1 april, en het was dus een grap. Ik wilde gewoon eens zien hoe snel zoiets zich zou verspreiden.

Maar dat het zó zou gaan, had ik ook niet verwacht. Binnen een paar uur was het berichtje honderden keren geretweet, gere-retweet en zelfs nog vaker gere-re-retweet. Opeens werd ik door een heleboel mensen 'gevolgd'. Natuurlijk maakten de meesten van deze re-tweeters sowieso geen kans, want de 50 retweets waren binnen enkele minuten al gepasseerd.

Vandaag ga ik echter wel echt iets weggeven. Het is dan wel geen iPad, maar er zal best iemand zijn die er iets mee kan, of misschien ken je iemand die er iets mee kan. Het is mijn gebruikte Dell Latitude D800 laptop, met 1.7 GHz Pentium Mobile processor, 1GB RAM, DVD burner, WiFi. Ik zorg ervoor dat Ubunut 10.10 er schoon op geinstalleerd wordt voordat hij weggaat. En je krijgt de laptop tas er ook nog bij.

Hier is wat je ervoor moet doen: stuur even een e-mailtje, en leg uit waarom je de laptop wilt hebben (bij voorkeur met correcte spelling en grammatica). Als je me kunt overtuigen, is de laptop van jou. Het enige wat je dan hoeft te doen is de portokosten betalen. Of ophalen natuurlijk.

This is not an April Fools joke


A Google Netbook!

Posted on Thursday 09 December 2010 at 10:57 pm in category: Nerds
In the past week 11 people read this, in the past month 39 people read this.

Google Cr-48

A couple of days ago, I saw this blogpost on engadget.com. Of course I signed up for the test-drive right away, thinking I would probably never get one, but it was worth a shot. No confirmation, nothing. So you can imagine my surprise when I came home this afternoon, finding a UPS box addressed to me. This could only mean one thing! Inside the UPS box was another, gorgeously designed box.

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A Google Netbook!


Thanksgiving

Posted on Wednesday 24 November 2010 at 11:12 am in category: USA
In the past week 6 people read this, in the past month 27 people read this.

Kalkoen

De tijd vliegt, en dus is het morgen alweer Thanksgiving, een feestdag die gekenmerkt wordt door het eten van een kalkoen in besloten kring, en 'Black Friday' de volgende dag, waarop mensen om drie uur 's ochtends gaan winkelen om hoge kortingen te krijgen, zodat de grote winkelketens aan het eind van het jaar een positief financiëel rapport kunnen publiceren.

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Thanksgiving


Een onderbroek op de parkeerplaats

Posted on Friday 19 November 2010 at 09:01 am in category: Whatever
In the past week 8 people read this, in the past month 30 people read this.

onderbroek

Normaal gesproken rijd ik in een staat van half-slaap naar mijn werk 's ochtends. Als ik mijn oprit af ben, moet ik één keer een bocht naar links maken, dan één naar rechts, vervolgens een minuut of tien rechtdoor, en dan een laatste bocht naar links, en ik ben er. Ik hoef dus niet echt goed wakker te zijn om er te komen.

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Een onderbroek op de parkeerplaats


A new layout

Posted on Wednesday 17 November 2010 at 10:26 pm in category: Nerds
In the past week 10 people read this, in the past month 38 people read this.

Spiderweb

Finally, I decided to change the layout of this blog, hoping it will encourage me to update it on a more regular basis. I agree that it doesn't look very snazzy or colorful, but that wasn't the intention either. I like it simple, and I'm not in the mood for vibrant colors either.

A couple of remarks about the design:

If you're using Internet Explorer to look at it, the header doesn't look very good, but then you're probably used to seeing crappy websites, so you might not care. I used some CSS3 thingies in there, and Internet Explorer is notorious for not following standards like the other browsers. For people that use an old browser: this is what it would look like if you used Opera, Firefox, Chrome or Safari:

Now go upgrade your browser!

I used the Google Font Directory for the first time too, and I must say it works like a charm.

And of course, it is all powered by the fantastic PivotX, a product that makes me proud to be Dutch.

A new layout