Time management: the Pomodoro Technique helps (me at least)

For a week now I have been using the Pomodoro Technique. I came across this interesting time management method some time earlier while watching a presentation by Scott Hanselman – It’s not what you read, it’s what you ignore. As a freelancer, working from home, the view from my desk being on a street with a lot going on…

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The success factors of Dutch-Turkish entrepreneurs

In recent years entrepreneurship and economic development have become particularly prominent policy areas for the Dutch government in need of improvement. As for entrepreneurship, a recent report by Gürkan Çelik in the Journal of Social Intervention speaks specifically of entrepreneurship amongst Turkish migrants in the Netherlands. According to the article, the increased level of education…

Nomophobia and technology

I decided to write this post after a confluence of events, of which Al Jazeera’s news item on nomophobia  was decisive. Webster’s dictionary defines nomophobia as a pathological fear or dread of not having one’s mobile phone Now, this is both sad but true for, at least, myself; and, given the fact that it is in Webster’s…

Snippet: The environmental impact of the Internet

I am not a hippy or a Green Peace activist, but I have been becoming more and more aware of the Internet’s impact, now that I have been reading about it. Though this is not my prime interest, I do think it would be worth looking into some of the consequences of the use of the…

12 useful tips from Google’s SEO starter guide

Search Engine Optimisation has interested me for longer, but I hadn’t made the step to ‘dig into it’ until now. A basic but very useful starting point is Google’s own SEO starter guide. Below you will find the 12 tips that I got from reading the guide: Use a brief descriptive title; one title tag per…

Morozov, the Internet and Syria’s regime

I started reading Evgeny Morozov’s book “The Net Delusion” (though my version has an ugly cat on the front cover) yesterday. The first chapter starts off with Iran ‘Twitter Revolution’ in 2009, where Morozov criticises this notion on the grounds that in fact in Iran 1. Ahmadinejad got elected, rendering all the positive news about…

Evgeny Morozov – an Internet skeptic’s view

I have been reading a couple of articles from Evgeny Morozov, and I listened to him on Al Jazeera’s Listening Post and (Dutch) VPRO’s Tegenlicht. And he strikes me as interesting due to his very critical standing on the notion that the Internet can solve all our problems. More interestingly, he also is sceptical of the role…