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Category: Als Deutscher in den Niederlanden

How many chargers are necessary to convert the Netherlands to electric cars?

Here is the question:

How much infrastructure do we need when ALL 8 million vehicles (and buses and trucks!) in the Netherlands go electric?

The answer will surprise you: we could get to 100% electric transportation in the Netherlands, just by converting the 4000 existing gast stations to fast charging stations which have an average of 14 fast chargers.

The article then plays with numbers a bit: Kilometers driven, electricity used, number of chargepoints, charging rates.

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Good news, bad news

Good news, we have left #neuland:

Ik wilde u graag de codes voor de SchoolApp alvast doorgeven, zodat u op de hoogte blijft van de dingen die in de klas gebeuren.
De app kunt u op uw telefoon downloaden. De naam is gewoon “SchoolApp’ en het logo is een soort blauwe bol.
De leescode van groep 4/5 is: …..

and there is even a Youtube video. On the other hand:

No app for you, come back one year.

Right, thanks.

Changing the country code of a Google account is by the way close to impossible, especially if >500 EUR apps, a GPMAA family account and Google cloud stuff are dangling from it.

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“Zwangsbemüllung”. Oh, and phonebooks.

Photo: kandschwar

Somebody is still printing and delivering phone books (Article in German). 300 000 of them have been dropped all over Nürnberg, where they are now rotting (Facebook article in German), because nobody wants them.

German is a good language to make up compound nouns. The current one: »Zwangsbemüllung«

As compounds go, this one is pretty awesome:

Zwang = Force, Müll = Trash, bemüllen = a made-up verb from the noun Müll, where the prefix be- conveys a sense of ‘from above’ and a sense of passiveness. But -ung is a suffix that makes a verb a noun again, which makes the construct even more awesome.

Together, Zwangsbemüllung all in all it transports a sense of helplessness and suffering, while one has to endure trash which is being dropped on oneself. It’s a made-up thing that is not in the Duden, but it is perfectly clear what it means.

Also, only in Germany: Printed Phone Books are still a thing.

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AMS-IX CEO leaves

AMS-IX press release: »After 17.5 years, Job Witteman will leave AMS-IX as of October 1st. Job Witteman, who was the founder of the world’s largest internet exchange, will leave at the peak of development of the company, […]«

and

»AMS-IX has grown to be the world’s largest internet exchange, having now more than 900 customers, operating 7 internet platforms globally and a peak of internet traffic of 5.5 Tbps. In addition, AMS-IX is considered by the Dutch Government as the third main port, together with Schiphol Airport and the port of Rotterdam. This shows that the ongoing development of the digital sector and infrastructure is taken seriously.«

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The Amsterdam Bridge Dilemma explained

An article in Citylab explains The Amsterdam Bridge Dilemma. Bascially, Amsterdam needs the area north of the IJ to grow, but for that to be attractive, it needs to be reachable by bike. So a tunnel is not going to cut it, a bridge is necessary.

But tall ships are crossing all interesting locations right now, so either the bridge has to be very high – not attractive to bikers or it has to open, in which case it will be open 50% of the time in high season.

Solutions are possible, but they will restructure the city and tourism in the city. In itself also not a bad thing, but complicated.

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Living in Amsterdam

Het Parool reports on the number of children in schools in Amsterdam.

Previously, pressure on Amsterdam schools inside the A10 ring has been so high that there was a lottery system in place (if you do not win, you still have to send your child to school, but it won’t be a local one). During the crisis, many families looking for larger and cheaper houses outside the A10 were stuck in the city because they could not sell their homes.

Now that the crisis is over, Gentrification can continue: Families go out, Expats and AirBnB move in.

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The bromfiets has no place in the Netherlands

One key element to traffic safety in the Netherlands is separation. So cycle pathways can run on the street only if the street is limited to 30 km/h or lower.

If car traffic is faster, the cycle path needs to be separated in some way. That can be as simple as a curb and red posts, or it can be a separate road running an entirely different route from the car road. Some newer cities such as Lelystad (built only in 1967) have completely different networks for pedestrians, cycles and cars.

In general, this works really well, but it drops one type of transportation into a void, the bromfiets and its friends – anything that can go faster than 25 km/h and is limited to 45 km/h

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