Monthly Archives: April 2013

It’s NOT a Coronation!

It’s been a momentous day here in the small country of The Netherlands. This morning, at 10:10, Queen Beatrix signed the document that confirmed that she has abdicated in favour of her eldest son, Willem-Alexander, who has now become King. … Continue reading

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The Ghost in the House of Wonks

Adam Curtis makes amazing documentaries. Here’s one he did earlier – The Attic. A cautionary tale.

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"Windows 8 sucks because Windows 8 apps suck"

Not my words, but the words of Michael Cherry, an analyst with Directions on Microsoft, quoted in Computerworld. To be honest, I think he has a point. I’ve long bemoaned the fact that, far from using the opportunity to showcase … Continue reading

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Management Speak

Steven Poole has hit a nerve with his article in the Guardian on 10 of the worst examples of management speak. It’s got over 1,800 comments all of them expressing their loathing of management speak. It reminds me of the … Continue reading

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A Talent is Lost

The sculptor and designer Graeme Gilmour has died far too early at the age of 48. I never had the privilege of seeing any of his outdoor theatre events, but I treasure my evening in the Amsterdam Schouwburg theatre watching … Continue reading

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A New Dawn

We’ve just had twenty solar panels installed on the roof. Apparently, we’ve joined a growing trend in the Netherlands. In 2012, there was 260 MW of energy produced via solar panels – a doubling of what was produced in 2011. … Continue reading

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Stop Digging, Theo…

Ah, Theo Hobson. It’s been a while since I felt moved to document how much I disagree with his writings – well, I have to say that once I was astonished to find that I actually agreed with him. It … Continue reading

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The End is Nigh

Six years ago, along with 10,000 other people, I started testing the beta of the first version of Windows Home Server. When it was formally released in November 2007, I bought the software and built my first home server. I … Continue reading

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The Hidden Talents of Giraffes

I never knew that giraffes could do this. They must have remarkably strong teeth.

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The End

So, she’s dead. She certainly changed our world, but, personally speaking, I’m not convinced she improved it. For me, Elvis Costello’s song: Shipbuilding is the perfect summary of that time. Craig Murray, while he personally found her quite likeable, sums … Continue reading

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A Fool, A Liar, or a Thief?

Lucy Mangan poses the question about Ian Duncan Smith. It’s a valid question. I propose the answer is that he is at least two out of the three, and that he isn’t a fool. Unfortunately, he’s far from the only … Continue reading

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Just Tying Threads Together

The news that Roger Ebert has died has brought out instances of what he meant to many people. Including the shout-out from Nina Paley, who thanks Ebert for his review of her film. Sita Sings the Blues is wonderful. Roger … Continue reading

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More Bad News

Following on from the news that Iain Banks is not long for this world, comes the news that Roger Ebert has now departed it. I admit that I was only an occasional reader of Ebert’s film reviews, but I always … Continue reading

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The Grand Reopening

I’ve always enjoyed visiting the Rijksmuseum, the grand old lady of Amsterdam’s many museums. However, she’s been closed since 2003 for a refurbishment that was supposed to have been completed in 2006. Here we are in 2013, and she’s about … Continue reading

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The Xbox Music App – Still Disaster-Prone

Well, I thought at first that the new release of the Xbox Music App for Windows 8 was promising. That is, until my recent bad experience, and now something else has crept out of the woodwork. The App is working … Continue reading

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Windows 8 “Play to” Restrictions – And Overcoming Them

I’ve written about Microsoft Windows and its “Play to” feature before. Back in the days of Windows 7, it caused a number of headaches, but the problems got resolved over time. Then with the introduction of Windows 8, it seemed … Continue reading

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