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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.