31 January 07 - 10:50

Rocket explodes during launch

Spaceflight Now: 'A commercial Sea Launch Zenit 3SL rocket disintegrated in a fiery catastrophe aboard its oceangoing platform Tuesday, destroying a sophisticated telecommunications satellite payload in a dramatic launch pad explosion reminiscent of the space program's early days.'

The rocket was carrying the New Skies NSS8 satellite, which obviously has been lost.

I'm (still) working for a satellite service provider having tight relationships with New Skies (based in NL) this is bad news. I watched the live webcast via the Sea Launch website last night...it was a big one.

As one can expect these days, the movie has been posted on Youtube:

Seems someone wanted some firework...

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30 January 07 - 23:55

Free Trinity

Adam Curry owns a car in San Francisco, kind of special one; a 1984 Mercedes stationwagon 300 turbo diesel, 5 cilinder, running on biodiesel and ow...did I mention 'she' is eggnog cream in colour?? 'She' has been named 'Trinity' :)

She has had some motor problems lately, mainly coz Adam is driving her only occasionally. Last week he came up with the idea to give her away for free 'special-offer-for-dedicated-DSC-listeners'. One listener jumped on it suggesting a 'father-son' roadtrip driving her coast to coast while podcasting the trip! Sjeez, did this spin-off some attention and ideas! Check out the latest DSCs for updates...the project is called 'Free Trinity'...it's gonna be a big one!!

Hey Adam, I'll have enough spare time from mid February...lemme drive her for a while and put Trinity to the ultimate test; a dutch A4 traffic jam podcast!! :) :)

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29 January 07 - 19:46

This week: Norway

I arrived late last night into Oslo and will be working from HQ this whole week. Trapped in a meeting room from today till Friday, working from early morning till late evening...yet, I am not complaining; am in a spectacular building!! :)

Check it out! (I marked the part I am in)

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26 January 07 - 18:35

Google Apps for Your Domain

Have been playing around with Google Apps for Your Domain this week. My raymondpoort.com domain is actually just a domainname forwarded to the raymondpoort.nl site (this coz I got the low-cost solution with my hostingprovider when I registered the domains over 2 years ago).

This means no hosting nor email available on the .com domain, but...Google does it again! I managed to get their Apps for Your Domain up on the .com domain and have email configured! Heyheyheyyy, you can now reach me via raymond at raymondpoort dot com!
Leave me a message! I probably will start using this address as main email soon!

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25 January 07 - 16:03

QOTD January 25 2007

Bob Dylan: "When you feel in your gut what you are and then dynamically pursue it - don't back down and don't give up - then you're going to mystify a lot of folks."

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24 January 07 - 10:36

site down...WTF?

My hosting provider has had some issues over the night causing my site (and some others I admin) to be down from yesterday 21:15h till just now 10:30h (GMT+1)...it's the first time in over 2 years that I experienced/witnessed a 12+ hour outage with them, so kudos to my (cheapo) provider, Mevershosting! (it still sucks though, isn't it amazing how important online presence has become, at least for me :))

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23 January 07 - 20:20

CalacanisCast & 'not-the-Gillmor'-Gang

I was just about to shoot of an email to Jason Calacanis asking him when he intended to continu podcasting. I became a huge fan of this 'ADHD' type of guy/entrepeneur and his CalacanisCast, still in Beta :)

Then what?

He put up Beta #9 last week and he's taping Beta #10 at this very moment! A pity there are no transscripts of his shows (hmm, I might have some time at hand from mid-February :)), the content is passionate and inspiring. I intend to blog a bit more on specifically CalacanisCast #5 later since the things talked about in that one could come right out of my own mouth!! For now; listen to last weeks CC #9 and enjoy the 'not-the-Gillmor'-Gang...members of the good ol' Gillmor Gang are discussing Apple's iPhone, yay!

PS. Jason, thanks for not splitting this one up in 28 and a half orso pieces!! :)

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22 January 07 - 18:59

9/11 - Painful Deceptions

Yesterday I finally found time to watch 'Painful Deceptions' (via Google Video).

This documentary provides an critical/alternative view on the world-changing-events on the day better known as '9/11'.

Funky stuff, which changes the perspective on 9/11 completely, a must-see for conspiracy theory fans! It *is* important though to understand that also this is 'just' presenting a subjective view and cannot be seen as the whole truth, which will probably lie somewhere in the middle... at least the official statements provide enough room for speculation.

To quote Fox Mulder (X-files): 'The truth is out there'...and Adam Curry: 'There are no secrets, only information you don't yet have', so true!

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19 January 07 - 23:22

QOTD January 19 2007

Ann Richards: "If you think taking care of yourself is selfish, change your mind. If you don't, you're simply ducking your responsibilities."

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18 January 07 - 23:52

Back home in stormy weather

Sjeez, it has been quite a week, and it ain't over yet. Got home from Brussels tonight, took me just 5.5 hours instead of the usual 2 due to heavy storm winds, it is spooky out there; bridges were closed off, trucks were blown on their sides and causing the detour roads to be closed too!

Yeah...great to be back home in one piece! Then again...saw that I'll have to climb the roof tomorrow to put back some tiles...bbrrrr!

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17 January 07 - 19:45

In and out

Just came back from Norway, had dinner and there I go again! Volleyball match tonight and afterwards I'll drive to Brussels (customer meeting tomorrow)...kinda crazy, but I have no problem with crazy stuff :)

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16 January 07 - 23:54

QOTD January 16 2007

Christopher Reeve: "Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out in the ocean."

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15 January 07 - 20:26

Gone, again!

Am currently in Norway on a business trip...ain't it nice to travel at the end of my contract period? :)

Enjoying it heaps despite of the long hours of work (well, that has never been a problem for me!).

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14 January 07 - 18:45

DSC-525 - BOC

Hey, heeyyy! I've made it on the DSC again (the Daily Source Code, Adam Curry's podcast)!

Coz Adam is moving houses and lacks time to produce a full blown DSC, a series of 'Best Of Charlie' have been created by listeners...last Fridays BOC has been put together by Julien from the 'In Over Your Head' podcast. He took the time to dig deep into podcasting history, way back to 2004 where he found nice clips with the first introduction of the Dawn & Drew show, Rock & Roll geek Micheal Buttler made his appearance and the infamous 'godcast' moment between me and Adam was played...it still gives me a kick to hear it back!

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12 January 07 - 18:17


I got the following forwarded today, thought it was nice to share :)


There is extraordinary value in knowledge. And there is also much value in what you do not know.

For in the unknown, there are possibilities that have no restrictions. When contemplating the unknown, your imagination has no limits.

Though the unknown can be frightening, it can also be magnificently beautiful and inspiring. You can put into it whatever you wish.

In the realm of things you do not know, there is plenty of room for the joy of discovery and the enlightenment of learning. There is ample space to dream, to envision, and to grow.

To act as if you already know everything is to deny yourself all the good things that are yet to be imagined and discovered. Mystery gives life a depth and richness that you would not want to be without.

As each moment passes, make good use of all the things you know. And be thankful that you don't know it all.

More can be found on The Daily Motivator!

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11 January 07 - 23:03

QOTD January 11 2007

George Bush: "Don't confuse being 'soft' with seeing the other guy's point of view."

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10 January 07 - 19:26

Busy days

Am back from Copenhagen, missed out on the Little Mermaid (didn't even find a t-shirt saying 'I went to Copenhagen and all I got was this lousy t-shirt' :)). Today was filled with meetings, meetings and more meetings and tomorrow I'm off to Brussels to inform my main customer (BT) that they'll have to do without me from mid February...it's always nice to drop a bomb! So, no ordinary office work these days, yay! :)

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09 January 07 - 16:36

QOTD January 9 2007

John F. Kennedy: "Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings."

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08 January 07 - 05:14

Off to Copenhagen

Saw the time of this post...??? Am off to Copenhagen for work...7am flight, so had to get up before 5am...

Definately *not* good, aahhh...then again, I'm The Flash! hehe.

Have no idea if I'll get near an internet connection, so it could be quiet here till I come back, tomorrow evening.

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05 January 07 - 21:13

I'm The Flash...no surprise, eh? :)

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04 January 07 - 22:06

QOTD January 4 2007

Gotama Buddha: "Holding onto anger is like grasping onto a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else. You are the one who gets burned."

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04 January 07 - 22:06

QOTD January 4 2007

Gotama Buddha: "Holding onto anger is like grasping onto a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else. You are the one who gets burned."

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02 January 07 - 08:01

Apple vs. Microsoft, kicking it off in 2007

Check out the Apple home page!

It seems that something big is coming up, I wonder what will be announced at MacWorld coming week!!

Well, it's definately a nice way to say Happy New Year!!

Much more appealing than our friends over at Microsoft, guess the New Year for them is just business as usual. :)

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01 January 07 - 18:51

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everrryyybodyyy!

Am no guy for New Years resolutions, so don't expect them here. I believe more in New Day resolutions :) ...in the end, January 1 is 'just' another new day, eh? Especially when considering that half the world population (China and India) celibrates New Year on a different date!

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