Geek Launcher and Faceplant fun

The last bug and feature request are closed and released in Geek Launcher 1.0beta3. The bug was, that you could not uninstall geek launcher when it was running. The feature request was URIs. You can now launch a website, ftp-site or telnet session.

We also had some fun last week when we created a new Faceplant song. We did not have the time to scream in some vocals, but the beginning is there. It contains a speech from the dutch tv show 'Alfred J Kwak', where the evil black crow Dolf is talking about his own rasict political party. We found it to be quite funny as it is a show for children we watched when we were all young. You can listen to it on our myspace. The song is called Dolf.

Monday, 7 April 2008, 14:39 Bert Hekman

Geek Launcher beta 2 update

After I submitted my project to sourceforge, last week, thing went quite fast. The people over at sourceforge accepted my project submission in one day, while this usualy takes 3 to 5 days. And they put my news item on their frontpage, which caused my project to become quite popular in a short matter of time.

Someone at softpedia apperantly got notice of this and added geek launcher, music importer and mp3 renamer to their software database. They also tested my software for malware and found out that it does not contain any (of course). As of now, the geek launcher has been downloaded 161 times from sourceforge and 30 times from softpedia.

I also released the second beta version of geek launcher. You can now select if you want a large or a small user interface and you can now browse with the page up, page down, home and end keys. I also fixed a bug which caused windows to hang on shutdown. Go check it out.

Friday, 28 March 2008, 12:20 Bert Hekman

Geek Launcher

I'm always trying to find new ways to improve my productivity while working with PC's. One of my mayor bottlenecks is the ability to start applications with a few keystrokes. For example: I use PuTTy at least 5 times per day. After fiddling around with WinKey, which worked quite well, I still wanted some more.

Thats why I started creating my own new launcher application. It is called 'Geek Launcher', because probably only geeks (and maybe speed-freaks) are going to use it. You can download the first beta version here: geeklauncher-1.0beta.exe and can view the sourcecode here through websvn or normal SVN:

Geek Launcher main window

Tuesday, 18 March 2008, 16:43 Bert Hekman

Photobook and Faceplant

Another few days of coding has passed and I created a new photobook area on my site. I'll start uploading some photos in the following days from lowlands and ieperfest, but also from other events and parties that has passed and are still to come.

Also check out our new little grindcore project called Faceplant. Our first song, which you can listen if you click on the link, is a grindcore version of Kortjakje. We're planning to produce a bit more serious grindcore songs in the near future.

Tuesday, 18 September 2007, 13:38 Bert Hekman

The Maxtor problem

After two years, my server crashed last sunday. Of course it was due to the failing Maxtor hard drive. And this is where I must say that all six Maxtor's I've owned, all crashed within two years, with the exception of one, which survived 4 years.

So please people, do not buy a Maxtor. It's a waste of money. Please spend a bit more and buy a much better Western Digital or something! And now I'm going to convert my old maxtor into a nice ashtray :).

Tuesday, 11 September 2007, 10:26 Bert Hekman