31 August 07 - 12:21

Packing



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30 August 07 - 05:43

On the way back home

Life's a bitch, I'm not a morningperson at ALL...then again, it's all for a good cause;

Am on my way back home, ready to clear the house, have the farewell party on Saturday and then permanently leave NL on Monday...wow!



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29 August 07 - 08:01

Jogging

I went out jogging this morning...sjeez, THAT has been a longggg time ago! It was good though, jogging next to the big Geneva lake, nice views and working out, yay!

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28 August 07 - 17:47

In Geneva

Free WiFi in the hotel, I love it! :)

Out for dinner now, big day tomorrow so we won't make it too late...



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28 August 07 - 04:49

On my way out

...to Geneva, meeting with WHO...wow! :)

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27 August 07 - 22:11

Car breakdown

Aahhh, my car broke down!! We have it just for two months (even though it's far from a brand new car :)) and now the thermostat house decided to break into two, leaving the cooling fluid no other option than to get outta the system, by that creating a lot of smoke (no fire :)) I might add. Luckily, the engine didn't overheat, or at least, I hope it didn't! :)


Check this Flickr-set for some 'nice' pix.

(reminder for Ray, I should upgrade to a Flickr-pro account and upload *all* my pix...)



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27 August 07 - 12:27

QOTD August 27 2007

Edgar Watson Howe: "When a friend is in trouble, don't annoy him by asking if there is any thing you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it."



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27 August 07 - 12:27

QOTD August 27 2007

Edgar Watson Howe: "When a friend is in trouble, don't annoy him by asking if there is any thing you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it."



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27 August 07 - 12:27

QOTD August 27 2007

Edgar Watson Howe: "When a friend is in trouble, don't annoy him by asking if there is any thing you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it."



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24 August 07 - 21:09

Norwegian language course

I booked the norwegian language course today, first lesson September 10! Two nights a week for 6 weeks, wow...I expect to understand a lot more of the lunch conversations at work after finishing it!!

Btw., last Wednesday during the company event I discovered that there is a correlation between understanding the language and the amount of beer I drink hehehe:)



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23 August 07 - 23:06

Human powered Global Warming, or...

A mustsee for everyone who saw Al Gore's 'An Inconvenient Truth': go watch Channel4's (UK) 'The Great Global Warming Swindle' too (on Google video, can also be found on DivX)!

I watched it last Sunday...extremely interesting to see scientists questioning the theory that Global Warming (which IS happening btw!) is caused by human-produced greenhouse gases...according to this other 'truth' we should blame the sun.

It's important to understand that climate change is still too complex to be fully understood, predicted and proved by scientists to agree on 'the' truth, how inconvenient it might be :)...the truth you choose to believe should not be based on just one source/movie, right?

I therefore encourage everyone to open your mindset for another viewpoint (and yes, we should still aim to live in harmony with nature!), organize a movie-night, watch both movies after each other. Furthermore, educate yourself...there are zillions debates online, both pro and con, check 'm out...I found this one an interesting read.

And I can't stop thinking about Fear Industrial Complex, I blogged about that one before...never forget that the whole Global Warming discussion has hugely become a political one, unfortunately never unbiased.



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22 August 07 - 16:22

QOTD August 22 2007

Woodrow Wilson: "Power consists in one's capacity to link his will with the purpose of others, to lead by reason and a gift of cooperation."



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21 August 07 - 16:34

Bacn

The word of 2007 is......Bacn!

Bacn is pronounced as 'bacon', spelled in a fashionable web 2.0 style, so without the 'o'. :)

It is used for 'email you want, but not right now'.

In other words, the kind of in between emails you receive and want to follow up on, but you don't have the time right away to do so...newsletters, Facebook notifications, new followers on twitter, product announcement, etc...from now on you can Bacn these emails!

Some practical examples in everyday usage:

"All this bacn is driving me nuts!"

"Sorry hun, I'll be home late today...too much bacn to sort out."

"Hmm, it seems your email got lost in all the bacn."

"I got my spamfilter and bacnfilter installed today!"

"Dude, stop bacning me!"

"I'm on track with my bacn, life's great!"

It has the potential of becoming as widely known as the word 'spam' if you ask me...especially since everyone nowadays seems to be affected by bacn.



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20 August 07 - 23:08

Interesting day in CPH

Todays meeting with UNDP in Copenhagen went well, so well that we finished early and had some time to do a little sightseeing...and YES, I finally saw the Little Mermaid sculpture!! (it's smallllll! :))

(pictures made with my Nokia E65 :))


Hmm, which reminds me...I still plan to put all my pictures on my Flickr-page, that is *after* I have upgraded it to a pro-account...first need to find the time to sort all pix out though...



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20 August 07 - 23:08

Interesting day in CPH

Todays meeting with UNDP in Copenhagen went well, so well that we finished early and had some time to do a little sightseeing...and YES, I finally saw the Little Mermaid sculpture!! (it's smallllll! :))

(pictures made with my Nokia E65 :))


Hmm, which reminds me...I still plan to put all my pictures on my Flickr-page, that is *after* I have upgraded it to a pro-account...first need to find the time to sort all pix out though...



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19 August 07 - 15:39

Recovering :)

Just came back home from last nights party (slept over at Willy's place)...had heaps of fun hanging out with the vikings!

Willy & Katka took very good care of us and the bar they have in the basement proofed to be a great place for partying. There's a professional beertap and besides the audiosystem the place also has a beamer to watch (music)videos! Got into norwegian music (Dum Dum Boys) and we watched some 'Dice' (Andrew Dice Clay, an american comedian)...all in all; great times!

Waking up was a bit harder though :), luckily the cleaning up wasn't all that bad, I guess the viking-era has past! :)



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18 August 07 - 17:05

Nice and relaxing

Having a laid back Saturday and am lovin' it!

Slept in this morning (I really needed to catch up on some sleep :)), explored the forest behind the house and did some webdesign for a new project.

Tonight is party time, my norwegian friend Willy is turning 39...it will be my first time at a norwegian Birthday party, interesting!



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17 August 07 - 18:46

Domain mail spam

WTF??

So, I receive a copy of all mail send to unknown users in my .com domain (catch-all email address)...since 18.25h today (that is 20 minutes ago!) I have received almost 100 emails which bounced back to me with a delivery failure...all are send from non-existing accounts within the domain, go figure! Then I realized that I have mentioned the domain name in my post yesterday...I guess the domain name got picked up by some spambots (i.e. assholes) and used to spoof spam messages.

I hope no one got offended by receiving a spam message from my domain...what can I say...it wasn't me!



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16 August 07 - 14:45

Migrate raymondpoort.com domain

I'll migrate my raymondpoort.com domain in the near future from a domain forward package (currently forwarded to raymondpoort.nl) to a hosted service, anyone knows a good deal for a hosting plan?

The (dutch) hosting provider I currently use will charge me around $10 per month, which is not the best deal in town. Also, this plan gives me only 100Mb storage, no MySQL and domain registration costs more than they should be (around $35 per year).

I'd say a better deal must be possible, right? Do I hear GoDaddy??



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15 August 07 - 23:59

Slight layout update

Did a slight update on the site layout tonight, do you notice? Lemme know if things broke...



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15 August 07 - 20:57

high High HIGH speed internet

I took over the contract of the internet feed in the house (company is paying though :)) and at the same time upgraded it to an amazing 25,000kbps down/2,000kbps up!! Got a great deal with the local provider (NOK375=EUR47=USD64).

Way to go for fiber internet, I've got a fixed IP-address again and unlimited data usage (unlike the cable internet I was used to in NL)...YIHAAAA!



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15 August 07 - 20:57

high High HIGH speed internet

I took over the contract of the internet feed in the house (company is paying though :)) and at the same time upgraded it to an amazing 25,000kbps down/2,000kbps up!! Got a great deal with the local provider (NOK375=EUR47=USD64).

Way to go for fiber internet, I've got a fixed IP-address again and unlimited data usage (unlike the cable internet I was used to in NL)...YIHAAAA!



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15 August 07 - 20:57

high High HIGH speed internet

I took over the contract of the internet feed in the house (company is paying though :)) and at the same time upgraded it to an amazing 25,000kbps down/2,000kbps up!! Got a great deal with the local provider (NOK375=EUR47=USD64).

Way to go for fiber internet, I've got a fixed IP-address again and unlimited data usage (unlike the cable internet I was used to in NL)...YIHAAAA!



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12 August 07 - 17:43

Gone again

It has been a short trip and completely packed with things to do, all fun...it was great to be home, and...it's nice to go back home!?! :)

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11 August 07 - 14:33

Waterpop 2007

Today is Waterpop, a music festival in my 'hometown' Wateringen, line-up consists of The Psyke Project and Magnapop...heyhey, this weekend is filled with parties, yay!

Before I'll go there I got some work on the house to do; paint the outside woodwork, aahhhh! Luckily the weather is grrrreat, time to get sunburned!



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10 August 07 - 10:50

Wedding today

Sun's shining, just came back from the hairdresser...it's time to go! :)

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09 August 07 - 17:07

Off to NL

The stay lasted just 9 days this time...am off to NL for the weekend (wedding tomorrow!).

Back Sunday night!



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08 August 07 - 18:32

Sis will get married

This Friday my sister will get married. Obviously a big day for the family, especially since she's the first one marry (I might add she's also the youngest child :))

Am heading back to NL tomorrow evening and will have just enough time to go to the hairdresser, or coiffeur :)...really looking forward to this special day!



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07 August 07 - 22:01

Robert Scoble ROCKS!

Wow, I've just enjoyed Steve Jobs on stage at Apple's summer Mac product press conference, from uhhh a 2nd row seat (!)...how?

Easy; Robert Scoble (aka. Scobleizer) attended the conference and had his Kyte.tv channel up. He wasn't allowed to shoot any video nor take pictures, instead he shared some great audio segments as well as text highlights through the chat window! A constant audience of around 250 peeps where following the press conferences through this new way of information sharing, social network style! Engadget covered the event old skool...blogging :)

So, new iMacs (superthin), iLife '08 (including the stunning new iPhoto with 'Events' and 'Skimming', iMovie to make your own movie within 20 minutes, an enhanced iWeb and iDVD as well as 'Magic' Garageband), .Mac got upgraded with a 10Gb storage for all subscribers (finally, yay!), iWork '08 (with a new Keynote presentation app, Pages with distinct modes for word processing and page layout, and...Numbers, the new spreadsheet app., done in the style of Keynote and Pages)...according to Robert Scoble, iPhoto, iMovie and iWork '08 are killer tools, killer for Flickr and Microsoft :)...can't wait to lay my hands on them!

The Kyte.tv audience was lucky that Roberts Macbook battery lasted juuust long enough to cover the entire event...Robert Scoble, you ROCK...thanks man!!



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06 August 07 - 21:48

New norwegian sentence

Vi ses i morgen - see you tomorrow! (litterally 'we see tomorrow')

Nice thing to say when you're leaving the office :)



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06 August 07 - 21:48

New norwegian sentence

Vi ses i morgen - see you tomorrow! (litterally 'we see tomorrow')

Nice thing to say when you're leaving the office :)



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04 August 07 - 21:34

QOTD August 4 2007

Kahlil Gibran: "It is well to give when asked but it is better to give unasked, through understanding."



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03 August 07 - 15:49

End of the week

What better way to end the working week with a bbq and then take the boat out in the Oslo fjord!!! Sun is shining...I'm outta here!! :)



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02 August 07 - 11:23

Internet @ home

I am one lucky dude...found out last night that the internet in the house is still available!

The only thing I had to do was to connect my Airport Express basestation to the ethernet cable in the basement, switch on the modem next to it and voila: high speed internet!!! YEAH!

Not sure for how long though, I guess the owner did cancel his subscription since he moved to the US...we'll see, am enjoying it as long as it lasts!



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01 August 07 - 18:53

Twitter updates

Anyone missing out on my Twitter updates while travelling to Norway, check 'm out here, or below for this one time :)


09:19 AM July 27, 2007
Packing the car, too much shit as usual...wow, am almost gone!!


06:58 PM July 27, 2007
Am on da way to...Norway! Stopover in Winterberg, Germany for a family-weekend. Oh, no suprise...the car is fullFULLfull :)


01:53 PM July 28, 2007
Hiking through the woods around Winterberg...weather is rainy, refreshing in a way...I *love* nature!


03:45 PM July 29, 2007
Rainy Sunday in Germany...decided to go bowling, sjeez, that's AGES ago...stiii-rike!!


09:33 AM July 30, 2007
Just left Winterberg, am on da road to a new future...life's amazing, life is grand!


07:16 PM July 30, 2007
Just crossed the sea between Germany and Denmark. Hmm, this means I'm in scandinavia baby yay...feels like home already!


09:59 PM July 30, 2007
On da road for 12 hours (!!), just entered Sweden. Time to find a hotel for the night and get some sleep!


12:45 AM July 31, 2007
Found a hotel in Gotenburg, just 3.5h from Oslo...almost there, but first: zzzzzz


09:23 AM July 31, 2007
In the car again after a good nights sleep, 3.5h to go...Oslo here I come!


10:23 AM July 31, 2007
Half of the cars I pass are dutch...all friends fleeing the lowlands :)


11:25 AM July 31, 2007
Am in Norway baby yeah! There was no one at the border to check the car, a pleasant surprise! Almost there...


01:24 PM July 31, 2007
Home sweet home...I arrived in Hagan! Great timing as usual; the house broker also just came...let's do some handover!


08:19 AM August 01, 2007
First night in the house...slept like a baby! On my way 2 work, actually looking forward 2 it! Think that's a good sign.



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01 August 07 - 18:35

Arrived in Norway

Everything's fine in Norway, have had the first night in the new house and just finished the first day at work after the July 'vacation'...so far so good, except for internet at home...as it seems now I will be probaby without it for the coming uhhh...weeks...aaahhhhh! Also didn't find any open wifi accesspoint in the neighborhood, darn! :(

I guess I'll be working long hours to get my daily internet juice...or else I'm stuck driving around to find some open wifi.



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