Wijze lessen online shoppen

Een paar weken geleden kwam Huguette de site www.abercrombie-brussel.be tegen. Het zag er allemaal op het eerste gezicht goed uit en de prijzen waren outlet niveau.

Na wat gepuzzel en getwijfel, dan toch een bestelling geplaatst voor wat kleding voor de jongens, en deze betaald met een credit kaart. Wat schetste onze verbazing toen we bij ontvangst van de zending nog een bedrag aan BTW en invoerrechten moesten betalen aan DHL. Voor een zending van binnen de EU zou dat toch niet nodig zijn? Toen gingen de alarmbellen rinkelen en ben ik wat gaan spitten: Continue reading

Social Navigation with Waze

Social Navigation?? Let me explain what the cool possibilities are with this; the past couple of weeks I’ve been using an iPhone app (also available for Android and Windows Mobile) from Waze which offers free turn-by-turn navigation, and it actually works very well! The nice thing is that Waze uses the behaviour and feedback from all of its users to offer additional information such as real-time traffic reports (for example, when it notices multiple users slowing down at a certain point or when users report specific situations), speed camera notifications, road works and accidents. Also, the users continuously enrich (so-called crowdsourcing) and improve the map data being used by Waze by manually and automatically providing feedback on where and how they are driving just by having the app active.

There are many more cool features in Waze, just to name a few:

  • it learns your preferred routes to specific locations, from how you drive
  • you can track (if allowed of course) where your Facebook friends are driving and meet up with them

Because the way it works, the user experience improves with the growing number of users, so please go ahead and try it out right away! 😉

Here’s a video on YouTube that explains more of what Waze is about:

High-altitude post

On my way back from a business trip to Copenhagen, flying Norwegian.no, we have free wifi on board allowing me to write my highest-altitude post ever, just for kicks;-) At this moment our altitude is 7311 meters and our ground speed is 933 km/h!

Communication Technology is developing real fast these days;-)

Here’s the proof:

Here's some inflight info

FTTH for slooff.net!

Actually, much faster than I had hoped for, our ADSL line (over ISDN…) has been upgraded to a spectacularly fast fiber connection. The connection runs over a fiber connection from Reggefiber with 100Mbit/100Mbit internet and telephony services from XS4all. The switch from ADSL to fiber actually went quite smooth and the effective upload and download speed results, as well as the latency, are impressive:

Speedtest results

The weakest link in our internet performance and experience is now either myself or my PC. Not my internet connection anymore 😉

This increase in speed also means that the performance of this weblog should now improve. Drop me a message below regarding your experience!