GDPR Plugins for WordPress

Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) jumps into action on 25 May 2018. This has a lot of implications for every company in Europe, but also worldwide. And what does it mean for us, owners of a WordPress blog?


The sorry state of keyboard layout management

How is it possible that today, in 2018, it is still up to the end-user to detect/guess what the layout of the computer keyboard is he has in front of him/her? In any Belgian office with more than 10 computers, you might encounter a mix of “Belgian French”, “Belgian ISO”, “Belgian Period”, “French French” keyboards. They’re all AZERTY keyboards, but they mix up characters like the “@”, the “.” or the “,”. No one, except for the odd OCD sysops guy, knows what the differences exactly are. You only know that, if you pick the wrong one, you’re going to lose time to type email addresses, or god forbid, passwords with non-alphabetical characters. Linux has some ‘pseudo-magical’ system with “now type the W key” that can +- detect what the keyboard is, but MacOS or Windows?


Speed test of Samsung external SSDs: T1, T3 and T5

I just bought my 4th external USB3 SSD for my MacBookPro. I obviously don’t use all of them together, I just was just constructing my latest external Sockle storage bay. This time it’s a 1TB SSD and it’s a generation T5. So this was a good moment to compare it to my previous T1 and T3 SSD drives. I use the Blackmagic Disk Speed Test app to get realistic read and write data transfer rates. I will round them off to the nearest multiple of 10MB/s.


Idea: Branded tools as a service

A lot of hosting companies already offer one-click installs for WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, dotProject. These are mostly content (CMS) tools. They’re useful, but they cover only a part of what a corporate customer would want. I would love to see a hosting company that offers branded tools as a service:


How to add Cloudflare SSL to a WordPress website

Why SSL?


Geen ongewenste reclame

Je krijgt op een jaar nogal wat direct-in-de-papierbak reclame binnen. Ik ben in mijn gemeente (Grimbergen) op zoek gegaan naar de “Geen Reclame” sticker, maar zowel het postkantoor als het gemeentehuis konden me niet verder helpen. Ik heb dan maar online gezocht naar de juiste oplossing voor een reeks ongewenste reclame bronnen:


DIY: making my bamboo USB SSD disk expansion bay

UPDATE Nov 2019: my idea has been validated! I just discovered a sleek aluminium version, called the LineDock! Extra (USB/HDMI/DisplayPort) ports, extra battery power and up to 1TB of SSD disk space.


Idea: using a helpdesk app as an Applicant Tracking System (ATS)

Update Sept 2017: FreshDesk just release a new product FreshTeam that does exactly what I specified below.


Idea: short-term unified group messaging enterprise

I was driving for 6 hours the other day and my wife was asleep, so what does one do: work out the details for a new kind of hosted communication service in my head.


Idea: Extended MRTG format

Every tech geek has his/her preferred tools and one of mine is without doubt Tobi Oetiker’s MRTG (Multi Router Traffic Grapher), which I’ve used to make pretty trend lines of much more than routers or traffic.