Posts by mgc8

A Billion Seconds Old

A Billion Seconds Old

Sometime one of these days, I will become 1,000,000,000 (one billion) seconds old. Of course, being born tends to be a messy affair, it’s not an exact science, and then there’s all those pesky leap seconds to contend with — so the exact moment will just come… and go… in a heartbeat; I won’t even notice. I remember being a bit apprehensive about the change of “prefix” when I turned 30 years old,...

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The Unofficial Story of… Magnets

The Unofficial Story of… Magnets

Note This was initially written for our internal company magazine Offline where it was published in the December 2012 issue. I added it here for your reading pleasure… Enjoy! I was fascinated with magnets from the earliest age, amazed by the magical force that was keeping all those pieces of plastic fruit attached to the outside of the fridge. A little later I discovered that seemingly mundane objects like door latches contained these...

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Moving Server and SSL Fun

Moving Server and SSL Fun

I‘ve been a bit quiet lately, but that was because of all the work going on behind-the-scenes. I just finished the move of all the websites and mail domains I host to a new server which should provide plenty of muscle for years to come. I also took this opportunity to configure SSL with proper certificates for my pages and a couple of other sites I host. This was initially triggered by Google’s sudden decision to enforce strict SSL...

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A New Beginning

A New Beginning

Here I am, at the beginning of a new year. There is a lot to look back on, and a lot more to look forward to… But first of all, there is some recovery to do after last night’s adventures 😉 I spent the New Year’s Eve over with some friends for a gezellig little party yesterday, and I must say I enjoyed every minute of it — especially the impromptu jam sessions peppered throughout the night. Thank you all for a great time...

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Hello world!

Hello world!

The last day of some old calendar is slowly drifting away, but the world remains in one piece — unsurprisingly enough. If the Mayans didn’t do it, then what I am about to do next sure will: opening up my web presence again, this time in the shape of this “digital abode” as I like to call it. It’s been many years, and I used to joke that if I finally did this it would be a sign of the end of times… But here it...

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