Bitcoin Africa Conference

The first Bitcoin Africa Conference in Cape Town on 16 and 17 April was a big success. It brought together an impressive line-up of speakers, including Gyft co-founder Vinny Lingham and Bitcoin Foundation board member Brick Peirce to name but two. The conference was held overlooking the Waterfront with its fishing boats, seals and sailing … Continued

Building a Bootstrap based WordPress theme

At the Brussels WordPress Meetup in November I gave a very short presentation on building a custom WordPress theme based on Bootstrap, using Roots. I think the slides are pretty self explanatory, it is mainly an overview of resources. Included in the presentation are some screen shots of my own website and the Prince Albert … Continued

The revenge of JavaScript

When I made my first steps in web development over ten years ago, in 2003 to be exact, of course I also learned JavaScript. It was the early 00’s and XHTML and CSS where still relatively new. It was also the time IE6 was the most used browser, which even prompted me to sign a … Continued

Responsive Web Design

Searching for Responsive Web Design I found this great article on A List Apart: Responsive Web Design which dates from May 2010 which just shows how much ahead of the curve they are. In 2013 everyone is talking about and doing Responsive Web Design, Mashable a year ago talked about Why 2013 Is the Year … Continued

How I Learned to Stop Worying about Google and Love DuckDuckGo

Google, Bing and other search engine make a search “bubble”, and only give you results in line with sites you already visited. This reduces the chance of finding interesting sites and narrows your view of the world wide web to a bubble: Escape your search engine Filter Bubble! http://dontbubble.us/

Google used to have a motto “don’t be evil”, that was a long time ago. Unless privacy is evil in Google’s world. Don’t wanna be tracked? http://donttrack.us/

Rooting the Motorola Milestone and flashing custom ROM

There are a lot of guides, how-tos, blog and forum posts about rooting and flashing Android phones. I decided to add this post to that pile, because it still took me some time to find the really relevant info, especially since I had already updated to Android 2.2 and I am using a Linux machine. Hope this helps some people and doesn’t just make it more confusing or harder to find the relevant info.

Green hosting

This website and all other websites I make are hosted at Greenhost, a Dutch hosting provider that is 100% climate neutral. They use the newest, greenest servers and put them at Evoswitch the most durable data center of the Benelux.

This site is sustainable

Dude, where’s my Android 2.2 update?

My Motorola Milestone is still stuck with Android 2.1, even though the US version, the Droid got the 2.2 update months ago and that update was promised for Milestone in Europe an equally long time ago.

The main improvements in 2.2 are installing apps to SD in stead of internal memory, something I desperately need, since I am getting the “Low on space” warning and there aren’t any apps I can or want to remove.

Encrypting e-mails

Using Thunderbird and Enigmail, it is not too hard to encrypt the mails you send (and decrypt those you receive). There is a quick-start guide at http://enigmail.mozdev.org/documentation/quickstart.php.html to help you get, well, started.

So when sending me mails, please feel free to encrypt them using this key:
You can also use this key to verify is a signed e-mail from me, really was signed by me.

Taking back control of your data

I won’t be deleting my Facebook profile for now, but I’m glad I’m on Diaspora and Friendika to. These alternatives to Facebook aren’t there yet in terms of functionality, but it’s good to have distributed, open source alternatives. There are a lot of reasons to find Facebook evil, but the most important to me are that it is a big corporation that has all your info and can do with it as it pleases. They can delete your profile in a whim or decide to give your info to whatever government that thinks it could use it. The same can be said of Google, Twitter, etc.