Goodbye Dexia. KBC, here I come !

Work

Remember my One day post, which I also posted in the Monastery?


One day...
you don't want to join 5 meetings and receive 20 emails just to add one page on the website.
you're finally fed up with Redmondware.
you realize your cosy and well paid job is a dead end road.

One day you decide to quit.

It's over. I'm leaving Dexia to become a Unix specialist at KBC.

I have done good things at Dexia : I helped develop Net Banking, activated the thing on Linux, Mozilla and Mac OSX, and helped it transform from an unstable webapplication to a rock solid framework for building other applications.
Yes, I have done good things at Dexia.

Time to do great things at KBC.

Mushrooms

Environment

Yep, it's that time of the year again : Kinoko-ya has stunningly beautiful pictures of mushrooms.

Cosmos on DVD

TV

"To make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe."
-- Carl Sagan

22 years ago, 13 hours of television changed my life. I was just 10 years old when I saw Cosmos for the first time. Carl Sagan's explanation of the "Billions and Billions" of stars in our universe was often heckled, but I always related to the wonder of the magnitude that he was trying to relate. Vangelis was responsible for the soundtrack (the same guy behind the music from Chariots of Fire and Blade Runner), and thinking back at it today, I feel the stirrings of emotion that brought me running to Science at an early age.

If you're looking for a gift for a child in your life this holiday season, I suggest the DVD Compilation. Make sure to buy it from the carlsagan.com site, as 10% of the proceeds go to the Carl Sagan Foundation.
I recently bought the DVD compilation from carlsagan.com, and I must say that I'm not dissapointed : great show, great music.

Dexia NetBanking for Mac OS X

Apple

For some days I'm busy porting Dexia's NetBanking to Mac OSX, the all-singing-all-dancing Unix-with-a-GUI. Today I finally managed to get the core of NetBanking working. It took only some days of twiddling with the code, just hindered by the fact that there's no VisualAge for Java available for Mac OSX. But this thing just shows how rock solid the whole NetBanking architecture is built.


And gosh, do I like this Java2 stuff in Apple. No more MRJ crap, just plain Sun Java. Internet Explorer and Mozilla working in one strike, God, this is the way how Java was meant to be.

For all you Macheads, Dexia's NetBanking will be available in December 2002 on your Mac OSX. No fscking module anymore, just a simple applet in your browser !

Barcodes

Computers

After reading a post about making your own Albert Heyn bonus cards, I search a bit around, and quickly discovered barcode (duh), a Unix command line program, which makes barcodes of an excellent quality (in PostScript).

Most barcodes on items here in Europe, are in EAN-13 code, which you find explained here. The first 2 or 3 characters are used for country codes. For example, Belgian manufactured goods are labelled with a barcode beginning with 54.

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