On Wednesday December 4 2004, PZZL.com was visited
by Dutch prime minister Balkenende and secretary of labor De Geus.
Both were on a working visit to Amsterdam Science Park (ASP), and
PZZL.com was selected as example of an innovative company making
use of its presence at the ASP.
Discussed was how PZZL.com started with making
puzzle software to be run on home computers only, and developed
into a innovative software company specializing in client-server
One example discussed was brand-new puzzle software,
which enables friends to solve the same puzzle together no matter
where in the world they are. Letters entered into the grid appear
on both screens simultaneously, and the puzzlers can chat and discuss
the clues at the same time.
Following are three photos plus captions (copyright
Left to right: Peter Ritmeester and Ellen
Goudsmit (management PZZL.com), prime minister Balkenende
and secretary De Geus. One topic discussed was the way PZZL.com
puts online the cryptic crossword of the Dutch newspaper NRC
Handelsblad. Solutions for the puzzle are sent into a database
hosted by PZZL.com. Ritmeester suggested that if Balkenende
wants his name into the newspaper, he should send in his solution
too, after which PZZL.com would 'help' him win. This was clearly
not taken seriously (and rightly so!).
|A more serious moment under the supervision
of Tux. Tux is the penguin symbolizing Linux, the operating
system chosen by more and more companies as an alternative to
Windows software. PZZL.com's servers are running on a combination
of Linux and Apache, not only because of the lower costs, but
also because servers running on Linux/Apache are more stable
than Windows servers and because it is wise not to be dependable
on one company only (Microsoft).
|One of the magazines PZZL.com makes a puzzle
for is RaceReport which covers Formula 1. RaceReport
was not entirely by coincidence lying on top of the pile of
magazines, because the prime minister is known to be a Formula