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Wednesday, 29 December 2004

Safe and Sound after Earthquake

Filed under: Personal — Jan @ 16:43

Thanks to everybody who expressed their concern for our safety after the recent earthquake in South-East Asia. Ubonratchathani is a province in North-Eastern Thailand, bordering with Laos and Cambodia. We are over 1,000 miles away from the devastation on Thailand’s West coast. All our friends and relatives are safe and accounted for, and our business is unaffected.

Lonely Planet’s map of Thailand indicates Ubon at the right hand center of the map. The tourist centers hit by the tsunami, Phuket and Krabi, are indicated in the lower left corner of the map. Phang Nga, the worst affected area, is immediately North of Phuket (not indicated on the map).

Monday, 6 December 2004

In Memoriam

Filed under: Personal — Jan @ 17:44

Mit & Charel

Thursday, 18 November 2004

Don’t Call Me

Filed under: Personal — Jan @ 21:41

Now that Tom Warfield got a cell phone, the whole world has one. Or used to have.

I got rid of my mobile phone a couple of years ago. I never used it much while I had it, because nobody had the number. Want to reach me? Send me an email. The address is easy to guess. I’m JG, and I run my business at ( does not have any live email addresses.) Is it urgent? Send me an email all the same. If you put the name of one of our products in the subject line, you’ll get priority over the guy trying to sell me a cheap Rolex. You’ll even get priority over Citibank alerting me the account I don’t have with them is about to be suspended.

That’s what bothers me about telephones, mobile or wired: the caller decides when to interrupt the other party. And if I do decide to drop everything and pick up your urgent call, I can’t give you a good answer because brain is still working on the stuff I was just concentrating on. So I’ll tell you to send me an email.

Which I will answer when I feel like answering it. And when you receive my well-thought-out reply, you can read it whenever you feel like reading it. How’s that for mutual courtesy and respect? Or would you rather listen to 30 minutes of muzak?

Now, real-time communication does have its benefits. I might even reply to your email asking you to call me, or offering to call you. Yes, I do have a phone in my office. Want the number? Email me!

Tuesday, 16 November 2004

Welcome to Shareware Beach

Filed under: Personal — Jan @ 19:09


Take a drink, grab a chair, sit back and enjoy the view!

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