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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)

Friday March 06, 2009
01:14 PM

Techworld's Open Source Identity series covers Spine

The Australian Techworld website recently published an interview with me on Spine, a mod_perl based CMS I created, as part of their Open Source Identity series. It discusses the differences with existing CMSs, RDBMS and language choices. The article is here
Wednesday March 04, 2009
03:58 PM

Techworld Interview

I was recently interviewed by a reporter from Techworld Australia on a mod_perl based CMS I created. Should this be posted on the mod_perl mailing list or maybe pushed onto use.perl frontpage? :)

Read here
Tuesday October 14, 2008
03:50 PM

Resident Apple guru

As the geekiest Mac hardware guy in the office, I've been asked by a cow-orker to have a look at his spanking new black MacBook. The wireless connection is extremly flakey. It goes from 0% to 85% packet loss, with a preferred access point. I've compared the wireless settings side by side with my own MacBook. I'm clueless on this issue. I sure hope he got decent warranty with his purchase because my best bet is the genius bar.

Update: Since installing the latest security patches, everything seems to be stabilized (of course, I tested this around midnight, when I was partly sleeping).
Sunday October 12, 2008
02:32 PM

Programming challenge: Cisco configs

One of my cow-orkers had a bright idea the other day: Simplify the configuration of tunnel configuration for Cisco routers. By entering 5 IP addresses, it would spit out configuration lines for both sides of the tunnels, auto-incrementing the IP addresses for the tunnels that were required for each line. I ended up hacking something together before coffee break and had the whole thing fine-tuned and running before afternoon coffee. Tools of choice: jQuery and plain HTML. I stayed away from the C#, VB(A), Java Struts or Perl some of my friends would use and chose (hopefully) the cleanest and quickest way.
Friday September 26, 2008
01:16 PM

Bla Bla links

Random links thrown in for a laugh or two:
  • Failblog: typical FAIL! situations, ranging from funny to WTF!?!?!
  • Wrecked Exotics: Expensive cars wrecked.. that's it
Tuesday September 09, 2008
02:46 PM

New things..

Monday was the first day for both the bowling and the Spanish courses. Status updates: Spanish is fun enough. First lesson focused on introducing yourself, spelling and pronunciation. Summary of the day: El burro sabe más que tú.

Bowling was good fun but more difficult than on the Wii. 3 game average: a very low 80.
Monday September 01, 2008
02:26 PM

The times, they are a-changing

It's that time of the year again. People keep bugging me to put together a wishlist. As before, I have no idea what to ask for my birthday. I managed to put together a list with DVDs and books. Truth of the matter is that I haven't spend as much time on geeky stuff as before. I haven't attended YAPC::Europe this year or learned any new programming languages. I'm prioritizing differently, getting some certifications out of the way and spending some well-deserved time with my girlfriend in our new apartment. In a few weeks, I'll turn 30.. a time to look back and learn from the past 3 decades and plan the next 3. So far, I'm starting Spanish language courses next week, joined a amateur bowling team at work, want to get certified in 2 products by the end of this year and make at least one important career decision in the next decade. Also on the long term, this decade will be (hopefully) one of offspring, marital vows and property deeds.
Thursday August 28, 2008
02:30 PM

Shopping on the american economy..

I dropped by the local store and picked up some odd items:
  • Lucky Charms
  • Corn dogs
  • Sweet pickled relish
  • some Mountain Dew
  • Coffee Mate

In short, stuff you normally wouldn't pick up at a local belgian deli.

Saturday July 26, 2008
06:29 PM

American iMac

I've decided to buy myself an iMac for my birthday. Biggest problem: budget. I figured out that the difference in US dollars to a European version is about 500 euros. I've already figured out a way to get it into the country.. What I haven't checked fully yet is wither or not it can run on local power. AFAIK they use 110volts in the states, we use 230volts. The guy at the Apple store assured me it shouldn't be a problem. Some forums say the same thing. All I'll need is a cable. Any other issues I should be worried about? Anyone else did something similar before?
Tuesday July 15, 2008
01:07 PM

Quote of the day: Wikipedia

From an MSN chat log:

lol, I'm not going to crawl wikipedia when I can just download it all.

For the record, it's only 3.4 gb.