Archive for June, 2005

(happy) Birthday Willem-Jan!

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

Mixed feelings this day, saying final goodbyes to my grandfather and at the same time my brothers 31st Birthday!

The priest this morning made a nice relation between the two;

You celibrate the day of your birth on your Birthday (obvious in

english…in dutch the word for Birthday is actually ‘verjaardag’ which

literally means ‘aging’-day, a different meaning…).

The early Christians ‘celibrated’ the day of someones death as the Birthday in heaven. Another point of view, ah?

So I can say…Happy Birthday both of you!!

The funeral

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

Today was my grandfathers funeral.

The church provided a feed to listen to the service online, so Kristel

could also ‘join’ us from Canada with the last honors. A direct

download of the ceremony can be found here.

The last thoughts on this day; it’s good as it is…

iTunes, podcasting & my iPod

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

Sooner than expected after Steve Jobs announced it (see my earlier post); iTunes 4.9 has seen daylight supporting podcasts!!

I have to see what the effect will be on other ipodder clients now that

everything is integrated in one application, will try it out the coming

weeks and see! At first glance Apple looked closely to the current

clients and functionalities available, time to open the hood πŸ™‚

A major improvement by having podcasts as a seperate item in iTunes, is

that I finally have an opportunity to get rid of the undesired mix of

podcasts artists and music artists in my Library.

This really cleans up my iPod, especially handy when friends are searching for numbers (music that is) via the Artists item!

Gnomedex 5.0

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

Just heared Adam Curry’s Keynote speech on Gnomedex 5.0. DAMN, this is good stuff…it really gets me pumped up!

Users and developers partying together, happy to be part of it from day 1!

Rockin’ Park!! (2)

Monday, June 27th, 2005

Despite the cold shower this morning I must admit, Rockin’ Park was ROCKIN’!

Great shows (Nine Inch Nails was the best!) and just terrific weather!

Camping out turned out the be a good idea, the heaps we paid for the

splendid weather helped obviously! πŸ™‚  all in all: F*&#ing

FANTASTIC!

Grandpa…

Monday, June 27th, 2005

A man quietly filled with love and respect for one another…you certainly set the example.

Thank you for everything!

My grandparents have the following saying (in dutch) put a wall in

their house for over 20 years, it gets a totally different meaning

these days:

‘Het is in dat huis geheel verdraaid waar het haantje zwijgt en het hennetje kraait’

Rockin’ Park!!

Saturday, June 25th, 2005

YEAH!! This is where you can find me tomorrow! Rockin’ Park! Great artists (Keane, Queens of a Stone Age, Lenny Kravitz, Nine Inch Nails to name ‘just’ a few :))

We’re making it a festival type of weekend by leaving today, camp out

in the wonderful village of Wijchen (of all places, never been there

actually!) and return on Monday.

Weather is supposed to be just perfect so; ho-ho…let’s go!!

Summerrrrr! (2)

Friday, June 24th, 2005

Weather this week has been absolutely fabulous! 30+ the whole week, not

really dutchy style at all, it made us the 36th heathwave since 100

years!

Pity that shitloads of work prevented me to enjoy it in full, but there is always the weekend….TGIF!!

iPodder Lemon 2.1

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005

iPodder 2.1 has been released today, just in time for Gnomedex!

Podcast support in iTunes

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005

ZDNet: “A

new company called BadFruit has anticipated Apple Computer’s plans to

add podcasting support to iTunes with a software plug-in called

“BadApple” that does the trick itself.”

Seems everyone is trying to jump on the podcasting-train! πŸ™‚

Formula1 – Indianapolis

Sunday, June 19th, 2005

Anyone seen the Formula One ‘race’ in Indianapolis? What a farce!

Pity that things go like this and damage the sport…I can’t be too

negative on Michelin (they’re a customer of mine :)), but this was just

NOT GOOD! Pity that no one was able to find a better solution that

would have respected the audience and sport a bit more…:(

Credit Card hack

Sunday, June 19th, 2005

Guess this would happen one day or another…today was that day OOPSSS!

Anyones credit card got misused already?

Summerrrrr!

Saturday, June 18th, 2005

Just came back from Norway (6.30 flight, ooff!), guess what? Summer just started!! You can find me on the beach, I’m outta here, yeah! πŸ™‚

Norway!

Wednesday, June 15th, 2005

So, just arrived in Norway…had a 1.5 hours scenic drive (Norway is

be-au-ti-ful my dear) from the airport and now arrived in the Grand

Hotel in a place called Flekkefjord (?!? ;-)).

The hotel is nice, a bit oldish family style but most important:

someone has an unsecured WiFi-access point in the neighborhood!

Perfect, so I don’t feel disconnected this time πŸ™‚

A relatively short stay here, returning to NL on Friday, but packed with work!

Michael Jackson

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

As they say; innocent until proven guilty…in this case NOT guilty!

Red Bull Air Race

Sunday, June 12th, 2005

Just came back from Rotterdam. Today’s event: the Red Bull Air Race!

Great experience to see those small aircraft make their speedy aerobatic moves so close by!

FIFA World Youth Championship

Saturday, June 11th, 2005

The FIFA World Youth Championship Netherlands 2005 kicked off last night!

…ow, this is all about soccer πŸ™‚

EPIC 2015

Saturday, June 11th, 2005

Time flies…EPIC 2014 is a year ago (well, almost :))…

…the saga continues: EPIC 2015

N-joy!

Referrer spam (2)

Thursday, June 9th, 2005

OK, that is it…the Referrer category is out!!

Tried some things to prevent spamming, but still got hit by several of those f*ckers in the last 24h.

Ofcourse they were sex related…aahhh, now *that* I can’t take

anymore…being home alone for 3.5 weeks now, these ‘too hot to handle’

links on my site have to STOP! LoL:)

Will look into this issue when I have more time though!

Apple, Intel & IBM and uhhh, ohyeah…iTunes and podcasting! :)

Wednesday, June 8th, 2005

Not the first post on the net about these topics, certainly not the last…

Check out Steve Jobs' keynote speech…interesting stuff!!
The news about iTunes & podcasting functionality got a bit snowed under by the major announcement of the day: Apple's move from IBM's PowerPC architecture to Intel processors.
With the current market attention on future Apple products and last years delay in introducing improved processor capacity (G5 > 3GHz? G5 for the Powerbook??) I think Apple make the right choice.
Most important is actually that they *made* a decision…whether it will be the right one, well, as always only future can tell. Doing nothing was/is/will be never an option!!

Then the 'iTunes with podcasting feature' news;
No surprise that my friend Adam Curry was 'used' by Steve to introduce the phenomenon. Especially after the meeting they had about podcasting two weeks ago.
It was great to hear Adam talk about it in the Daily Source Code…hehehe, trust me, I *know* the feeling he got when hearing this kind of special moments πŸ™‚
And yes, we all know the podcast development wouldn't have been possible if it wasn't for Dave Winer! The 'other' podfather and (for most people unknown) huge force behind podcasting…thanks dudes!

Future is coming closer everyday! …or are we living our future already?? πŸ™‚