Exciting times and happy coincidences

These last months have been far too busy. No rest for the wicked it seems!

Several business trips abroad, some major projects in the office, people on vacation, … Of all my plans to take it easy and do some fun projects, next to nothing got done. And my wish to blog regularly got totally sidetracked.

pc power supplies

The final resting place of all pc power supplies (Photo credit: k0a1a.net)

Then my desktop PC at home expired, like in “suddenly stopped working”: no sound, no lights, no nothing. I diagnosed it as a dead power supply. Actually, it was more of a lucky guess as I have limited hardware knowledge.

Anyhow, time to buy a new desktop PC and a new power supply, so I can recycle my old desktop PC into a new Ubuntu-server. Lucky I did, because a few weeks after installing my new desktop PC, my old server died as well. Yeah, another dead power supply. It seems these power supplies are made to last for about 5 years of continuous use.

Of course transferring the old files to my new desktop PC took a while and then reinstalling my Ubuntu server took even longer. But now my email works again, the automated backups run nightly and my music-server pipes mp3 files all through the house at my command.

And in between I managed to save the world in “Deus Ex – Human Revolution“. I had to test the capabilities of my new  desktop, didn’t I?

What more “exiting” things happened?

Well, my Thai girlfriend will apply tomorrow for her visa to come and visit me in Belgium. I hope the visa procedure runs smoothly, it sure takes much paperwork to try to convince the powers-that-be.

And speaking of powers and coincidences, my old friend from university has just been appointed to become Belgium’s next Ambassador in Thailand. So if the visa procedure does not run as smoothly as expected, perhaps I can apply to His Excellency?

A nice surprise in Thailand

Yes, I am back in Thailand and before you all wonder why I am now the third time in Thailand in less than one year: I have a “romantic interest” living here in Thailand, more commonly known as “the Thai girlfriend”. But that is not the subject of this post.

While waiting in the Pantawee Hotel in Nong Kai (at the border between Thailand and Laos) I noticed that not only the hotel provides WiFi internet access (which is very common nowadays), but  the room (at only 800 baht per night, that is only 20 EURO) actually has a PC in the room, for those tourists not carrying around a laptop or tablet computer. That was already a nice surprise.

But when starting-up this PC (yeah, I know: I have no life) a second nice surprise greeted me: This PC actually runs UBUNTU Linux. Wow, we will have to add this hotel to the list of geek-hotels.

Geeks of the World, Unite in the Pantawee Hotel!

OK, that is enough for now, time to sample some culinary delights of Thailand.

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