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Business in a bag

Using a waterproof backpack to fit my gear

Dec. 22, 2018
After much testing I have selected a bag and set of cases to fit my entire business, wherever I go.

Over the past few months I have been testing different bags and cases to fit everything I need to run my business. As I commute by bike, the bag needs to be waterproof. The problem with waterproof gear is that it is usually very bulky. I need my gear to be both portable and representative, a challenge worth a blog post!

Using a budget Android as main smartphone

Comparing a Nokia (€99) with an iPhone (€1329)

Oct. 9, 2018
I switched to Android to find out how good a budget smartphone performs compared to an expensive iPhone.

Every now and then, I switch phones to keep track of mobile developments. As professional app and web developer, I need to know how different devices work in real life. This time I used a budget Android smartphone, making me curious how it would compare to an expensive iPhone.

Lessons from a takeaway plastic bag

My ever increasing antipathy to planned obsolescence

Jan. 8, 2018
How we're tricked into repeated purchases replacing perfectly fine products just for the sake of change.

About five months ago I got some take away food from our local Asian restaurant. They packaged the food and gave me a plastic bag to carry it home. On my way home I was thinking about the bag. Although it has some nice styling printed on it, it's designed for single use only. What a waste... making me wonder: how long would it last if you would use it on a daily basis?

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Google is watching you when you use Android
Google is watching you when you use Android
LG Nexus 5 running the latest version of Chrome (v63)
LG Nexus 5 running the latest version of Chrome (v63)
Battery life is measured in days - fantastic!
Battery life is measured in days - fantastic!
ThinkPad X200 running Debian GNU/Linux with OpenBox.
ThinkPad X200 running Debian GNU/Linux with OpenBox.
The wallet allows quick (and naked) access to the phone
The wallet allows quick (and naked) access to the phone
Compared to iPhone the Nokia 2 is about the same size
Compared to iPhone the Nokia 2 is about the same size
Side by side photo comparison: left Nokia, right iPhone
Side by side photo comparison: left Nokia, right iPhone
Android One is - indeed - amazing
Android One is - indeed - amazing
Inside the Ortlieb Urban Daypack - comfortably spacious
Inside the Ortlieb Urban Daypack - comfortably spacious
Awesome threesome... of sorts
Awesome threesome... of sorts
All I need to do my business - really!
All I need to do my business - really!
Peripheral case
Peripheral case "thing"
Charging the iPhone while inside the wallet
Charging the iPhone while inside the wallet
Google Privacy Policy - telling you what personal information is collected
Google Privacy Policy - telling you what personal information is collected
The case has a high-end feeling because of its high quality finish and details
The case has a high-end feeling because of its high quality finish and details
Nokia 2 build quality is good
Nokia 2 build quality is good
Upgrading the ThinkPad X200 memory and SSD is easy.
Upgrading the ThinkPad X200 memory and SSD is easy.
Dopper - the bottle is the message
Dopper - the bottle is the message

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