This post is a bit unusual for this blog: a few months ago I moved from Milan to Amsterdam (curiously, four years after my first visit to the city) and gathered some advice from friends and websites in the process. That information helped a great deal during my first weeks here and ensured that my move was a smooth one. I believe others in the same situation may benefit from the notes I gathered, so I decided to post them here.
As an EU citizen with a job offer from a company that has an office in the Netherlands, my transition was quite easy, but there were still some aspects that took me a while to figure out: I will try to cover most of them within this post. For everything else, you may find a lot of useful information in the links at the end of this article.
I’m sharing this story because it may be useful for someone else, as well.
This morning I found out that my monitor (a Packard Bell Maestro 220wdv) was not working anymore. After messing with the cables for a while, it turned out that I wasn’t able to connect anything using DVI, while the two VGA ports were perfectly functional.
I was ready to buy a new DVI cable (hoping that it was not the monitor’s fault) when I found out this forum thread, which stated:
…maybe you just don’t want it strongly enough.
Any of you who own a WordPress blog should recognize this post title as the one that comes out by default when you create a new blog.
The post itself is an encouragement, an example and, possibly, a clever trick to deal with the infamous writer’s block, and therefore you are suggested to edit or remove it to start blogging.
But just as my career as a coder started with a program that didn’t anything but printing Hello world!