Archive for the 'WebWatch' Category

Registered a trademark in the Benelux? Beware of invoices!

Sunday, 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, 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

Monday, 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:


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

Sunday, 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…)

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

Thursday, 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:


  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

Wednesday, 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

Tuesday, 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:

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

Automattic is reaping the rewards for years of hard work. Automattic is the company behind comment spam filter Akismet and, 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?


Firefox extension not compatible with browser (Flock, Mozilla, Seamonkey…) version: What to do?

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

You really want to install this Firefox extension but you can’t? Because it’s not compatible with your browser (screen shot)? Or you have upgraded your browser and some of your favourite add-ons got disabled? Happens a lot with more exotic extensions, or if you’re using a minority browser like Seamonkey, (the old) Mozilla, or (the brand new) Flock. However, you do not need to despair: (more…)

Phone versus laptop lifestyle: Twitter for Alice and Bob

Sunday, May 13th, 2007

Twitter is a lot of different things to a lot of different people, and at first, it can be difficult to get your head around. So, before I try to make my point on Twitter, let me introduce you to IM-Bob and SMS-Alice: (more…)

Free website monitoring services:,,

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

There are several online services that warn you when your website is down or too slow. Here are three free services I tried (“free as in “freemium“). Feel free to add your findings or experiences… (more…) user database ends up where it doesn’t belong

Monday, February 26th, 2007

I got an email from Mr. Robert Lo, Foreign Service Manager at Delixi Global Resources, based in Hong Kong. The sender was, but the reply-to mail address was, the mail mentioned a website, but no website address was given, and the mail was not sent from Hong Kong, but from Alberta, Canada (ISP location via IP address). The most remarkable about this apparent job scam, was that they got my email address via the blogger community (and former blog statistics service and ad network) at (more…)