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Ghent Light Festival 2015 Feb 3, 2015

This year I've visited Ghent Light Festival, just as I promised a year ago.

Katarzyna Malejka and Joachim Slugocki. Horizontal interference.

The festival, which is held once every three years, proved to be immensely popular. Streets, hotels, restaurants of this small town could hardly cope with the horde of light-worshippers.

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Happy New 2015! Jan 3, 2015

We had a great time celebrating the New 2015, together with our Russian and Ukrainian friends. Red caviar is a typical Russian delight.

Here, outside of our homelands, we're still friends, you know.

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Househunt Dec 12, 2014

So we've settled in Houten. It's time to go in particulars on how we sought a house.

Looking for a house has a special name in Dutch: huizenjacht, which literally translates as "househunt". During the hunt we gradually figured out a number of criteria:

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Tuning Ubuntu for SSD Dec 1, 2014

In my last post I told you about upgrading an iMac with a solid-state drive (SSD). These drives are very fast (read throughput is usually ca. 500 MB/s if connected via a 6 Gbps SATA III) and completely silent.

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Replacing HDD with SSD in iMac 2010 Nov 30, 2014

It's been exactly four delightful years when the HDD in my iMac 27" informed me it couldn't take it any longer. "Disk I/O error", it said.

At that moment I already had plans to upgrade it with an SSD (solid-state drive). Those are much snappier and completely silent since there are no moving parts inside.

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A record autumn Nov 10, 2014

While euro and dollar are enjoying a record growth in Russia, we're enjoying one of the warmest autumns on record here in Holland, yet again. Whatever caused it, sanctions or global warming. Heidestein estate.

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