I am Peter Breuls. I write web applications in PHP, movie reviews and irregularly something on this weblog. Welcome!
Through my company Devize, I'm available as a developer or a consultant for websites or web applications.
I work as an Administrator at online community FOK! and as a Lead Developer at frontoffice supplier SIMgroep.

I'm a snob


Well, no, I'm not a snob, but I'm getting close, according to this list:

Mac owners are more likely:
1. to be perfectionists
2. to use notebooks
3. to use teeth whitening products
4. to drive station wagons
5. to pay for downloaded music
6. to go to Starbucks
7. care about "green" products and the environment
8. to own a hybrid car
9. and last but not least ... to buy 5 pairs of sneakers in a year

I'm a Mac owner. In fact, I recently replaced my MacBook Pro with.. well, a MacBook Pro. You know, "it was time" for a new one. So I should have a look at the list:

1. Perfectionist: a bit. Sometimes. When time allows, I want what I do to be done well. And that borders on perfect. So yeah, check this box.
2. Duh.
3. Apart from tooth paste: no.
4. I don't have a car. Hell, I don't even have a driver's license.
5. Yup. Sometimes I grab an album from Usenet, but most of the time I get my music through iTunes.
6. Whenever I'm near a Starbucks, which is at least a few days a year (there's no Starbucks in my city), I'll get me a Caramel Macchiato. Yummie!
7. Green-ish. Maybe a bit. I have some CFL bulbs in my lamps, and I turn down the heating when I open the window, and I separate used paper from the regular waste, but apart from that.. nah, not more than others.
8. I don't have a car, so no.
9. I don't own five pairs of sneakers, but I do wear Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars. Exclusively. And in the last year I bought three pairs. And yeah, within a few months I will probably have bought another pair. So let's check this box.

So, that's about five out of nine. Does that make me a snob? I'll leave others to be the judge of that.



It doesn't really have anything to do with tech or web development, but because screenwriting is one of my other fields of interest, I have been following the WGA strike very closely.

In short, American writers of television shows and film are fighting for a better contract. One that includes residuals for internet-streamed broadcasts of shows and a larger piece of the pie concerning DVD sales. There's a Youtube video which explains it in full.

Writers, supported by actors and fans, are picketing in Los Angeles and New York and blogging about it. If you're interested, read some of it. You might want to check Variety and this NY Times blog as well. And if you want to help, sign here and check Fans4Writers. I'd be on the line if I didn't live in Europe.