Author Archives: Geoff Coupe

About Geoff Coupe

I'm a British citizen, although I have lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1983. I came here on a three year assignment, but fell in love with the country, and one Dutchman in particular, and so have stayed here ever since. On the 13th December 2006 I also became a Dutch citizen.

Will Microsoft Ever Learn?

This is an old cartoon showing the organisation chart of Microsoft and its warring fiefdoms. It was certainly true back in the day when I had business contacts with Microsoft on behalf of my employer. And it would seem that … Continue reading

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Living in Interesting Times

The emergence of the Coronavirus Covid-19 has given us all something else to worry about besides climate change, Brexit and Trump.  For months now I’ve been leading a workgroup planning two events in our village to celebrate the 75 years … Continue reading

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Messages of Farewell

It’s the day after Brexit, and I’m still feeling depressed, and angry, about the whole sorry situation. I’ve been reading messages of farewell published in today’s Guardian from my fellow Europeans, and they have put into words the emotions I … Continue reading

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Brexit Is Not A Cause For Celebration

For me, today is a day of sadness. Britain has turned its back on Europe and is determined to retreat to being an insular nation once more. As an act of self-harm, this takes some beating. And whilst Johnson and … Continue reading

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Drinking from the Firehose

It’s been a journey that has taken more than five years, but we have a fibre-optic broadband network connection here at the farmhouse at last. Now we have an internet connection speed of 200 mbits/s instead of just 3 mbits/sec. … Continue reading

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Is It Downhill From Now On?

Today’s Guardian has a sobering article on what the environment could be like in 2050. The most worrying aspect is not the environment itself, but the impact it will have on human society. It’s perhaps not such a stretch to … Continue reading

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I Have A Bad Feeling About This…

I use Ivideon occasionally to keep an eye on the dogs when we’re out of the house. A couple of days ago, I received an email from Ivideon’s newly appointed business development manager. We are exciting [sic] to announce that … Continue reading

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