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Just for Fun: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary

This book had been sitting on my to-read list for way too long! But I finally found a second hand copy, so here we go! You could say this is the official autobiography of Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux. The Operating System that changed the world! You can wake me up in the middle of the night to talk about operating systems. So this book is right up my… Read More »Just for Fun: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary

WordPress is amazing!ūüĒ•

This blog is powered by WordPress. That means that the content you read was edited in the WordPress administrative interface and that same content is now presented to you by the WordPress engine! WordPress powers 24% of the web. And for good reason. It is amazing. It is free, fast and easy! When I had to pick a CMS for my first blog in 2005, it was a different world.… Read More »WordPress is amazing!ūüĒ•

Thoughts about the Snapchat IPOūüĎĽ

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Last year I wrote about Snapchat and their unique approach to things. I’d like to think that my predictions at the end of that blog came true ūüėé. Why? Because we see Instagram betting big on streaming and disappearing video i.e. copying Snapchat features. If anything, it’s proof Snapchat is a force to be reckoned with. And they seem to be making Zuckerberg & co. nervous. So it’s not unexpected… Read More »Thoughts about the Snapchat IPOūüĎĽ

I still love RSS (you can too!)

RSS. It’s kind of a weird acronym and people can’t even seem to agree on the true meaning behind those three letters. It doesn’t sound too sexy, but it does sort of have a recognisable logo. If you¬†have seen this logo before and wondered what it is, well, this post is for you! TL:DR: RSS is a specification¬†that will allow you to keep track of all your favourite sites in… Read More »I still love RSS (you can too!)

Let’s encrypt all the things!

You may notice something different on your favourite blog. Left of¬†the URL in the address bar there is a little green lock! This means piks.nl¬†is now served to you via¬†SSL/TLS. You know, https:// instead of http://. This means the connection, and therefore, traffic between you and the website is more¬†secure, because it is encrypted. This was way overdue, even more so because¬†it’s oh so easy now with Let’s Encrypt. Let’s… Read More »Let’s encrypt all the things!

Best of 2016

Best-of lists signify another year is coming to a close. People feel a need to sort and order things to make room for what is to come. Or something like that. So here is an assorted list of best new¬†things I found in 2016.¬†Things can be anything, as long as it¬†was new to me in 2016. Feel free to share your list in the comments. Best new app Google Photos… Read More »Best of 2016

My Chromebook Acer C730E-C480 review

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Last week Google was kind enough to provide me a Chromebook.¬†I had been eyeing one for some time, but I had no reason why I would need one. I have a laptop, smartphone and a tablet. So what would a Chromebook add? Well, now I know. TL;DR: I love the Chromebook! The good Reasons are actually pretty obvious. It is a laptop but it is light, small, cool,¬†quiet and has… Read More »My Chromebook Acer C730E-C480 review

Snapchat

Snapchat is everywhere these days. And with everywhere,¬†I mean a lot of people are talking about it like it’s some sort of elusive enigma only the young kids are able to tune in to. The digital equivalent of high pitched notes. What makes it so hard to grasp, what’s different about it and what’s important about it. Let’s dissect, shall we. Different Snapchat is unlike any other application that you’re… Read More »Snapchat

Ubuntu on Windows

Today’s big news is that Microsoft has made bash available on Windows 10. No container, no virtual machine, no recompiled sources: Here, we’re talking about bit-for-bit, checksum-for-checksum Ubuntu ELF binaries running directly in Windows. This opens up a world of possibilities. A world also previously¬†within reach¬†alas be it with lesser solutions. This means being able to use awk, grep, find, vim, wget, ls, git(!), package management and everything that is… Read More »Ubuntu on Windows

My Favorite Podcasts

So you read the¬†previous post¬†and now you’re wondering what podcasts to listen to. Well you’re in luck, because this post¬†will tell you. What’s to like? But first,¬†why listen to podcasts anyway? Sure enough, it¬†might not be for everyone. But if you don’t¬†mind listening to people talking, you should be alright. I myself, am a pretty big (public) talk radio fan. Mostly¬†because public radio¬†doesn’t¬†play my type of music anyway, but also… Read More »My Favorite Podcasts

Podcast Renaissance

ren¬∑ais¬∑sance (rńēn‚Ä≤ń≠-s√§ns‚Ä≤, -z√§ns‚Ä≤, rń≠-nńĀ‚Ä≤s…ôns) 1. A rebirth or revival. 2. A situation or period of time when there is a new interest in something that has not been popular in a long time. Podcasts have been around for years. I never really had a particular interest in them. I mean, it’s literally an MP3 of people talking. How hard is that? That can’t be very interesting. So in my memory,… Read More »Podcast Renaissance

How this site got hacked

(This is a crosspost from my other blog, that actually got hacked. This is for you, a Google search user, struggling with a hacked website). Last week I noticed some strange behaviour on my site. When clicking a link on the front page I would be redirected to the same front page, effectively rendering my site useless. What was going on? I quickly noticed my .htaccess was causing the problem. It was redirecting… Read More »How this site got hacked