Speaking at SXSW 2012 (again!)
Early 2008, we decided to hack together this blog to report on our first visit to South-by-Southwest Interactive. Long anticipated, but suddenly a dream come true, because our just-finished Stayokay website got nominated for a SXSW Web Award. Now, almost 5 years down the road, I must say I'm honored to be invited to again take the stage at this awesome festival!
Gaming in the Cloud
A few years ago I used to game often. Leading a squad of friends in Battlefield 2 to annihilate the enemy was a great way to spend long evenings. After a while I got tired of keeping up with the latest hardware, bought a Macbook, thus limiting the range of games to play even more. I got myself a Playstation 3, but apparently I suck at shooters on console. Gaming was over for me…
BIG Typography in webdesign
Typography plays an important rule in nowadays web design. Especially with new solutions like CSS3, Font-face and Typekit, designers finally have the opportunity to use other typefaces to work with then being restricted to the overused types like Arial, Verdana. Trebuchet MS and Times New Roman.
How the web is changing Dutch Politics
At SXSW interactive 2011 I had the honor to talk about the influence of the web on Dutch politics. The slides looked awesome thanks to Nozzman.
12 Months, 12 New Skills
2010 was a busy year. Started out with my talk at SXSW, which actually took more time than I expected. I’ve set up a Support Department at Mangrove, helped starting a separate Product Dev team and put a lot of time in moving the office and all of the network infrastructure. So, time for a fresh start. I’ve set myself a goal for 2011: to learn something new every month, starting this February. This will include some programming languages, some missing skills, some advanced topics. Will blog about this. Will present it next year. Already asked Inspire.conf to speak on their conference in November, so I have an incentive to actually make it happen.
It can be bought for $10 and tastes like a $10 wine.
The first time that I watched the video of Google Goggles I was amazed. Google Goggles is visual search via image recognition. It sounds so simple and it is! You just take a picture of, for example a product, and it gives back the Google search results for that product. It recognizes the brand and present you the website. You can also take pictures of landmarks and it gives back some wikipedia information. Or you can Goggle a book and find reviews. You can even take a picture of a text and it recognizes the text or (Google) translates it for you.
Google Think 2011
On the 5th of November Google organized Google Think2011 in the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam. Danny and I attended this event.
Canvas; Flash killer
Now there’s a statement many developers believe to be true. To be a Flash developer these days requires a thick hide because them “other” developers be a-bashing! After reading many articles and hearing many rants I decided to find out for myself; is there any truth behind the banter? I then ported one of my old Flash projects to the almighty canvas.