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And then you become a father again

Well that basically happened on the May 15th. Our lovely daughter Pleuni was born. Just like our firstborn she was born in the hospital after a cesarean. This meant that I haven’t been using the new laptop as often as I should to form already a good view on how much I like the new laptop. But then again, there’s more important aspects in life then new shiny things like the laptop.

In the coming days I’ll again start using the laptop a lot more then previously so my final view on whether it is likable or not but I’m glad that I’ve decided to buy this one, it was a close call with the Dell XPS 13 but in the and I felt that this one would give me a lot more value for money compared to the Dell one. It’s just a gut feeling that I went along with.

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Continued, the HP Spectre X360

Yes, I’m still happy with the laptop, it’s light and looks pretty and I hardly notice it in my backpack. last evening I just was loading some pictures on my laptop while at the same time McAffee was running it’s ‘planned’ scan of the laptop, maybe because i’m used to just using the already available defender, but I was actually surprised by the load it was generating on the system. Up till then I wasn’t aware of any sounds beiing made by the laptop and now it was humming so much that I was thinking it would take off to the moon ;).

I’m still deciding whether i’ll keep McAffee on the laptop or not. In the end, as long as I’m protected it is ok by me.

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HP spectre X360 continued

I’ve been using it now for several days and to be honest, I totally dig this windows machine, it just does what it needs to do and is very fast in booting up and shutting down. The keyboard is very comfortable and typing is pretty fast on it, as I type blind, I’m already get decent speeds on this keyboard, for one of the other reason there is also some learning curve with regards to new keyboards.

Currently I’m looking around for a pen to use with it so I can also do a bit more with some of my software, especially of course onenote, evernote and the adobe stack i’ve got.

The big test will of course come when the machine is fully loaded and some of the software starts to impact the load times. In the mean time I’ve decided to start off loading my Lenovo U510 and re-install it and start using it as the family laptop so my wife can also use it for her work.

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My new laptop

It’s been a while now since I bought my last laptop which is a Lenovo U510. I’ve been using it now for a while and have been struggling with its screen resolution, it’s a nice screen, but as it has a low resolution I can’t justify using it for my daily work so I decided to investigate what would be a nice replacement. I had the following requirements:

  1. It must be smaller than my current one which is 15″
  2. Screen resolution must be at least 1920 * 1080
  3. 8 Gb of ram
  4. Being able to run a long time on its battery

I’ve been looking around on the interwebs and after a while came to a shortlist which included:

  1. Dell XPS 13
  2. HP Spectre X360
  3. Lenovo X 240

After reading lot’s of reviews, and doing a lot of thinking I finally decided to go for the HP Spectre. All my requirements are met, it has a nice touchscreen and is a convertible. I just got it and will be posting what I thin about it on this site.

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Skiing in Italy

Last week we’ve been skiing in northern Italy for a few days. It’s been the third time that we’ve gone to Santa Christina in Val Gardena and I guess this one is a keeper. It’s a relatively small village, no high rises and it’s a village where still a lot of farmers live. That ensures that the atmosphere in the village stays relaxed and down to earth.

The skiing area is part of the larger dolomiti super ski area which entails over 1000 km of trails (where would you find such an area anyways). The skiing is superb and most of it slopes seem to be catching a lot of sun all day long. We where lucky as the week before we arrived the weather was pretty lousy with lots of new snow. My wife Cindy is finally catching on with regards to skiing, which partly could be attributed to the fact that she had new skis which forced her to ski in another manner. (She was what I called a roboskier 🙂 ).

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Yesterdays newspaper

Yesterday in the newspaper I receive there was an entertaining story on the back of the paper. What made this story interesting to me was the attitude a tram driver in Amsterdam had. His name is Harry Smit and he drives on line 9. I hardly take the tram when I’m in Amsterdam but he actually makes me want to do so. He apparently loves his work and isn’t afraid to share this joy with the people on the tram.

When he had to work on Christmas, he showed up in Tuxedo and provided people with treats. He knows the regulars on his route and recognizes them and greets them. When an English passenger asked to be notified when the tram would stop at the “tropenmuseum” he took out his false teeth, got the spare ones out of his bag and replied “This are my English speaking teeth, what do you want?”

As an aside because people know him, pickpockets and freeriders  shun the tram he drives, because he knows them as well. So he even made the tram he’s driving somewhat saver.

But what I found refreshing is that Harry loves his work and isn’t afraid to show this, and uses his humor to make the best of every day. And in the end, shouldn’t we all just try to follow his lead and make working fun as it should be. So kudos for the reporter Otto Holzhaus for writing the article, and Harry for making sure that fun is an important part of his work.

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me 2day

A picture of me 2day, just for the fun of it. have to say that I actually need another shave 🙂

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