Mechanical adding machine sold to collector

Moving house is an excellent opportunity to sift through your belongings and get rid of junk. I considered some things to be a bit more than just junk so I decided to put them on an auction site ( (Dutch site, recently bought by Ebay)). To my surprise most items sold very quickly. One of the more exotic items was my Burroughs mechanical adding machine. From a mechanical engineers point of view a wonderful piece of equipment. Too bad it spent its last four years in the storage space in our attic ... transferred to shared host

The ageing hardware of my trusty FreeBSD server might collapse any day now. So after some market research I found a shared hosting service to run on. Site5 is situated in the USA, but still is quite responsive in Europe. Site5 uses Linux together with Apache, Mysql and PHP. Not too many changes needed for the switch.

I upgraded Drupal to 4.7.2 (latest release). It went pretty smooth ! I haven't installed all the modules of the previous install yet. The captcha module made it possible to switch on anonymous comment posting and the contact forms again. Visitors will have to type in a few letters from an image to post their comment.

Hannah in her carnival costume

Hannah in her carnival costume
This year is the first time Hannah got involved in the dutch version of carnaval. The Carribean version is much nicer to our taste, but anyway. Click on this image to see all the photo's:


One of the best known Shakespear citation, I like it a lot. One of the few things I remember clearly of my English classes at school. Found it on the www somewhere:

"To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow; a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing."

--From Macbeth (V, v, 19)

Murderer walks freely, parents of victim need help

Update 4: 2006-05-05:
There is some more info on the website of Peter R. de Vries:
Including a photo of the father of Deborah Williams putting flowers on the new grave.

Update 3: 2006-01-03:
We received some photo's of the finished grave monument:
Grave monument Debra Williams
Thanks to all who supported this effort !

Update 2: 2005-12-12:
Great news: enough money is donated for a decent grave monument. There's even some left for the parents. So I removed the bank account number of Jennifer (see below). We thank Jennifer for all her efforts ! high on referral list of

Peter Hoekstra told me today that this site ( was higher in the referrals list for ! What a surprise ! See also this slide of a presentation by Evan Tahler: on a VT320

I salvaged a DEC (Digital Equipment Corporation, bought by Compaq now HP) VT320 terminal from the garbage crate at work. Always wanted to have one. A real hardware terminal !

After some problems (never do something stupid with your /etc/ttys file ...) I got it hooked up to my FreeBSD machine with a 3 wire serial cable. Really nice to see it working, it's a bit slow because of the crappy 3 wire 9600 baud connection but that just needs a bit of time and solder.

Uploaded some movies of Hannah

Hannah is growing fast ... she is doing very well on the bikes (the long legs help a lot !). You can download the movies from here.

We have to make some more movies showing off her verbal talents as well. Watch this space !


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