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Far less active on blog on social media: some personal things that need to be done.

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/04/03

Some people already noticed me being far less active on social media including this blog.

This will continue for a while, as I am supporting two people that are very dear to me.

  • One needs to get some MRI scans very soon, with past results not being promising, so consequences not clear yet.
  • Another I am protecting from mental abuse by somebody close, something which is very hard to prove, but has very real consequences. Recognising the – initially very subtle – behavioral changes, and convincing other people up the supporting and medical tree they were indeed true and related, took several years, so I recon the recovery process will take long too.

Luckily, my blog queue has been filled with about 2 years of content, so that will run automatically.

Social media response from me will be on a “when I feel like it” base until further notice, focussing on things that give me energy and bring me joy.

–jeroen

 

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The biggest lie I tell myself is not about new years resolutions.

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/01/01

The biggest lie I tell myself is “I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it”

It’s likely older, but the oldest reference I could find was 2012 [WayBack].

So before I forget:

Happy New Year everyone!

With the above quote, it is no coincidence I started my blog even earlier (in 2009): it’s my off-line memory, way better readable than my hand-writing and indexed by various search engines.

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ÜberPDF printing using a Delphi like canvas

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/11/15

For my link archive, as it has a lot of goodies in the comments, especially on how to avoid bitmaps in PDF emission: [WayBack] We took PDF to a whole new level today Load create, or editing a PDF in 2 lines of code using a simple Delphi (like) Canvas! We added a PDFPrinter and… – Joe C. Hecht – Google+

–jeroen

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4 Ways to Jazz-up Product Descriptions (without Hype) | Practical Ecommerce

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/11/15

Probably by now everyone uses these 4 Ways to Jazz-up Product Descriptions (without Hype) | Practical Ecommerce [WayBack]:

According to Karon Thackston, author of Amazon Advantage: Product Listing Strategies to Boost Your Sales, successful ecommerce merchants avoid hype.

  • Sensory language.
  • Imaginative scenarios.
  • Unexpected vocabulary.
  • Conversational tone.

Provide Solid Info

At a minimum, keep your marketing copy free of over-promising, exaggeration, and pointless bragging. Make sure you’re providing solid information for potential buyers. Then, if you want, jazz-up your wording to heighten rapport.

–jeroen

via: [WayBack] Nice article on no hype product descriptions  – Michael Riley – Google+

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Fixing bind named messages like `lame-servers: network unreachable resolving ‘c.gtld-servers.net/AAAA/IN’: 2001:500:127::30#53`

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/11/15

When you see messages like below in your bind named.d logs then you’ve a Jekyll and Hyde network config: part of it says it supports IPv6, but in reality doesn’t as “2001:500:127::30” is the IPv6 of the generic TLD servers.

In my case a brain-dead TP-Link switch.

04-Dec-2016 13:05:48.008 lame-servers: network unreachable resolving 'c.gtld-servers.net/AAAA/IN': 2001:500:127::30#53
04-Dec-2016 13:05:48.008 lame-servers: network unreachable resolving 'd.gtld-servers.net/AAAA/IN': 2001:500:127::30#53
04-Dec-2016 13:05:48.008 lame-servers: network unreachable resolving 'e.gtld-servers.net/AAAA/IN': 2001:500:127::30#53
04-Dec-2016 13:05:48.008 lame-servers: network unreachable resolving 'f.gtld-servers.net/AAAA/IN': 2001:500:127::30#53
04-Dec-2016 13:05:48.008 lame-servers: network unreachable resolving 'g.gtld-servers.net/AAAA/IN': 2001:500:127::30#53
04-Dec-2016 13:05:48.009 lame-servers: network unreachable resolving 'h.gtld-servers.net/AAAA/IN': 2001:500:127::30#53
04-Dec-2016 13:05:48.009 lame-servers: network unreachable resolving 'i.gtld-servers.net/AAAA/IN': 2001:500:127::30#53
04-Dec-2016 13:05:48.009 lame-servers: network unreachable resolving 'j.gtld-servers.net/AAAA/IN': 2001:500:127::30#53
04-Dec-2016 13:05:48.009 lame-servers: network unreachable resolving 'k.gtld-servers.net/AAAA/IN': 2001:500:127::30#53
04-Dec-2016 13:05:48.009 lame-servers: network unreachable resolving 'l.gtld-servers.net/AAAA/IN': 2001:500:127::30#53
04-Dec-2016 13:05:48.009 lame-servers: network unreachable resolving 'm.gtld-servers.net/AAAA/IN': 2001:500:127::30#53
...
04-Dec-2016 13:24:13.500 lame-servers: network unreachable resolving './NS/IN': 2001:500:2f::f#53

A temporary solution is to run bind named.d in -4 mode (see examples for RHEL, CENTOS and OpenSuSE in the links below), but the actual solution is to get IPv6 working properly.

–jeroen

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SQL Server Downloads | Microsoft

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/11/14

[WayBack] SQL Server Downloads | Microsoft

Get started with Microsoft SQL Server downloads. Choose a SQL Server trial, edition, tool, or connector that best meets your data and workload needs.

Downloading offline installers is the same for both: run the .EXE, then choose to download off-line media.

This is much easier than subscribing to Visual Studio Dev Essentials below.

Then depending on the edition, make the choice:

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Great Innovators Start with Customer Struggles (Not Customer Needs)

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/11/14

Two very important quotes of a must-read article (reading of it takes ~5 minutes):

  • Teams create the most value for customers when they know the difference between customer needs and struggles
  • If we align our mental model to needs, we are missing opportunities to solve the underlying struggles in innovative ways.

Source: [Archive.isGreat Innovators Start with Customer Struggles (Not Customer Needs)

Via: [WayBack] Talking in terms of what customers need, limits options. Great Innovators Start with Customer Struggles (Not Customer Needs) – Marjan Venema – Google+

–jeroen

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