Archive for the ‘lifestyle’ Category

Closing my PayPal account

Well, it looks like I’m doing a premature online spring-cleaning. Not too long ago, I closed my Spotify account, and since Spotify was the only service I paid for using PayPal, yesterday I decided to close my PayPal account as well. If you want to know why not using PayPal is a good idea, please […]

Closing my Spotify account

I just closed my Spotify account, and I can’t say it was a bumpless ride. Firstly, you can read all about what’s wrong with Spotify here, but in essence, to me, it boiled down to: Where applicable and permitted under applicable law, you also agree to waive and not enforce any “moral rights” or equivalent […]

Using RSS like it’s 2008

Looking at my recent blogging hiatus, you wouldn’t be able to tell, but I’m somewhat of an RSS enthusiast and have been reading and listening to content sent to me using RSS without pause during that time. RSS, short for Real Simple Syndication, is a subscriber protocol where clients, called aggregator applications, can periodically ask […]

Privacy paradox

Today I stumbled upon this little gem: I use uBlock origin and Pihole to make using the Internet less annoying. Seriously. Sometimes I am confronted with a colleague’s screen showing a browser that lets through all kinds of ad banners and I really cannot fathom how they could focus on a site’s content with all […]

Another decade of phones

tl;dr: All black slaps with some increasing numbers, broken promises and hopefully my final phone. This is the second A decade of phones I write, but last time I still called them cell phones. What prompted that post was the arrival of my then brand new LG Optimus 2x, my first Android phone, which had […]

Picking up (not quite) where I left off

The last time I posted something on this blog was over a decade ago. Since then, I got three kids, bought a house, changed jobs a couple of times and the world around me has changed even more. That last post reviewed my Google Nexus 4. Nowadays, I use a Fairphone 4 with a de-Googled […]