Month: June 2006

On the way back home to Gouda sitting in the train I happened upon this interesting view of the countryside viewed from the train in which I was sitting.

Taken around ten in the evening just before the sun is ready to set.

Beautiful Dutch countryside...

On the one hand, this is an amazingly beautiful view right around the corner from my house.

However, on the other hand, when I look down at my feet, I am a bit confused and dismayed that someone else was less appreciative of the natural splendor around him.

Hint: drag your mouse pointer over the image above to see what I mean...

Oh Mom, that man he ripped out his lining
He tore out a piece of his body
To show us his "clean quilted heart"

Suzanne Vega, Tired of Sleeping

"An opportunity exists for businesses to adopt non-intrusive methods of integration, saving both time and money while also improving the flow of information..."

I've heard that more than once in the past. So what else is new?

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Like I have said before, it is (still) never too late to begin yet another new and challenging adventure in life.

(Seems like I have had my share lately)

That's why I am very excited about starting my new job next week. I can't wait.

A new technology, interesting colleagues and yet another area of knowledge to dive into, acquire and become an expert at.

Finally, this should prove to be a long term relationship to cherish, I am sure.

Just purchased the latest Madonna CD called 'Confessions on a Dance Floor' and it is pretty amazing, to say the least.

"Now I can see things for what they really are."

Time goes by so slowly...

A noble pursuit indeed, but worth the effort even if it leads to nowhere I would say.


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I think I am finally getting used to the idea of my oldest kids being where they are. They are in good hands and they will be having the times of their lives, I believe.

Proof they are having a great time in America.

Don't know how I managed it really, but all of a sudden since this afternoon my Gnome desktop seems to be performing back to normal. What a relief.

I suspect that it had something to do with some weird mismatch during the upgrade where my previous private settings messed things up for some reason.

So what I did is this. Delete all of the dot-directories located in my home directory that looked like they had something to do with gnome, like .gnome, .gnome2, .gnome2_private, .icons, .themes, .gconf and .gconfd using good old rm -rf.

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Just dropped my oldest two kids off at the Schiphol Airport saying farewell and seeing them off for a fun and educational stay in the States.

Waving good-bye to the two distant heads as they approached and disappeared past the passport control turnstiles and off into the real world.

An eight hour flight across the Atlantic and then pleasant landing at Washington Dulles.

Will see Marlies in a little over two months, but may not see Lennart again for nine months or so.

Nice feeling to see your kids growing up and turning out to be so fine, but also slightly emotional and not that easy letting change happen.

Simply part of being a parent who hopes for the best. That's all.


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With much enthusiasm, they claim that the latest 2.14 version of Gnome was supposed to be a quantum leap in improvement, what with all that memory optimization, performance gains and a number of other truly amazing tweaks.

However, after having attempted to upgrade from the 2.12 version a number of times, reporting this and that, and reinstalling packages, I am afraid that I have been experiencing the exact opposite on my FreeBSD 6.1 platform.

The newest Gnome desktop has become a veritable nightmare for me. So much wasted time. Very sluggish and unresponsive, applications take forever to startup, and at times things become frozen and/or displaying erratic repaints and all.

I've pretty much given up all hope.

Sat around outside enjoying the sunshine those few splinters which happened to appear through an otherwise cloudy day.

One might imagine that things could be otherwise but they continue always as if there might never be any mention of what you might think.

Just enjoy things as they are.

This is what I was doing exactly two weeks ago. Sitting in the plane flying back to good old Amsterdam, wondering what the future would bring. Not quite sure when if ever I will be returning to that nice area in England, but life goes on as usual.

Not feeling sorry for myself.

The plane landed long ago, and in two weeks much might have happened, but it hasn't (at least not yet). In the meantime, things go along as usual.

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