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.

Get ready for video podcasting

You can argue about whether to call it ‘videocasting’, ‘vodcasting‘, ‘vlogging‘, ‘vblogging’ … But you cannot argue about the surge in buzz about it: John Q. Public is getting ready to create his own movies and show them to the world.

ABVV – the nuance between a strike and hostage stituation


Web 2.0 mememap overview

After I saw Tim O’Reilly’s Web 2.0 mememap (via readwriteweb.com) and Dion Hinchcliffe‘s visualisation of Web 2.0, I realised they didn’t cut it for me. They were somewhat confusing and chaotic. So I decided to make one myself.

WizaRSS: a wizard player based on RSS

I had an idea recently that I probably won’t be able to work out, so I’m just gonna throw it here and see if anyone feels like putting the nuts and bolts together.

RSS is a hammer

We’re all excited by the promises of Web 2.0, we’re all awaiting the next really neat remix application/service of data, meta-data, analysis and presentation. But let’s not fall for the “I have a hammer, so all problems look like a nail” trap. In my opinion, Dave Winer goes one step to far when he says: