Moving on

September 22nd, 2004

I joined them. 'nough said.

Local Google

September 15th, 2004

Sounds great. But it is definitely Beta.

New Mozilla releases

September 14th, 2004

Firefox 1.0PR, Thunderbird 0.8, and Mozilla Suite 1.7.3. I like the FindFast toolbar already.

Via Slashdot, of all places.


September 14th, 2004

If you're interested, and you think I know and like you, I have some GMail accounts laying around.

Yeah, these entries are pretty lame, but it sure beats spamming everybody in my address book. Which I don't have available anyway.

IBM has posted a series of articles for those shy people that aren't ready to learn a new IDE hands-on (duh):

How reading such large amounts of text will persuade you to use Eclipse, is beyond me (especially if you already actually tried Eclipse once), but if it does: good for you!

Via Erik

How to dumb down yourself

September 9th, 2004

Glad we have this straight.

Syncing between machines

September 8th, 2004

Everybody Most people seem to have issues with using multiple machines to do work on. It's nice to see that a guru is (a) having the same problems, and (b) getting to almost the same solutions as I am. I'm still not quite there yet, but I'm managing for now.

Antwerp from the sky

September 8th, 2004

It's always impressive and intriguing to see the city you live and work in, from a different perspective: Antwerpen vanuit de Q-Kopter

I've no idea how long these photos will stay online, so hurry!

iPodPhone? PhoneIPod?

September 7th, 2004

It is happening. As predicted. Looks like my Nokia 6600 will become redundant before its warranty period is finished.

Bicycle frustrations

September 6th, 2004

Since I very strongly feel the need to vent my frustrations about the habits of car users towards bicyclists, and since I am very aware that 99,99% of the world is not interested to hear those, I will do my venting here (rss). Since cursing is so much more fun in Dutch, that's the language I'll use there.

Update: A new address already. Thanks, Vincent!

Definition purism creep

September 3rd, 2004

I respect Martin Fowler. I really do. But blog entries like this one make me ask this question: "what the hell are you doing?" If you make a change to a program, is it really that important to call it "optimization" or "refactoring"? Things like this are generally the result of too much belly-staring: nobody gives a shit, but you think you're pondering the Most Important Question in Life. There are more useful things to think about.

Oh, I can think of one occasion when this might be important: you're manager has read a book about XP, and wants to be hip and implements XP, but asks you to categorize the work in your timesheets between "optimization" and "refactoring". In this case, try to talk some sense into the guy. Or run, run like you've never run before.

Many of us know the situation where they have to access relatively personal information from more than one physical location, on more than one computer, with more than one program. The joint forces of the Internet have already created several solutions to this problem. I keep my bookmarks now at My code is at SourceForge. And my memory is at a blog. But one question seems to remain unsolved: where do I keep my e-mail addresses?

I have a desktop at home, with a ThunderBird email client on it. I also have a laptop, with the same email client. Occasionally, I switch the OS on either machine. However, at my work location, I use a webmail client. In addition, I have some other (unrelated) mailboxes that also only work with a browser. How can one keep all those address books synchronized? Can we think of a solution that allows you to press CTRL-K on any of them, and access the same address book? Or am I dreaming here? How do you manage your addresses?

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