Extend New York... all the way up to santpoort ;-)

I thought this was funny. Extend New York, at where the grid of NY is used all over the world and you can find where you are located. In my case, I am at NY 68,024 st / 10,749 ave (note the comma's :-). The gris itself dates way back, see the plan of 1811.

And we all know that it should be the other way around: New York traces its roots to its 1624 founding as a trading post by colonists of the Dutch Republic, and was named New Amsterdam in 1626, since the Dutch bought the land for 60 guilders.

Ahh well. I like it better the way it is now. Just so we dont have rich words like "moederneuker" on our language.

Timeline of my Linkedin data

I love data visualisation, check my delicious account.

And I am a big Linkedin user, check my LI account

And I love what LinkedIn is doing recently with their LI labs. Checkout for example this timeline of my linkedin data:

For some background, read the LI blog and make your own at

Hunnebed Tynaarlo, Layar en Sketchup

Vandaag kwam ik toevallig in een speurtocht twee beelden tegen van het hunnbed in Tinaarloo, een gehucht in Drenthe waar ik opgegroeid ben. Ik speelde veel bij dit hunnebed, de paddestoel, de glijbaan en de klomp.

Brengt me terug naar oud idee om Google Earth (of augmented reality in bijvoorbeeld Layar) in tijd en plaats te doen. Zie ook deze posting. het Nederlands Architectuur Instituut heeft heeft een eerste stap in deze richting gezet door huidige, oude en te bouwen panden in een layar te zetten. Maar typisch aan en organisatie als dat doen ze dat vanuit push; daar waar Google Sketchup Warehouse heeft bewezen dat burger architectuur werkt!

De tweede beelden van mijn hunnebed zijn nagenoeg vanuit dezelfde hoek genomen maar anders in tijd, zie onderaan op de plaatsengids en het wiki lemma. Ik zou ze in Sketchup moeten zetten en in een layar plaatsen. Over een tijdje... :-)

Tot die tijd, zie mijn paddestoel, glijbaan, klomp opstreetview.

Switched over to Linode

I have been hosting my domains at home ever since 2000 or so. I even did my own mail server in 1998 at home when I first got TCP/IP via cable, but with the amount of spam I get, that was no fun. Hosting at home is no fun. The temperature of my box goes through the roof on a hot day, when my girly is rewiring the electricity my host goes down and the boxes are very noisy.

So after a decade of hosting at home, time for change. Due to Ber Kessels advice, I now host at Linode. It rocks!

I still maintain the box myself with full root access, but there are so many nice addons. I have for example TTY / console access on a seperate IP address, lots of MRTG stats and a very good documentation. Setting up a Drupal website for example can be donme with an imeg (Ubuntu, PHP, Apache, MySQL, all in one image) and you can "burn" your own images.

The only drawback? On the iPhone app you can reboot your system with one click. Not good in combination with kids :-)

Shamless plug, if you want a Linode account as well, use my referral code

Happy b-day d dot o

Ten years ago. A decade. Ten years ago I registered and gave the domain after a couple of days to Dries. I can still remember choosing between .com (more popular, even then) and .org and decided to register the later. I found it a better fit for the community. If I wasn't so cheap, I would have registered both but the domainname claiming was not where it is today. In the end, everything went well and was donated as well.

Now d dot o has a pagerank of 9, many subdomains, an own URL shorter; and there are thousands of domainnames -most not complying with the trademark policy- with Drupal.

Ten years ago. A decade. I think someday someone will study the history of our community in an academic way. I also think that we should document our own past; "Project Drupast, documenting the future that was". As an open source community, much of our activity has been very well preserved, in code, documentation and on post on d.o itself. A bit of history can be found on the history page. But it doesnt do justice to our rich culture of ten years rocking the web. So take a look at a small timeline I started on tiki-toki. I know that with drupal core, cck, views, the timeline module and lots of templating, this could be done in Drupal as well and would welcome any initiative like that for "project Drupast". But untill that day, I would like to gather a couple of people who would want to help me putting the most important dates in this timeline. So if I know you, trust you, please contact me to get Drupast kicking like d.o does.

Ten years ago, I wrote Dries "Have fun with the new domainname". He did. We did. d.o rocks!

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