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Geek and Poke is a blog with excellent cartoons, delivered almost daily. The autor attacks project management, social networking (Twitter!), Apple Computer, even religion.

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Fan

How do you call a Python/Django developer that uses examples featuring sample strings like “Jazz from hell” and functions called “wazoo_function“? Easy: it’s a Frank Zappa fan!

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I’m working my way into SharePoint at work, and as usual I find myself reading up on the subject at home as well ;-). Also as usual, a well-doucmented case story can be more illuminating than a busload of specifications or a how-to manual. The CIO.com website has an example of this – CIO writes: “Yet while both [ Accenture and Edelman ] admit that the social tools in SharePoint 2010 are improving, they still don’t match the social bookmarking and microblogging features of Newsgator and other Enteprise 2.0 vendors“.

What I learned from this article? First, that a succesful project requires a strong business case: if you know what you want/need to achieve, then finding the most appropriate tool is a piece of cake. Secondly, that the consulting and PR businesses are a natural environment for “social networking software”: for them, interacting with peers and/or clients is essential, and it’s probably quite profitable for the companies concerned if you can strengthen that interaction. I’ll admit that the second point is evident in hindsight – but it does no harm to note it explicitly, does it?

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Numbers

In November 2009 we installed solar panels on our roof. Now that a few months have passed it’s time for a first roundup: here are the numbers.

Production of electricity in KWh
Month Production
November 2009 (12 days) 15.990
December 2009 47.830
January 2010 40.100
February 2010 74.540

Now let the sun shine!

Note: creating and editing tables in this blog is not very pleasant – or is there a trick I should know about?

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Plug ;-)

Next week, on Tuesday March 30th, Bruno and I will be presenting a practical Wiki workshop. More details (in dutch) can be found here: Workshop ‘Aan de slag met Wiki’s’. Don’t you love that little bird?

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How about not using a full-blown CMS, but a simpler tool? Brandon Craig Rhodes has a proposal: Sphinx + Mercurial = My favorite CMS. That’s not as crazy as it sounds, especially if your webpages are mostly text. I hav estarted to write something like this in ColdFusion, but if my spare time remains as elusive as it is today, I’ll probably switch over to Brandons solution for www.nukleos.com!

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Just Looking…

I was browsing a few pages of one of our local trading sites, looking at (analog) cameras and lenses. A bit of googling was of course required, so that I could laugh at the prices hat some people still expect to get for older material – and I ended up at a Malaysian website with an extended history of several camera makers and their products!

A Pictorial History of Nikon Cameras

A Pictorial History of Nikon Cameras

So off I went to dive into the history of Nikon cameras, appreciations and comparisons of lenses of all kinds, great pictures, and more – only to be saddened by the fact that the author seems to have stopped maintenance of this site somewhere in 2004… I do hope his existing site remains reachable; there’s enough material there to fill a book, and I haven’t really started reading!

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