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Make Kony famous

Watch "KONY 2012" on YouTubeAct together on April 20th 2012 to make Kony famous and get the attention on him so he can be stopped.
26 years of child killing is enough...

Internet Trends 2011 — Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers

There is a brilliant presentation on Internet Trends 2011 by Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers. most of this did not come as a surprise to me. Audio will be the next big thing on the internet. We'll talk to computers, control them by voice, will listen to what we like anywhere and anytime but without carrying the mp3 with us and maybe we'll even video talk. Finally, after 20 years in the making. Facetime may have started this revolution already.

And finally, where web 1.0 was content, web 2.0 was personalization, web 3.0 will be localization of all the information available to us. Not "What's relevant to me?" but "What's relevant to me here and now?".
Couple that with mobile commerce and NFC payments or mobile wallets in your smartphone and you'll a totally new boosted E-commerce experience. Maybe we'll start buying things using small charges, ie. micro payments. Instead of buying a whole CD in the 90s, we now buy single songs and apps on iTunes…

Why don’t you write me a Postcard?

Postcrossing: "The idea is simple: Make your Postcard, send it, and receive at least one back from a randomly selected person somewhere else in the world. All you really need to get started is a pen, a Postcard and a stamp!"

How to protect your Google account

Organizing your team

Lately, there seem to be a lot of web-based todo list managers, task trackers and simply project management tools available. All integrate with your smartphone, so they're REALLY useful if you find one you like to use and you can get your team on board too.

I've used BaseCamp extensively and like a lot. Mobile site is awesome. I've mostly used for myself, to track tasks and projects and record progress and issues.
Because these tools use Email to send updates, you don't need to use the website. You can simply use your mail client to respond to messages from others, but the website records and chronologically orders all responses. And you get notified when there is a deadline or milestone approaching. Because I do Management by Priority, this usually adjust my focus and improve concentration. :)

I'd love to hear if anyone has good or bad experiences with one or another tool and why.

Chrome extensions for G+

ComPixels has a bunch of articles on linking G+ to FaceBook, Twitter, cross-post from G+ to Twitter/FaceBook, and so on. Haven't figured out most of them myself, but I'm tagging various useful extensions here and will let you know.

Update: you may want to move your pictures over from FaceBook to G+ and take advantage of using Picasa.
Update2: Chrome extension that changes G+ CSS slightly to make it better readable.
Update3: 5 Chrome extensions for G+
Update4: Whole bunch of add-ons apps for G+

An interesting Social Media aggregator that you can use to create a story a subject, and combine content from various sources.

Check Frequently Asked Questions - Using the plug-in you can embed stories on your blog, tumbler, blogger, wordpress and more.

Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA) and Google's Rankings

Great article on Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA) and how well they are correlated. Excellent read for anyone working with or interested in SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

Reminds me also of LSI, which we were working with at KPN Research back in 1996-1997


For the bleeding-edge browser design and HTML/CSS3 standards showcase, they created Madmanimation. A browser-based storyboard that shows what pure HTML5 code and CSS3 can do today.

It's not mindblowingly beautiful or shockingly altering the way we interact with web browsers. However, if you realize that there is no line of JavaScript of Flash in that demo and only state-of-the-art CSS3 code was used, then it truly is amazing anyway!

Read more about the techniques used on LukeW. The demo was run An Event Apart in 2011.

Real-life Angry Birds

T-Mobile created a huge Real-life Angry Birds in Barcelona. Watch and be amazed! Sooo much more fun!

Choose better passwords or "GPU Password Cracking"

GPU Password Cracking on your graphics card it mind-bogglingly easy. Your average ATI Radeon card can accomplish brute-force cracks of most common password in minutes, hours of your get "crazy" and add in symbols (such as &,#,%, etc.) If you don't do that, please change your passwords now!

Also, try not to use things such as "Freddy1946Mercury" and think it's safe. Nor "FreddyMercury1946" or similar. They know that too and checking for it first, to see if you can skip brute-force attack is easily done. Instead consider "Fr3dd7M3rcur71946$". Almost the same, but (almost) infinitely harder to crack and still easy to remember. Even better, if you start with a symbol or put it in the middle of the name or date. But they're still names and variations thereof. Best is to use something like the Mozilla Secure Password guide. You can also solely use generated passwords in combination with a tool such as LastPass or KeyPass.

Global searches on Google

You need WEBGL to see it. So cool and the platform has an open API.

Greplin - a personal search engine

Greplin is one of those things we didn't need in the past. At least, only maybe a select few. But today you really need it.

Greplin is a search engine that indexes your sources of important information. Currently it indexes Google services and Google Apps, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Dropbox and more sources of personally relevant information. If your company has Google Apps, it can index that too. Great for all your work information!

Some serivices are premium (SalesForce, Basecamp, Highrise), so you'll have to pay a fee to use them, but I believe that it is worth it. Gmail already made it impossible to loose an Email, now Greplin makes it impossible to loose the rest too!

Twitter Blog: #numbers

Twitter is huge, despite many many people still not understanding what it is about... or not caring.

The Twitter Blog #numbers has an intereseting post with some current (Mar 2011) numbers about twitter.

Zite: Personalized Magazine for iPad

Zite is exactly what I was looking for until I saw... it was only for the iPad. Seriously, I'd even consider buying an iPad just for this...

I read a lot of online material. When in college in 1987, I routinely browsed 25 newsgroups each day, every day. Later on, I had my default websites open automatically whenever I'd start my browser. Then there came tabs and MorningCoffee saved me hours of effort. Next, RSS feeds came and saved me the effort of opening the actual website and instead simply browser whatever news articles there had been written or none at all. RSS was a lifesaver because I never go a site anymore if I don't know for sure there is a new article there. Most of the time, I still don't because I read the headline or summary and decide it is not interesting enough.

But what I really want is something like Pulse Reader but nicer, less intrusive. I have NewsRob on my Android and read approx. 200-250 articles on it every day. By "read" I mean of co…

iPad alternatives

The iPad is a great little device! It works very well, almost everyone seems to be able to use it instantly and everyone wants one. Well, almost everyone (hi Martin!). But while Apple must be given credit for starting it all and showing that tablets are incredibly useful and handy, the iPad is not cheap and... well... from Apple. So what else is there? Competition is always good and here it's no different.

T3 has a round-up of iPad alternatives and lists the HTC Flyer, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, the LG Optimus Pad and the Acer Iconia Tab A500. (Also check the review.)
But don't forget the Notion Ink Adam, Motorola XOOM, Dell Streak and more from Toshiba, Asus and Archos.

Most of the Android tablets will be based on Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb and feature a powerful dual-core CPU. The iPad2 may even the playing field again come September, but until then Android rules the iPad in power. Usability and personal preferences remain, well personal. :)

Update: Sony Ericsson Play, XOO…

Prank on Belgian Mobistar Telco

The Belgian TV pulled a GREAT stunt on Belgian Telco Mobistar. They dumped a container at 5am in front of their main gate and waited. Their phone number was posted on the side of the container and inside was a team of 4 people who pretended to work in a call center for the container company. Surely, very quickly someone from Mobistar security called the posted number and then the fun began to see who long they could keep the fellow on hold and send around the company from "reception" to "invoices" to "shipping" to "claims" and finally to the "CEO". Brilliant!

Watch on YouTube Prank on a Belgian call center (with captions in English) Export and Analyze Social Media helps you analyze your followers in Twitter and in Facebook. It's free for up to 200 followers. If you have more, you'll have to pay. But then again, you're also more likely to find something interesting that may be worth your while. Especially if you're serious about Social Media. And with 1000 followers, why aren't you?! :)

So check out!

LinkedIn InMaps - Visualize your LinkedIn network

There is a tool that visualizes your entire LinkedIn network. Funny to see some groups form where there is common relationship or seed that binds the group. I found a group from the university in Enschede, my former colleagues from Blender aka Not a Number and a group centralized around Open Source, where the seed is RealOpen IT. :)

List of common misconceptions

Oh and mrvanes pointed me to this wonderful List of common misconceptions on Wikipedia. Brilliant!

Prolonged exposure to cold weather such as rain or winter conditions does not increase the likelihood of catching a cold.

So there... Look it up, it includes references and all! :)