Author Archives: hmvh

Statistics, analytics and trends

On February 1st, 2017 my first website finally went 404. Its host, arcor.de, shut down. Nonetheless, in its 15 years online the site allowed me to observe a shift in online users’ behaviour and trends. Here are a few observations based on the final statistics I pulled before the site went dark. Continue reading

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Career Crossroads

I am currently finding myself at career crossroads. I quit my job. Even after the dot-com bubble burst I jumped back on the hamster wheel and laboured on; at no point did I doubt that the telecommunications/IT industry was anything but the most exciting sector to be in. Continue reading

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It’s all on video

I’ve recently been clearing out a bunch of old video clips. Back then there was no streaming. The early web was home to many weirdos, and videos of the kind didn’t help its reputation. Continue reading

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The first experience with reBuy

reBuy is a German web-based service that allows you to sell your unwanted media and electronic gadgetry — which spares me the hassle of selling and posting near-worthless stuff as individual items and having to deal with end customers. This could be an interesting little experiment. Even if the items were in good condition, I can suffer their loss if the deal goes sour. Let’s do this. Continue reading

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Cassette cover art

A few years ago I wrote that I had successfully digitised my precious collection of music tapes. The same announcement also mentioned a collection of ready-to-use pictures to use for cover art. Well, my stash of envelopes full of small pictures turned up again a few days ago. So I emptied out their contents over the scanner. Continue reading

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The death of recordable compact discs, part 4

Once upon a time there was a co-worker. He complained bitterly about how much he hated adhesive labels applied onto CD-Rs. This was over a decade ago. The vast majority of my self-burnt music CD-Rs have become near unplayable. And here follows my most recent adventure: ripping those bastards. Continue reading

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A concert in the park

It was 32 years ago today that I was here: The Concert In The Park. No, not the Simon & Garfunkel one — this one was held at the Ellis Park Rugby Stadium in Johannesburg on the 12th of January 1985. It was an event of a previously unheard-of scale. Continue reading

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