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Do not miss out: train ticket to Paris for €29

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Do you love Paris as much as we do?

ActieVanDeDag has partnered with Thalys to offer train tickets from the Netherlands to Paris, for the period 12 November 2019 until 20 January 2020, for only € 29 one way or € 58 for a round-trip.

The action is active until 20 October, but the tickets get sold out at the speed of light, so hurry up! The sale link is under the cut.

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Save trees, use Xournal

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Joining the mass sustainability hysteria spree, I’d like to put my two cents into the future of my and others’ grandchildren.

Many interactions with Dutch institutions result in a filled-in and signed document that needs to be emailed or uploaded.

Or another example: you visit Russian Post where you’re requested to fill out 117 copies of a certain form. Do not give in to the provocation and do not fill it in by hand!

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Glossary section

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Photo by ActionVance.

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 However, any hardware is destined to get outdated over time.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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