The Netherlands lost to the Czech Republic 3 – 1 in Prague a few hours ago. Rafael van der Vaart of Ajax scored making it 2 – 1 and briefly bringing on hope for de Oranje. However with the Czech final goal by Baros, the Dutch had nowhere to go but down after that.
Where is that ex-P$V guy when you need them?
Sigh…

On the side note, THANK YOU EV! You have returned Blogger to what it was 3 years ago, before all the n00bs jumped into the bandwagon!

Important Blogger Pro Announcement
From: Ev
To: Blogger Pro Users

Hi there. Evan Williams here, co-founder of Pyra/Blogger.

We’re no longer offering Blogger Pro as a separate product and we’re folding most of the features into regular (free) Blogger.

Don’t worry – nothing you paid for is going away. Your subscription is still valid, and you will continue to have access to features like RSS and post-via-email that are still not in the free version. You’ll also have priority support from our expanded team and new support system.

More importantly, I want to stress that we couldn’t have gotten to where we are today without you. Pro subscribers helped keep us going as a struggling start-up, when servers and bandwidth were at an extreme premium. We wanted to keep basic Blogger free, but we needed to start charging in order to keep the lights on. So we built new things that would appeal to some Blogger users (namely, you).

Thanks to supportive people like yourself, this plan allowed us to grow and build a better service — and, eventually, get us to much more stable ground. We’re eternally grateful, and I hope you were happy with the relationship, as well.

Today, as you may know, Blogger’s situation is much different. For one thing, we’re part of Google. (If you missed that announcement, check the FAQ). Google has lots of computers and bandwidth. And Google believes blogs are important and good for the web.

This is a good thing.

So we’re in the fortunate position of being able to give back to our users. Specifically, to each of you who paid for Pro (and never cancelled), we want to send you a Blogger hooded sweatshirt as a way of saying thanks. Just fill out this form by October 1, 2003 to claim yours. (If you’d prefer to have a pro-rated refund instead, just let us know.)
We feel this move will be good for all Blogger users, and we’re excited about the many new things we have in the pipeline. Stay tuned.

Thanks again,
Ev.

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