We have unofficially moved!

After almost 17 years in our house near Cothen, it began to feel increasingly unpleasant over the last weeks. We had already moved quite a bit of stuff over (at one point I wanted to get a slice of bread, only to find out that there was nothing to put on it). Chairs, desks, my audio gear… at one point, there wasn’t even a chair behind my makeshift desk.
Sennapoes had been living in a house out of which stuff continued to disappear, and he had no idea why. Plus we would both be away from the early morning until well after sunset. It was clear that he was bewildered…

SONY DSCSo, on Christmas Eve, with the wonderful help of Hermen and Martine, we pushed a bed, a couch, two chairs, two tables and myself plus Sennapoes in a truck, and a coffee machine, a TV, and some other essentials in the Citroën, and drove to Waarder.

We have unofficially moved – we live in Waarder now! It’s still a mess, but it is our mess! Smile



Sennapoes seems to be adjusting fairly well. As soon as he discovered the couch, he laid himself down on it, not to come off for several hours, but late that evening he came over to inspect his food, and to find the litter bin. Today, he spent most of his time in the conservatory (on the second chair from the right in the picture). He hasn’t done the run of the house yet.

Janny is now on the couch watching telly, and I am upstairs writing this while listening to some Débussy. SONY DSC
Computers as well as all tv and audio gear is fully functional both on the ground floor as well as on the second floor.

We are still planning to pick up the remainder of the stuff on a couple truck runs on Saturday. Let’s hope the weather cooperates… the current outlook is not very bright.


Life may now slowly return to normal, please. We could do with some settling down.

After 21 years of ruling, XS4All still rules


In the early nineties, Felipe Rodrigues, Ron Gonggrijp  and two other guys whose names I fail to remember, decided to offer dial-up Internet access to individuals.
One DAY later, they found out that they had met their YEARLY target, and maybe they should take this out of the Hacktic community and into a separate endeavour, and XS4All was born.

Today, XS4All is still one of the most, if not the most, customer-centric ISP’s. Cistron was another of those (together with Demon Internet). I was a satisfied Cistron customer from 1992 to 2000, and a satisfied XS4All customer from 2004 to 2012, until we were thrown out by an infrastructure issue caused by God knows who.
So, when we relocated from our location in The Middle Of Nowhere to a somewhat more urban environment (a village with 1.100 or so inhabitants), XS4All was my immediate gut reaction.

Turns out the previous owner of our new place had an Internet account at Telfort.
Telfort moved the Internet connection on November 22. OK,so they screwed up a bit (par for the course, really), but by November 26, they had got it to work on the new location.

Unfortunately, Telfort appears to have a Sabotage Department. This department decided that they would take a full 15 days until freeing up the line at the address of our new place. As a result, my request for an internet connection could only be initiated on December 10. Normally, it takes about 3 weeks until this leads to a working connection, but someone at XS4All decided that this, seeing as how we would move in halfway December, would be a Bad Idea. His name is Mustafa, and his efforts paid off, because not only did he remain completely unphased when I called him approximately umptheen times to make sure that everything would work out alright, he also Delivered.
Big time.
On December 20 (ten days later, on a Saturday!) a Guidion engineer arrived to successfully enable internet, telephony and IPTV.

Due to the unusual chain of events, something did go wrong administratively: by Saturday, Dec. 20, I potentially had two XS4All internet connections. But that was rectified in a jiffy.

Bottom line: if I wouldn’t have remembered why I would prefer XS4All as my provider, I would know now.

Thank you, guys. I owe you one. You are still seriously good.