Category Internet

A brief history of Smugmug’s acquisition of Flickr

After acquiring Flickr, SmugMug have announced a limit of 1000 photos for the free accounts and a doubling of the PRO membership fees. Unfortunately not in that order.  So shortly after cancelling my PRO membership as I was unwilling to shell out double for no useful improvements, I am told I will lose 12000+ of […]

Flickr, SmugMug and Yahoo

Yahoo So, SmuMug bought Flickr from Verizon a few months back (news always reaches me a little later…).  Will that be the end of my Yahoo account? I only have a Yahoo account for two reasons (in that order): Flickr Yahoo Mail So far I have kept using Yahoo Mail because I needed my Yahoo […]

Link rot

A few years ago I wrote a post about using Windows Speech Recoginition. One of the issues I had was that it did not play well with Firefox. After lots of googling I found the solution and posted the link to it in my post: Windows Speech Recognition Unfortunately that link no longer works as […]

Ask Patents on Stackexchange

Let’s help kill software patents

I came across this post by Joel Spolsky about a new Stackexchange site called Ask Patents for finding prior art of patent applications. This is an excellent idea. If we all analysed one patent a day, most patents applications would be thrown out. Why? Because there is almost always prior art, it’s just the patent […]

Using Google to install Ubuntu on a separate hard disk without touching Windows 7

As we develop more and more WordPress sites at Minervation, Linux is becoming an operating system I can no longer ignore. Sure WordPress runs just fine on Windows however most of the information written about WordPress pertains to Linux and Apache. It also makes little sense to pay licence fees in order to use Open […]

Network neutrality

In June 2011 the Netherlands became the first European country and only the second one world-wide (after Chile) to enshrine net neutrality into Dutch law. It essentially outlaws the blocking of Internet services (eg Skype) on mobile devices as was being done by several mobile operators in Holland. I am no expert on the subject, […]

Understanding user needs – a helpful Venn diagram

Another Venn Diagram…. Continued failure to understand user needs is explained in one simple Venn Diagram on xkcd:  

Browser? What browser?

Modern browsers have become so similar that it is hard to differentiate between them anymore in terms of quality. On the otherhand as consumer usage of the Internet moves beyond the world wide web, they are also becoming less relevant.

Internet to save the future

I recently came across this article about Evidence for Informed Trading on the Attacks of September 11. I am not a conspiracy theorist, but I am going to assume that the article is valid. Certainly, the idea that no one other than the perpertrators will have known about the attack is quite far-fetched in my […]

The Semantic Web

According to “”, the Semantic Web is a vision: “the idea of having data on the web defined and linked in a way that can be used by machines”. In other words, I can take my <ADDRESS> tag from the article above and in the Semantic Web, assuming it has been created according to the […]