Honeymoon – Day 0-1

Written by Cornelius J. van Dyk on . Posted in Vacation

WOW! WiFi speeds in Italy ROCKS!!! Jess and I just landed in Rome.  We got to our hotel and I connected the netbook through their wifi network.  I was curious, so I did a quick speed test.  Here are the results:


Upload is about what you’d expect, but 5.5 Mb download via wifi from a small hotel on the coast of Italy?!  Are you kidding me?!!!  I don’t even get that kind of download speed via hardline from home! 

Anyway, we had a wonderful trip to the IND airport.  Chad and Lisa surprised us with a Lincoln Towncar to the airport!  You guys rock!  We had safe flight and enjoyed the transfer from Rome to Civitavecchia via a Mercedes Benz! There’s lots of those around here apparently. 

So here are my very fist impressions of Rome/Italy as I’ve experienced them…

  • Their roads are in AWESOME condition.  Unlike American roads that are cracked and full of pot holes, their roads are excellently maintained.
  • Streets are narrow.  To be expected in cities older than the US I guess. 
  • No SUVs.  That’s right.  Lots of small cars.  No big honkers.
  • Drivers tend to make use of ALL the road they have.  If there’s no traffic around, they’ll drive in the middle of the two lane road, right on the center line.
  • Highway exits are small and narrow.  If you don’t slow waaaay down for these bad boys, you’ll run over the edge for sure.
  • Most building roofs are made of clay tile.  I’m yet to see shingles anywhere.  I like clay tile more anyway.

Photo time…


OK, OK.  Enough of that.  Time for Jess and I to go take a walk on the beach and explore Civitavecchia bit.




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Cornelius J. van Dyk

Born and raised in South Africa during the 70's I got my start in computers when a game on my Sinclair ZX Spectrum crashed, revealing it's BASIC source code. The ZX had a whopping 48K of memory which was considered to be a lot in the Commodore Vic20 era, but more importantly, it had BASIC built into the soft touch keyboard. Teaching myself to program, I coded my first commercial program at age 15.

After graduating high school at 17, I joined the South African Air Force, graduating the Academy and becoming a Pilot with the rank of First Lieutenant by age 20. After serving my country for six years, I made my way back into computer software.

Continuing my education, I graduated Suma Cum Laude from the Computer Training Institute before joining First National Bank where my work won the Smithsonian Award for Technological Innovation in the field of Banking and Insurance. Soon I met Will Coleman from Amdahl SA, who introduced me to a little known programming language named Huron/ObjectStar. As fate would have it, this unknown language and Y2K brought me to the USA in 1998.

I got involved with SharePoint after playing around with the Beta for SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Leaving my career at Rexnord to become a consultant in 2004, I was first awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for SharePoint in 2005, becoming only the 9th MVP for WSS at the time. I fulfilled a life long dream by pledging allegiance to the Flag as a US citizen in 2006. I met the love of my life and became a private consultant in 2008. I was honored to receive my ninth MVP award for SharePoint Server in 2013.

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