Thoughts and writings

Gratis internet?

Advertenties op het internet is een hot item. Elke week is er een nieuwe ontwikkeling of discussie over de voor -en nadelen van advertenties te vinden. IAB voorspelde het einde van het internet als we advertenties blokkeren. IAB lanceerde een website internetisnietgratis.nl, en de boodschap is duidelijk: deactiveer je adblocker, anders help je websites om zeep. Gratis, maar…

Latency

I always felt that the inner workings of the web were a complete mystery to me, because that is the sort of stuff backend developers do. I was wrong. There are lots of lessons to be learned by looking up the right things that connect to the type of work you are doing, and in my…

I want to make the web faster

Some time after I saw the conference talk of “pre-browsing” in 2013 by Steve Souders, it struck me that I should do something different the next time I would create a site. After doing some more research on his blog about performance and the key rules on performance, I now understand much better why most of the websites we have built are so terrible for most users….

Ben Nanonote

Last week I got a new present, my second Copyleft Hardware device: the Ben Nanonote. Meaning a lot of fiddling just like my Neo FreeRunner. Both the hardware and the software are great for what it’s supposed to be doing: light applications. Below is my experience with the Ben Nanonote. Updating the software image This…

Mutt

I switched from Thunderbird to the much more lightweight Mutt on my minilaptop, and recently, my Macbook as well. One of it’s biggest advantages is that it’s not going to eat up all my memory when I just want to check my mail (my browser will do that though) and it has many ways to…