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Part 2: A change of cars

 

For 8 I've been driving my 2005 Peugeot Partner. Bought as a second hand car in 2011, it really has been a loyal and fun partner for many miles. But lately, the Peugeot started suffering from old age. Specifically some typical brand quirks, so time for me to go look at a replacement.

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Quite a while ago, my wife bought an 11" Lenovo Ideapad S130, idea was to install Linux on this netbook. Removing Windows was no problem, but I knew that installing Linux would be a challenge with the Realtek RTL8821CE wifi card and de Intel N5000 processor. But after a lot of searching and trying out several Linux distro's I finally managed it.

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Part 1: My job

 

2019 had to come with some changes, that was something I was hoping for by the end of last year. The first and biggest change should be my job, and after years of searching and writing letters that change had finally come.

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My 2 weeks vacation are almost over. Tomorrow it's back to work. Not that I've been sitting on my butt for 2 weeks, really not.
We've been giving the kitchen a make-over to give it a fresh new look.

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It was (and will be for a while) quite a hassle, but I've migrated my website from  Wordpress to Joomla. And for now, I think everything is in working order. A couple of articles have been uploaded, the remaining posts will be put here in due time. I wasn't able to migrate comments from visitors, as the old site had the build-in comment system from WordPress. Here on the new site I'm giving the JComment system a try. Just to see if it suits me.

But why the change?

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At the end of 2010 I bought my first android device, a Samsung Galaxy S Wifi 5.0. A 5 inch device with no phone function. A mini tablet so to speak. To replace my old usb mp3 players, which were very limited as far as storage was concerned and didn't have internal speakers. You might remember these little players:

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It's been years since I've last bought a vinyl record. But recently I came across a live Santana album at the Aldi. A concert from 1978. And as I've recently bought a record player again I thought "Let's get this one". To me, playing these vinyl records has it's own charm: wiping the dust of the record, putting the needle into the groove, relax and enjoy! cool

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For the last couple of weeks at work, I've been busy  moving the warehouse from one building to another. It's proven to be quite the job, also because of less than perfect communication and co-operation from those "on the higher levels". But me being me, I'm going for it with. Putting some muscle into it with some music and a big wink to reality. Just going for it...

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While it's pouring with rain here at the moment, I'm happy that we finished the build of a new garden shed in time. The shed that came with the house when we moved in here 13 years ago had seen better days, so we demolished it last year. Only the floor remained.

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Last week I bought myself a new toy for some "old-fashioned" entertainment: A record player! So time to blow the dust off of the old vinyl. A big box with long-play records and a little case filled to the brim with 45 rpm singles. It's gonna be a trip down memory lane while listening to and digitizing my musical preferences from my youth.

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Recently, we've cut down one of the trees in our garden that grew way to big. Which left us with a huge pile of cuttings. One option is to bring it to the recycle centre and use the bigger logs for the wood burning stove, but I wanted to do something different. A bit inspired by the BBC programme Money For Nothing.

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On the last day of another year of living, some strange thoughts bubble up in my mind. One thing I've noticed over the years is that the younger you are the more you look forward to your birthday. And when you get older, that enthusiasm decreases very fast. Mental health on the other hand seems to go along a reverse line.

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First, let this old fart explain something to those who don't recognize this logo or know the the name "Winamp" . Once upon a time (that used to mean more than 30 years ago, nowadays it's hardly a decade ago surprised) there was a piece of software to organise your music files and listen to them, called Winamp. A very nice and versatile piece of software I might add. With the rise of the Android smartphones, an app was published. But at one time, Winamp died (not a clue as to why, but if anyone wants to find out, you might find the answer in the still active forum) it was even before streaming and such became a "thing".

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Sometimes a hidden surprise pops up that brings back a lot of memories. Today my wife was organizing a folders containing some old genealogy information. Also in that folder was an old song from the Engineer Corps from the Dutch army. This made me remember my time in the army with the 11th Engineering Battalion in the late 80's. Man, what a long time ago! surprised

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I know, listening to music while cycling is a touchy subject. A lot has been said about it on the net (even some seriously overheated debates), but it's a common sight on the streets and bicycle lanes these days. And yes, I listen to music while cycling too. Mostly on my morning commute that is.

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