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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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The Nokia 2 feels nice - even compared to an expensive iPhone
The Nokia 2 feels nice - even compared to an expensive iPhone
With the right apps and paired with a keyboard, the budget smartphone can do some serious work
With the right apps and paired with a keyboard, the budget smartphone can do some serious work
The entire budget Android smartphone costs about as much as just one iPhone earpiece!
The entire budget Android smartphone costs about as much as just one iPhone earpiece!
Google is watching you when you use Android
Google is watching you when you use Android
Hardgraft iPhone cash card wallet
Hardgraft iPhone cash card wallet
The iPad can be charged while tucked away in its case
The iPad can be charged while tucked away in its case
Access to accesoires from both sides of the
Access to accesoires from both sides of the "thing"
ThinkPad X200 running Debian GNU/Linux with OpenBox.
ThinkPad X200 running Debian GNU/Linux with OpenBox.
Sign pole, taken with Nokia 2
Sign pole, taken with Nokia 2
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
Packing it together, Hardgraft and Ortlieb
Packing it together, Hardgraft and Ortlieb
The wallet allows quick (and naked) access to the phone
The wallet allows quick (and naked) access to the phone
Plastic bag from the Asian takeaway restaurant
Plastic bag from the Asian takeaway restaurant
Android One is - indeed - amazing
Android One is - indeed - amazing
Limited storage is taken up by... Google.
Limited storage is taken up by... Google.
Nokia 2 build quality is good
Nokia 2 build quality is good
All I need to do my business - really!
All I need to do my business - really!
Landscape photo taken at the Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen with the Nokia 2
Landscape photo taken at the Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen with the Nokia 2

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