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Suffering from chronic idiocy since 1977

Archive for June, 2004


It’s Over

Wednesday, June 30th, 2004

Hol­land lost tonight against Por­tu­gal. 1–2. I must admit that Por­tu­gal was defin­i­tively the stronger team espe­cially dur­ing the first half. Before I go on I have to say that we were deal­ing with a clas­sic case of a home ref­eree. Scan­dalous. Sure it is no excuse but I have never seen so many free kicks going to the home team — ass hole. All in all I think reach­ing the semi-final was not that bad for Holland.

Holland’s biggest prob­lem was, as usual, play­ing posi­tion. We lost the ball many times in the cen­ter. Long balls to the front and fin­gers crossed that some player, such as Makaay (who was brought in at the start of the sec­ond half) or Van Nis­tel­rooy might be able to con­trol it and get a shot at the goal. It never hap­pened. In the sec­ond half Hol­land played more aggres­sive and I really felt that things would hap­pen. Then Por­tu­gal was unlucky and Andrade diverted the ball in his own goal. 1–2. The pres­sure was on, but Hol­land never got a good shot at it. Goal­keeper Van der Sar had some ter­rific saves, if it was not for him the score would have been much worse.

Now Hol­land needs to get ready for Ger­many in 2006. The world cup. We have a decent team and the young­sters will need to prove them­selves. But with peo­ple like Robben, Van der Vaart, Snei­jder, Heitinga, Bouma and oth­ers I think we will be a team to watch. Let’s just hope we can avoid the South Korean fiasco two years ago (we did not qualify…)




Tuesday, June 29th, 2004

I might be look­ing for a new host­ing com­pany. Cur­rently I’m with Pair Net­works and to be hon­est I have not much to com­plain (signed up with their “advanced” web host­ing plan). Their ser­vice is fine and their price is about right. The only thing that really annoys me is that I only have 1 SQL data­base — which is just not enough.

I have been look­ing around and so far Dreamhost seems inter­est­ing. Has any­one used their ser­vices? I’m will­ing to spend about $20 a month or so. I’m look­ing for all the usual things a web host has to offer and unlim­ited SQL data­bases is a big plus. So what are you suggesting?



Gmail Invites

Monday, June 28th, 2004

Donate $5 or more to the National Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis Soci­ety and you may receive one of the sev­eral dozen avail­able Gmail invites. This is not about hype — this is about qual­ity of life. You have until the 2nd of July.


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Research: Product Interaction

Thursday, June 17th, 2004

Design and Marketing

One of the things that keeps me very busy at the moment is writ­ing my the­sis,
being a manda­tory part of get­ting my master’s of sci­ence degree. I have
a back­ground in Eco­nom­ics but con­vinced the fac­ulty that design is an eco­nomic
entity of impor­tance, espe­cially related to high tech­nol­ogy, mar­ket­ing and brand­ing.
The task was not easy, design is tra­di­tion­ally, within the aca­d­e­mic field of
Eco­nom­ics and Busi­ness, not looked upon as being a strate­gic ele­ment. Nat­u­rally
I begged to dif­fer. Any­way, I was blessed with a super­vis­ing pro­fes­sor that
“gets it.” He’s not a designer but a mar­ket­ing guru, yet he
talks about Apple and Tar­get and the way they used design to dif­fer­en­ti­ate their
offer­ing from com­peti­tors. When­ever I have a dis­cus­sion with him he reminds
me of the fact that design mat­ters, now more than ever.




Life in the Fast Lane

Wednesday, June 16th, 2004

I have been rather busy lately and posts have been rare — this entry will explain some of the rea­sons but will prob­a­bly leave you with more ques­tions than answers. Bear with me. In a few weeks time you will know why. Right, let’s start some rumors.

First. I will be mov­ing to Italy in Sep­tem­ber. Some of you may know why, yet some of you may have to wait a lit­tle before under­stand­ing what the heck is going on. It may not come as a sur­prise to you that this new endeavor is design related. This deci­sion will change my life and career. Trust me.

Sec­ond. I will have my own blog. Yes. I must be the last designer in this busi­ness not to have his own blog. That will change. I’m cur­rently work­ing hard to get every­thing ready and fig­ure out how to hack my way through Mov­able Type 3.0. Yes, I did cough up the $69. Six Apart needs to make money too, you know.

So why leave SB? There are a few rea­sons. First and fore­most I want my own design. Some­thing I can play with and change the way I see fit. Fur­ther­more my own blog will be asso­ci­ated with my voice more clearly. Expect some thought pro­vok­ing con­tent in the future. So when will it launch? Ah, good ques­tion. I can’t let you know an exact date at this time. But in a few weeks is prob­a­bly real­is­tic. Don’t worry, you will hear about it.

Third. You prob­a­bly noticed that there have not been any new issues of FAST, Week­end Read­ing and Guru on Paper. Again this is due to the lack of time at the moment. As any blog­ger knows, qual­ity con­tent takes time. Blog­ging in gen­eral takes time and ded­i­ca­tion. In the com­ing weeks you should not expect a whole lot of posts. But I will be back (you know how to pro­nounce that…)

Some links

To avoid post­ing an entry exclu­sively about me, here are some links to note­wor­thy stuff related to design, usabil­ity, blog­ging and what not.