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Beatnik (493)

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A 29 year old belgian who likes Mountain Dew, Girl Scout Cookies, Tim Hortons French Vanilla Flavoured Cappucinno, Belgian beer, Belgian chocolate, Belgian women, Magners Cider, chocolate chipped cookies and Perl. Likes snowboarding, snorkling, sailing and silence. Bach can really cheer him up! He still misses his dog.

Project Daddy of Spine [], a mod_perl based CMS.

In his superhero time (8.30 AM to 5.30 PM), he works on world peace.

Journal of Beatnik (493)

Wednesday July 09, 2008
03:34 AM

iPhone 3G in BE WTF?!?!?!? [parte deux]

It seems AT&T is going to sell their unlocked non-plan iphone 3g for the bargain price of $599 (8gb) / $699 (16gb). Getting a 'merican iphone 3G for 380 euros is still cheaper than getting one for 525 euros.

Some sites mention that only the AT&T store will force you to activate the phone in-store (while the Apple store might not).. Can someone say "Loophole"?? French unlocked iphones are rumoured to go for 509 euros.

In the mean time, belgian politicians are talking about scratching the law that forbids bundled sale (which apparently is also why the price is so high). Purely accidentally, the secretary that started this discussion, got a first gen iphone.
Tuesday July 08, 2008
01:39 PM

iPhone 3G in BE WTF?!?!?!?

Still eyeballs deep into boxes, light fixures and bubble wrap, I checked the page that Mobistar (the belgian cell phone provider that won the exclusive deal with Apple) sent me.. Finally, some details on getting the iphone. I wasn't expecting low prices like The Netherlands (1 euro for the phone on a 2 year plan, 45 euros per month) or the UK (free iphone for a 1.5 year plan, 45 pounds sterling a month). Knowing the belgian market, I was assuming something closer to the announced $199 ceiling (or ever 199 euros).

After reading the announcement page, I wasn't all that eager anymore to get one. It seems that Mobistar is planning on selling these phones for 525 euros for the 8 gig and 615 euros for the 16 gig version. Serious WTF??!?!?!?!?!. Their plan seems equally retarted: 30 euros for 3 hours voice or 300 text messages + 200 meg data. 45 euros for 6 hours voice or 600 text messages + 500 meg data. 60 euros for 9 hours of voice or 900 text messages + 1 gig dara.

I really hope they realize that they're definitly not going to sell like hotcakes. If I had known, I would have bought a hacked first gen for 250 euros ($399) and used it without GPS :)
Sunday July 06, 2008
01:59 PM

Yet another zombie movie

In between all the unpacking and cleaning, I did squeeze in watching I am legend on pay per view. To me, it seems like yet another zombie movie, maybe with just another twist. I still like the Resident Evil trilogy more but it beats Dawn of the dead.
Tuesday June 17, 2008
11:38 AM

Fscking sweet software: HP WebInspect

Today, I got a demonstration of HP's WebInspect, which is a very nice web application scanner (including a very extensive SQL injection exploit engine). Unfortunatly, with the sweetness comes a price.
Thursday May 01, 2008
12:24 PM

Contributing to the american economy

We dropped down by a small mall a few miles down from the hotel and picked up some stuff. The loot:
  • iLife '08 ($78)
  • Pink 8 gig iPod ($199.99)
  • Wireless Apple keyboard ($79.99)
  • Some CDs ($30)
  • Some DVDs ($20.99)
  • Perfume for the girlfriend ($56,59)
  • Some clothes ($100)

Total amount of euros poured into the American economy: 365. Considering most of these things are either more expense in Belgium or even impossible to find anyway, all in all a very good deal!

I also picked up some cigarettes for my sister-in-law, at bargain prices (REALLY).

It's quite strange to walk around an area that just breathes "Welcome to America" and only minutes after that get confronted with the evergrowing public waste problem in Naples..

Tuesday April 22, 2008
12:37 PM

jQuery tricks: hiding body elements

Someone gestured me towards jQuery recently. I've been playing around with it a bit. Yesterday I got the following idea: allow the visitor to minimize the fancy logos and just show the important stuff. I had the following:

<style type="text/css">
body {
        /* Some other stuff here */
        background-image: url(http://localhost/images/bg.jpg);
        background-repeat: repeat-x;
<!-- Some other stuff here -->

The background was the element I wanted to hide. I ended up with something like this:

<style type="text/css">
body {
        /* Some other stuff here */
        background-image: url(http://localhost/images/bg.jpg);
        background-repeat: repeat-x;
<script type="text/javascript" language="javascript" src="jquery.js"></script>
<!-- Some other stuff here -->
<a id="mini" href="#" OnClick="
if ( $('#mini').text() == '[-]' ) { $('#mini').text('[+]') } else { $('#mini').text('[-]'); }
if ($('body').css('background-image') == 'url(http://localhost/images/bg.jpg)')
   { $('body').css('background-image','url()'); } else
   { $('body').css('background-image','url(http://localhost/images/bg.jpg)'); }
return false;">[-]</a>
<!-- and here -->

This adds a small [-] link that, when clicked, clears the background and changes to a [+]. Clicking again switches back.

Thursday April 17, 2008
03:28 PM

Italy, here I come

Looks like I'll be spending 2 weeks in Italy pretty soon. I'll be staying about an hour south of Rome, with some co-workers (working, obviously). We'll have the weekend in between off so I might drop by Rome again.
03:12 PM

Lease signed

My girlfriend and me signed the lease contract for our very first duplex together this evening. We'll be moving in on the first of July. For my girlfriend, it'll mean a 1 minute walk to work instead of a 5 minute "taxi boyfriend". For me, the drive to work is about the same. Most importantly, we're finally moving in together.
Monday April 14, 2008
01:17 PM

Being able to read is not a requirement for this job

You know how sometimes with different platforms, they use different filesystems? This rule also exists with backup tapes. A backup tape on Solaris is usually formatted differently than one on Windows. Although the backup tapes and tape drives are clearly marked, one of my well-trained co-workers managed to put 3 out of 4 tapes in the wrong drive, resulting in a very strange error. Someone's in for some Pwnage tomorrow.
Friday April 04, 2008
12:52 PM

Tips for job searching

These almost endless list of things not to do in application letters, job interviews, resumes is both funny and sad but definitely educational.