Archive for July, 2008

One year in the BIG house

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

It is exactly one year ago today, right at this very moment (13.24h), that I arrived at the BIG house in Hagan near Oslo after driving up to Norway from NL.

I remember the handover with the landlord being smooth, and there I was…IN Norway with some basic stuff to survive (computers, tv, stereo, clothing), enjoying a beer in the sun on the veranda.

Wow, I’m living here for a full year now…life is GREAT! (and I DON’T want to leave!)

QOTD July 30 2008

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

White Eagle: “Say little, and love much; give all; judge no man; aspire to all that is pure and good.”

New MacBooks in September?

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Oh boy, if these rumors prove to be true I am definately IN for a new MacBook! (actually almost bought one this month, but was expecting something new very soon…)

The new MacBook(Pro)’s would have new chipsets (kind of obvious, eh?), designed specifically for Apple in order to deliver optimum performance, and extended battery life. They should be lower in weight, thinner and overall have a more compact size…and they support a multi-touch trackpadmade of glass, wow!

Oslo desperados

Monday, July 28th, 2008


Last Thursday Oslo went back to the ‘good’old’ days of the Wild Wild West; some men were shooting people with a so-called softgun (a kind of air gun) as if they were friggin’ desperados!!

The Aftenposten (norwegian newspaper) broke the story; believe it or not, the guy in the picture is my colleague…he was actually shot at!! Un-be-lie-va-ble!! Last news is that one guy was caught, reason yet unknown, but he bought the gun (intentionally) that same afternoon…

…and I moved to Norway since it seemed such a nice and ‘quiet’ country with enough space for everyone to be less stressed out? 😉

Pohoda 2008

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

It’s one week ago since I came back from Slovakia and Czechia and I still don’t feel that i’m completely back in the real world…Pohoda 2008 ROCKED!! I wish it would last longer than it does, then again, I’d probably not survive more days/nights of continuous partying…;)

WordPress for iPhone

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

I’m writing this blogpost from my iPhone using the WordPress for iPhone application. It’s so much easier to write a post offline, being able to save it for later, upload pictures, etc. All of that is not possible via the web, so this application is an useful addition for my iPhone! There are still some items on my wishlist, mainly related to comment management and an admin interface, maybe in a next version…

QOTD July 25 2008

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Maria Irene Fornes: “When I’m not doing something that comes deeply from me, I get bored. When I get bored I get distracted and when I get distracted, I become depressed. It’s a natural resistance, and it insures your integrity.”

iPhone v2.0 – done!

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Yay! Firmware v2.0 is running on my first generation iPhone (which also known as iPhone 2G referring to the 2nd generation EDGE network capabilities, confusing?!? ;)).

Next to do is finding and installing old and new applications. The Jailbreak provides me with two options; Apple’s AppStore and the Open Source program ‘Cydia‘…the best of both worlds!

WordPress 2.6

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

I just upgraded my WordPress installation on this blog to the latest version 2.6. Nothing dramatic changed, but some nice features were added (see the changelog).

No regrets since I changed from Pivot to WordPress, especially since WordPress released a native iPhone application allowing me to blog directly from my iPhone! Now I just have to wait for a sim-unlock on the latest iPhone 2.0 firmware, the ‘community’ got the Jailbreak already out while I was partying at Pohoda, so I expect the sim-unlock soon!

*** UPDATE ***

I just discovered that the PwnageTool, responsible for the Jailbreak, is actually able to unlock my iPhone since I have the ‘older’ 2G iPhone…the sim-unlock ain’t possible for the new iPhone 3G, THAT tricked me.

Hmm, I might wait a bit, because is not updated yet and I rely on a lot of ‘third party’, non Appstore applications.

Twitter Updates for 2008-07-22

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008
  • Today started relaxed, as it should be…a good night sleep and not too much to do. Until I came to the office…jeez! Shitloads to do…wb? #
  • Yay! I managed to get A LOT of kg’s through check-in! 😉 Boarded and waiting for departure…almost home! #
  • Just landed in Oslo, waiting for luggage to arrive…I wanna go home! #
  • Hmm, the bright yellow ‘priority’ tags they put on my luggage at check-in obviously don’t help, my bags came in last…anyway, they’re here! #
  • DAMN!! Next to being the last bags on the belt, they also managed to completely wreck my suitcase!! I’m NOT amused 🙁 🙁 #

Twitter Updates for 2008-07-21

Monday, July 21st, 2008
  • Dobry den Czechia, and cau cau. 😉 Just left Prague, we’re back on da road! #
  • I don’t fancy traffic jams… #
  • Roadwork just before the Czech-German border…we just lost an hour 🙁 #
  • Flying low, making up for lost time…I love the German highway! #
  • @warzabidul let’s make some noise!! 😉 #
  • Byebye Germany…full brakes, we’re back in NL, too many cams 🙁 #
  • A three lane highway, hardly any traffic on the road and a speedlimit of 100km/h…welcome in NL, jeez! #
  • Came back home (Robberts place)…time to go zzzz. Pohoda 2008 was great! #

Twitter Updates for 2008-07-20

Sunday, July 20th, 2008
  • I guess it’s time to zzzzzz…good night/morning 😉 #
  • Oof, waking up after two days of partying ain’t easy at all… #
  • Wow, this is amazing; it started to drizzle right after we packed the tent!?! I don’t know who kept Pohoda dry for us, but THANK YOU! #
  • Jeez, it took an hour to leave the festival terrain…a typical case of too many cars trying to leave all at once. #
  • Driving to Prague, looking forward to wander through the city (it’ll be my first time there). #
  • Wandering in the Old City of Prague…this city is stuffed with some amazing historic buildings. Guess what…we’re having a great time! #
  • Where’s an umbrella when you need one? It started to rain… #
  • Walking on ‘Karluv most’ (Charles’ bridge), check wikipedia for the details 😉 beautiful sunset behind the castle. #

Twitter Updates for 2008-07-19

Saturday, July 19th, 2008
  • Fat Boy Slim was great, gonna dance the night away now… #
  • Hello world! We’re back! 😉 I’m feeling great, let the festivities begin… #
  • @evertak The Subways, Fat Boy Slim, Editors, The Streets, Lou Rhodes and some fine Slovak bands! #
  • Just saw the whole of Slovakia go wild; Polemic on stage, a Slovak band obviously! Next; The Prostitutes…what’s in a name? 😉 #
  • I’ve never heard of the Irish band ‘Bell X1’…I like what I see and hear! #
  • It takes a Slovak band to make the crowd go beyond WILD!
    Para on stage, great to see so many people having fun, the energy is overwhelming!! #
  • And another band rockin’ the stage and that I never heard of before, The Cribs from the UK…this festival is an eye-opener, again! 😉 #
  • Editors…say no more! #
  • Halfway a bottle of vodka/red bull…did the sun just set? 😉 #
  • OK, the vodka is home…beer? Anynone? #
  • ON, The Streets are AWESOME!! #

Twitter Updates for 2008-07-18

Friday, July 18th, 2008
  • Good morning Pohoda!! It’s great to wake up expecting rain and then realize it’s hot and sunny ;)…sweating in the tent, time to get up! 😉 #
  • And the bands started to play…sun is shining, beer is tasting great; let the festival begin!;) The Subways are rockin’ the stage now, yay! #
  • Oh shit, there are rain clouds coming…we’re gonna keep the spirit high, let the sun shine!! #
  • It drizzled for 5 seconds and then the sun came back, not too bad! On stage; Jana Kirschner, a Slovak artist. #
  • Just saw Gossip…man, that’s a BIG girl, and she’s proud of it! Great show! #
  • Gocoo, a Japanese drumband *with* a didgeridoo…BRILLIANT!! #

Twitter Updates for 2008-07-17

Thursday, July 17th, 2008
  • On da road…Pohoda here we come!!! #
  • Close to Frankfurt already, not too much traffic, Robbert is driving…hehe, I love a good roadtrip! 😉 #
  • No tweets for some time; indeed, I was driving the car through Germany. 😉 Close to the Austrian border now, so 2/3 is done! #
  • Austria is as it is every year; no fun at all!! And as expected it’s raining cats and dogs, quite a challenge to avoid them on the road…;) #
  • Bratislava baby YEAH!! Dinner in Aupark shopping center. The rain is pissing down here as well so setting up the tent will be a challenge… #
  • Pohoda, we’re here!! Doing some shopping at the nearby Tesco, we need some plastic to put the tent on 😉 the rain ain’t gonna spoil the fun! #
  • HALLELUJAH!!! It stopped raining the moment we arrived at the festival terrain!! This is gonna be friggin’ GREAT!! #

Blogging from Pohoda

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

The WordPress Twitter Tools plugin is enabled again on the blog so the daily Twitter digest is here again!

I’m out, having a great time at the Pohoda festival in Slovakia…back on Monday!

Pohoda 2008

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Two days from uhh, NOW to be precise 😉 I will be in Trencin, Slovakia, with the tent set up and ready to party the weekend away at Pohoda 2008, the festival that Robbert and I go to for the fourth year in a row now (it will be my fifth time actually!). Headliners this year; Fatboy Slim, The Streets, Gossip and Editors!

MobileMe vs. Google Apps

Monday, July 14th, 2008

Apple released MobileMe last week, an update of their online service, .Mac.

I have been a .Mac subscriber for a couple of years now and mainly used it for document and photo storage and backup service for my Mac Mini. The MobileMe update adds a very nice feature, push Email/Contacts/Calendar…and THAT is what I want on my iPhone! 😉

Then, since a couple of years I am a huge supporter of Gmail, the lightweight, yet superfunctional online email application. Later on followed by Google Apps; a great way to use share documents and calendars online.

The dilemma;

Should I migrate everything to MobileMe or stick with Google, hoping they will introduce push Email/Contact/Calendar sometime in the future?

Well, I refuse to change my emailaddress, so I need Apple to be able to host my domain email, which is not possible at the moment I believe…I guess I will wait a while with a full migration then.

But you bet I am gonna sync the Google Apps data (email, contacts and calendar) with MobileMe and have Apple push everything to my iPhone, sweet!!

iPhone 3G and Firmware v2.0

Sunday, July 13th, 2008

I told myself not to write on this topic on THE iPhone day last week (Friday), but today should be fine…so, I don’t think anyone has missed the launch of Apple’s latest gadget; iPhone 3G, ah? 😉

A new design, integrated GPS and high speed data (3G, giving the iPhone its new name) are the main improvements. Besides this, Apple released a version 2.0 of the firmware, replacing v1.1.4, providing access to the AppStore, a marketplace for Apple approved applications and also brings MS Exchange push email support…which is HUGE for me, since I use my iPhone at work.

I’m still very happy with my original iPhone (which we should probably call iPhone Classic from now on?!? ;)) and can’t wait until the developer community (either the iPhone Dev Team, Zibri or Geohot) brings the ‘easy as 1,2,3’ tool for jailbreaking, unlocking and activating my iPhone ‘Classic’ with the new v2.0 firmware…and if the rumours are proven to be spot on, that could be as soon as this week!

QOTD July 12 2008

Saturday, July 12th, 2008

Margaret Wheatley: “When we seek for connection, we restore the world to wholeness. Our seemingly separate lives become meaningful as we discover how truly necessary we are to each other.”