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Hi, I'm Iljitsch van Beijnum. These are all my posts that aren't work-related.

Longevity of recordable blu-ray discs (BD-R / BD-RE)

So now I got that new optical drive and can start burning CDs, DVDs, BDs (regular 25 and 50 GB blu-ray discs) and BDXLs (newer 100 and 128 GB BDs). But how long will those last?

Full article / permalink - posted 2022-01-09

Optical storage and media in the '20s

Last year I wrote posts about listening to the radio, watching TV and having a landline phone in the 2020s (in Dutch). Today, I want to talk about the place left for optical storage in the 2020s.

Full article / permalink - posted 2022-01-02


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Skyline #12, december 2021

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’Bad English’ is the world language

On the website of the Dutch newspaper NRC, Ben Tiggelaar writes that 'bad English' is the new world language. In it, he argues that talking with other people who have English as a second language is easier than talking to native speakers.

When I have work-related conversations with Brits, I'm always a little stressed beforehand because of the language. And afterwards I'm more tired than after other conversations. But when I have to talk in English with a group of Spaniards, Chinese or Germans, that doesn't bother me at all.

Full article / permalink - posted 2021-12-08 - 🇳🇱 Nederlandse versie

→ Web-based mandelbrot set viewer

If you've never seen the mandelbrot set, you absolutely need to go to David Eck's web-based mandelbrot set viewer right now. And if you've seen it before, you almost certainly haven't seen enough of it. Who knew that math could result in such trippy images?

Permalink - posted 2021-12-01

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