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Hi, I'm Iljitsch van Beijnum, writer, freelance network engineer and PhD student. I'm from The Hague. Some of the blog posts here are in Dutch, others are in English. See for just work-related posts.

Server down—permanently

I'm not sure when exactly it happened, but a week or two ago my server that hosts this site as well as and went offline. This server has been running since 2005, so I wasn't too surprised. I assumed that either the server itself or the drive had finally given the ghost. So my plan was to collect it from the datacenter and see if could get the latest data from the drive.

Turns out, the people at Leaseweb removed and subsequently destroyed the server by accident.

So I took the long weekend to rebuild everything from backups. As is always the case, the backups turned out to be less comprehensive than expected, so I did lose some data, especially images. I'll be restoring some of those by hand, in some cases with lower resolution versions.

Everything is up and running on a temporary server now, but I want to find a good place to host a virtual server and then migrate everything there.

Permalink - posted 2017-04-17

Why now is not the time to jump ship on Apple’s Airport and Time Capsule

On the latest episode of hist podcast, John Gruber complains that Apple’s Airport Extreme and Time Capsule Wi-Fi base stations are woefully out of date and Apple needs to release improved/faster models. Which is not going to happen. However, now is not the time to jump ship and replace your Apple base stations with new and shiny ones from a different vendor.

Full article / permalink - posted 2017-01-14

USB-C dongles, adapters and cables (2)

I'll probably have more to say about some of these later, but here's my list of USB-C adapters, cables and other devices I've collected the past few weeks:

Full article / permalink - posted 2016-11-12

Some thoughts on USB-C cables

I did it: I ordered a new MacBook Pro.

So now I need a bunch of USB-C dongles and cables. Turns out that there's quite a bit to consider when shopping for USB-C cables. Here are some notes on what I learned.

Full article / permalink - posted 2016-10-30

The Touch Bar: why it makes sense

The introduction of the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pros has kicked off a lot of discussion. How is this better than the function keys, those are touch typable, unlike the Touch Bar which pretty much requires looking before touching. And how is the Touch Bar better than a touch screen, where you interact with the stuff on the screen directly?

That's missing the point. The Touch Bar isn't a replacement for function keys—in functionality, that is. Nor is it a replacement for a touch screen. It's something completely new!

Full article / permalink - posted 2016-10-29

Thinking about the new MacBook Pro

Unless something extremely unexpected happens, on the 27th, Apple will be announcing new MacBook Pros. These are long overdue, the last update was a year and a half ago. The rumors and leaks point towards the following:

There's a lot of gnashing of teeth about much of this. But not all of it is is necessarily well-founded. Let's have a look at the possible issues that such a machine may have.

Full article / permalink - posted 2016-10-26

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