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Something useful…

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Who would’ve thought, besides grabbing my monthly fee (and never paying me back in the form of a winning ticket or something), the Postcode Loterij would do something nice ?

LED light

It’s a technically advanced LED light you won’t find in any stores (yet). Not only does it fit any light socket without the need for modification (the ones in the stores are with a bulky tranformer), this one is just 6W with the equal amount of light of a 60W bulb. As a bonus (which many electricians warned us was not possible), this one is even dimmable. Now, any tips which store sells them ? I’ve looked before in the bigger hardware and DIY stores.

Last one…

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Watch here, the last big bag of Skittles.

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That’s because they don’t sell it anymore in the supermarket. It’s now replaced with a bigger bag, but filled with mini bags. So, it’s more for the sharing type, which I’m not. No more easy grabbing in the big bag, now I have to keep opening smaller ones (even though technically the total net weight has increased by 3 grams. Though, the total price is probably higher, I didn’t really check).
Ah well, maybe it’s better, don’t want to get diabetis before my 90-ties.

Eerie table tennis match

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

I’ve been playing table tennis (in Wii Sports Resort) for quite some time now, but on this quiet Sunday I had the weirdest match ever.
Not only did I play against the mysterious mister S. (undoubtly standing for Snoopy), but also a dead guy in the crowd appears (and I’m not talking about that vampire dude)

It’s not long after I took that picture (while still winning the match!), that I see another very dead person in the crowd. So Sixth Sense !

New free stuff from Microsoft !

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

It’s antivirus, it’s free, it’s from Microsoft !!! Get it here http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/ (but only if your Windows version is genuine !)

But…
Mashable.com says “Microsoft says that Security Essentials is designed to run quietly in the background (no constant UAC alerts) and that it doesn’t hog CPU or memory usage.”
And Microsoft.com says “Microsoft Security Essentials runs quietly and efficiently in the background so that you are free to use your Windows-based PC the way you want—without interruptions or long computer wait times.”

Then why do products like ESET/NOD32 and AVG (also free) only need around 50 to 70 MB of free hard disk space and this MS product no less than a whopping 140 MB !!!

Ah well, trying on some test machines tomorrow then.

One hurdle down, almost none to go….

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Someone on this picture just passed the Dutch Civic integration examination, and I can tell you it wasn’t me !

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My precioussssss….

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

This is what it looks like after you’ve taken a hot air balloon flight.

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And this is what it looks like if you throw titanium and diamonds together. Well, technically also an almost dying Koriander plant, which for some unknown reason I thought would serve as a nice backdrop.

titanium

Courgette uglette

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Complaint through : http://www.ah.nl/klantenservice/veelgesteldevragen/albertheijn/article.jsp?trg=klantenservice/veelgesteldevragen/albertheijn/article.contactoverah.ah20

Courgette, een van de meest veelzijdige groente. Ze kunnen snel op alle manieren klaargemaakt worden en in vele recepten verwerkt worden. Ik eet ze elke week. En waar ze te halen dan mijn favoriete supermarkt.
Helaas is al sinds jaar en dag jullie courgette oogst of import van de laagste kwaliteit WAAR dan ook. In welk AH filiaal ik ook kom, ik kan altijd die pokdalige courgettes verwachten. Met die pukkels, lijkt het wel of ze aan een ernstige ziekte lijden. Zijn ze geoogst in hetzelfde toren in Notre Dame waar Quasimodo huist ? Of worden ze juist geimporteerd van ver, en worden ze onderweg door Somalische piraten mishandeld?
Het erge is, dat als ik in een budget supermarkt kom, ik elk courgette blind kan pakken, en weet dat het volledig gaaf, mooi donkergroen en zelfs in een beschermend plastic jasje zit. Gaan jullie hier nog wat aan doen, of moet ik bijna dagelijks rillend langs de groente-afdeling lopen, wetend dat er in elke kist GEEN enkel exemplaar te vinden is die niet alleen de tong maar ook mijn ogen doen strelen.

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Reply:

Het spijt ons te lezen dat u niet tevreden bent over de kwaliteit van de AH
Courgette. Albert Heijn hecht grote waarde aan de kwaliteit, veiligheid en
hygiëne van alle artikelen. Uw ervaring met de courgette hebben wij aan de
kwaliteitsmanager doorgegeven. Als het nodig blijkt te zijn, worden er
direct maatregelen genomen.

U kunt het artikel omruilen in de winkel voor een nieuw exemplaar of u kunt
het aankoopbedrag terugkrijgen. Dit geldt voor alle producten onder de 50
euro en bij voorkeur op vertoon van de kassabon en/of de verpakking van het
artikel. Wij danken u voor de door u genomen moeite ons op de hoogte te
brengen van uw ervaring.

Met vriendelijke groet,
Albert Heijn Klantenservice

Don’t you just hate those standardised replies that don’t make any sense ?

Review: Hertog Mango & Abrikoos

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Summer is almost upon us, and luckily Hertog is releasing a new flavor of ice cream. Usually I like my ice cream really sweet. Hell, I chemically measure the sucrose level of everything before I even consider eating it.
This one however, besides being enough sweet, has a surprisingly fresh springy fruity slight sourness to it. Something I didn’t expect, this has the danger of you eating more of it than is good for you.
But alas, the sweet fruity creamy combination is just brilliant, and I suggest everyone try it before the summer begins for real.8½.

hertog mango abrikoos

Pikture K-uiz

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Anyone care to venture a guess as to where and what this spiky building in the background is ?

Knack Knack, who’s there ? It’s me, part 2.

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Reply to mail (info@unox.nl):

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Geachte Unox Customer Service,

heden werd ik aardig verrast. De buurvrouw belde aan om een pakketje af te geven, en meestal bestel ik de meest interessante electronica. Maar dit keer was het een groter doos van vreemd formaat. In de doos bevinden zich 3 Unox artikelen, en mijn oog valt direct wederom op de logo’s met de letters ZONDER (kustmatige geur- en smaak- en/of kleurstoffen) in hoofdletters. Op dat moment lag er al een sappig stuk steak op de koekenpan te sissen, maar ik kon het toch weerstaan om meteen weer de Knaks uit te proberen.
Wel nu, de kwaliteit van Knaks waren marginaal beter dan de vorige (waar mijn originele klacht over ging), maar mijn fijngevoelige tong voelt nog steeds zo nu en dan de streling van zeer fijn gemalen kraakbeen en peeskapsels (in plaats van de te verwachten keihard zandachtig bot). Ik denk dat een normaal mens deze Knaks als smaakvol hadden kunnen categoriseren.
Hierbij meldt ik dan ook, dat mede door de geste van uw klantvriendelijkheid, mijn vertrouwen in Unox producten (met een klein minnetje voor de Knaks) volledig is terugverdiend.

Mvg, KaNam.

Knack knack, who’s there ?

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Complaint sent through www.unox.nl:

Knaks

Recent viel mijn oog op jullie blik Knaks knakworstjes. Vooral het label “ZONDER kunstmatige geur- en smaakstoffen” deed mij gerust stellen dat ik een goed product in handen had. ZONDER in hoofdletters valt reuze op. Goed gedaan, afdeling marketing !
Wat de beschrijving op de verpakking eerlijkheidsgetrouw mist, zijn echter de woorden “MET lekker veel fijngemalen botten”. MET in hoofdletters, om net dat extra betrouwbaarheidsgehalte te geven.
Hap na hap voel ik ze knarsen tussen mijn tanden. Af en toe, in gehakt of worst, was ik wel gewend. Maar dit sloeg mijns inziens toch wel alles.
En dan heb ik het niet eens over dat deze Knaks totaal niet knakkerig zijn zoals ik gewend ben. Bij het doormidden breken mis ik het bekende geluid, en zielig brokkelt het een beetje af, om in de mond zeer slapjes uiteen te vallen. Voor mij voorlopig geen enkel “knak”product van jullie merk !

Received response by email already, but it’s too generic to bore you with it. *Yawn*. On the AH Bockworst (it’s German !) then, it’s slightly better, though the flavor still doesn’t beat the real deal. Fresh meat, yum.

Taiwan Report: Taipei 101 fireworks

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

In an immensely lazy movie, I start my reporting with a video that’s not even mine ! The fact is, the last day of 2008, I forgot my camera. Actually, I was thinking the search for my Fujifilm Finepix S2000HD would be an easy one. It proved not to be. And I was left New Year’s Eve cameraless.
So, here’s a YouTube link of a fairly well documented shot. Don’t forget to click the “View in high quality” link right under the video.
Of course, it’s nowhere near the quality you’d expect from me (old cam, high res widescreen 848×480 pixels, new camera 1280×720 resolution), but it’s the best you’ll have to do with (till next year, I guess). Enjoy.

Review: Changeling

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Clint Eastwood seems to have a knack for dramas, and he spurns out one again, again directing a story based on true facts (like his previous movies Flags of our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima). How preposterous the story seems, the facts are real, and Clint shows it in a natural way. Slowly building up and going through several phases, each lighting up another aspects. Themes like supressed women come by. And the powerful female character portrayed by Angelina Jolie (award worthy), fighting for justice, rings true (again, like his previous movie, Million Dollar Baby). As a drama, Clint hits all chords with subtlety, and makes you cheer for the underdog.7½.

Happy New Year

Friday, January 9th, 2009

Happy Belated New Year to y’all. A full week too late, but hey, with at least a few Terabit internet connection lines (most notably SEA ME WE 3 and 4) severed before Christmas, the ping times reached over 1 second with all traffic from Tapei rerouted through the US first. Internet to overseas was therefore nigh impossible.
Now that I’m back in Europe, I can comfortably do everything I did before again. Watch out for more picture updates, now in 10 Mpixel ! Halfway through the journey, I picked up a new Fujifilm Finepix S2000HD, so I could ditch my old Panasonic DMC-FZ7 (other updated specs and improved functionality include 15x zoom, use of zoom _during_ filming, higher resolution movies (now at a whopping 1280×720), use of SDHC cards, use of AA batteries instead of proprietary, no need for full operation (extend lense, both unncessary and eating power) for view mode). And all that for barely the same price.

Upgrade

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

Many of you know I’ve had a pocket knife on me that’s probably older than most of my friends. At age 7, I managed to trade one of those flimsy thumb-sized souvenir styled pocket knife (you know, with a promotional picture on the sides) for a better equipped and larger pocket knife. While it was clear that knife was already older, I saw potential. As you can see in other post, over the past 24 years, I’ve lost it MANY times, sometimes I had to get around without it for days. However, now it’s final, after 2 weeks, I still can’t find it.
So, it’s time for an upgrade. I’ve had my cutleries already from Victorinox (and the damage it has done since, see here and here), and they seem indestructable (though it’s not invulnerable against sloppy pre-dish-washing-throws in the garbage can. Yes, I think I lost a few forks this way.)
While on a shopping stroll in a department store in Hamburg, I saw a Victorinox pocket knife stand, and I was sold. Most versions still fit the extra pocket in most Levi’s jeans, and the patented locking mechanism had me sold (which automatically ups the size from “normal” pocket knives to fulll hand-sized). If you have a dangerous job already, protecting oneself from potential damage is always a plus. Take a look here which version I bought, and that for just around 25 years (which brings the expense to just 1 euro a year if I don’t lose it again for another quarter century).
I recommend this gem of a tool to everyone, and dare you to undercut (pun intended) my record of hacking off live fingers with an average speed of 0.72 seconds (beating the old record of 0.93 seconds with my old knife). Of course, other job related records are also possible, if you can’t stand a little bit of blood. Things like cutting through electric or UTP cables, precision cable stripping and hard plastic package opening.