Web 2.0: nieuwe trends in Web projecten

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What the government can do about spam

The Belgian Minister of Economy, Marc Verwilghen, recently announced the efforts the Belgian government would take to restore trust in the Internet as a way of doing business. This includes a directory of trustworthy online shops (e.g. in the travel business), but also some efforts to reduce spam. On the site spamsquad.be the following 4 basic rules are described to avoid spam: 1) don’t leave your email address, 2) don’t answer dubious emails, 3) camouflage your email address and 4) protect your computer.

Open Wifi Hotspots in Brussels

This blog post is from 2005 – it's here for historic reasons, but none of the original links still work.

Contextual advertising without JavaScript

A recent article on Jensense: Monetizing from those with javascript disabled made me ponder a bit on the possibilities of contextual advertising *without* JavaScript. This would be primarily for places where you cannot add JavaScript (e.g. in RSS feeds, in blog posts). And I think I have found a solution.

Wealthy Belgian Bloggers: the blog dollars top 60

Since I’ve been told my “Popular Belgian Blogs” series (Jan-Feb 2005) was very much appreciated, I’ve just spent some time coming up with a new version. The main reason being: thanks to Dane Carlson’s Blog Value Estimator it is now so easy to put a value on a blog.
Some prior remarks:

Jakob Nielsen: design mistake #5

Jakob Nielsen has published his updated Weblog Usability: The Top Ten Design Mistakes. One that I recently have tried to fix (before Jakob published his article, honestly!) is #5: “Classic Hits are Buried”.

Jason Fried: lessons learned building Basecamp

An interesting speech on the IT conversations podcast from the O’Reilly Emerging Technology conference from Jason Fried, the founder of 37 Signals. He explains what he’s learned while creating the Basecamp application (web-based project management).
For instance: his 5 criteria for hiring people in small teams. They have to be …

Public WiFi: the on-line consumer

People who know me, have heard me nag about open hotspot cafés in Brussels. My vision is that within 6 months, there should be a couple of dozen open Wi-Fi hotspots in Brussels so a guy with a laptop (like me) can find one within 1 km of wherever I happen to be in Brussels. I’m developing an idea for creating a set-up that is interesting for the Wi-Fi end-users, the infrastructure owners (e.g. a bar owner) and the ISP (that’s the hard part). More about that later.

Belgium does not need earlier retirement

Whatever the Belgian unions like ABVV and ACV would like to say, Belgium needs shorter work careers like a moose needs a hat rack.

“Lost” in iTunes: good and bad news

There’s good news and bad news. First the good: Steve Jobs just issued a wake-up call to the movie industry. He already has shown everyone how to sell music (fixed price, basic DRM, no limits on burning) and hopes to do the same with video. The new iPod video looks great, and is clearly gonna end up on my desk in the near future.