Happy Birthday!

posted in Blog on August 26th, 2007

On this day, a year ago, I launched 2.0; my third attempt at blogging. My goal, back then, was to blog at least once every three to four weeks and share some insights about my college with anyone interested.

Now, a year later, I have managed an average of two posts a week, much more than I originally anticipated. I have sparked quite a few discussions amongst friends, both virtual and analogue.

Then, back in June, I switched from to I never really blogged about that, but the reason for the whole move was rather simple:

Names are brands and it was about time that I started working on my own brand. I like the <firstname><lastname>.com concept a lot more than <random-name>.com; mostly because I never came up with something that I was really content with as far as <random-name>.com goes.

With a <firstname><lastname>.com however, the whole thing is a lot easier. It is simple to remember and makes a lot more sense than discussing the life of a coder, especially since I am no real coder (anymore).

With the domain switch, I also decided that it was time to adjust the style of the blog and hey, what do you know, after looking through a myriad of themes, I finally found Journalist. It is clean, lean and does not take away focus from the part of the site that matters most to me: content.

In an effort to improve my language skills, I have also switched from a relatively casual style of writing to a more professional style, but the judges are still out on a verdict for this one.

That said, there are a couple of entries I would like to highlight, mostly posts about things that I found worthy to share and entries that I am proud off:

In December 2006, I wrote about Micro relationships, which is my take on Relationship 2.0. The article also, partially links up with my thoughts on what identity really means.

Also during the final days of December 2006, I posted my Thank you article. While I am not religious in any sense, I think it is important to remind ourselves every now and again that this is a group effort, not a solo gig.

Valentine’s Day 2007 saw a post called Here’s to you, which is my ode to a person that I care about a lot, even though I never really had the guts to show it.

During March 2007 I blogged about the perception of life and how others are able to distort it.

There are, of course, many more items that I am happy with and sometimes even proud of, but these are the ones I personally liked the most.

On very much related note, two people I value immensely are celebrating their respective birthdays today, too.

Here’s to you, Ben and Judith!

Back in the game!

posted in Tech Talk on June 30th, 2007

Back when mobileMinds was still a respectable site, I previewed, reviewed and discussed many great applications, games, accessories and sometimes even hardware. Haven’t done that in a while and I’m eager to get started again.

I just did a quick check up on some of the developers of my favorite Windows Mobile applications and found out that nearly half of them has folded over the years. Some have been replaced by newer, better applications, some are just gone. Luckily however, not all is sad: some companies managed to expand a lot and now have a whole portfolio of applications, which is, compared to the one or two little tools they had two years ago, quite a nice feat.

It’s going to be fun to be discussing (mobile) technology again. My previous site didn’t really offer an outlet for that, but here, I’ve got a whole new section to (ab)use. I’ll do my best to get my down-to-earth review style going again, after all, that’s one of the things people loved most about my articles.

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Two dot oh

posted in Blog on August 26th, 2006

In the IT world, people are accustomed to resets; if your Pocket PC doesn’t work anymore, you reset it; if your server doesn’t work anymore, you reset it and if your blog bores you, you kill all the content and thereby reset it.

Long story short - the old content is gone and new one will come. New content warrants a new face so without further ado, I give you “lifeofacoder 2.0″.

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