Archive | May, 2013

Witness Tree of Belle Grove Takes A New Form

30 May

Belle Grove Plantation Bed and Breakfast


As most of you know, we recently cut down three of our beloved trees. One of these trees was a 200 year old Mulberry Tree. We call this tree a “Witness Tree”.

In 200 years, this tree has “witness” much of our history. It would have been planted in or around 1813. During this time, the tree started its life America was in the middle of the War of 1812. It would witness another war up close and personal during the Civil War. It would see the Turner Family forced out of their Southern Plantation Mansion. It would have spread it arms over the Union Army as they camped out under its limbs. It would be the resting place for 25 Union soldiers as they pursued John Wilkes Booth after he assassinated President Lincoln. It would protect Belle Grove and give shade to its many families through the years. It…

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Vereniging Nederland-Maleisië (VNM-Nieuwsbrief, Mei 2013)

14 May

The newsletter to contain numerous articles written in Dutch and English. Do check all articles by different contributors before checking on my contribution.

I contributed the book review article for VNM-Nieuwsbrief May 2013 which entitled The Eurasians, A Founding Community of Penang (book review)
By Eustace Anthony Nonis. Phoenix Printers Sdn. Bhd, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia, 2012. ISBN 978-967-11007-0-7.
Photographs. Pp. 134.

Do refer page 6 & 7 of the VNM-Nieuwsbrief

Click VNMNieuwsbrief_2013-1 to access the newsletter. Enjoy!

For information please contact or checkout the website below:

Editor: Bert Lever

Vereniging Nederland-Maleisië / Netherlands-Malaysia Association

Adres: postbus 95581, 2509 CN Den Haag (NL)
Tel: +31(0)70-3839550, mob: +31(0)6-23344851


*Also Refer to the Vol. 2/2013. VNM-Nieuwsbrief November 2013

Software Patents – New Zealand takes the lead

14 May

Startup Iceland

New Zealand                   1

Patent Trolls                  …

In the world of bits and bytes, the above score means a lot. If you have been following my chain of thought, I believe Software is going to run everything we use. I have written about it before, the biggest hurdle in the exciting development is a cog in the wheel called the Patent Trolls ie. companies setup to just acquire the patent rights and basically bulldoze startups or any company trying to innovate by seeking high patent infringement fees. No-one is immune to this problem. If you want to understand how this whole software patent things has become convoluted and how to solve it read the post by Nick Grossman from Union Square Ventures. Brad Feld, Jason Mendelson, Brad Burnham and Fred…

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