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Glossary section

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It recently occurred to me that it would be convenient to have a dedicated section that lists the most common Dutch terms. Each term could then provide a brief explanation and references to relevant blog posts, and be linked to.

Thus there is the Glossary section now.

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Netgear Orbi Pro SRK60 mesh router review

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Preface

I’ve been using my Linksys E4200 router for about eight years and was quite happy with its very robust operation. However, any hardware is destined to get outdated over time.

Firstly, as soon as we’d moved from our former apartment into a three-storey house it became evident the Wi-Fi coverage was suboptimal. In some remote corner you’d sometimes hardly get any connection at all. Secondly, it didn’t support modern IEEE standards such as 802.11ac, which was also hurting the bandwidth.

Thus eventually I’ve decided to go for a mesh Wi-Fi system.

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Xiaomi automatic corkscrew review

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TGIF — time for wine (and a review)!

I’ve been using the electric corkscrew Xiaomi Mijia for more than a year now and I’m pretty happy with it.

It features a rechargeable battery, which means there’s one more gadget to charge. However, I dare say you won’t need to charge it frequently unless you drink wine a crate a day.

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What you need to know when ordering stuff abroad

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Photo by PostNL.

If you like ordering cheap gadgets and other stuff from AliExpress (and similar online stores) like I do, you may find this useful.

For all shipments originating from within the EU no extra charges are to be paid in the Netherlands.

For all other countries, the Dutch customs regulation establishes a duty-free threshold of € 22 per package.

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(In)offensive Dutch

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Photo by JillWellington.

It’s a known fact some common words in one language may sound pretty rude or even offensive in another. Furthermore, some words in the same language can be confusing.

Take Dutch and English.

If, for example, one typed “Buurvrouw, wat een mooie koolmezen, maar wat doet mijn haan op uw ezel?” into Google Translate, he’d be presented the following translation:

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Inflatable treasure

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Today I’ve received a parcel from the almighty AliExpress. A pretty puzzling one.

You’d be puzzled, too. What do you think an “inflatable treasure” is?

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