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Bye bye Corel

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After having worked with all previous releases and versions of Paint Shop Pro on Windows for for at least 12 years in a row, I’m finally out of there.
For those who don’t know yet: the only reason that I was using this program on that platform: the boss buys windows. At home it’s Mac OSX, iPhoto and PhotoShop.
Anyway, tried to work with Corel Photo XI for a month now, but I give up. The file browser is totally incomprehensible, compared to the simple and fast browser in versions 8 and 9. The program is a real memory hog, it crashes a few times a day, the windows stay on top of other applications because the bloody kit hangs or is busy hogging, stalls, whatever, I’m outta here.
And still no IPTC tagging, so bye bye.
Ever tried to mail Corel about a problem?
Don’t; on their website I got into a loop finding an e-mail address, and I don’t want to set up an account just to file a complaint.
Maybe they read this when the Google bot has visited. I don’t care anymore.

iPhone arrives in The Netherlands

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My friend Ron owns one, so he can pass, but all iPhone junkies in The Netherlands, who can’t eat or sleep until november, go to The Hague and get a free shot of Apple juice.
Director Titus Yocarinio of The Museum for Communication has DHL’ed a real iPhone to Holland, which has, accordingly to Yocarin, become the first ever iPhone in a museum collection.
You never know if sun and summer might make a mistake this weekend, but if they show up, and you go to the beach in Scheveningen, walk by the museum; they’ve got a paper iPhone for every visitor.
Looks like a nice museum, by the way.
Translation in Dutch at @ DutchCowboys

Planning The Shed


House and renovation completed – cross my fingers, cause a woman will find something everyday that’s not really ready – it’s about time for the garden and the shed. While our architect friend Arjan has set the licencing process in motion, I’m planning the design of the shed.
Now I don’t care too much about the exterior, but I really like this interior.
Classic Australian, nah?

A Tour de France Google Maps API mash up

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Click the map for the big map

The Tour de France is on. I know how hard it is, cause I went down and out myself two months ago on Alpe d’Huez on my second climb.
Yeah, I know my chain broke in the very first 100 meters of the climb, but that’s hardly an excuse for the cramps in my thighs half an hour later.
Nevermind, it was a beautiful day again, and I’ll be back next year, lighter and better prepared (and with some spare chains). Last year was a good one, ad I’d like to break that pr.
Mashed up a Google Map for our newspaper, setting up all the stages, and linking them to the plotted stages I could find in Google Maps.
This one’s a copy, but a bit different, with the custom zoom script included, cause I really love that script.
When you click the markers you see the links to the stages in Google Maps, as well as links to the same stage on the official Tour de France site.
The source in this map is a bit different from the previous maps I mashed up. All the coördinates, as well as the html in the pop ups is now in the same .shtml file (but parts of the code – the API key being one of them – parsed by an include), where my previous maps read the coördinates from another file.
Just for fun, practising and learning to know the possibilties of Google Mapsd API better.
I really like this one. I could put Google or You Tube Video’s from the finished stages on a daily base, bu no more play today, I’m afraid. Very busy building, tuning and translating a new ImageFolio 43.0 Pro photoalbum with visitor upload possibillity for the newspaper where I’m working. More about that later . . .