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30 January 06 - 23:45

QOTD January 30 2006

Eleanor Roosevelt: "The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience."

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29 January 06 - 23:18

A1 & Jos Verstappen


Jos Verstappen won the A1 Grand Prix in Durban, South Africa today!!!
A great race! Check out www.verstappen.nl (in dutch).

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27 January 06 - 17:01

QOTD January 27 2006

Sydney Smith: "There is one piece of advice, in a life of study, which I think no one will object to; and that is, every now and then to be completely idle - to do nothing at all."

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26 January 06 - 21:48


For those who don't know; I play volleyball with Quintus from Kwintsheul (a tiny tiny village in the neighborhood). Not on a very high level (regional competition, 3rd class), but that might change!

We're currently #1 ranked after 14 out of 22 games and yesterday we made a big step towards a possible championship...we played against #2, Kalinko, who were 2 points behind...after a tough and tight game we won 3-1 (with a last set won by 25-11 !!). He he he, they're 4 points behind now! I'm sure the other teams in the competition have a difficult nut to crack now! YEAHHH!

For everyone who is interested in the ranking, check out the NEVOBO volleyball site (only in dutch, sorry!). I'm playing in the first men team (Quintus H1).

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24 January 06 - 07:19

Martine's Birthday!

Happy Birthday sis!

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23 January 06 - 16:13

QOTD January 23 2006

Eric Hoffer: "A preoccupation with the future not only prevents us from seeing the present as it is but often prompts us to rearrange the past."

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20 January 06 - 18:39

Birdie, birdie...

Finally, a bird found his way to our front yard...it's not 'just' a bird...it's the:

'Parus major' in Latin, 'Koolmees' in dutch and 'Great Tit' in english...?!? Awesome name for a bird! :)

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19 January 06 - 23:26

One year anniversary of my domain!

It crossed my mind multiple times over the last week, but completely forgot about it when posting the last days:

Last week Thursday was the first anniversary of my own domain!!

This weblog didn't start till some months after, had to put some thought in setup and design, but it all starts with a domain registration, eh?

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18 January 06 - 23:59

What the bleep do we know?

Saw a very, very interesting movie tonight;

What the Bleep Do We Know?! (or; What the #$*! Do We Know?!).

A cross-over between Quantum Mechanics, Spirituality, Religion, Emotion, Materialism and above all Unity.

All in all it's like science meeting spirituality, brought in a conceptial way that will open the eyes of people.

I have always thought that those two were not seperated (like some would like one to believe), the movie proofs it, well...at least that's my truth :)

A great movie, a great movement! Go and rent the DVD (or download it, ssttt...I didn't tell you :)).

It made me remember stuff that was already inside, but deeper than I thought it was...it all felt like home-coming...amazing stuff!

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18 January 06 - 19:51

QOTD January 18 2006

Michele Shea : "Creativity is...seeing something that doesn't exist already. You need to find out how you can bring it into being and that way be a playmate with God."

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18 January 06 - 14:37

Japanese food & Gizzy

I am a sucker for Japanese food ever since I went to Japan in 2004! (check out the website www.gse2004.nl)

Look what my baby made me last week for dinner...I LOVE IT!!

Also in the picture is Gizmo a.k.a. Gizzy, the pussycat who is staying over for some months, until Dana is back from her trip around the world! Luckily we have three cats of our own, so plenty of opportunity to tear the place apart :)

Japanese food & Gizzy

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17 January 06 - 00:06

Apple stock pricing & Intel

Well, this is fun (or for those believing in conspiracy theories; scary!)...I heared it on the Maccast:

Apple's stock price *after* the Macworld Expo Keynote by Steve Jobs, in which he announced the Intel based Macs, was $ 80,86...rings a bell??

For the geeks; the 8086 was the first Intel processor ('back in the days')!! From this processor also came the naming x86 for PC-type processors...WEIRD! :)

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16 January 06 - 18:34

QOTD January 16 2006

Booker T. Washington: "Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome."

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15 January 06 - 02:18

Macworld Expo - what did it bring?

So, following the predictions made last week I now can publish the results as the Expo has ended:

At the same time I found out that I overlooked the possible announcement #5, for the record:

5. Price Increases for iTunes...Odds: 10-1.


For the record...this did NOT happen.

Well, here we go with the other 'results':

10. Mac OS X 10.5...Odds: 100-1.

Did NOT happen!

9. Intel PowerBook...Odds: 50-1.

DID happen! The name has changed (Macbook Pro) and obviously so have the specs...they did it, surprise the community!

8. iWork '06...Odds: 25-1.

DID happen! Perhaps not a huge upgrade, but still.

7. iLife '06...Odds: 10-1.

DID happen! It includes iPhoto with Photocasting support and iWeb, a great integrated web authoring tool. I saw shitloads of hits on my site for people searching a torrent for iLife 06...sorry, you will not find it here, I suggest you try isohunt.com (I know for a fact that the torrent can be found there...ssstttt! :))

6. Bluetooth remote control...Odds: 10-1.

Did NOT happen.

4. AirPort Ultra...Odds: 10-1

Did NOT happen.

3. 1GB iPod nano...Odds: 3-2.

Did NOT happen.

2. Intel Mac mini...Odds: Even money.

Did NOT happen. Maybe for the best, don't have the real need nor cash, but still would love to have one...in some months perhaps, better timing for sure :)

1. Widescreen Intel iBook.

Did NOT happen. Well, there is a notebook, but not the 'consumer' level one!

So much for the odds...number 1 - 6 didn't happen, 7 - 9 did...it's good I didn't put any money on the table for this one! :)

Steve Jobs last announcement starting with the famous 'oh, one more thing' brought indeed Intel based Macs, the iMac and Macbook Pro. This is a huge surprise...we knew that Intel based Macs were coming after the announcement last year. 'Promised' was that they would hit the market around June this year, starting with the consumer models, followed by the pro-type of machines mid 2007. Expectations were that the Mac mini would be the first one, together with an Intel based iBook...but no, Apple had to do things just a little different, again! Since everything they touch nowadays becomes gold, I guess there should be no doubt that this path will lead to success.

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13 January 06 - 18:00

QOTD January 13 2006

Sophocles: "One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love."

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12 January 06 - 14:58

QOTD January 12 2006

Socrates: "The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance."

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11 January 06 - 06:57

iPod update

Slow on posting these days...no worries, it's 'just' the usual crap at work. It's also the cause that the temporary re-design of my blog holds up a bit longer than expected.
Last update on the iPod; after running the built in disc scan several times, it now holds a smashing 1.9GB of data (out of the 40GB 'available')...darn!
Catchya later y'all, am leaving for a busy day with the EC in Brussels (have just anough podcasts with me to fill the driving hours :)) 

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09 January 06 - 10:18

Broken iPod...


My baby has a damaged harddrive, at least that's what it seems to be.

I cannot put more than 10 songs on it, then it reaches the damaged block and stops.


I really hope the built in iPod diagnostics will help me further with this one!

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09 January 06 - 01:19

iPod diagnostics

I dropped my iPod some days ago (aahhhh!!!) and tonight I experienced the first problems because of it, one of the songs wouldn't open.
So I restored the iPod software, thrashing all the music on it and enjoy the fresh start. Then I figured that it would be nice if I could run some sort of hard disk scan, searched on the net and found the coolest thing; the iPod bhas uilt in diagnostics!!
On my 4G iPod I can enter the diagnostics menu by pressing "BACK" & "SELECT" button while the iPod restarting. It gives me several check, including a hard disk scan! WOW :)
Here's a site with some more info!

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06 January 06 - 23:06

Problem with pictures

The previous pictures disappeared, due to the temporary design...I wonder why?


UPDATE: problem solved...and I don't know why...huh?

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06 January 06 - 22:42

Temporary new design

You can't miss it...I've got a new design.

Reason is the archive issue I've had. As I couldn't solve it for some reason, I installed a fresh copy of my blogging-tool (Pivot, v1.3b3). As this version is using other templates, it will take some time to change back to the previous design while still making use of the advanced functionalities of the new version...time I don't have at the moment :)

Hopefully I've got some time this Sunday!

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06 January 06 - 14:15

Archives down

The archives are down!

Yeahyeah, I screwed up...will fix it tonight!

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05 January 06 - 17:30

QOTD January 5 2006

Victoria Holt: "Never regret. If it's good, it's wonderful. If it's bad, it's experience."

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04 January 06 - 19:06

Macworld Expo coming week

ZDNet published a Top 10 of things Apple could announce at Macworld Expo (held coming week):

Here we go:

10. Mac OS X 10.5...Odds: 100-1.

9. Intel PowerBook...Odds: 50-1.

8. iWork '06...Odds: 25-1.

7. iLife '06...Odds: 10-1.

6. Bluetooth remote control...Odds: 10-1.

4. AirPort Ultra...Odds: 10-1

3. 1GB iPod nano...Odds: 3-2.

2. Intel Mac mini...Odds: Even money.

1. Widescreen Intel iBook.

On one hand I don't hope that we see the Intel Mac mini introduction coming week, as I will have a hard time explain why I would need one at home...
On the other hand...YEAH BABY YEAHHH, GRRROOVY! :)

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03 January 06 - 23:58

QOTD January 3 2006

Malcolm X: "You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom."

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03 January 06 - 20:43

Firefox & P2P

Allpeers, the Firefox killer app!

Firefox eats IE

Found it via Scripting News (Dave Winers blog), the original post is here.
Very cool stuff, integrating bittorrent in the Firefox browser, it makes our life easier, again :)
I'm guessing the internet community will jump on this one and if it works like it is planned it will indeed be a killer app!

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02 January 06 - 17:30

Pohoda 2006!!!

A perfect starter for 2006;
The dates for the Pohoda Festival in Slovakia are known!! Friday 14th and Saturday 15th of July, I've put the dates in my calendar already!! Slovakia, here we come again (and again)!! :)

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01 January 06 - 14:01


Happy New Year everybody!

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