About the mixture of this website and me
I have been interested in IT ever since I layed my hands on the TI99/4a around 1980.
It resulted in a long time hobby: computer programming in all kinds of languages, gaming, computer clubs, cassette, floppy, cd, ZX Spectrum and XT. Back in the beginning just painting the screen in different colors was a miracle and all coding had to be typed from magazines or copied from cassette tapes. The world was not connected yet for regular human beings.
Naturally I went to become a bachelor in informatics (HIO) and later on did Cognitive Science (MA) because it was the next logical step (AI, Neural Networks, Cognitive Ergonomics). After that I started working at IBM (see disclaimer). Which ment that my hobby somehow intermingled with what I do professionally. I now have a pretty broad knowledge on a lot of IT subjects. From a business perspective, from any kind of Architect perspective, from any kind of Developer perspective, from Maintenance perspective, from Testing perspective, from DBA perspective but most of all, all of this has fueled my still computer hobby with new insights and perspectives.
In the meantime, after we did 14k4 BBS-ing, I had the chance in 1996, on the university to encounter the Internet. Naturally I had to fiddle around with it and created my HTML homepage. So in 1996 I started the website on the university of Nijmegen.
At the end of 2000 I made the switch to Pitas and then to Blogger, where the real load of normal blogs followed. Soon afterwards I put it under de-leau.com (PR5), went BloggerPro, where I codesigned the infamous X-comments for blogcommenting and a basic asp weblog functionality tool, followed by leau.net (PR5), where I wrote an extensive ASP.NET XML based front-end to Blogger (still viewable at de-leau.com).
Starting from September 2006 I migrated to WordPress under cogmios.nl (PR5) because I didn’t have the energy to update my own code with all the goodies which a large group of developers build into one product. It hurted, but if I see what WordPress gives me I am, for now, quite happy with this tool and am glad that I don’t have to maintain my own Blog Publishing software anymore.
And then… november 2007, I moved yet again to Edward.de.leau.net, since this domain name reflects more a “personal blog”, so why the heck not under my own name. Ofcourse, for the 4th time I lose all search engine references and all “rankings”, but let’s see if we can get there again.
During the beginning of 2008 I then moved further into this direction and added my wife, son and cat under the same heading and under their respective subdomains to mirror the fact that I am growing into a father and prepare my son for his weblog adventures.
So this is a private weblog from a pretty Beta guy and it is basically about anything as a natural flow of hobby computing.
A weblog is only the format. What is really “it” is the thing that is inside the weblog. That defines the kind of web site you are looking at.
This web site is not about anything specific but a natural extension of “me”, meaning it has a very low attention profile and a SEO-expert would become very sad. I invented the term “tickle blog” for it. It just tickles you once and again about a variety on subjects, not too professional, just raw material of things I find interesting. In terms of visitors it means the same, on some occasions there were 30.000 visitors on a day on others just 500.
I’m trying to post about my interests which includes interesting things I find but also once in a while about my atheistic (Brights) and skeptic nature. I’m in the process of tagging all content to make it easier to read more of the past 9000 postings in groups but this is harsh work.
By now it is one of the oldest still running weblogs and with it’s +9000 blogpostings typed by 1 person, it has made th #6 position as one of the most prolific in the top 100 Prolific Bloggers.
Structure and content of the weblog
I am trying to make order in the chaos of posting. It is interesting to think about how this should be done. The front page is no longer interesting for anyone since there many different subject in which noone but my exact soulmate would be interested. So I have started creating subportals. Let’s see what that leads to.
I have removed all the hundreds of widgets, social thingies and other stuff from the sidebar. I’m thinking again on what to place there and what not.
I have experimented with Google Ads and with writing payed blogpostings. I temporarily postponed it and removed the Google Ads from the front page since there seems to be a conflict between “personal” weblog and “paid” weblog. I have not yet discovered how I can balance that or how to find a way to earn money and still have a good feeling about it.
This weblog was started before I started working at a company. It is the natural link with me, and with me only, so it does not express any expressions of my employer, clients or any organizations that I am a member of. I am solely responsible for the content.
I have written postings in the past which I might not agree with anymore in this time. That’s called growth. If there is anything you would like to see removed just contact me.
I am a sucker for invites and have joined literally hundreds of the tens of thousands of social networks out there, apart from that I have joined thousands of forums and likewise social sites. I once created a specific page for it but it became useless because of the sheer size of links.
Here are some places where you can connect with me:
Linkedin has grown to be the somehow leader in business networking. I really accept any invitation. I’m trying out the new group feature on there, so you might have stumbled on my weblog from one of these groups.
If you are a business contact or would like to become my business contact then you can view my e-mail address in my linkedin profile.