New home

Again, it’s been way too long since I posted anything on this weblog of mine. But, a lot has happened in the mean time.

As I wrote a while ago, we have been searching for a new house. In fact, we have sold our old house, we have moved to another house, and we have bought a new house.

Let me explain…

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Wednesday, August 13th, 2008 Personal 2 Comments

Reinforcing the dykes?

Found in the local newspaper (therefore, in Dutch):

1 miljoen kuub zand op Walchers strand

I’d sure like to be there when they start dumping 430.000 euros on the sea dyke in Westkapelle!

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Friday, March 28th, 2008 Funny 2 Comments

Links fixed

A few weeks ago, I found out that all links in my weblog to other weblog entries of myself, (or of Charl or Ari) had been broken after moving from to But I believe I have fixed them all, now!

Unfortunately, I did stumble upon some other, external, broken links, for example to old news items. I’m afraid I cannot do much about that, except make screenshots of all pages I link to… 🙂 Otherwise, the Wayback Machine might be a solution?

Anyway, if you find any broken links, or other things not working properly on this weblog, please let me know!

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Wednesday, February 6th, 2008 Computing No Comments

Null or Not Null

That is the question…

I am working on an old Visual Basic project. It is not my own, it’s just an existing project in which I have to make some changes. There’s an existing database connection and in one of “my” functions, I have run a query, and created a recordset (rs). In a loop, I am iterating through the records with a bit of code like this:

  If Not IsNull(rs!X) Then
    strX = rs!X
    strX = ""
  End If

or, if you like

  strX = IIf(IsNull(rs!X), "", rs!X)

Somehow, I get an error, “Invalid use of Null”, on the second line! So, rs!X is Null on the second line, but it wasn’t on the first line, or else the code would never have come to the second line! How is this possible?!?

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Saturday, January 19th, 2008 Computing No Comments

A bit quiet lately

It’s been a bit quiet here, lately. On my weblog, that is.
I (we) have been very busy with work, with our search for a new house, my parents moving, and with Marijn, of course.

Anyway, just the other day, I found out that since my weblog has been moved to WordPress, all internal links on my weblog are broken. All links still point to I plan to fix them all, but please be patient with me.

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Saturday, January 19th, 2008 Personal 3 Comments


Hello world and welcome at my all new and shiny weblog.

As you can see, my weblog has been moved to If you haven’t done so already, please update your link or bookmark to

I have used the import function of WordPress to copy all of my old (Movable Type) weblog entries to this new system. I hope the conversion went all right, but if you see anything strange, please let me know.

Many thanks to Charl for hosting my weblog these past four-and-a-half years and for his help in the conversion.

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Saturday, October 13th, 2007 Computing 1 Comment

Marijn Ruben

Last Tuesday, October 2nd, at about 9pm, Irene gave birth to a little boy: Marijn Ruben. We are very proud and happy to be the parents of this tiny new human being. He is a wonderful, sweet little baby.

Marijn Ruben

Feel free to check out the first pictures on “his own website”!

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Saturday, October 6th, 2007 Personal No Comments

Photos… lots and lots of them

In the past months, we have been very busy sticking all our photos into albums. No, not digitally, but the old-fashioned, analog ones, you know – on paper!

I had quite a backlog of photos, some even 10 years old. We had all these photos, on a big pile, in what is now the baby room. So when we started clearing out this room a few months ago, we decided that we needed to get rid of this pile. So we spent lots of evenings and complete days sorting out the photos and putting them in the albums. We even took a bunch of them on our last holiday!

Well, yesterday evening we finally stuck the last of our pictures (of that same holiday) into our latest album, so we’re finished… for now, of course…

A rough estimate:

  • 12 photo books and albums
  • 820 pages
  • 2300 photos
  • 9000 adhesive photo corners


Friday, September 28th, 2007 Personal, Photography No Comments


At the end of our holiday, last week, we had two nights with heavy rain and thunderstorms. Secretly, I had hoped for that to happen, because I wanted to try out my new camera (and toys)!

This is the result:


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Wednesday, July 25th, 2007 Leisure, Photography No Comments


We arrived home from our two-week holiday in Champoussin, Switzerland, yesterday evening.

Why are holidays always too short?

Champoussin is a little village near Val-d’Illiez within the skiing area of Portes du Soleil.

We didn’t do any skiing of course, but for walking the area is very nice as well. We made some beautiful tours of three to four hours, almost every day. The weather was perfect, except for the first two days, and sometimes even a bit too warm.

The two (and-a-half) of us stayed in a luxurious 6-person appartment with two bathrooms, three toilets and three bedrooms! We had a magnificent view on the Dents du Midi, which we enjoyed from our balcony during breakfast and dinner (and in-between):

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Sunday, July 22nd, 2007 Leisure, Personal No Comments