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“I see a lot of opportunities in the data Owlin collects, the fact that they are able to do real-time analysis is in my opinion very valuable.”
Werner Vogels - CTO & VP

End-to-end verifiable web content using GnuPGP

How would you trust that anything I write, comes from me, and has not been changed by anything in between? Trusting the server, the browser, the hosting, to trusting the entirety of the scope of the browser? read more

Git Slides, a rapid presentation tool using Markdown and Github Pages

Creating goodlooking presentations, with no time is a pain. There's not enough time to structure your story, and visual WYSIWYG distract you from focussing on the content. When it comes to creating presentations, the most popular tools have the most burdensome UI. This distracts the user from being able to...... read more

Boolean-parser.js - A sanity check for boolean logic

Matching a query string to a string to get a boolean answer whether it matches or not is a pain. Take for instance the following query, roughly matching each string related to an aviation disaster: (plane OR helicopter OR boeing) AND (crash OR fire OR accident). Parsing this sentence recursively,...... read more

Remote controlled mechanical claw

A while ago I had this hobby project where we ordered a mechanical claw from ebay and connected it to an Arduino to control it via websockets. This in the end would allow a webcam to be connected, and make the claw to be remotely controlled, with multiple cameras in...... read more

How to get rid of wifi popups

No Wifi Popup - Automatically connect to your hotel’s WiFi network. It sounds like a dream. I’m highly frustrated with wifi popups in hotels and cafes. Their problems are: Never open a pop-up to connect when you need them Don’t remember the data you entered (even though you checked ‘remember...... read more

VIM, the magic wand for writing stories and text. Not just code

My old programming mentor Pieter Scherpenhuijsen used to joke with me ‘if it was made after you were born, its probably not very good.” And that does usually hold true with hardware products. However, it’s the timeless things that have proven their quality against the test of time over and...... read more

Moving on from Owlin, to a new chapter

This year at Owlin we connected our big data analytics to some of the biggest corporations in Europe including KPMG, Deloitte, ING and many other high-profile equity trading firms. Our team’s hard work was then awarded by the top awards in the business like the Accenture Innovation Awards and the...... read more

How Owlin caught sensitive news before it hit the market.

Within a span of four days in July, Owlin again proved its value at reporting time-sensitive financial information ahead of competitors. July 29: The Owlin newsroom catches the ASML stock as it rises 1h26m ahead of other Dutch news services. July 30: The Owlin newsroom highlights an article explaining the...... read more

Hashtagivist, a tool for finding hashtags for social justice

AMSTERDAM - This year at The Next Web’s annual hackathon, my partner and I created a hack called Hashtagivist. Promoting hashtags for social justice on Twitter. Hashtagivist Hashtagivist stands for “Hashtag Activist” was inspired by the amazing work of Suey Park, Mikki Kendall, and other proponents for social change and...... read more