Welcome on HeinPragt.com

The site heinpragt.com has been online for more than 23 years and it has grown to more than 300 theme pages and more than 2000 indexed pages and an average of 11000 page views every day. The site has three main topics: people, culture and technology and the site is meant to be a kind of online reference. The purpose of the site is to provide positive, friendly, reliable information to generate interest and inspiration. The main part of the site is in Dutch, the English part is much smaller. I have been a professional musician for 6 years when I was younger and I have played music (bands) for all of my life. For the last 35 years I have been a software developer / ICT engineer and in my private time I have written a lot of small applications and games, most of them freeware, that you can download from this site. I also like DIY projects and electronics, I design 3D parts, I have a 3D printer, I have a lot of small animals at home and I am a proud father of five children. Creativity and integrity is my lifestyle and this website is part of that. Regards, Hein Pragt.

Something to think about

We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.(Albert Einstein)

Beeing yourself

Many people just want to be themselves, be authentic and think they have some kind of pure unchangeable identity. Often this Identity is good, beautiful and pure and this "me" almost only has positive qualities. This may go so far that when somtimes they act jealously, stupid, hysterical or wrong, people say “I was not myself”. Most people try to play the role (the ego) of the person they would like to be. But the funny thing is that you can never be anything but yourself, all those beautiful and less beautiful sides, that's you. You can stop looking for yourself, you already are. The only thing you can do is to accept all those different sides of yourself and even start to like them, because this is you. (Hein Pragt)


According to an old Chinese definition of happiness, "something to hope" is one of the three ingredients. The past has shown that whatever hard circumstances people had to face, hope was often the motivation to continue. We often see in desperate acts that people indicate that they have lost all hope. For example, we do not have a life sentence in the Netherlands because we believe that taking away any hope of ever being free is inhuman. Hope is an important driver for people, but hopelessness can be deadly. It is important in life to never lose hope and to even find hope in a tiny sparkle. That's why giving someone else some hope for the future, or helping someone to see some hope, is such a valuable gift. (Hein Pragt)


Regret is a negative emotion based on the wish that you could have acted differently in a certain situation. In my view of life, regret is a total meaningless emotion that assumes that in a certain situation one had the possibility of a different choice. Because free will does not exist and we subconsciously make every decision (after which consciousness comes up with a logical story) and because it is subconscious decisions are the result of many factors such as genetrics, experiences and circumstances, we can state that there were no other decision possible at that time. That does not mean that someone is not responsible what has happened, everything is a logical consequence of a chain of reactions. I sometimes feel sad about things I have done, but regret would mean that I had a choice to do it differently, and that is not the case. There is much truth in the statement: "life is what happens, while you had other plans!". (Hein Pragt)

Adventure game - Bon Vivant

Scott Adams game interpreter 3.0.4.

adventure interpreterIn this version (3.0.4) 2018 the window can be resized so the complete text of the inventory is visible. With this interpreter program you can play the old text adventures of Scott Adams (Adventure International) on your Windows PC. Fourteen original adventure games are in the same zip file. This version has a greatly improved (English) user interface, buttons for the most used commands, a separate one inventory window and dropdown lists with all commands and objects. This portable version of the program makes it easier to use this old one adventure games to play with a modern user interface. This program is also released in the USA on an Adventure Game collect CD.
Download: AdvInt304.zip

PragtTextUtil programma

pragt text util

PragtTextUtil is not an ordinary editor although the basic functions to edit text are present. The program is intended to perform operations on text such as converting to capital or lowercase letters or removing HTML tags and converting it to neat paragraphs. But there are also many Unix utilities such as WC, trim, uniq, sort, grep, head, tail and filtering in this program included but also complex editing such as a sorted word frequency overview. You can also use a log file for all rules filtering that contains a certain word or does not contain a specific word. Also a nice option is search and replace with the possibility to use CTRL characters in the search but also the replacement text. A very handy portable program when you are a developer or administrator or have to perform a lot of edits on texts. In the latest version 1.07 sorting is made ten times faster.
Download: pragttextutil-1.07.zip (Version 1.07 2018)

Hmp_reversi for windows 3.02 (freeware) 64 Bit

download hmp reversi This is a recent version of my reversi (or othello) program where I have applied several optimizations. First, it is now 64 bits so that a field can be stored in two 64 bit words. The game uses bitboards, an efficient and smart flip algorithm, alpha beta pruning, hashing / caching, move ordering, opening book and evaluation based on patterns. The game can look 12 to 20 ply deep and has no setting to make it play weaker. The game always plays at the best level just like a human opponent. For me, winning a reversi program that is set to a low level is just right something like winning in a running race when the opponent has a rope around both legs. This is not a real win when you gives the opponent a handicap. The game is very basic with only the possibility to take back and a game save or load. The game plays pretty strong, it unfortunately loses from zebra and nboard when they are set to a high level. The game is portable, it consists of one exe file that does not needs to be installed. The program has been zipped and has to be unpacked after download. (64 bit version 3.02)
Download: Hmp_reversi voor windows.

Reversi for windows (WIn 32). (freeware)

download mickey reversi I wrote my first version of reversi or othello in basic on the trs80 computer. This was a very simple version with O and X as pieces the field and a simple 2 level min / max calculation. Later on the first PC it was re-written for windows 95 but this time using visual studio and the programming language C and assembler. Since the computers were not yet so fast, every small optimization was welcome to be able to calculate more moves. The routines to play and evaluate fields were therefore written in a very compact assembler. My son thought the background was too boring and thought up a funny look for the game. I made the latest version of the game 1999 but since the design of the game was a min / max with smart dynamic field values and the evaluation of 4 to 6 levels written in assembler, further improvement of the game was very difficult. In 2000, I am the result of a backup error all sources were lost. So this is a small and portable version of the game reversi for windows, it is not a super strong version but sometimes surprising in his game. The graphic background was designed by my son Robert at the age of 12. (Version 1.04)
Download: Mickey reversi for windows.

Inspiring stories

Inspiring story about trying

I have learned

Quick judgment, often based on prejudices and condemning, is very common human behavior that's in integrated in our genes. It makes our life safe and clear when we are able to quickly divide everything and everyone into good and bad, friend or enemy, beautiful or ugly and in prehistoric times it was useful to be able to quickly estimate if someone's was a friend or an enemy. And the survival rate was higher when you were too conservative and did not thrust too much. You could say that prejudices and condemning is part of our prehistoric genes. I learned at a young age to try to omit this judgment and to be interested to see who someone really was and that has led me to many special encounters and a lot of insight. Only when you can leave judgment and prejudices behind, you are able to see who someone really is, until then you will mostly see yourself. (Hein)

Adventure interpreter

Differences men and women

Meaning of symbols

Reversi / Othello

Sayings and quotes

I live in the Netherlands

I am proud of my little country, we are one of the most open-minded countries in the world, and we are a country of big inventions, creativity and personal development. The Kingdom of the Netherlands was formed in 1815 and is located in the West of Europe, bordering the North Sea. Our climate is marine, cool summers and mild winters. The Netherlands is the European part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which consists of the Netherlands, the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba in the Caribbean. The Netherlands is a constitutional monarchy, located in Western Europe. It is bordered by the North Sea to the north and west, Belgium to the south, and Germany to the east. The Netherlands is often called Holland. This is formally incorrect as North and South Holland in the western Netherlands are only two of the country's twelve provinces. For more on this and other naming issues see terminology of the Netherlands. The Netherlands is a geographically low-lying and densely populated country. It is popularly known for its traditional windmills, tulips, cheese, clogs (wooden shoes), delftware and gouda pottery, for its bicycles, its dikes and surge barriers, and, on the other hand, traditional values and civil virtues such as its classic social tolerance. But primarily, the Netherlands is a modern, advanced and open society. An old parliamentary democracy, the country is more recently known for its rather liberal policies toward recreational drugs, prostitution, abortion, and euthanasia. The Netherlands is also one of the most densely cabled countries in the world; its internet connection rate is 87.8%, the 2nd highest in the world. The Netherlands has an international outlook; among other affiliations the country is a founding member of the European Union (EU), NATO, the OECD, and has signed the Kyoto protocol. Along with Belgium and Luxembourg, the Netherlands is one of three member nations of the Benelux economic union. The country is host to five international(ised) courts: the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Court and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. All of these courts (except the Special Tribunal for Lebanon), as well as the EU's criminal intelligence agency (Europol), are situated in The Hague, which has led to the city being referred to as "the world's legal capital." The terrain is mostly coastal lowland and reclaimed land (polders). The population is about 16,067,754 (July 2002 EST.)

I was born in the town Bargercompas

I was born in the small town Bargercompas in the southeast corner of Drenthe in the Netherlands. Bargercompas is located not far from away from the German border, near the town of Emmen. Until my eighteenth birthday I lived in this little town and I spent my complete childhood in Bargercompas. Barger-Compascuum is a small town in the Dutch municipality of Emmen in a peat-producing region of Drenthe near the German border. The village area of Barger-Compascuum consists of a combination of agricultural (peat reclamations in the past) and nature. The very nice nature includes not only the Berkenrode, but also the Oosterbos. The town is surrounded with large natural areas. The main attraction in the village is the National Veenpark museum where the history of the town and the peat reclamation is shown and told and the town like it was one century ago is rebuild. In the center of the village you can find the St. Joseph Catholic Church that was build in 1924, a Roman Catholic and a Protestant Christian school, sports fields, supermarket, a post office and several other shops and restaurants.

This is my current hometown Veenendaal

I currently live in the town Veenendaal an I would like to tell you something about the country and the city where I live in. I have provided some maps to give a better indication about the exact location. A famous question that someone from America will ask you is, "you are from Holland, I have a friend that lives there, maybe you know him?". Then I will explain that our country is very small, but about 16 million people live here, and I only know a few of them....(Smile!)

a map of the Neteherlands

The city of Veenendaal is located in the center of the Netherlands near Utrecht. It has about 60,000 inhabitants, 2900 enterprises and 553 shops. Veenendaal is a very active town with numerous public facilities and its a very attractive town with separate residential and industrial areas. The cities of Arnhem and Utrecht are less than 30 kilometres away. Within a short distance of the town you can admire the beautiful scenery of woods, hills and the national park. Veenendaal is a municipality and a town in central Netherlands, it is part of the province of Utrecht. Veenendaal is the only population centre within its administrative borders. The municipality has 61,681 inhabitants and an area of 19,81 square kilometres, most of which is covered with built-up area. The original village was founded in the 16th century as a peat colony from which it got its name. 'Veenen' is the old (plural) Dutch word for peat and 'daal' for valley, so literally the name means 'peatvalley'. Until just after World War II, Veenendaal remained a small community with only a few thousand residents. In the last fifty years the town grew rapidly to the 60,000+ inhabitants of today. Until the second half of the 20th century, Veenendaal was divided into two parts, a 'Gelders' and an 'Utrechts' part ('Gelders' comes from Gelderland and 'Utrechts' from Utrecht, both Dutch provinces). This is because in the first few centuries of the town's existence it was too small to be its own municipality. The southern half eventually became independent from Rhenen and Renswoude in 1795. The northern half separated from Ede in 1960. In 1997 it was elected the greenest city of Europe and in 2004 of the Netherlands. In 2000 the town was elected best bicycle city of the Netherlands.

About Hein Pragt

Athe age of 18 I quit school and became a professional musician and moved to a two room apartment in the town of Emmen. When I turned 24 I decided to go back to school and became a software engineer and I have worked as a software engineer ever since. However I never stopped playing music, I have played in a lot of bands and played all kinds of music. Currently I only play at home on my guitars and digital piano and I have a little Tascam 8 track homestudio. I have been working as a software engineer in several countries like France (working for Philips), Great Brittan (London, working for Psion), Norway and Finland (working for MTD). I have some friends outside of the Netherlands and that's why I decided to translate part of my website to English. I currently live alone and am blessed with four sons, Robert, Rick, Rene and Raoul Pragt and in 2005 my little daughter called Romy Pragt was born. I like to read and write a lot and I am still interested in all kinds of new technology, but also in sprituality, filosofy and other cultures.

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