One of my great passions is to travel. Experience new cultures. Taste local foods and drinks. Meet new people. See amazing sites. Experience the history. Marvel at the beauty of the scenery. And preferably do all this while traveling on my motorcycle.

An other great passion I have is photography. And specifically to document my travels. Capture the scenery, the history, the colors and the smells (as it were). Capture it such, that if I look back at the photos I immediately get transported back and re-live the wonderful experiences. Capture it such, that the photos bring my stories to life even to those that were not part of it at the time.

Lastly, I can completely geek out over computer stuff and while I do enough with IT during the day at work so I don’t necessarily need to do it at night as well, you will find some handy dandy tidbits here on computers as well.

This site aims to become a portal to these passions, along with a couple of others.



KDE Plasma 6: Don’t be fooled by the naysayers on the internet

About a month ago, KDE released their much anticipated next major release of the KDE desktop environment, version 6. The only distributions using it soon after were (obviously) KDE Neon – the KDE showcase / development platform, and the rolling release distributions like Arch and OpenSUSE Tumbleweed. The scheduled release distributions will only ship KDE6 …

The Beast computer setup

After years of using an Apple Macbook Pro, it was time for something new. As Apple did not offer a computer to my needs, I decided to build one myself again in 2016.

The computer in all it’s glory
CPUIntel i7 5960X @ 4.5GHz all cores
Intel Xeon E5-2680 V4 (14 cores, 28 threads @ 3.3GHz)
MotherboardAsus X99 Deluxe-II
Graphics cardEVGA GTX1080 Founders Edition
Sapphire AMD R9 390
Memory64GB Corsair Dominator DDR4 2400MHz
Internal StorageSamsung 950Pro 512GB M.2 nvme SSD
Western Digital Blue SN550 500GB M.2 nvme SSD
Crucial M4 1TB SATA SSD
CoolingFull Custom loop watercooling by EK
Operating SystemOpenSUSE Tumbleweed
CasePhanteks Evolv ATX
Computer specifications

For backups and data storage, a Synology DS1815+ with 8x 4TB Seagate hard drives totaling 25TB usable storage, is setup in the network as well.

Now, in 2024 this machine is still more than capable for anything thrown at it.

For portable tasks, I am sporting a Lenovo Thinkpad T460. It has a sixth gen Intel Core i5 6300U, 16GB memory and a 1TB SATA SSD. Like my desktop, it is running OpenSUSE Tumbleweed. This too, despite being a laptop from 2016 and not eing the fastest kid on the block, is more than capable now in 2024.

Don’t be fooled and dragged down in the rabbit hole of always the latest and greatest.


I have a big hobby. It is riding my motorcycle. I ride all over Europe and currently it is BMW Motorrad providing the best tools for the job for me. Sometime for just the thrill of riding exciting roads like the Alps, sometimes to see the interesting sites there are to see. This is a large part of what you will find on these pages. My R1100S and K1200S motorcycles, my travel adventures, my photography.

I have been to Holland (my home country), Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, England, Wales, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Czech, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Albania, Croatia and Bosnia. Damn, this is becoming a long list… It’s probably shorter to mention that I have essentially been to every country in Europe except for some Eastern European countries and Russia. All on my motorcycle of course. 🙂

And I am not done yet.

When I get back from a trip, I already have new ideas floating around in my head for a new one. Mostly I am restricted by the time I can take off from work.

Unfortunately, I am also a bit of a geek. That means that putting the site together technically is typically more interesting than putting in actual content…

If you are still reading, and you are wondering about the origins of my nicknames:

  • “throttlemeister” comes from always riding point with my friends, and as such dictating the pace on trips
  • “Mo’Gas” comes from me always being the first one running on empty, and needing more gas


‘throttlemeister’ or ‘Mo’Gas’

I do projects

Fuji X-T1
Fujinon XF14mm F2.8 R
Fujinon XF23mm F1.4 R
Fujinon XF35mm F1.4 R

Nikon D800 with MB-D12 grip
Nikkor AF-S 24-120/f4G VR2
Nikkor AF-S 50/f1.8G
Nikon SB-910

Custom PC build

Apple Macbook Pro with Retina display

Travel photography, motorsports

Any place with twistie roads

“Work is just a way to finance the things you want to do in your spare time.”