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2016-02-10: Getting off Outlook.com's junk mail block list

Posted at 2016-02-10 23:04:51 by SHD

Microsoft's Outlook.com is one of the largest email providers in the world and anybody who sends email to customers will encounter plenty of outlook.com, hotmail.com or live.com addresses. As such, Microsoft has to deal with a lot of spam for all those billions of emails it processes and sometimes the spam detection is a bit overzealous. It doesn't take much for your server's IP address to be blacklisted, or you might even inherit a blacklisting from the previous owner of the IP address assigned to your newly commissioned server. Then you get the 550 SC-001 error.

2015-11-15: Je suis Paris! Je suis Beirut?

Posted at 2015-11-15 15:15:48 by SHD

It's been less than two days since horrific terrorist attacks took place in the heart of Paris. Just a day before that, IS also killed 40 people in Beirut in a particularly vicious attack. The entire world is in an uproar about Paris. Few people care about Beirut. How come? Why do the events in France overshadow those in Lebanon?

2015-01-10: So ashamed, I used a <marquee> tag

Posted at 2015-01-10 19:19:05 by SHD

Forgive me, I was bored. At least I found out what the <marquee> tag is good for. It was created for George Lucas.

2014-08-12: Point and Click Adventures reborn on Kickstarter

Posted at 2014-08-12 22:21:52 by SHD

The 1980s and first half of the 1990s were probably the golden age of the adventure game. Heavyweights Sierra and LucasArts created many inventory-based graphic adventures such as King's Quest, Space Quest, Monkey Island and Day of the Tentacle, to name but a few. As the 21st century approached, interest in these games waned while production costs skyrocketed. Sierra eventually closed down entirely (though there are signs of it starting back up again, it remains to be seen in what form that might be) and LucasArts focused on their Star Wars franchise.

2014-07-23: Paying my respects

Posted at 2014-07-23 13:54:22 by SHD

Today is a day of national mourning in The Netherlands. The remains of the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) will start arriving at Eindhoven airport today. It will take weeks to take care of the entire mess that this situation has brought, but I trust my country will do everything it can to ensure that it is handled respectfully and all 298 victims' remains will be brought home. My thoughts and prayers are with the people who are left behind by the victims. I cannot imagine what they have endured over the past week.