Honeymoon – Day 2

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

OK.  It is day 2 of the honeymoon and today we’re boarding the MSC Lyrica.  Of course being the technogeek I am, the first thing I did when I got on board was to get hooked into WiFi and test connection speeds.  It turns out the ship’s internet is provided by a British provider.  As you’d expect, connection speeds on a ship are quite slow.  Here’s what we are getting:


So what new observations have I made today?  Here we go…

  • It seems Civitavecchia beaches have no sand.
  • Restaurants, including pizzerias do NOT open until 5 or even 6 PM.  Europeans eat late!
  • I haven’t seen a morbidly obese person yet.  OK.  I saw one, but I’m not sure she was Italian.
  • The Hotel Borgo Del Mare (formerly the Hotel Bramante) where we stayed overnight, serves the best damn cappuccino I’ve ever had!
  • Jess forgot all her tennis/comfortable walking shoes and I forgot my shades.  They do NOT sell tennies on the ship.  High heels and flip flops here we go.  As for shades… starting at 90 Euro, I think I’ll just squint. 😉

OK, photo time…




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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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