Small day to the beach

Sunday : 29 Apr '07 - 10:43 | damen default No comments yet | Wikipedia

Today we will go to Zandvoort to enjoy the Dutch beach. Due to the fact that probably everyone in the Netherlands will go there we will go by train... no need to join te traffic jam ;-)

Long weekend in the Netherlands

Saturday : 28 Apr '07 - 13:00 | damen default No comments yet | Wikipedia

This afternoon we'll take the train to visit my parents in Huizen and to enjoy a nice Koninginnedag in Amsterdam. The weather forecast is very good, so we won't have any trouble there :-)

Yesterday we were invited to a wedding, which was also very nice. Due to the fact that the wedding started early in the morning we were back at home quite early, which wasn't too bad becasue of the trip today.
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Which German region does this come from?

Tuesday : 24 Apr '07 - 21:50 | damen default No comments yet | Wikipedia

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Office 2007 - Save as xps/pdf

Monday : 23 Apr '07 - 16:58 | damen default No comments yet | Wikipedia

If you use office 2007 this will interest you. They released a patch with which you can directly save as PDF or XPS format.

Really good, it is much faster than the Adobe PDF generator.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?
FamilyID=4d951911-3e7e-4ae6-b059-a2e79ed87041
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Busy weekend

Monday : 23 Apr '07 - 07:45 | damen default No comments yet | Wikipedia

This was quite an effective weekend, if I may say so. I managed to get some stuff done that was lying around for ages, like getting our bikes up and running again (party effective), putting the summer tires under my car (done), getting the chairs for our balcony down and building them together again (done) and some small stuff.

Probably the weather caused me to have that energy, it is still amazingly good weather here for the time of the year with temperatures rising over 20 degrees Celcius almost every day. Unfortunately that won't help me much as I have to get to work again.....

Now this sounds familiar, right? Again they know how the real world works
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Backup strategy

Thursday : 19 Apr '07 - 15:00 | damen default No comments yet | Wikipedia

As I mentioned before I want to develop a good backup strategy for my home pc. Currently I'm strying out this service called Mozy, who offer 2Gb (!) of storage for backups online. The data is encrypted using a personal key, so even they cannot read the data directly if they want to.

Still, uploading 1,2 Gb worth of data takes sometime when doing so using a DSL upload. They promise to have a smart incremental update mechanism which will increase the upload times after the initial update..
we'll see!

Example of Mozy backing up my files



Update: There is an interesting article on New York Times, amusing to read.
I will also check out XDrive, Carbonite

Another update:
I finished the first backup and after that mozy reallz gets quick. Therefore I've decided to invest the 5$ a month for the unlimited account and will now upload around 25Gb (!!!) of data, including all my photo's and mp3s.... that will take some time :-(
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Linux again

Thursday : 19 Apr '07 - 08:03 | damen default No comments yet | Wikipedia

Because I have been forced (ok, it was what I wanted to) to get a little further from the tech stuff at work I have felt the urge to do something at home again. This means that probably some changes to this blog are coming soon, currently focus is on the photo album. But to satisfy my urge for tech stuff I've started working with Gentoo Linux again.

Currently I'm setting up a plays ystem on an extra box, because it is not the newest one it will take some time:

Compiling the first of 252 packages! I think I'll leave my box on today ;-)

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They did it again

Monday : 16 Apr '07 - 17:02 | damen default Only one comment | Wikipedia

I cannot stand it, how do they know me so well?

Dilbert


Zucht....

Sunday : 15 Apr '07 - 18:02 | damen default two comments, already | Wikipedia

Waarom?

Waarom is al sinds vanmiddag Scintilla dood.. problemen met Newtelscin?

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Uninstalling windows OneCare

Sunday : 15 Apr '07 - 08:51 | damen default No comments yet | Wikipedia

I've been trying out the current beta of Windows Live OneCare for 90 days now, and today it started nagging on activation. So you can activate it for three years, which costs $49,95 a year. Included in this price is the program with updates for firewall, virus scan, system maintenance and spyware cleanup. And now I'm installing it.

The funny thing is that I tried to activate it a couple of times in the last few weeks, I even had my credit card ready to punch in the numbers. But every time I got stuck somewhere in the process and never reached a site where I could pay for the service and really activate it. Today it really reached the last day of the trial and started nagging me. So I went out and actually started searching for ways to activate it. Doing so I came upon some sites with reviews that made me change my mind.

So now I'm going to install the stuff myself:

The only thing I still have to find is a good tool for system maintenance (I think I'll write some scripts myself) and create a solid backup system which includes offsite backups with my parent, online backups etc. I hope to steal some ideas from Scott here.
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Dry suit sold :-)

Saturday : 14 Apr '07 - 19:05 | damen default Only one comment | Wikipedia

The dry suit I have for sale in eBay has been sold for 151€, which is very good because I paid 148€ for it.


I hope the new owner has a better fit than me :-p
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Interesting new phishing

Thursday : 12 Apr '07 - 20:40 | damen default No comments yet | Wikipedia

Just have a look at this email I just got... Who will pay for me :-)

Betrifft: Ausstehende Zahlung - Androhung von Vollstreckungsmassnahmen

Bitte lesen Sie sich diese Mail VOLLSTAENDIG und GRUENDLICH durch.


Sehr geehrter Kunde,

vor laengerer Zeit wurde unter IHRER EMAIL-ADRESSE ein Jahreszugang zu dem Erwachsenenservice Livecamflatrate.com bestellt. Ihre Zugangsdaten sowie eine Rechnung erhielten Sie daraufhin per Mail. Eine Wiederholung Ihrer Zugangsdaten finden Sie weiter unten in dieser Mail hier.

Durch die Auswertung unserer Logfiles mit Hilfe einer neuen Software und der Verknuepfung mit unseren Buchungsdaten konnten wir nun feststellen, dass TROTZ MEHRFACHER NUTZUNG unseres Angebotes bislang keine Zahlung zu Ihrem Account vorliegt. (more)
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Office 2007 --> Sending word documents as email content

Thursday : 12 Apr '07 - 10:09 | damen default No comments yet | Wikipedia

Today I had to fight with office 2007 again, because when we are handing in our vacation requests we have to sent an email containing a word form. This is digitally signed, so everything is clean and traceable.

But somehow the function to send a word document as email content was gone in office 2007. Because I'm a beta tester within our company it was not really possible to find support for this, so after searching the web I found this:

http://office.microsoft.com/de-de/word/HA101741691031.aspx
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Freediver Loic Leferne died :-(

Thursday : 12 Apr '07 - 09:17 | damen default Only one comment | Wikipedia

I just heard that thefreediver Leferne died during a training accident in France. He was training for breaking the current worldrecord in no limits free diving, which is currently set to 183 meter.

As the article stated the reason was equipment failure....
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Glennkimm - Ein Schafskrimi

Monday : 09 Apr '07 - 17:16 | damen default two comments, already | Wikipedia

As some might know I like sheep... not in the way Coen will think, but I think those woolen animals are cute... even though they're not the smartest kind of animal you find on this planet.
A while ago I saw the following book here in Germany in the bookstores, and this weekend I finally went and bought it :-)

Glennkill - Ein Schafskrimi



I'll let you know how it is
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Who needs a diving suit?

Monday : 09 Apr '07 - 17:05 | damen default No comments yet | Wikipedia

Just to ensure that I get as much potential buyers as possible... :-)

Neopren-Trocki



Somehow Manu thought it was a good idea to get rid of at least one of my suits... as if 4 diving suits in our home are too much?!?!?!?
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Madrid to New York

Wednesday : 04 Apr '07 - 12:14 | damen default Only one comment | Wikipedia

What will happen if you ask Google maps how to get from Madrid to New York you get an interesting answer: just click here

Take a good look at step 40 ;-) ;-)

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Now this is really living for the job

Tuesday : 03 Apr '07 - 10:58 | damen default Only one comment | Wikipedia

This one gave us at work a big laugh. One of our external consultants is on holiday for two weeks, but somehow this is not really working out the way a normal holiday should be. Just take a look at his message with messenger:

Alles fur das Projekt!



SRS means software requirement specification :-p See also "Alles fürs Projekt"
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"Gelb", "Oranje", .....

Tuesday : 03 Apr '07 - 10:11 | damen default two comments, already | Wikipedia

Interesting stuff, how do you call the light in the middle of the traffic light. In the Netherlands we say "Oranje", which is orange. But here in Germany they always say it is yellow ("Gelb").

Is it orange or yellow?



How I got into this discussion? Well, we are reporting our project status using traffic lights, where we always want to have green, sometimes have yellow/orange and hope to never get to red (which means management will kick our a..).

Post your opinion here as comment, I wanna know how it is called in different countries!
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The caffeine database

Monday : 02 Apr '07 - 16:53 | damen default No comments yet | Wikipedia

You have to take a look at this, this caffeine database gives you the means for calculating your caffeine doses :-)

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Tool

Monday : 02 Apr '07 - 15:31 | damen default No comments yet | Wikipedia

Check out this tool for web developers. It makes it really easy to setup a proxy within IE for debugging the requests.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?
url=/library/en-us/ietechcol/dnwebgen/ie_fiddler2.asp


Download it at http://www.fiddlertool.com
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So stupid it is funny again :-)

Monday : 02 Apr '07 - 10:45 | damen default No comments yet | Wikipedia

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First dives of the year

Monday : 02 Apr '07 - 08:48 | damen default No comments yet | Wikipedia

Yesterday I enjoyed my first dive of the year, including testing out my dry suit (more on that topic later). We had sunny weather and tropical conditions in the water:

Dive one
43 mins
18,9 meter
5 degrees celcius / 41 degrees Fahrenheit bottom
7 degrees celcius / 44 degrees Fahrenheit surface

Dive two
37 mins
12,7 meter
same temperatures
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Diving in new Drysuit

Sunday : 01 Apr '07 - 08:26 | damen default No comments yet | Wikipedia

Today I will try out my new dry suit, as posted here and here.
I also got an undersuit of a diving friend that I will try out, as well as my new regulator. So I'm all ready to go.

First time in my new dry suit, this is really warm!


This is warm too, I want to get into the water with this thing ;-)



The weather should be ok :-)

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Your BOFH (Bastard Operator From Hell) excurse of the Day is:

Inherent Installation Unavailability Problem


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