Computers

Upgrades: Bliss or Blues?

Finale logoI have funny thing with upgrades: most software I use is open source software on Linux (I use Ubuntu) and often upgrade programs as soon as a new release becomes available. But there is one exception to my 'upgrade policy' though. A BIG exception. Most of my 'working' hours I spend with Finale (the only reason I still use Windows). I rarely update that one: when I get used to a version I don't like to change it because I have a need for speed in my main application. Plus: most of my notation needs are fairly modest, so I don't really need to keep it at the cutting edge. Besides incremental upgrades often have too little to offer. But after a few years these little features start to add up. So today I bit the bullet and upgraded Finale for the first time in 6 years. Boy, was I in for a surprise, and not just pleasant...

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I'm just a soul who's intentions are good...

...Oh Lord, please don't let me be misunderstood"
The internet is a fast medium. Information is instantly accessible. It encourages you to do a lot of things at the same time. It can be a real source of inspiration. Also anything you write is instantly available to the whole on-line world. And this can be a source of trouble. If you're doing a lot of things in rapid succession, you sometimes forget to check for accuracy. You try to convey something, but because you forget to check, it ends up all wrong. If you're attentive (or lucky), you can minimise the damage and get your original intention across after all. If you're not..... Read my comments on This post on Liz Strauss' blog for an example... Liz's post itself by the way is great as well, so be sure to read that too.

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Is my work accessible?

reading levelSometimes I like to just sit back and enjoy reading some of my favourite blogs to see what's happening. And almost always I run into something interesting or thought-provoking. This time it was Scott Spiegelberg's "birthday post" that displayed a widget about the reading level required to understand a blog. The level shown here is for my blog, for Scott's you need 'Genius-level'. I must say I'm quite pleased with the level required for my blog. Why? Read on...

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What if Google mixes up with Digg?

Sometimes trying to find something through Google can be a frustrating event. Some search terms deliver more spam than useful results, making sifting through the list a tedious chore. Other times Google doesn't come up with any results at all, so its off to Yahoo, Answers and whatnot. Now what if users could cast votes on their search results like on Digg? Or even better: the search engine tracks the useful (=used!) links itself? Aftervote claims to do just that! So, is it time to say goodbye to Google? Well, maybe, but I'm not sure yet...

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Sitedesign- and blogging links

In redesigning this website and revamping my blog, I found a lot of informative and helpful texts on a number of sites and blogs. Since I thought these might be of use to you, I decided to list a few of those here. I've included links to some very helpful posts, but most of the sites have lots of useful information, so if you check them, you might well want to browse the whole site! So here we go:

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Comment settings changed

I had to change the settings for the comments to 'moderated', since there has been a lot of spam lately. So if you post a comment, please be a little patient since it will be placed in a moderation-queue and not show up immediately. I'll try to moderate as quickly as possible, and meanwhile find a way to stop the 'auto-spamming'. As soon as that is done, comments will be placed directly again. Thanks for your consideration!

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Help redesign this site!

Currently, everything on this website is 'handcoded' xhtml, with the exception of this blog. Due to a number of reasons, it will be transfered to a content management system in the near future (that will be release 5.0 then!). So now is the time to provide some feedback!

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Composition catalog: almost there!

I've been getting my hands dirty on some xhtml code again, and I'm quite pleased that the catalog of some of my compositions is almost ready to be rolled out. Maybe as soon as tomorrow! Most of my compositions thus far have been exclusive to specific bands or certain occasions, so I'm rather excited with this opportunity to present some of my work to a broader audience. The first composition will be for big band, but other ensembles are sure to follow. Be sure to stop by often over the coming time as new compositions might be added rather quick. And please offer feedback on them!

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Up for a challenge?

I've been making music since I was a child and working in music since 1996, but I originally studied public relations and (marketing-)communication and I still have an interest here, as well as in general business issues. So it was a nice discovery when I found Tom Peters' blog a short while ago. I didn't realise that it was already 25 years ago that "In search of Excellence" was published.

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It is done!

The blog is now completely powered by WordPress. It doesn't look exactly like the rest of the site, but at least this is a beginning I'm satisfied with. I hope I'll find the time to edit the looks even further, but it requires some more in depth understanding of WordPress so it might take a while. At least you can now post comments to my blog entries. I'm looking forward to hearing from you!

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Investigating WordPress

I'm currently setting up a parallel blog because I'm researching WordPress - the blogging software - since I want you to be able to comment on these blogs (as soon as something useful shows up of course :-) ). Blogging itself works like a dream, but I want the pages to look the same as the rest of the site, and that is a challenge! You can take a look at the work in progress (and even comment on this and earlier posts!) here, but don't complain if it doesn't work or looks ugly ;-).

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Right, so I started a blog...

Why? Just because sometimes I feel the need to write about some things. Share tips, tell stories, vent anger. Whatever tickles my fancy. However, I noticed that many blogs on the net are "rather dead": started with enthusiasm and then left to wither away, lonely and unloved. That might happen here as well ;-) Seriously: I don't know if I will keep this up or not.

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