April Antiques

My move to WordPress has proven te be quite fruitful. Not as many long posts as I hoped, but instead I managed to put in some work on a German online printing business, an online store for electronics that only accepts bitcoin and first steps towards selling quality European antiques in Asia.

Some new things I started recently

First of all, but actually last of all: kasper.re, this is my new English language blog, based on WordPress. I had already set up a Dutch language blog at kaspersouren.nl. WordPress is just a lot better for blogs it seems. Live and learn. I'll keep this Drupal site just because it's too much pain to convert everything into WordPress but I might move parts of it to the WordPress sites.

WordPress command line interface

Drush is an amazing tool to manage Drupal installation from the command line. The other day I was once more annoyed at the lack of such tool for dealing with WordPress, more specifically keeping a WordPress site up-to-date. I started coding and quickly I had a couple of useful commands. But then I stumbled upon WP-CLI

Brussels Zen Car not Zen

I had heard of Zen Car before. A system with which you can rent electric cars in Brussels. I had also looked at the prices before. It seemed a bit too expensive, with a registration of 40 euro and between 5 and 9 euro per hour - with the added inconvience that you can only really go 100 km with the machine. Still, I thought it was a nice initiative and in March some people told me there's a special 3 euro deal where you get to try the system for 3 months, including over 100 or so euro credit.

Upgraded guaka.org to Drupal 7, bitcoins and moneyless

It was about time. I finally managed to upgrade guaka.org to Drupal 7. It was actually very easy once I had my Aegir setup fixed. I just needed to migrate the site to the Drupal 7 platform. Like often with technology, Aegir can be quite nice when things work smoothly.

Next I have to clean up the site a little bit and customize the Bootstrap theme that I chose as a base theme.

Some new projects: vegan, velo and greengeek.nl

A couple of months ago someone asked me to set up wikis about busking and abou veganism. A wiki about veganish things had been on my mind for a while. I just didn't directly want to register another domain name. I started looking around and found wiki.yt was still free. So I started vegan.wiki.yt, a website with information for vegans and wannabegans. It's growing fast and we already have more than 100 articles.

meteor-phonegap and Radio Meteor

Soma FM is probably the best internet radio station around. Actually, the best collection of radio stations, as there are quite a few different channels they broadcast. Unfortunately their website is not so great for quickly listening to one of the soma streams. Until a month ago I usually ended up using some command-line wizardry to listen to groovesalad or dronezone.

Rest in peace, Taylor

UPDATE: You could send flowers to family's address: 6989 Owen Rd, Lantzville B.C. V0R2H0 Canada. (if you have to enter a name, the family name is Booth) - or plant a nut or fruit tree somewhere in Taylor's memory.

Been very sad today. I woke up this morning hoping it was just a dream. But it wasn't.

Taylor flying

Post to multiple social networks with this great ping.fm alternative

I only met Callum briefly in Melbourne in 2007, right after I stopped volunteering for couchsurfing, right before he started volunteering for couchsurfing. A brief encounter with Callum was enough to know you're dealing with someone very smart and special. Later we started opencouchsurfing.org and regularly communicated online. I was happy to meet him again last summer in 2012. He wanted to start a new project and we brainstormed a bit about this. We were both avid users of ping.fm. I think Callum actually got me onto ping.fm at some point in 2007 or so.

Wikitravel was freed and everyone moved on to Wikivoyage

Good news for freedom loving travelers. The Wikitravel community and its content has been freed. The website was bought by a company for more than million dollars a couple of years ago and this year the community revolted and moved everything to the Wikimedia Foundation - a 501(c)(3) non profit that is extremely unlikely to ever sell out.

Some linguistic origins of hospitality

Yesterday I met up with Paxus and we had a chat about many things. Naturally CouchSurfing and its B C corporatization was one of them. It reminded me I had to post something about the origins of hospitality.

It's just a game?

Memrise is an addictive game to learn languages and more. I've been playing it for a while now. You can score points in several ways, mostly by answering correctly.

Javascript everwhere: PhoneGap and Node.js (and no Eclipse)

Got into PhoneGapApache Cordova a little while back. First I got into Titanium Appcelerator, thanks to my friend Silvio. But Titanium was all Eclipsy and then when I wanted to do some coding in the train I found out that I needed to be online to code in Titanium. I do have Ben Internet in the Netherlands and Mobile Vikings in Belgium but it's not always working amazingly in a moving train and this restriction was a tad bit too much.

Trash to Tax to Morocco (not) to Memrise to Awesome App

Right after coming back from an excellent trip though the West Coast and Mexico I got an interesting message from London, through LinkedIn. Funny enough it was for a gig in Utrecht. Helping out the Dutch tax authorities with a MediaWiki project. I wasn't sure if I really wanted to do that so I came up with a silly daily price. Two days later I was in their office. In my jeans. In the first 5 minutes there was mention of Trashwiki which somehow was actually appreciated! So my finances were set for 2012.

Pimping domains and passive income in 2011

This is what I wrote in June last year:

So you’ve been buying some domain names and you wanna know if it’s working out. How to know you’re on the right track?
A domain name you wanted to get that was free is taken a couple of hours later when you’re ready to go get your batch of names!

Back to blog: more posts coming up

It's due time to write some more blog posts on this site. I've started tons of websites all over the place but I think it's probably better to spend some more effort here. This site will be more interesting and it will also be easier to actually score in Google for a wider range of terms. Since that's my main occupation these days: playing the Google game, for fun and profit.

So I'm going to move some stuff back here, starting with some pages from another site, such as this list of websites and domains I have in English.

Watch out for Autoblogging!

I’ve been looking around at flippa.com, an online marketplace for websites and I’ve come across quite a few funky, dodgy and murky things. This is a short post just to tell you not get involved in this one thing: autoblogging, which doesn’t have much to do with blogging but more so with automatically copying other people’s blog posts.

Spyrestudios wrote a good post about why autoblogging sucks, main reasons are that it’s not nice to those who have the original, and it’s also won’t lead to a healthy SEO situation. Google doesn’t like copycats.

My first mobile site, in Drupal of course

In 2008 I built my first Drupal site, for the furniture business of my family. The site proved to be a big success and we started some other furniture sites as well later on. I also worked on many other Drupal sites and the web in general hasn't been standing still. So last year we decided it was time for an upgrade. Not as easy as thought with a site that is ranking extremely well for a wide range of keywords. It also appeared more difficult to get to a new design.

Releasing a Drupal site? Check robots.txt!

Whenever you release a site for which it's somewhat important that it's indexed in Google: check your robots.txt.

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