Which blog software to use …

I’m thinking of hosting a blog myself. Most important reason would be that bloggingabout.net doesn’t allow some stuff like scripts, embedding flash and links to things like the ‘connect with me’ button and so on. Which is completely understandable by the way. What I’m not sure about is which software to use. Do you guys have any tips on which blogging software to use? Or maybe even on if I should or shouldn’t host it for myself? If you do, let me know.

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By |December 19th, 2007|Blog, Personal|1 Comment

My games list

Recently I put up a list of my Xbox 360 games. I’ll try to keep it up to date. I must say it’s difficult to choose which game to get next. There are so many good titles out! Assassins Creed, Need for Speed ProStreet, Call of Duty 4 Modern warfare, and more…

Want to join me when gaming online? My gamertag is OZGump (see my gamercard).

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By |November 27th, 2007|Personal, Xbox 360|1 Comment

010108: a new challenge

As of 01-01-2008, I’m joining Avanade. You might have heard Avanade opened an office in the south of The Netherlands the first of November. I’ll be joining the ranks over there (Eindhoven!) and I am exited to get started.

I spent the past years at LogicaCMG. I had a lot of fun and, even more important, I learned a lot. I’ll miss the guys (and girls!) I worked with, but I’m sure I will keep in touch with some of them. Thanks for having me. And of course: it’s a small world, so we’ll meet again…

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By |November 14th, 2007|Personal, Work|1 Comment

DreamScene is here! But what happened to the other Windows Vista Ultimate Extras?

Back in July, Barry Goffe (Director Windows Vista Ultimate) mentioned that the missing Extras identified in January would be released at the end of the summer. I just got a bit curious about when these Extras would finally be released, so I visited windowsultimate.com again. And there it was: DreamScene was released recently (September 25th). And although I’m not quite sure if I’ll use this ever day, it’s kind of a cool feature. Isn’t it?

On the other hand: I’m still waiting for more Ultimate Extras. The ones Barry Goffe talks about are only Windows DreamScene and the remaining 20 Language Packs. But Microsoft made us believe there would be so many more. I can imagine the extras were a reason for a people to choose Ultimate. Let’s see if Microsoft will “ship a collection of additional Windows Ultimate Extras over the next couple years that we are confident will delight our passionate Windows Vista Ultimate customers“. According to the blogpost, “once we ship Windows DreamScene and the remaining Language Packs, we will provide more information about the next Extras“. We’ll see.

HALO 3: my (first) 2 cents

The single player mode feels like a multiplayer game, with excellent gameplay. Certain parts of the game are pretty creepy, and I like it that there are some surprising elements in there. Sometimes you expect something to happen, which doesn’t. And when you least expect it…. So the (story in the) game is original. That makes a game interesting to play. One of the things I like a lot is that you can use almost everything your opponents use, like vehicles and weapons
The multiplayer part is just great. I played online with some friends this weekend, and we had a blast!

Me like … !

By the way: I somehow lost my saved game. I already reached the sixth level, but when I started playing yesterday, the only option I had was ‘Start solo game’ in stead of ‘Continue solo game’. I’m in level three again, but that kinda sucks. Maybe it has something to do with my Xbox freezing up when I used it as a media center extender. On the other hand, that might be odd, because Halo wasn’t even running at that point.

I’m baaack …

So, after some relaxing at home and a very cool holiday in Spain, I’m about to go to work again next monday. And with that, I’ll be picking up all my ‘normal day’ hobbies and stuff. So, I’ll try and pick up blogging (and taking pictures) again, just for you guys ;). Stay tuned … !


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By |August 18th, 2007|Blog, Personal|0 Comments

Opened a photo blog

As you may know, I started out at blogger. I haven’t used that blog over there for the last two years, but now it is up and running again! This time, I’m using it as my photo blog. I recently got my new camera, and I didn’t want to mix picture-posts with my software development related posts over here. So if you’re interested, go take a look over there. Next to the link earlier in this post, you can find a link @ the news section of this site, in the left sidebar.

Just in: new toys!

Last tuesday evening I ordered them, and just over an hour ago they came in: my new toys. I’m talking about my brandnew Canon EOS 400D!!! I started out with the kit lens (18-55), and I’ll get going with that, trying some stuff with this lens. And I just might order another in the future, but you have to start somewhere, right ;)

I immediately made some shots, and I’m glad I bought the camera already. Maybe I’ll post some pics I make in the future. And by the way: if anyone has any tips on some good (online) photography courses, let me know, or drop a line in the comments. ;)

I remembered I had a tripod laying around here somewhere. I asked for it a couple of years ago, to use with my Sony DSC S85. I never used it extensively, but that’s gonna change now my new friend is here! For those of you who are interested: I have a Giottos VT-808 tripod. I added a picture on the right.

Happy (photo) snapping!

So… those updates weren’t the problem. Or at least, not the REAL problem.

A while ago I wrote about my laptop not wanting to connect to the internet or an Exchange Server. Two days later, I thought I found the updates which were the cause of all this. It wasn’t exactly true, but in the end everything worked… Because of that, I let it go for a few days. But after a while, I couldn’t help myself: I had to know the real reason for the problem. So after thinking long and hard about the (configuration) differences between my laptop and my ‘normal machine’, I could think of only one which could be big enough to have this kind of impact. My laptop has had (the trial version of) Norton Internet Security installed, and my ‘normal machine’ did not.

I tried some installing, uninstalling and re-installing this weekend, and it seems like Internet Security was indeed the troublemaker. Eventually I uninstalled it, restored all updates for my laptop, installed all of them, and there you had it: my laptop was (still) working like a charm and I was a happy camper.

I had a rough start with Norton years ago, back when I occasionally repaired computers in case the technical service department got too busy. I can’t even remember what or why it was, but somehow I ended up with this image of Norton as being software that wanted to do stuff other software was capable of doing, but in a buggier less stable way. I still have that idea, and normally I don’t even install their software. So I’m not quite sure why I missed it was installed on my laptop. Maybe I didn’t want to see it. Or maybe I thought to myself “It must be better by now”. Unfortunately, this does not seem to be the case…

Found ’em!

I found the two updates which crippled my laptop’s Windows installation. After uninstalling and re-installing lots of updates, it seems that these two updates caused the problem:
Update for Windows Vista (KB936825) This wasn’t the one. The problem was back this morning. :( I’ll be checking this out later today.
– Update for Outlook 2007 (KB933493)

Re-installing them causes the same problems to occur: Outlook can’t connect to Exchange and IE7 can’t display any webpages. The weird thing is these updates were installed on my regular machine, and didn’t cause any trouble there. On our laptop, the problems act up. Weird stuff… I’ve hidden the updates on the laptop, so I think the problem will not come back.


Update 2: OK, this is weird. I mentioned the problem returned this morning. So when I came back fom work today I removed a different update and rebooted, and the internet connection was fixed again. So, to be sure, I re-installed the update and restarted again. And now the internet connection keeps working, even after numerous restarts :S. Creepy stuff, but the connection works perfectly now. So I guess I’ll have to accept I won’t be sure what the problem was.