bash: Getting started, finally…

I’ve found bash scripting to be one of the gems I (re)discovered this year. When you’re like me, you like to automate stuff. There’s of course loads of scripting languages available to get it done, but frankly, using bash for lots of filesystem and/or configuration related tasks makes more sense than for example PHP or […]


What PHP editor or IDE do you use?

Eclipse PDT is bloating. I have a Intel 2.4 GHz quad core processor, 4G’s of RAM running a 64bit Debian and the latest Eclipse PDT still isn’t as responsive as I’d expect from state of the art software on more or less state of the art hardware. Netbeans unfortunately has the same issues. So I […]


Don’t fear the MySQL geekness!

I have quite often seen people wrestle with easy problems. The trouble is, they don’t really know the ins and outs of systems they work with. Very few times this was unresolvable by a bit more knowledge of how the software is used at a very basic, low level.


The horror of open source behemoths

There are a few projects out there that give open source a bad name. I won’t call the project in question by name here, but let’s say some open source web CMS’es scratch a part of my memory which was heavily repressed – with reason.


“Segmentation Faulty Tree”

I am trying out Debian GNU/Linux (unstable) on my desktop for a while now, and I am not yet used to apt as a packagemanager. I’m sure it’s darn powerful (why else whould Debian run on it, as one of the oldest and most revered distro’s), but it feels like it hides the most simple […]


FreeBSD at the desktop: It didn’t make it

It is a sad day. With due pain in my chest, I have decided not to go through with FreeBSD at the desktop. I absolutely love FreeBSD’s basic concepts of clean system setup, clearly dividing kernel, base system and userland, and the best documentation I have ever seen on any open source project. So nothing […]


w00t! I made it: FreeBSD + Xorg + Gnome + Compiz Fusion = cool desktop :)

Here’s some joy for me to share, I finally made it today getting FreeBSD with Gnome and Compiz Fusion on a dual screen setup to work exactly as I wanted. And I’ve got the feeling this is gonna make me consider the definite switch to FreeBSD. The only thing I definitely need now is to […]


De eeuwige discussie

Semantische of praktische HTML….? Er wordt al jaren gediscussieerd over “tables vs CSS” om je site te layouten. Ik zag toevallig vanavond weer zo’n topic, en wilde eigenlijk reageren. Het is een blogpost geworden…


How to get a FreeBSD web development box running as a Virtual Machine in Windows

Why this tutorial? I want best of both worlds. I want a development server, running on a Windows machine. I am sure I’m not the first to come to this conclusion. Many developers out there go for Mac OS X or Ubuntu systems. I don’t want that. I want PhotoShop, not GIMP, I want to […]


dpc09: Day 3 – Some more highlights

However compelling the title of this blogpost, I attended some great talks today. Not all of them were among the best (anyone who attended the opening keynote would probably agree *ahem* ;)), but I’ll highlight some of the stuff I heard today.