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Whiskytasting the sequel

Na de vorige twhiskey hadden wat twooozers de smaak te pakken en werd een vervolgvoorstel zeer enthousiast onthaalt.
En waar kun je beter een whiskytasting doen dan in Anverness?
Peter is een wandelende whisky encyclopedie, fantastisch om te zien hoe een sympathieke mens over zijn passie verteld zonder daarbij betweterig over te komen. Je moet vooral zelf proeven en in mijn geval - bij gebrek aan talent - komt de smaak door veeeeeeeeeeel te oefenen :-)

Daar zorgen we voor.

 

twhisky2-1Een whisky wordt meestal van gerst gemaakt, maar Peter wilde graag tonen dat andere granen ook een prima whisky kunnen vormen en bracht als aperitief een Single Grain whisky van Greenore.

Net zoals bij de Belgische bieren zijn veel variaties historisch ontstaan door inventieve lokale distilleerders en brouwerijen die de  taxen, opgelegd door de "bezetter", wilden ontlopen.
Belgen en Ieren zijn op dat punt precies hetzelfde :-)
 


Na deze opwarming presenteerde Peter de volgende 6 whiskys.

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De Amerikaanse Sazerac Rye was een verrassing: erg lekker, oorspronkelijk gemaakt om in cocktails te gebruiken maar dat lijkt me een beetje zonde.
Het hoogtepunt was wellicht de 33 jaar oude single cask Islay whisky Bunnahabhain van 52%.
Echt een smaakbommetje dat afgaat in je mond.
De laatste was een experimentje: een 12 jaar oude Islay whisky van Carn Mor. Hij geurt naar plakkaatverf (echt!) maar de smaak was perfect voor mij: erg peaty dus ik heb zo'n Carn Mor flesje maar mee naar huis genomen, Ik moet oefenen, niet waar?

Bedankt @cubus voor het initiatief en natuurlijk een dikke merci aan Peter De Decker van Anverness

 

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The best Spy phone in the world

Well, here's something you don't see often: the very "sexy" Windows Mobile being used for its coolness factor.
Ahem:
What's more: without even knowing it, I seem to have the most bad-ass Spy phone in the world.
Woohoo!
The HTC Touch pro and other HTC phone models are the weapon of choice of the super candoall robinhood good/bad guys of Leverage.

See there?
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That's my phone, man, and you know what's he doing there?
He's hacking into the main server room of a multi billion dollar company, from where he relay-hacks into the cellphone of the bad guy (sitting in the server room), activates the camera of that phone and streams it live to his screen, so he can see what password is typed on the keyboard.

WOW! that's insane, some serious skillzzz there.
(one question though: if you can do all that, why would you need his password to get into his PC?) 

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But there's more- of course there is, moments ago his beautiful accomplice Sophie Devereaux made smalltalk with the CEO of the company, while sneakily duplicating the RFID tag of his security badge and sending it to Alec's phone. OMG: That HTC Touch has a RFID reader AND writer. That�s so cool.


But that was not enough, nooooo, with an innocent "Can you hold this for me please", she scanned the CEO fingerprint, transferred it to Alec's phone who prints it out on a Dymo label printer to fool the biometric fingerprint scanner. WOOOOOOOW! Who said that touchscreens are fingerprint magnets? you're damn right they are!

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As you guessed it: that's not half of it.
To find the spot where the safe is hidden, just swoop uit your phone and start the "metaldetector" app. (Yes, on WinMo there's an app for that, although I believe @emich once wrote an app for that too)

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Man, They're so cool ... no a wait, I'm so cool, cause I have the same frakkin phone, yeah!
Something has got to rub off, no?

I already knew this but give a man a smartphone and there's no limit to what he can do :-)

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"Een man, een telefoon, geen grenzen" That's my motto.

So, show me yours, eh!

That show is going to be so much fun rewatching in 2030 ...

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Do you want Flash on your mobile?

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I really don't understand the aversion that some iPhone users have against the prospect of having Flash on their wonderphone.
Why is that?
Why wouldn't you want another development choice for your device?
Yes, there are a lot of crappy uses for Flash, lot's of crappy games, crappy ads, crappy sites ... but nobody is forcing you to watch them, do they?
Nobody is forcing you to even install it, do they?
Arguably there are even more crappy HTML sites, so should you also want to ban HTML from your phone?
Of course not.
So why do some think that opening their Jesusphone to the hordes of Flash developers would degrade it?
Because it would be less exclusive?
Because the ivory tower would get muddled by all those mediocre designers/developers?
hmmm ... it's not like all those iPhone apps are that shiny
And yet ... they do have a point: Last week I was at Brussels Girl Geek dinner #23 where Christoph Rooms was talking about Flash on mobile. "Flash is great for mobile video because you could create video files with embed commercials that would be impossible to skip! Hooray!"
Err .... that must be the worst possible "feature" to underline in such a geek audience :-) Bad points ...
Oh, but in fact, It still can get worse: Adobe is showing of their Flash player for the Nexus One Google phone: nice ...
First a crappy game is shown, that a topbanner flash ad, then a sidebanner flash ad, then an embedded video player.
Err ... WTF? If this is the future of flash then indeed: please get rid of it.
What was Adobe thinking producing a demo video like that?

Nevertheless: Flash for Mobile is coming, even for iPhone (somewhat)
Even after 2 years of little evolution in the Flash mobile area, I still see it as one of the best ways for cross platform development.
Apart from plain HTML/javascript, Flash still is the platform that is closest to the "Write once, run anywhere" paradigm.
Adobe's Open Screen project is very commercial, yes, but it DOES aim to unify a fragmented market, and that's hardly a bad thing.

So: of course you don't "need" flash on any phone but let's make a deal: give me Flash 10 for mobile already, and I'll build you a kick ass demo that shows how great a cross platform app for mobile can be ...

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World domination by phone


Dit is de video van mijn barcamp presentatie op 19 december.
Met dank aan @StefaanLesage van Devia voor het filmen.

Tips aan mezelf voor de volgende keer

  • Spreek eens wat minder dialect zeg!
  • Niet zo wiebelen
  • Maak de demo's iets langer op voorhand dan de nacht ervoor zodat ze tenminste werken
  • vooral: probeer geen 60 minuten in 20 minuten spreektijd te proppen
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Barcamp Gent 3

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Jaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

Dit weekend was het weer Barcamp.
In Gent deze keer.
Topdagen - echt waar: verbazend hoeveel interessante informatie (en mensen) je in 1 dag kunt proppen.
Het is zoals TED, maar dan zonder de pretentie.
Fijn deze editie dat er zoveel non-Geek onderwerpen aan bod kwamen.
Een overzicht van veel sessies vind je op hier op de twikilist.
de groepsfoto hierboven is gemaakt door @bunker van Pitslamp

Het meest genoten heb ik van de presentatie van @karen18 Zij vertelde over een Chinees dorp/stad van 12.000 kunstenaars die niets anders doen dan kunst kopieren.
Ze nam de Mona Lisa als voorbeeld en kaderde het "kopieren van kunst" in het groter geheel van de kunstvormen, vergeleek ze doorheen de tijd en paste het toe op moderne media als het web.
Een interessante invalshoek en ik was er door verrast.
Verder luisterde ik naar @elisehuard die haar sleutels kwijt was en een oplosing zocht, @emich over Android Development, @sasvangent over Copywriting, @berttimmermans over "Going the extra mile" , @thomasjoos over mobile, @sart68 over hoe de fotoredactie van de Standaard werkt.
Jammer dat ik zoveel anderen moest missen.
De perfecte afsluiter kwam van @studiomuscle - hij vertelde over zijn leven met procrastinatie.
Deze biecht van Hendrik was pijnlijk herkenbaar en  waarlijk grappig :-)


Ikzelf gaf een presentatie over 1 van mijn hobbyprojectjes: "hacking your house"
Wat er  mis is met hoe je vandaag de dag je muziek, tv en films bedient en - als oplossing - hoe je heel je muziek, videoarchief, tv en domotica thuis in een webapplicatie giet, zodat je dat van eender waar met eender welk device kunt bedienen en bekijken.
Het was geen goede presentatie - vond ik zelf. Ik wilde er weer veeeeeeeeel te veel inproppen, en vermits een barcamp presentatie maar 20 minuten mocht duren moest ik veel stappen overslaan zodat mijn verhaal (en demo) niet echt uit de verf kwam. Ik denk dat ik het beter kan spreiden over een paar blogposts.
Het is wel op video opgenomen - ik ben benieuwd.
In ieder geval: Hieronder mijn "slides" en een paar screenshots van de demo - Als zeggen ze niet veel zonder de uitleg.

(Klikken om verder te gaan, in de linker onderhoek klikken om terug te gaan)

 Een paar screenshots van de demo
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Sneeuw ...

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De kids met de slee naar school wandelen en daar onthaald worden met warme chocomelk en een vuurtje. Das Fijn!
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TEDx Brussels

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Yesterday I attended TEDx Brussels.
TED stands for Technology, Entertainment en Design - The x stands for "independently organized"
It's a series of conferences for "free spirits" to spread ideas worth spreading and to inspire you with insights that are not necessarily inside your normal area of expertise.
The theme in Brussels was "Burn the Box" meaning it's not enough the think outside the box, you have to be willing to burn it if necessary.

Hmm ...
Mixed feelings about the conference.
Yes, there were some really good talks like "open everything" by Michel Bauwens about the need for open information, open standards and product hacking , the great talk about information visualisation by David McCandless and the super wacko talk of R.U. Sirius.
And yes, most of the speakers are undoubtedly experts in their field (although some of them clearly wondered why on earth they were invited to speak)
But there's something eery about a group of smart and established people shouting "Burn the box" or "we're so cool because we dare to think different" and most of them were soooooooo full of themselves.

example: During a coffee break I asked a theoretical physicist what he was working on and he replied "you wouldn't understand" ....
owkeeey bye!

If you have a good idea, just talk about it and leave out the attitude.
Attitudes like Nicholas Negroponte who talked (of course) about his OLPC project : no doubt he's a man with a vision and he achieved some amazing things but his talk was full of bloat and cheap shots at Microsoft. Don't devalue your competitor (or even your enemy), the only thing you achieve is devaluating your own message.

Attitudes like Conrad Wolfram who talked about how ridiculous it is that students still have to do math calculations on paper when there's something like a PC (with Wolfram Alpha) these days.
I completely disagreed with him. It's like saying to an artist he's stupid for still trying to achieve a impressionist style with oil-paint and a brush when we have photoshop filters for that now ...
Of course you should use a PC for mundane calculations but I am very glad I had to do so many math on paper without a computer in high school: it really showed me the beauty of math, how one can approach a problem from so many different angles and how one can translate a chaos like concept into comprehensible structured steps.
Wolfram Alpha is pretty cool, but it's little more then a multi-trick pony that you have to give the correct and narrow input to get the results you want.

Or attitudes like the way TEDx Brussels had set up their communication (you can't just register, you have to be invited) or the pumped up writing in their tweets like this one (yes, Djamal Laroussi can play the guitar, and yes there was some cheering - but going wild? It was more like Antony Bosschem said: it's like a dad who wants to act cool for his son)

To repeat myself: if you have something worthwhile to say: just say it to whoever wants to listen and leave out the bloat.
I find I get more insight and brain tickles spending some time following the various links and comments that float by on twitter then a full day at TEDx.
That's why i like the barcamp concept so much: it's like TED, without the attitude. Presentations there a more "burning the box" then the ones i heard yesterday.
So if you really want to get your mind be blown away, get your ass to Gent on december 19 for the next barcamp - you won't be disappointed.

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Waitswatcher@borra2009

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Spending 10 hours in train(station)s and skipping a nights sleep: seeing this guy play is totally worth it. Pascal Fricke a.k.a Waitswatcher
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Halloweenzangers

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Amai. Serieus grote groep halloweenzangers aan de deur plotseling #koekjeskastgeplunder #wittemerel #school
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Spotify Premium

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Streaming music is the way to go - it's as simple as that.
Replace your multigigabyte storage with a decent mobile always-on internet connection and suddenly the entire world fits inside your pocket.
I totally adore Spotify and it was driving me crazy I couldn't get it on my mobile because as Spotify isn't available in Belgium yet, you can't buy a premium account here to unlock the mobile application.
Of course the desktop app works fine on my Viliv s5 - which is also pretty mobile, but still ...
My own attempts to stream Spotify using my Spotify lib as remote control and VLC to stream my desktop audio to my mobile worked as proof of concept but the experience was less then ideal.
Sooo: today I finally managed to get myself a Spotify premium account and the key was Spotify's addition of Paypal as a method of payment.

Here are the steps to get your very own. 

  • You can only use a paypal account from the same country as you're buying a premium account so go to http://www.paypal.co.uk and create a new paypal account.
  • Fill in some bogus but valid UK address and bank details
  • You can't use your Paypal balance to pay for Spotify as this is a monthly subscription, so you'll have to add a credit card. If you already used your credit card for your main paypal account, you'll have to use a second one or remove the card from your main account (that's quite a hassle, no ... probably the biggest hurdle?)
  • You'll have to validate your card: paypal will charge it with 1.5 euro and you have to enter the transaction code which will appear on your credit card transcripts from your bank. The good (but weird) part is that Paypal will validate your card, even if you entered a fake name an UK address.
    After validation, you get a refund for the 1.5 euro.
  • Once your card is validated, log into your Spotify account - using a UK proxy if needed - and buy a premium account with your UK paypal.

That's it, you now have an add-free high-quality-streaming Spotify that you can use on your mobile too.
Their mobile app for Android (which you can download from m.spotify.com) is pretty sweet!
Their 14-days limit to use Spotify from "abroad" is now lifted too, so you can shelve your UK proxy tricks for the next UK only app.

Gosh, that must be the most trouble I ever went through to be able to BUY something ... jeez ...
If Spotify or Paypal ever decide I'm a fraud and cancel my account ... oh well, so be it - at least I had the fun and satisfaction to get what i wanted :-)

 

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Woordklok part(s)

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Bon, alle onderdelen om de woordklok te maken zijn aanwezig.
het eerste prototype zal in plexiglas zijn. Dat is gemakkelijk te verwerken en niet te duur.
De klok gaat 75 cm op 75 cm worden. (en ongeveer 2 cm diep)
Het plan is om als alles werkt de plexi frontplaat te vervangen door eentje in staal of alluminium, tenminste, als ik een betaalbare leverancier vindt.
Er is nog 1 belangrijk ingrediënt dat ik mis: de nodige tijd om het te maken ...
Gelukkig schijnt tijd vanzelf te komen - laat ons hopen dat ie dan rijp is.

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Archos5 Android tablet with keyboard,mouse and RDP

I'm showing (off) the Archos 5 Android tablet with a bluetooth keyboard and mouse, running remote desktop.

I really REALLY love this device.
It still is a bit unstable but let's hope some firmware update will fix that.

The only thing missing is - maybe - integrated 3G - or maybe not: tethering with your phone works fine and swapping sim-cards all the time is not something you want to keep on doing.

It doesn't have the Android Market but there are heaps of other places you can find software for it.
(unlike certain other devices you have a choice)
You can browse the web for .apk files of course, but there are also these dedicated Android open appstores running on your device

Besides those you have the web based stores like handango and Mobihand
On Cyrket you can browser the Android market through any webbrowser and the fabulous xda-developers also has a very interesting android section, mainly targeted towards the HTC models
(And if you happen to have a usenet account, you already know you can have all you can eat there too)

Next up for me: firing-up eclipse and start poking around with the Android SDK

 

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