Archive for April, 2010

What will our next laptop need?

I’ve been thinking about getting a new laptop for a while now. The only thing holding me back is actually finding what I want… I’m a “traveling” web developer and designer and I work a lot at flex workspaces. When I get there I try to get a hold of an extra monitor and I’m ready to go. Everything I need should be in my bag… WRONG. I’m finding things I could really use on a daily basis.

I do have a lot of ideas how a new generation of laptops could look like. is it possible? maybe…

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public transport practicality

It might sound strange but using the Dutch public transport system made me more of a practical thinker. The Dutch transport system is famous for not running on time and leaving either late, early or not at all. What makes the Dutch system famous made me smart! By travelling day in and day out with this system improved my quick decision making and my ability to estimate time and possibilities.

Dealing with fast decisions and fast estimations every day is good practice! So maybe it’s not such a bad idea to start out using public transport before getting your own wheels?

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peer certification

This week I had an interesting conversation with kanarip about certification. Certified professionals have value to companies as they have guaranteed knowledge about a certain field. The professional has taken exams that are given out by institutes that are trusted by the companies. Mostly these institutes are connected strongly to the field, like Sun does for Java and Cisco does for networking. But how do we know that a certificate obtained by a professional is really valid.

The exams are mostly written ones and there is no real personal review of the actual skill level of a professional. Review is only done with on the spot knowledge and generally about a the field at that moment in time. Computer languages like Java, Ruby, HTML and other change over time. So do the written certificates really represent the knowledge of a professional?

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talk: HTML 5.0 & CSS 3.0

Friday April 2nd I gave a short talk about HTML 5.0 and CSS 3.0 during the yearly conference of OGD. In this talk I gave a short introduction into the new standards of HTML 5.0 and CSS 3.0. This talk was given for the developers at OGD.

I gave a short look into the history of the two standards, what there core principles are and how they could be used. The talk was intended to spark the interest of the attending developers and initiate them to learn more about the new standard.

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