Tania is growing up…

Just a bit of family trivia!

Tania is nearly two, and coming out of nappies. We only started last weekend, and she’s doing great!

We were obviously a little pensive, over what can be a tricky phase, but so far, so good!

The last couple of days at nursery she’s managed to stay dry, and this morning she woke up dry for the second time! Thats two nights in a row ๐Ÿ˜€

This has me very feeling very proud of her!

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Yet more bad sports news!

Yet more bad news!

The 2009 America’s Cup in Valencia has been postponed because of a legal row.BMW Oracle Racing and champions Alinghi have been in a dispute over Desafio Espanol’s status as challenger in the prestigious yachting competition.

BBC SPORT | Other Sport… | Sailing | America’s Cup postponed over row

So, not only have we to wait until 2010 to see England play in an international football tournament (assuming we can qualify!), but now it looks like we won’t even be able to enjoy the spectacle that is the America’s Cup before then either!

This is leaving me feeling rather fed up!


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Spanish Lotus Users Group – Madrid 2007

I’m looking forward to hearing from Josep Alemany how the first Spanish Lotus User Group meeting went yesterday, held in the IBM Fourm in Madrid.

The agenda looked interesting, I hope the turnout was good, Josep put a lot of effort into getting this off the ground.

In the end I was extremely disappointed I was unable to attend, hopefully I’ll be able to make it to Barcelona in a couple of weeks!

Sorry Josep!

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links for 2007-11-12

"Lotus Notes/Domino is a dead product”

Eric Mack makes some fantastic points in questioning some of IBM Lotus’ marketing efforts based on real experience out there in the Knowledge Management space in his post “Lotus Notes/Domino is a dead product”.

I had stopped by to ask if their search technology could crawl a Notes/Domino database. At which point I was told that the company saw no value in creating an add-on for a dead product. “IBM isn’t even here at KMWorld, look around – do you see them anywhere?” I didn’t.

He goes on to say:

I stayed at the vendors booth, convinced them that Lotus Notes is indeed alive and well, and growing, and that they could seize a large opportunity if they integrated support for Notes/Domino into their KM product. I convinced them (I think) to attend Lotusphere in January to see the market for themselves, meet developers who can help them add Notes/Domino support to their product and test the market.

Worth a read, as its a balanced article rather than a cheap shot at Lotus Marketing.

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The Maeslant barrier closed for the first time

I hadn’t heard of Rotterdam’s equivalent of the Thames Barrier, but after reading some news on the latest flood threats, found this on Flickr.

Maeslant Barrier II

Maeslant Barrier closed in the rain

Maeslant Barrier closed in the sun

All originally uploaded by dut97

Where some interesting details are included in the description:

During water levels of 3 metres above Amsterdam ordnance zero, the arms of the barrier are activated. The waterway, with a width of 360 metres, can then be closed completely. At first sight, it is almost unbelievable that such a barrier is capable of such an achievement. The Maeslant barrier is almost as long as the Eiffel tower and weighs about four times as much. It is the only storm surge barrier in the world with such large moveable parts. The storm surging doors have a length of 240 metres each. Under normal circumstances, these doors are fully opened, so that the ships have access to the port of Rotterdam. The doors are stored in docks with a length of 210 metres, which lie along both shores.

During storm tide the docks are flooded and the hollow doors begin to float. They are driven into the water by means of a small train. This lasts for about half an hour. When the doors are situated in the middle of the river, valves are opened and as a result the doors are flooded. Consequently, the doors sink to the bottom because of their weight. On the bottom, there is a concrete threshold. A lot of silt gathers on this threshold. To close the New Waterway properly, arms need to be positioned exactly on the threshold. The doors do not sit directly on the threshold yet, but are hung a little above them. The current under the doors becomes so strong that the silt is washed away. After about an hour, the doors can sit flat on a silt-free threshold. The water level on the seaside is then higher than the water on the riverside. The force against the surging wall during a storm is about 350 Mega Newton: this is equal to the weight of 350,000 strong men, carrying 100 kilograms each. The pressure difference is so large that a ship of equal measurements would capsize instantly. The unique shape of the barrier prevents this from happening.