Weblog and personal website by Joachim van de Haterd, geek, runner, motorcyclist, father and professional know-it-all.

Der Joachim

Geek, runner, motorcyclist, father, professional know-it-all.

Putting it in the Past

On Leaving an Employer

This week, I made a minor step that felt as the end of an era. Recently, I switched jobs. With my former employer, I agreed to retain my laptop and phone in case they wanted to hire my services . Last week, I returned them, which made me feel strangely liberated.

Give Me a Few More Decades

Back when my grandmother and her siblings were still alive, my parents arranged a dinner for them. They sat next to each other and had over 240 years of memories to share. All they talked about, was the past, which makes sense. Having lived through a huge economic crisis and a World War, they had done their part. Soon, the world would go on without them and they were at peace with themselves. All that was left, was their long lives to reflect upon.

Liberation Day

Today is our national Liberation Day, which used to be the celebration of the end of World War Two. Over the years, its meaning has been evolving. Today, we celebrate liberty, democracy and human rights in general. Or do we?

Grokking Vim Buffers

After many years of vim use, I finally grok buffers, or rather, I get why they are still as widely used as they are.

Running Blogs are Missing the Point

I have yet to find a truly interesting blog on Running. Sure, there are many blogs with training tips. There are plenty so-called self help websites that urge people to go on a run. However, a blog on what it actually means to be a Runner is apparently hard to find. Most running-related websites see running as a tool, not as a goal in itself.

Choosing a New Blogging Platform

Earlier this week, I wrote a slightly harsh post on why I stopped using Joomla for my personal blog. I still feel bad about it, even as a vim user. Emacs does not deserve that. Whereas the previous post was about my reasons for leaving Joomla, this post is about my choice for a new blogging platform.

Joomla is the Emacs of CMSs

Four years ago, when I started this blog, I chose to use Joomla. It has served me pretty well, but since version 3 was launched, some stuff started irritating me, most of all the actual content editing.