Hi and welcome to Hoeben.net. This site hosts weblogs for the Hoeben family: Nelleke, Corine, Ben, Maarten, Aldo, Tessa, Janneke, Frank and Wopke.

Not all of us may start blogging right away, or at all. Also, don't be surpised if some of us start talking dutch... After all, it is our native language.

My Second Drupal Contribution!

Now I promise I won't do this for all patches I send in, but I'm once again proud to be contributing to Drupal, the software behind this website.

This time I sent in a patch to the core of Drupal, and even though it is not receiving the warm welcome my Notify mods got, some of my code may make it to the CVS version ;-)

The patch I sent in allows visitors to use the calender (currently on the right of this page) to browse articles by month. "So," I hear you say "you couldn't do that before?". Nope, but you can now...

I'ld best be doing something about that

Ain't it SPi-V?

As part of my Ain't it SPi-V? tour, I'm off to Stuttgart in about an hour.

The tour basically is me attending a couple of cool events, showcasing the panoramic display I have been developing over the past year and a half or so. If you have never seen my panoramic work, you'ld better check out www.fieldofview.nl/spv.php, though those demos are beginning to get quite old. The SPi-V engine is starting to reach a stage where ik can make it public, so expect some cool new demos in the coming months.


Goodwood Festival of Speed

Goodwood was briliant... Lot's of cars I only read about and never hoped to see in reallife - from just a few meters. Exciting hillclimbs (especially from Peter Hartman and David Franklin - who happened to stay at our B&B), good company and a nice dash through the Netherlands, Belgium, France and England on our way to and from the event.

The Healey helt itself supurbly, although the engine and carburetors definitely have seen better times. Drifting on the English country roads was great fun, and the Healey got a new share of admirerers.

I hope to get some pictures online soon, but with the gliding vacation coming up next week, I won't be able to get it out soon. In the meantime, please enjoy Mattijs' pictures, made on Friday, Saturday and Sunday


My first Drupal contribution!

With lots of trial and error I fixed some issues with the Drupal contributed email notification module. See http://drupal.org/node/view/8964

You'll notice that I'm showing a certain clumsyness sharing my patched code, but that's because this is my first time contributing code to a larger project. I'll have to look into CVS and such. Needless to say, I'm very proud either way!

In short, if at some time your drupal goes haywire, from now on it just might be my fault ;-)

Next up in my drupal work is the archive.module, which is part of the core of drupal!

Topics (2)

In preparation of the new hoeben.net theme I'm working on, I swapped the menu blocks left to right and vice versa. (Amazing, isn't it?)

With the help of a very nice patch, I now have the topics working almost as I want them. Only interested in what we Hoeben's write about cars? Follow this link. If you have a broader interest in everything gadget? See here. The cool thing is, you can even get a p


Don'ts on the web

Name four things you don't want on the web:

  • a (large) plugin download that closes your current browser windows
  • registration before you can see content
  • a popup to an unrelated site
  • spyware / 'optimizer toolbars'

Hmm... that's funny... Shockwave now has all 4!
And they're telling us it's a good thing.


TabletPC experience

So, after 2 weeks of having Tabitha around, how do I like it? Turns out I like it/her so much, this is the first time in 2 weeks I find myself behind my main computer; I have to get some development done, and I have all my development stuff on my desktop PC (Clarisse). That, and I like having just that little bit of extra screen realestate. (1280*1024 vs 1024*768 resolution). But other than that, I liked working with Tabitha so much that I didn't touch my desktop much. Perhaps the mess on my desk vs the clean and quiet living room table where I put Tabitha has been of some influence too ;-)


Kinderdijk: Panoramic kitsch

Following the succes of this first World Wide Panorama weekend back in march, where I participated despite of the bad wheather, last weekend saw second attempt at showing the world what panoramic imaging is all about.

Whereas last time round, every photographer was free to make a pano of whatever wherever he/she was during the designated weekend, this time there was a theme: it was decided to support Tito Dupret's initiative and make panoramas of World Heritage sites.


I'm moving!

One of the reasons I'm not being an active blogger, besides the fact this blogging is new to me and I'm just a busy guy, is that Tessa and I are in the process of buying a house. Exciting stuff!

Problem is we can not move into the house untill the current owners move out. We agreed on a date no later than december 1st. We're hoping we'll move before our current house collapses...

In the mean time, since I'm too much of a nervous wreck to do any decent work, I have been working on some improvements on the hoeben.net website.

Goodwood preparation (2)

The overdrive has been fixed, well, it still doesn't work with the lights switched on but at least it now works reliably when lights are switched off. It turned out to be a broken wire and according to the mecanic at JagPoint it was a nasty little bug at an awkward place (the wire running in between the gearbox and the gearboxcover). This is good enough; I can work around the light problem...

Since the car was in the shop, they also tuned the enige for better performance at higher revs. They again stressed that the carburetors need an overhaul soon because they're harder and harder to adjust. The fuel pump was also considered end-of-life - it didn't give the 2 bar it is supposed to give - so that was replaced too. It looked as if it payed off; the Healey took off at amazing speeds. However, on lower throttle the engine ran very irregular. It turned out that the ignition was set way to early - after some advice and a little retuning on the military testing grounds fixed that problem too.



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