Reverse image search and (profile) pics: unwanted linking of private and public information (Airbnb as an example)

August 11th, 2011

Airbnb profile of Christopher Lukezic, marketeer at AirbnbWe are well aware by now that if you post your full name on a public page, that page will become part of public persona, aka your Google (ego)search results. You might not want to link your home address or holiday destinations to be Google-linked to your name.  (more…)

Dropbox tips & tricks: file-based wiki, sharing shortcut keys, private screencasts and iPhone pdf e-reader

July 19th, 2010

I am one of those raving Dropbox1 users. File backup- and synchronisation across computers and users becomes a no-brainer, and with it, sharing and collaboration techniques that rely on it.  Here are 3 tricks that I use on Dropbox: (more…)

  1. Yes, the link contains a referral ID []

Startup School "iBootcamp": opportunity for a financial girl/guy

February 17th, 2010

[Skip this posting if you’re not living in/close to Belgium or don’t have anything to do with Finance – I’m just using my almost-abandoned web-oriented blog to get this out asap]

[Update Feb 20: the team is complete – thanks to all of the people who helped spreading the message!]
[Update Feb 24: tools used (some stats and screenshots): 11 hrs of talking over Skype, some 250 msgs over 40 mail conversations, and the blogpost that mainly spread via Twitter and Linkedin]
[Update Feb 24: 6 teams made the final selection, we (Frank Herrman, Koen Pellegrims, Els HeremansAndre Keil, Marc Hensmans and I) are one of those teams]

WHAT?

iBootcamp is a crash course in building a viable business out of an initial idea. It is organised by IBBT.be in Ghent and (indirectly) financed by Flemish government – but participation is open for everybody (I myself am a Belgian living in the Netherlands – the language of iBootcamp is English).  Ten ideas have passed a first selection and five of them will make it to the iBootcamp itself:

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Registered a trademark in the Benelux? Beware of Trademarkpublisher.info invoices!

January 17th, 2010

If you own a domain name with a generic extension (.com, .net. org, .info, .biz), you’ve probably already received letters from Domain Registration of America.  They look like invoices for domain registration renewal, but are in fact requests for domain transfer – if you sign and pay you’re stuck with their higher fees.

A similar controversial business is being run by Trademarkpublisher.info, sending out invoices to trademark owners.  I received an invoice of €795 (for a  Benelux trademark that I no longer own). (more…)

Subscribe to Youtube videos and download them to your iPod or iPhone automatically

January 19th, 2009

More and more Youtube videos become downloadable as MP4 video (instead of just flash) – and even more already are "behind the scenes" but at at a hidden url.  This makes it easy to subscribe to Youtube podcasts/vodcasts to get the mp4 files to your video player – just follow these steps:

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5 iPhone apps to WOW your non-geek family and friends

January 4th, 2009

Found an iPhone under the Christmas tree or in your New-Year’s gift basket?  Here’s my list of iPhone apps that never fail to impress, including non-geek people (such as the people you met at those parties last week). (Please skip this post if you have iPhone-fatigue or if you’re a hardcore Apple fanboy – just sharing my Holiday Season experiences here :-) )  Happy New Year! (more…)

Send to Flickr bookmarklet

November 14th, 2008

I’ve been a Flickr user since 2004, and apart from the occasional social picture, I’ve (ab)used it mainly to store screenshots and illustrations I found on the web.  One of the useful tools Flickr provided in those first years, was the “Send to Flickr” bookmarklet: if you’re on a web page with an image you want to save for your own usage, click the bookmarklet, select the image and it’ll be stored in your own Flickr account  (more…)

Oomph for Firefox: Microsoft’s Microformats IE plugin as Greasemonkey script

November 13th, 2008

About a month ago Microsoft presented Oomph, a first attempt to integrate microformats in their tools1. Oomph at this moment consists of an IE8 plugin, a set of css styles and a plugin for the blogging tools Windows Live Writer.  I’ll let this Microsoft video explain:

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  1. although several people have argued that the webslices that came with IE8, are in fact a somewhat different implementation of the hAtom microformat []

How not to miss any Twitter replies @Your_Username

February 27th, 2008

One of the nice things about Twitter’s social background noise is that you actually can shut it down – like putting on headphones in a bustling office when you want to concentrate on a task. But you might want to avoid anger and irritation when someone actually wants to talk to you and calls your name… and you seem to ignore them. So far, intelligent headphones haven’t been invented yet (as far as I know). On Twitter however, there are a few ways not to miss the occasional personal address (“addressas inbeing spoken to” :-) ) that is the “@username” reply. (more…)

Network privacy settings on Facebook: I wouldn’t consider a country a close-knit community

December 18th, 2007

One of the reasons for the runaway success of Facebook compared to blogging is imho the (perceived) privacy users enjoy. Detailed profile data is only visible to confirmed friends and members of the same “network”. Facebook networks (schools, companies and regional networks) are supposed to be mere representations of their equivalents in meatspace: the idea is that you can check out the faces you encounter at campus, in the high-school hallway or in the company canteen. (more…)

Making money with Adsense – without annoying your users: WordPress.com

November 21st, 2007

Automattic is reaping the rewards for years of hard work. Automattic is the company behind comment spam filter Akismet and WordPress.com, and of course the magnificent open source blogging software started by Matt Mullenweg. But how do they make money from their free blog hosting service?

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