Quicker access in Blendle to an article behind a paywall

Blendle is a platform to read and pay for articles in all kinds of newspapers and magazines. An “iTunes for journalism”: deposit money in your wallet, then pay typically €0.10 to €0.29 cents for newspaper articles, sometimes up to €0.89 for magazines. A story in itself. And with plans to go international.Basically all Dutch newspapers […]

Cooking with IATI data

Imagine: you’ve produced your first data file using the IATI Standard: your organisation’s activities, partner organisations, budgets and results are neatly represented in an XML file. But before you publish that file, you’d like to show it to your team and colleagues and get feedback. XML will not get them very excited.

Take note (or loose notes)

I like a tablet-only travel style: going to conferences without a laptop. I usually just want to take notes, follow social media, and do email. A tablet gives me mobility, both in weight and in battery life. But at OKCon last week, I had major fail. I have an Android tablet, and I had been […]

Pivotal Tracker overview

Pivotal Tracker is a great agile planning tool for “projects with issues”. But checking the various projects I participate in, just to see what we’re all working on, was a hassle. I wanted to have a quick overview: a list of the projects I’m involved in, and the current “stories” we’re working on in each […]

Around the web in week 44

Early 2009, I started using Friendfeed as a way to aggregate various sources of web links to share. August that year, Facebook bought FriendFeed, ripped out the innovators, and left the site to bleed to death. (I’m sure it felt less dramatic to the fine folks who built it.) I’ve had a nagging feeling since, […]

Ay caramba, Ubuntu 12.10: Get it right on Amazon!

Ay caramba, Ubuntu 12.10: Get it right on Amazon!: Another glimpse at the new Ubuntu, and at what makes it awkward. Mr. Shuttleworth has already declared that all your data belong to him…

“Don’t trust us? Erm, we have root. You do trust us with …

Twitter puts the bird in a cage

When I came across Twitter, years ago, it first looked like another chat service. But with the ability to interact via SMS, and easy ways to feed tweets into websites and applications, it quickly became a rich ecosystem for exchanging all kinds of status updates. You see metro lines on twitter, announcing disruptions in services. […]