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30 April 06 - 13:21

QOTD April 30 2006

Heinz R. Pagels: "Information is just signs and numbers, while knowledge involves their meaning. What we want is knowledge, but what we get is information."

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29 April 06 - 13:02

Queens Day

Today is Queens Day (Koninginnedag)!

The dutch are celibrating the Queen's official birthday every year on April 30, since that's a Sunday this year we celibrate it today, Saturday April 29.

It's one of the few national holidays we have. Bad luck this year though...it's weekend and we don't get a public holiday back for it :( :(

Celibrating it on April 30 is also a bit twisted since the current Queen Beatrix actually has her Birthday on January 31st?!?

She however stated that she wished to continue celebrating it publicly on April 30, as a mark of respect for her mother, Queen Juliana.

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28 April 06 - 17:38


Tonight we celibrate the 'night before the day' (in dutch: 'de Nach voor de Dag')...tomorrow is Queens Day!

I'll be in The Hague checking out some bands (not Podsafe though...this is the LIVE-shit :)) and perhaps drink some colalalalas!! Uhhhh...;)

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28 April 06 - 10:13

QOTD April 28 2006

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27 April 06 - 11:21

The Ultimate Answer: 42

From Douglas Adams' science fiction series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:

The Answer to The Ultimate Question Of Life, the Universe and Everything is:


Wow, is that all there is to know...42? :)

Currently I'm reading the second book (in the series of five); 'The Restaurant at the End of the Universe'...I love it!

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26 April 06 - 23:44

QOTD April 26 2006

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross: "There is no need to go to India or anywhere else to find peace. You will find that deep place of silence right in your room, your garden or even your bathtub."

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26 April 06 - 23:19

Comment SPAM (3)

I must have some friends in the Pivot development team :)

Two days ago I wrote about the comment spam problems I have, today the developers of the weblog-tool I use (Pivot) released an update, v1.30RC2.

From the release notes: 'Several improvements have been made but by far the biggest improvement is the addition of several tools to prevent and remove spam from your weblogs.'

YEAHHH!! Nice timing! Have just upgraded, let's see if it works!

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25 April 06 - 22:29


Via Kladblog: some people seem to have way too much time at hand. Did YOU ever create a 'Teracomachimici'??

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25 April 06 - 17:40

Smashing Pumpkins news

From the Smashing Pumpkins website: "It's official, The Smashing Pumpkins are currently writing songs for their upcoming album, their first since 2000. no release date has yet been set, but the band plans to begin recording this summer."

Guess we still have to hold on for some months, but things are moving...I subscribed to the mailing list; get the news first hand! :)

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24 April 06 - 23:26

Google images and the Alfa Romeo 159 :)

Last year I posted about a (possible) new company car, the Alfa Romeo 159. I also added a photo taken in the showroom (still a beautiful car!).

When it became clear that it was not possible to have the 159 as a company car, I posted the same photo nicely striked-through in RED. Both photos have been indexed by Google images and especially the last one generates more and more traffic to my site. Actually quite understandable if you do the search yourself (alfa romeo 159)...a page of great pictures of the 159 and then you see this one photo that is striked through, he he he :) :)

I'm still a huge fan of the car!!

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24 April 06 - 22:47

Comment SPAM (2)

Well, that was a nice idea, enabling registration...there is no such option in Pivot(!!), at least not that I found!

Major BUMMER!! Guess I have to find another way to get rid of spammers, hmm...nice...:(

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24 April 06 - 22:28

Comment SPAM

This blog is hit by comment spam quite regularly, but things seem to go worse week after week...I remember switching off the comments section on the homepage, but it didn't stop spammers to stil hit the comments :(

Last measure (one I actually didn't want to take) is to enable registration before any comment can be made...yeah it sucks, but I guess there is no other way, for now.

'Luckily' there are not that many comments to my posts anyway, so hardly anyone will notice :)

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24 April 06 - 21:54

Windows Vista, you wish(ta)!

I'm reading through an interesting article explaining why Microsoft's Windows Vista will be a great disappointment when (if?) introduced coming year, especially if one considers the media-hype that MS has created throughout the last years around Longhorn (the codename previously used for Vista)...'Where Vista Fails'.

Am just halfway the article now and every line makes me an even happier Mac user then I already am! :)

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24 April 06 - 14:42

Evangelize your Blog

Starting a blog? Here's the How-To...well, if you want to make your living out of it, at least so it seems when reading through the tips and tricks of 'How to Evangelize a Blog' by Guy Kawasaki...not all blogs meet his high standards though, including mine :)

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23 April 06 - 03:20


Today's the day...34...not too bad, eh? :)

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22 April 06 - 00:26

Apple & Windows

For the techies :)

Following the release of Intel-based Mac's in the beginning of 2006 and the Boot Camp software enabling a dualboot of Mac OS X and Windows XP earlier this month, Robert X. Cringely shares some interesting viewpoints in the third consecutive week of "What the heck is Apple really doing with Windows?"

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21 April 06 - 23:54

QOTD April 21 2006

Tom Blair: "Silence is one of the great arts of conversation, as allowed by Cicero himself, who says, 'there is not only an art, but an eloquence in it.' A well bred woman may easily and effectually promote the most useful and elegant conversation without speaking a word. The modes of speech are scarcely more variable than the modes of silence."

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20 April 06 - 14:04

QOTD April 20 2006

Norman Vincent Peale: "Change your thoughts and you change your world."

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19 April 06 - 09:33

Second life

For anyone having some (a lot of!) spare time on hand, check out Second Life, built your virtual life and create your own community! It reminds me a lot on Blacksun (now known as Blaxxun), a 3D virtual world which I 'played' in the mid 90's.

Addictive and time-consuming! :)

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19 April 06 - 07:17


I'm subscribed! (and I want in! :))

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18 April 06 - 17:52

Google Calendar (2)

I tried to set a 'reminder by SMS' (text message to my mobile phone) for an event I created in Google Calendar but saw that at this stage unfortunately only US-based carriers are supported...

Google, by when will you support Vodafone?? :)

Still, the application works for me!

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17 April 06 - 23:44

My own podcast?!?

I took the first step towards my own podcast this weekend...a beer/cola for the one who finds out what!

The only hint I'm gonna give is; 'dsc3' :)

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16 April 06 - 02:14

Happy Easter!

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15 April 06 - 18:20

Tonight; Green Lizard

Am going to Green Lizard tonight! They're performing in Nederland 3, a popcenter literally 'round the corner for me

I've heared much from the band and it will be the first time to see them live...looking forward to that!

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14 April 06 - 17:09

The Human Clock

The human clock, check it out, it's cool!

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14 April 06 - 14:55

Castblaster for the Mac?

Just a thought...

Now that Apple ships most of their models with Intel processors and Mac OS X software is in the process of being converted/upgraded to Universal Binaries (Mac-software that runs both on PowerPC and Intel based platforms)...would it now be easier to get CastBaster for the Mac??

I assume that converting existing PC-software to Universal Binary is easier than writing completely new PowerPC/Mac software???

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13 April 06 - 17:56

Google Calendar

Google just launched their newest addition to their bunch (beta-)apps; Google Calendar.

At first glance it looks nice, it actually works intuitive as most of their apps and overall performance is FASTTT!

 I haven't got the time to play around with it too much yet, but am curious to find out how well the integration with Gmail performs...the opportunities seem almost endless, go and check it for yourself!

You can use your Gmail-account to log in, or otherwise create a new Google-account.

Drop me an email if you want/need a Gmail-account...it's almost Easter! :)

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13 April 06 - 11:41

Daily Source Code #365!!

Adam Curry recorded a full year of Daily Source Code's yesterday...365 days of shows, wow!!! Congrats dude!

I've been hooked onto his show (and podcasting in general) from day 1, guess I can't stop promoting podcasting since the AMAZING moment on October 7th, 2004 :) :)

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12 April 06 - 23:49

QOTD April 12 2006

John Atkinson: "If you don't run your own life, somebody else will."

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11 April 06 - 23:03

Last game of the season

We played our last game Saturday against Donar, we're first and they're last in the standings...so even though the spirit was gone (mainly due to the starting time of the match, 6pm sjeez!), we won relatively easy 0-3.

Check the NeVoBo site for the end result in the competition.

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10 April 06 - 18:15

QOTD April 10 2006

Mason Cooley: "Regret for wasted time is more wasted time."

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04 April 06 - 22:52

Trip to Slovakia

I'll be in Slovakia for work the coming days...probably no time (and possibly no internet too!), so expect no posts.

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03 April 06 - 23:35

QOTD April 3 2006

Thich Nhat Hanh: "Every day we do things, we are things that have to do with peace. If we are aware of our life..., our way of looking at things, we will know how to make peace right in the moment, we are alive."

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01 April 06 - 18:48

9th Birthday of Blogdaddy Dave's blog

Congrats to Big Daddy Dave Winer!

The 'blogfather' :) who paved the way for weblogs in general is celibrating the 9th Birthday of his weblog today.

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01 April 06 - 18:34

Yahoo! mail

Well, that sucks...I just got this message when I logged in to Yahoo Mail:

Your Yahoo! Mail account is no longer active.

Why is my account inactive?

Yahoo! Mail deactivated your mail account because:

  • You have not logged into your mail account during the past four months; or
  • You have requested that Yahoo! Mail deactivate your account.

What does this mean?

  • All email messages, folders, attachments and preferences have been deleted and cannot be recovered.
  • All messages sent to raymondpoort@yahoo.com are being returned to the sender.
  • You can still use your Yahoo! ID to access other registered services on Yahoo!.

I indeed don't use the account that much for email (have Gmail for that! :)), the ipodder-dev group was perhaps the main reason for having the account...then again, you would think that the mail-account should not be deactivated if you're still using your Yahoo! ID (as I do for Flickr)...huh?!?

Anyway, I reactivated the account...only loosing all the emails :(

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01 April 06 - 15:51

Happy Birthday Apple

Today 30 years ago, Apple Computer was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne, congrats! (and no, this was no April fools joke!)

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