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Of Duke Nukem and aborted laptop ideas

Another use for an old laptop was to turn a donated Thinkpad into a “play-station” dedicated to preserving and showcasing old DOS games. And so, finally, Duke Nukem 3D was completed, start to finish. Continue reading

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Welcome to 2018

It’s time to turn our back on the past and focus on the future. With a new job there’s also only so much time. Welcome to 2018. Continue reading

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Review: 2017

It’s Christmas. 2017 is almost history, and what a busy year it’s been! I quit an unsatisfying job and took a minor sabbatical. A lot of old stuff was deleted, sold, thrown out, or upgraded. December’s me is certainly not the same as the one in January. 2017 was the year in which humanity manoeuvred itself into a situation where our lives depend on the wisdom of Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump. Continue reading

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My mother? Let me tell you about my mother…

2017 is a year filled with anniversaries. 2017 happens to be the “incept date” of Leon Kowalski, the replicant in the original Blade Runner movie from 1982. This year is also the one where fans would finally be treated to the unnecessary sequel, Blade Runner 2049. Furthermore, 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of my mother’s passing.
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Windows Phone is dead

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the introduction of the iPhone. The first commercial Android device was released a year later; today Android has the largest installed base of any operating system. In 2010 Microsoft also heeded the call with the ill-fated Windows Phone 7 (based on Windows CE). “Too little, too late”, one might say, nor was there an upgrade path to 2014’s superior Windows 8/8.1 generation (now based on Windows NT). And they were actually quite good. Continue reading

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reBuy, revisited

A few days ago I found more stuff to get rid of. I returned to reBuy. Curiosity got the better of me, so I checked the status of a random item I had sent in the last time. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that this specific CD-single appears to be quite “in demand” today. Continue reading

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Statistics, analytics and trends

On February 1st, 2017 my first website finally went 404. Its host,, 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 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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