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Expanding capacities..building a better blog :)

� Since early this year I received several e-mails from the web hoster to let me know that I had too much traffic/load/visitors coming to my blog. The first two overloads had something to do with a blog post I created, but the last one (just a few weeks ago) simply had something to do with a large increase in the number of visitors. This made me decide to tweet about a sponsorship I was looking for, and Hozio responded.

What OS are you running?

Windows 7 is available for a couple of weeks now. Are you already running Windows 7? Maybe you are still using Windows Vista, or even Windows XP. I’m curious what OS you’re using right now..please leave your vote! And if you’re not running Windows 7 already, why not? Will you be running Windows 7 in the (near) future? Why not? [poll id=”2″]

Welcome Featured Content Banner

As you probably noticed the blog is back again. The only change I made was the Featured Content banner on the top of the homepage. If you like new hot stuff…just keep an eye on the blog for the next few days!

Blog unavailable for a couple of hours later today

Due to some planned maintenance the blog will be unavailable (for a couple of hours) later today. The scheduled maintenance will take place between 10:00PM CET and 11:59PM CET. During this time the blog will be completely unavailable. If you can’t miss the news for so long, please visit the beta version of my blog which is available at http://beta.blog.hznet.nl (it contains all the posts which were post before the weekend).

Some software companies just HATE Vista…don’t they?

Right now I’m doing an APP-V project. One of the App-V Team members had to sequence the application Cress (Dutch application). Because he had some issues with the application (maybe it should be renamed to Crash for that reason 🙂 ) he was doing some research on the application’s website. If you’re going to visit the page, beware…it looks really awful! When he was searching in the application’s FAQ he discovered a really nice solution : Downgrade to Windows XP.

Dutch TV Channels NED1, 2 and 3 available in HD from July 4th!

The Dutch Public Broadcasting Company starts with a HD version of the Dutch TV Channels Nederland 1, 2 and 3. A quote from the source website (in Dutch): De publieke omroep start op 4 juli met de HDTV-kanalen van Nederland 1, 2 en 3. De Tour de France (NOS) vormt de aftrap voor regulier aanbod van HDTV in Nederland. De NOS zal drie weken lang alle live verslaggeving van de tour-etappes in HD-kwaliteit verzorgen.

Philips 8000 Series and DLNA…Not Really!

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UPDATE (Nov 14th, 2009): Check out my new blog post about the issues with the 42PFL8404!

Supports all the new stuff

Just a few weeks ago we (my wife and I) bought ourself a present : A brand new Philips 42” LCD TV with the latest technologies. If I read the specs correctly (see below) it will support MP3, LPCM, WMA v2 – 9.2, JPEG Still picture, MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, AVI (DivX, Div5, DX50, DXMF), H264/MPEG-4 AVC, MPEG Programme-stream PAL, WMV9/VC1. And it even supports DLNA!

Because the model is brand new I really couldn’t find any negative things about the TV and because my experience with Philips as a TV brand has always been good, so we decided to buy one.

Some nice BingTones from Microsoft

A few days ago Microsoft launched their new search engine called Bing. And from yesterday (Thanks Stefan for the Tweet) you can even download the official BingTones…three Bing branded ring tones for your mobile phone. No! your phones doesn’t have to run Windows Mobile, so as long you can set use an mp3 file as a ring tone you can use the BingTones! Download Microsoft BingTones

Welcome at Helmers Blog v3.0!

Because I like a neat and clean website I decided to refresh the looks of my blog! One of the major advantages of the new version is width! The images (and video’s) can be 200px wider then on the old blog! Please let me know what you think of the new design in the comments. If you still receive pages in the old layout, please clean your browser cache! I removed all the cache files at the server side, so you should see all the pages in the new layout.