After using for over 12 (!!) years (I started blogging here on March 1st 2005), my blog has moved to I wanted to have more control over what I could do with the blog, and wanted to integrate it with my personal website. I’m still working on getting everything just right, but version 0.1 is now available :)

The version over here at will probably stay around for quite some time, but all new posts will be posted at the new URL. In the future I will look into forwarding any links to the new blog, but I’m not there yet. I’ve migrated all posts and comments to the new blog. Comments for this version of my blog have been disabled, but like I said: all posts and comments have been migrated, so we can continue right over there.

A big thank you to Dennis who kept (and still keeps) up & running for all these years.

Blog moved… has moved from Community Server to WordPress. One of the changes that comes along with this is that the URL of my blog has changed too. I went from to

Thanks to Dennis for putting in a lot of time and effort to migrate BloggingAbout to our new WordPress environment. I’m looking forward to adding a lot more interesting content to my blog in the new!

By |February 4th, 2014|Blog|2 Comments

Our company at

Our company has been mentioned in an article at the (pretty well-known) blog

Read it over here (Dutch):

By |March 23rd, 2009|Blog, Link, Work|0 Comments


I know it has been a while since my last post, but I’m about to resurface! I’ve played in a musical the entire month of December and (because of that) we were busy getting our company up and running again in the new year. So now I’ll be developing more and I’ll probably have more things to blog about. So keep posted to see more stuff over here…

For now, here are some interesting articles about Microsoft’s Surface:

I will return…

I’ve been busy the last couple of weeks. Between (the announcements at) all the congresses to follow like PDC and Tech·Ed, all the projects to do, the rehearsal for the musical I’m in in December (Dutch) and the start of our new company (Dutch), I didn’t have a lot of time to blog…

Since we expect things to settle down in the next couple of days, I’m expecting to pick up where I left in a week or so. Hang in there, and if you have any subjects you would like me to blog about or any questions you would like answered: let me know. Oh, and try to keep those subjects and/or questions development related. ;)

PS I’m guessing you know why I didn’t title this post “I’ll be back” :)

The absolute minimum every software developer …

One of the posts that is being read quite frequently over here is HOWTO: Encode a password using MD5 in C# (or: howto calculate the MD5 hash for a string). One of the (many) reactions to that post was from one Simucal, stating:

Also, to the original poster, Rick van den Bosch… shame on you for using ASCIIEncoding.Default.GetBytes().  You do realize that would seriously restrict the usefulness of your method to working only in languages that ASCII has the character sets for, right?

I suggest you read this article entitled:

The Absolute Minimum Every Software Developer Absolutely, Positively Must Know About Unicode and Character Sets (No Excuses!)

Yes, I do realize that using ASCIIEncoding.Default.GetBytes() would seriously restrict the usefulness of the method to working only in languages that ASCII has the character sets for. The primary reason for the post was to illustrate the way to calculate the hash. Representing it as a string was only there to be complete for a specific scenario. I did not try to write a hashing function for every language ;)

That being said, the post Simucal refers to is a good one, and it truly is the absolute minimum every software developer absolutely, positively must know about unicode and character sets. And I guess there are no excuses ;). So if you haven’t done so already, go and read it.

Online profiles – update

I only had time for a quickie:

The page containing all my online profiles has been updated…
When interested, have a look at them.

Rick van den Bosch .net – part II

It’s been a while because I’ve been so busy lately, but the next (technical) step for my personal  website is now online. When browsing to, the content of my blog here is displayed sort of mirrored over there. I used an OpenSource RSS component to read my private rss feed from blogging about, and display it from there.

There’s still a lot of work to be done (like styling!), but I’ll get there. Eventually…. ;)

If you’re interested on the how and the what: I’ll post the source code online as soon as the entire website is ‘ready’. At this rate, it might take a while, so if you can’t wait: contact me

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By |March 12th, 2008|Blog, Link|0 Comments

Short personal update – March 2008

This weekend we got back from a skiing trip we went on with the school my girlfriend works at. We had a great time! The kids were great, and so were the teachers and the Huski people who were there to teach the kids how to ski and snowboard. If they need an extra pair of hands next year, I hope they’ll consider me: I’d be happy to join them.

I ordered my new phone this weekend. I arrived home 10 minutes ago, and the postman had beaten me to it: there was a note saying they will try delivering my phone again tomorrow. I hope they’ll come when I’m at home, so I can go ahead and play with it. Boys will be boys, right? And then there’s the combination boys & toys…. ;)

My ‘old’ phone is going to my girlfriend, because some m***erf***ers broke in and stole lots of stuff, like our laptop and her PDA phone. I can’t understand why people do such a thing, why they just take something of someone else. I guess some people don’t have a bit of decency in them… ( </angry mode> )

We will be looking for a new laptop, any tips are welcome. And, of course, I’m open for buzzing / WOMM ;)