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Idea: Emoticon for innuendo: &-)

Do you often find yourself in a situation where you are using some kind of word play in a written (chat or text message) conversation, but feel that you need to make this second level of comprehension clear? This is… Continue Reading →

Company cars in Belgium: your new taxes

January 2012 marks the beginning of a new calculation of the ‘Benefit in kind’ – the value an employee is calculated to get from a company car. It has a big effect on your taxes. Do you pay taxes in Belgium?… Continue Reading →

Bose Soundlink: ideal travel companion

Thanks to the nice people at Bose Belgium, I have been using the Bose Soundlink for a couple of weeks, and when I left for a trip to Buenos Aires last month, I thought: why not take it along? After… Continue Reading →

Capdase camera bag for Canon

I just got a new bag for my ‘small’ Canon: a Capdase MKeeper 180A. My previous bag was too soft and I wanted to try something more solid. I looked through the Canon 500D bags and rather liked the rectangular… Continue Reading →

Is Backify (512GB backup for free) also for real?

UPDATE 16 Nov 2011: Message from Backify: Dear Peter Forret, First of all, we would like to thank you for using Backify. We hope you really liked our service and enjoyed using it. We regret to inform you that we… Continue Reading →

Google Docs’ infamous “Moved Temporarily” error – fixed!

I store quite a lot of info in Google Spreadsheets, for the obvious reasons: anyone can edit from any place, even at the same time the servers are more reliable than a server at the office I can use the… Continue Reading →

Repairing Amazon S3 downloads for IE

I use Amazon S3 for cloud storage of big digital-cinema files (up to 3GB) for distribution. It works fine most of the time, but I kept getting the odd complaint: “I can’t download on my PC, I get an error”…. Continue Reading →

Review: Synology DS410 8TB NAS

Storage vendors should come to me for heavy duty testing, I have way too much hard disks break down on me. Last year my 4TB Lacie drive died. It’s a good thing I’m paranoid about data storage and I had… Continue Reading →

Review: Panasonic TX-L42E30E LCD TV

I bought and/or used quite some new gear the last couple of months and I’ve been meaning to write about my experiences and never got around to actually start. Because I like reading other people’s reviews before I buy anything,… Continue Reading →

Idea: Experimenting with movie hashing/fingerprinting

MEDIA FINGERPRINTING Neal Krawetz wrote an interesting article on image fingerprinting, or how to search for images that are similar. He proposes an algorithm to do image fingerprinting and reproduce the functionality of TinEye, a service that allows to give… Continue Reading →

Track your (Synology) NAS when it’s stolen

When a friend of mine recently got his MacBook stolen, I quickly verified if I had installed Prey Project on each laptop/desktop PC I have. For those who do not know Prey: Prey lets you keep track of your phone… Continue Reading →

TV Show scoring: the decline of True Blood

I got the DVDs of the 3 True Blood seasons for Christmas and when I started watching , I really got into it. Sookie is adorable, Jason is charming with a low IQ (and strongly resembles George W), there’s the interesting… Continue Reading →

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