Archive for January, 2009

Video update on what i am up to

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Just a little update on what i am up to. Flat, job situation, messing with new laptop, mail and contact syncing.

The fluffshack has moved, flat empty!

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Noo.. I dont mean the website… I mean my flat!

This weekend, we succesfully moved the content of the flat to belgium, to my dads place.
It was a lot of hard work, many thanx to Dirk and Greftek for helping out! |
It was quite late when we arrived in Brugge to unload, luckily all the kids helped out so it didn’t take long.

Here are teh pictures:

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I gave away my TV to the kids, they where happy. I set up the surround for them aswell.
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The Fluffshack in storage:

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And a video:
(click here if you cant see the video below)


Today I spent all day clearing out the large stuff, unscrewing shades, taking up the carpet. Check out this idiocy! When the builders put down the new radiators last year, looks like they screwed im into the concrete ON TOP OF the carpet!! I couldnt shift em, I had to cut away all the carpet around the feet. So dumb.

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Here is the stuff I threw out today:


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I will go back tomorrow for some last cleaning, and then on thursday I hand over the keys



New Logitech gaming keyboard G19 and other gear!

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Logitech > Gaming > PC Gaming > Mice + Keyboards > G19 Keyboard for Gaming.


In the runup to CES, Logitech just announced a new G-series keyboard the G19, and other goodies. I am not looking forward to this one as much as the G13 and I wont be replacing my G15 anytime soon, but its still really sexy. The color LCD screen is sweet, opens up new avenues for game info and other apps.

They also announced a new variation on the G9, he G9x

Logitech G35 surround sound headset
Also new is the G35 headset. It offers virtual 7.1 surround field and lots of cool buttons! My main question is alwways how comfortable they are with prolonged use. Read more at Ubergizmo


You know I still havent seen the G13 in any shops here in the Netherlands yet!

Social Searching for specific subjects

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

A frequent strategy I use this days is to leverage several social web sources to search for specific subjects.

I then use RSS and Google Reader to consolidate the results into a single view

For example, this week I am working with Microsofts “Hyper-V” virtualisation technology.

I start with Google Blog Search

which produces a search-results RSS feed:

Then I go with Twitter:

And Friendfeed:

Another good one to add would be social bookmark sites such as

So in Google Reader, I created a folder called “Hyper-V” and added all three feeds:

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The result is a very neat consolidated list of posts, dynamically updating all the time, based on the search term.

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Moved out of the flat

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

So I have moved out of the flat now, motived mostly due to my internet being cut off.

While I search for work in the UK, I am staying at moms. This is good, though I cant claim I have improved on the amount of space I have at my disposal 😉

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Here is a photosynth of the room:


Oh, and check out to what good use I have put moms monitor; its my new social media portal!

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Goodreads | Neuromancer review

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

Neuromancer Neuromancer by William Gibson

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars
Amazing book. A little hard to get used to the style of the writing, I had to backtrack several times in the beginning to understand properly what was going on. You need to really keep your eye on the ball on this book to not loose track of events.

A lot of lingo to get used to, but luckily lots of it is already pervasive in internet culture, so that may be a problem more for other people 😉

I find the cyberpunk aesthetic extremely attractive. Its not the first time I have read stories in this style, “Otherland” being the example that comes to mind. I was a little surprised by how little of the story actually takes place in cyberspace. It was nice though, to see how human the main character “case” really is, there is absolutely not attempt to make him into any kind of hero. If anything, that role is reserved for his female counterpart.

The ending is, predictably, rather vague and doesn’t really conclude on anything specific. This book is part of a trilogy, and I look forward to reading the other 2.

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New Year, exiting new times!

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

Just want to wish everyone a happy new 2009!
For me, the year ended with my last day at DHL! I spent 3 and a half years there, and it has been the most valuable job I have had so far, in terms of personal growth.

In 2 days my internet will be cut of at the flat in Leidschendam, meaning I will be moving in with my mums pretty soon. The big move is planned for the 17th of Jan, where I will move the rest of my stuff for storage with my Dad with Belgium.

No results for work in the UK yet. I have a little odd-job lined up here in the Netherlands for next week. After that, I need to have a job in UK by the end of Jan. If not, I shall be forced to find employment in Netherlands again, which will probably prevent me from moving to the UK for another 6 months. This is my biggest worry.
Next week job-hunting goes back into overdrive, though at least 10 different UK recruiters have my CV waiting for them in their mailbox when they come back from Christmas break 😉

Wish me luck.