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Stunning aerial photos of Dutch greenhouses by Tom Hegen

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Photo: ©Tom Hegen.

Tom Hegen, a German award-winning photographer specialising in aerial photography, has made absolutely stunning night photos of the Netherlands.

They feature dazzling light patches of greenhouses against the pitch-black background, so bright that they are clearly visible from space.

By the courtesy of Tom I’m publishing his Greenhouse Series photos in my blog today.

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Cloudinary content backup

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Right after migrating all my images onto Cloudinary I started to question myself: how am I going to make backups?

Nothing lasts forever, including clouds. Or, for example, one day you can lose your Cloudinary account and hence your access to the hosting altogether. Therefore the task of making a copy of your content is quite relevant.

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Musicellaneous ‣ Owane

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Photo: owane.fandom.com.

Our today’s Musicellaneous guest is the Norwegian multi-instrumentalist Owane. He employs a number of instruments by thoroughly weaving djent riffs into the jazz-funk texture of his compositions.

Owane (real name Øyvind Pedersen) is a musician from Sortland, Norway and he has released three albums to date.

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Xenia, our robot vacuum

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Robot vacuum cleaners are a great help in housekeeping but all have one downside: they cannot walk the stairs.

Our Xiaomi Robot Vacuum 1S, which features a pleasant female voice and is therefore called Xenia, perfectly manages cleaning of one specific floor in our house.

Unfortunately, she’s afraid of stairs:

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Musicellaneous ‣ Arch Echo

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Suddenly I got a whim to start a section about music, which could inform the dear reader about music pearls I discovered. I’d love to subscribe to something like that myself so that I could learn about new (or even forgotten old) talents. There are lots of them out there, but quite often they’re not widely known.

The choice of exhibits for Musicellaneous will be at my sole discretion, based on factors like how my left little toe feels, weather on Io and Donald Trump’s statements.

And the first card in our card index will be the American progressive/djent band Arch Echo.

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Aw, freezing

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Cold days are coming our way. This morning has hit -2 °C (28 °F)!

The grass is still green though.

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Foscam developers and the pattern login

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Being in the software business for a couple of decades, I used to think it’s generally a good idea to test the software you develop before you ship it out. Yet, I keep stumbling upon situations where the developer doesn’t seem to recognise the value of tested software.

Say, I’ve been using the Foscam C1 webcam for a couple of years, one that looks like this:

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