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2015-05-29 14:15:20 (21 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Fuuuu.... seems that it will eventually happen to every Gear Live :-(

Most reshares: 23

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2015-06-12 15:44:44 (12 comments, 23 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

A 30-year-old Amiga that has run day and night for decades is what controls the heat and air conditioning at 19 Grand Rapids Public Schools.

Most plusones: 89

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2015-07-13 20:32:58 (4 comments, 11 reshares, 89 +1s)Open 

Latest 50 posts

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2015-09-02 14:31:25 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Fitting a new SID in my most favorite machine.

Fitting a new SID in my most favorite machine.___

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2015-08-22 20:48:48 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

A New Look and a New Direction - The XDA Portal has a new face and a new vision It’s not easy being another news site in a sea of mobile information. Over the years, the XDA Portal has experimented with varying formats as it has strived to stand out and deliver articles worthy of the quality development and technical discussion happening in the forums. Sometimes we get it right, other times not so much. Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve laid the groundwork for our updated vision of what ...

A New Look and a New Direction - The XDA Portal has a new face and a new vision It’s not easy being another news site in a sea of mobile information. Over the years, the XDA Portal has experimented with varying formats as it has strived to stand out and deliver articles worthy of the quality development and technical discussion happening in the forums. Sometimes we get it right, other times not so much. Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve laid the groundwork for our updated vision of what ...___

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2015-08-21 20:36:57 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

The Terminator in a couple of minutes with an awesome synth tune.

The Terminator in a couple of minutes with an awesome synth tune.___

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2015-08-14 07:31:37 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

Lol

Larry Page is just a spokesman, here's the real boss of Alphabet.___Lol

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2015-08-11 14:27:07 (4 comments, 10 reshares, 72 +1s)Open 

:)

And the Android meme of the week award goes to....

Via +Carl Draper 
#Android   #Cortana   #Microsoft   #Fail  ___:)

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2015-08-05 14:33:09 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Dracula already knew this... nothing new ;-)

Dracula already knew this... nothing new ;-)___

2015-08-04 17:16:09 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Binge watching the remastered X-Files.
Forgot how good the series is.

Binge watching the remastered X-Files.
Forgot how good the series is.___

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2015-08-02 07:02:07 (0 comments, 8 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Turn your smartphone into a 3D Hologram!

"Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope."

Turn your smartphone into a 3D Hologram!

"Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope."___

2015-08-01 17:43:38 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Updated my Alienware 17 gaming laptop to Windows 10.
Update went fast and smooth, no issues whatsoever.

Well done Microsoft!

(Replaced the Windows 10 startmenu by Stardock's Start10 menu though, just to have that classic menu back).

Updated my Alienware 17 gaming laptop to Windows 10.
Update went fast and smooth, no issues whatsoever.

Well done Microsoft!

(Replaced the Windows 10 startmenu by Stardock's Start10 menu though, just to have that classic menu back).___

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2015-07-29 14:12:58 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

A dentist... who kills Lions... Ffs...

A dentist... who kills Lions... Ffs...___

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2015-07-28 19:38:33 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Wow, impressive!
#lego

Back to the Future

Notables: the DeLorean on the road, Doc Brown up by the clock tower, and Biff's car getting hit by the manure truck.___Wow, impressive!
#lego

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2015-07-28 09:53:29 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Tomorrowland (festival) bracelet teardown.

Via +Thomas Delemarre​

Tomorrowland (festival) bracelet teardown.

Via +Thomas Delemarre​___

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2015-07-26 13:06:56 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Dedicated Parking spots for Facebook fans...
Lol

Dedicated Parking spots for Facebook fans...
Lol___

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2015-07-24 13:40:35 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Time to move?

Time to move?___

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2015-07-24 08:20:13 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

If manufacturer employees designed phones for users' preferences rather than the phone companies'

If manufacturer employees designed phones for users' preferences rather than the phone companies'___

2015-07-23 20:15:12 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Testing out the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge while my N6 is in repair.

Disabled almost everything Samsung with debloater, and replaced all S apps with the Google ones. Also installed the material theme and Nova. I can almost find my way around in the UI now...

I really like the fingerprint unlock and the people edge app. Not liking the tiny screen and the thinness of the phone. 

Testing out the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge while my N6 is in repair.

Disabled almost everything Samsung with debloater, and replaced all S apps with the Google ones. Also installed the material theme and Nova. I can almost find my way around in the UI now...

I really like the fingerprint unlock and the people edge app. Not liking the tiny screen and the thinness of the phone. ___

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2015-07-22 07:06:26 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

I noticed that the navigation bar on my N6 was burned in a tiny bit. Ran this app with inverted colors for a few minutes and the burn in ghost image seems to have faded away completely. I wonder how long this will last...

I noticed that the navigation bar on my N6 was burned in a tiny bit. Ran this app with inverted colors for a few minutes and the burn in ghost image seems to have faded away completely. I wonder how long this will last...___

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2015-07-21 07:18:01 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Google's Doodle today : Belgium National Day.

Google's Doodle today : Belgium National Day.___

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2015-07-20 08:49:47 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Remember this sound?

Remember this sound?___

2015-07-17 08:00:08 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

RC4 NOMORE

#security  

RC4 NOMORE

#security  ___

2015-07-16 04:24:11 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

TIL that you can go to Jail in Canada for disagreeing with someone on Twitter....

Seriously? 

TIL that you can go to Jail in Canada for disagreeing with someone on Twitter....

Seriously? ___

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2015-07-15 15:46:13 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

At least +Android Police​ got it right.
I fully agree with Dan on this.

At least +Android Police​ got it right.
I fully agree with Dan on this.___

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2015-07-13 20:32:58 (4 comments, 11 reshares, 89 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-28 08:56:51 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Ffs... Summer is coming.

Ffs... Summer is coming.___

2015-06-25 12:06:21 (16 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

For some strange reason I'm unable to switch between SMS and Hangouts for some contacts... ?! Contacts have both a gmail and a mobile number defined...  Anyone else notice this issue lately?

Update : It's a known issue : https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/hangouts/wGgBOx6K5w0 ( +Zak Shuboy Thanks for the link!).


#hangouts #android

For some strange reason I'm unable to switch between SMS and Hangouts for some contacts... ?! Contacts have both a gmail and a mobile number defined...  Anyone else notice this issue lately?

Update : It's a known issue : https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/hangouts/wGgBOx6K5w0 ( +Zak Shuboy Thanks for the link!).


#hangouts #android___

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2015-06-18 15:37:18 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Sleep... who needs it.

Sleep... who needs it.___

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2015-06-16 12:52:27 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

A country that worries about citizens privacy... ;)

A country that worries about citizens privacy... ;)___

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2015-06-16 04:33:21 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Instant +ProtonMail​ accounts with 1GB of free storage until June 17th

To celebrate ProtonMail's 1 year anniversary, they are upgrading all accounts created by June 17th, 2015 to 1GB of free storage. Just follow this link that allows instant account creation: 
https://protonmail.ch/privacyforall 

Instant +ProtonMail​ accounts with 1GB of free storage until June 17th

To celebrate ProtonMail's 1 year anniversary, they are upgrading all accounts created by June 17th, 2015 to 1GB of free storage. Just follow this link that allows instant account creation: 
https://protonmail.ch/privacyforall ___

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2015-06-14 20:35:40 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Awesome crash guard bumper and screen protector test.

No N6 version yet though :-(

So, coming upon the full in-depth review of the Galaxy S6. Here is a good way of protecting it!___Awesome crash guard bumper and screen protector test.

No N6 version yet though :-(

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2015-06-13 08:14:25 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Microsoft and password "encryption"... Lol.

TIL (and Tl;dr) that Microsoft is still using the absolutely retarded way of "encrypting" your account password on Windows. 

...and this applies even when you sign in with your Microsoft/Live account. 

How does anyone take them seriously anymore? ___Microsoft and password "encryption"... Lol.

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2015-06-12 15:44:44 (12 comments, 23 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

A 30-year-old Amiga that has run day and night for decades is what controls the heat and air conditioning at 19 Grand Rapids Public Schools.

A 30-year-old Amiga that has run day and night for decades is what controls the heat and air conditioning at 19 Grand Rapids Public Schools.___

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2015-06-12 12:26:47 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Privacy and Apple...

Via +Litrik De Roy​

Apple and Privacy, Just like Google

One thing that really annoys me about Apple is how it is using its reality distortion field to twist the message about privacy. Only a week ago, Tim Cook said this:

”I’m speaking to you from Silicon Valley where some of the most prominent and successful companies have built their businesses by lulling their customers into complacency about their personal information. They’re gobbling up everything they can learn about you and trying to monetize it. We think that’s wrong. And it’s not the kind of company that Apple wants to be. So we don’t want your data. “

“We don’t think they’re worth have your email or your search history or now even your family photos data-mined and sold-off for God-knows-what advertising purpose.”

And then, at the WWDC Keynote, they announced the new Apple News app. What does this app do? Well… I quote from their product page:

”The stories you really care about. The more you read, the more personalized the News app becomes, refining the selection of stories delivered to your screen so they are relevant to you. Easily share articles with others and save them to read offline. News stays on top of the stories you’re interested in. So you can, too.”

So… how can Apple learn what it is that you are interested in, and deliver that information to you without tracking people?

Granted, at the keynote, Craig Federighi also displayed a slide pointing out the privacy features for Apple News. These included:

Anonymous
Not associated with Apple ID
Random identifier
Not linked to other Apple services
Not shared with third parties
You’re in control

Clearly pointing their fingers at Google.

First of all, this is a weird way of doing things. Not having the news targeting data linked to your Apple ID means that it can’t be used across devices. Your iPhone and your iPad won’t know which is which. And if you buy a new iPhone, you will have to teach your news app all over again from scratch.

What’s the point of that? That’s not a privacy issue. That’s just terrible UX. 

It’s also not linked to other Apple services, meaning that Apple won’t be able to show you news from where you are in Apple Maps, compared to your personal interests. That seems like a weird limitation, and again, poor UX.

Finally, we have the “Not shared with third parties”.

It’s so annoying. Why, because neither is Google
It’s the same thing. Google isn’t sharing anything. No advertiser sees any user data, ever.

It’s like when you advertise in a newspaper. You pay the newspaper to display the ad in the right section. But as an advertiser, you have no clue as to who it reaches. You just know it has been targeted right.

That’s how Google Adwords work.

More to the point, tools like Google Analytics work almost exactly like Apple News. It too is anonymous, not associated with people’s Google IDs, uses randomized identifiers, not linked to other Google services, nor is it shared with third parties. 

Granted, you can add aggregated demographic data to this as well, in which case it does link to Google Adwords, but it’s still anonymous, and you have no way to track that on an individual level.

I get so annoyed by this. Apple is promoting itself as the savior of privacy online, bashing Google and others with vaguely misleading statements along the way.

That said, there are genuine concerns about privacy as well.

For instance, there is a real problem around the whole industry of data brokers. These are companies who are buying and selling user data to the highest bidder, from anywhere. For instance, when you go into Target to buy a t-shirt, they will end up knowing your age, income, social status, your food preferences, and sometimes even your medical history. 

Similarly, when I then go into another store a week later, then they suddenly also know that I bought a T-shirt.

That’s not right. That’s terrible! It should be illegal for companies to buy/sell/share their data. (and indeed it is in my country).

If I go into a store, whatever I do and whatever I buy in this store should be kept between the store and me. It is a massive violation of trust when that store sells this information to others. 

That is a real privacy problem.

This also extends to websites. If I visit a newspaper, what I read should not be bought and sold by other companies. That is an interaction purely between me and the newspaper. 

The newspaper can target me all it wants based on the interaction that has taken place between us. But when I then visit another newspaper, they shouldn’t be allowed to know what topics of articles I read elsewhere. 

This is the whole concept of privacy. 

Apple is doing this right because what it tracks is kept within Apple. Which is good. And that is also how Google works. Whatever you do on Google, stays with Google.

But the rest of Apple PR bashing about privacy is just that, PR.

Look at Apple Music, which will be available on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Windows and Android. Here you can create your own playlists, follow artists, like, comment and share things.

The only way they can do that is by linking your actions to your Apple ID. How else would it be able to show you the playlist on your phone that you just created on your Mac? How else would it be able to keep track and notify you across devices when there is an update to something you engage with?

So, Apple is using your data, just like everyone else. As Apple says on their site (about Apple Music)

“Enjoy recommendations handpicked just for you or explore everything they find that’s new and noteworthy in the world of music. It’s all yours.”

“Even with a library this massive, finding the music you’re looking for is easy. The intelligent search engine remembers whether you’re looking in your local library or the Apple Music library, so you get results from the place you expect. You can also browse music you’ve looked for previously, and see what searches are trending.”

”Tell us what you like. Discover something you’ll love. When you tell us the genres and bands you’re into, we’ll bring you more suggestions from our experts who know and love music. They’re out at the big shows and the small gigs, combing scenes to bring you emerging artists and deep cuts, and creating playlists that feel like they’re coming from a friend who knows exactly what you want to hear.”

”The more you listen, the better we hear you. When we make recommendations, we consider what you tell us you like. Whether you love a song or not, your feedback helps our suggestions get better and better. But we also pay attention to what you actually play. So if you’re an EDM fan with a secret affinity for big band music, we’ll find you more stuff that swings. And drops the beat.”

How is this not exactly the same as what Google is doing with their services?

Oh, you say. But Apple isn’t using this to sell advertising. Really? 

Here is the description of ad targeting for the Apple News app:

”Monetization of Apple News Format content is simple with iAd, Apple’s advertising platform. When monetizing with iAd, you’ll have access to iAd’s segmentation capabilities, so your advertisers can reach just the right audience within your content. iAd targeting is accurate and scalable, and based on registration data from hundreds of millions of validated Apple users.”

So, when Apple said that Apple news was anonymous, not associated with Apple ID, uses a random identifier, nor linked to other Apple services, that apparently only applies to all the things that aren’t iAds. Because with iAds, they can accurately target your content to millions of Apple users.

Again, just like Google.

Add that Apple recently announced they will support ad blockers in Safari on the iPhone, thus blocking newspapers from earning money that way. While iAds does work in their own news app... well...

This is why I get so annoyed when I hear Apple’s PR machine talk about privacy. First, we have Tim Cook saying: “They’re gobbling up everything they can learn about you and trying to monetize it. We think that’s wrong. And it’s not the kind of company that Apple wants to be. So we don’t want your data.“

Then they launch two new services; Apple Music and Apple News, both featuring individual targeting, tracking and tailoring. Including integration to iAds.

I call shenanigans. 

Both Apple and Google track what you do. Both companies use that information. And both companies that keep information within themselves, thus ensuring your privacy stays intact. 

There is nothing wrong with that. In fact, as they both show, doing this creates much better products for you and me.

Let’s instead focus on the much more important issue of data brokers, and how data from one site is sold or given to others, thus causing one company to know what you did in another store. 

That is the real issue we should be dealing with. Not how data is used between us and the individual companies that we have chosen to be a part of.___Privacy and Apple...

Via +Litrik De Roy​

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2015-06-11 07:51:41 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

They don't want subscriptions...

He did have a point though.

They don't want subscriptions...

He did have a point though.___

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2015-06-09 20:09:29 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Now that's a nice coin. :-)

Now that's a nice coin. :-)___

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2015-06-08 14:44:38 (15 comments, 4 reshares, 82 +1s)Open 

Time to disconnect. It's that evening of lies, hypes, reality distortion and BS again.

See y'all in a few days.

#wwdc

Time to disconnect. It's that evening of lies, hypes, reality distortion and BS again.

See y'all in a few days.

#wwdc___

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2015-06-06 00:14:55 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Wouldn't mind using this as my daily driver...

Wouldn't mind using this as my daily driver...___

2015-06-04 07:57:48 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Nice Material Design IRC client.

( Via +Christian Kopp​ )

INTRODUCING HERMES IRC APP FOR ANDROID

For the last months we've been working on making an IRC app for Android and we're happy to unveil it.
It is free of charge, material designed and although the UI is simple, the app has almost any (if not any) feature that you will find in your regular desktop IRC app.

Grab it from:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.numixproject.hermes

Here is our promo video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCFfqdk5Y0o

And here is the live Hangout release party:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXYfJL6UYng___ Nice Material Design IRC client.

( Via +Christian Kopp​ )

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2015-05-31 15:57:54 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

I'll raise your double rainbow with a full circle rainbow around the sun....

First time I ever saw this.

Update : Apparently it's a 22° halo. (Thanks +Staffan Thomén​ )

I'll raise your double rainbow with a full circle rainbow around the sun....

First time I ever saw this.

Update : Apparently it's a 22° halo. (Thanks +Staffan Thomén​ )___

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2015-05-30 16:23:15 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

😮

😮___

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2015-05-29 21:15:56 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

#NotFlowers

#NotFlowers___

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2015-05-29 14:15:20 (21 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Fuuuu.... seems that it will eventually happen to every Gear Live :-(

Fuuuu.... seems that it will eventually happen to every Gear Live :-(___

2015-05-28 17:26:56 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Almost falling asleep while watching the livestream #io15

Is it just me or is it seriously boring this year?

Almost falling asleep while watching the livestream #io15

Is it just me or is it seriously boring this year?___

2015-05-28 16:25:13 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Fact.

#io15 prediction: Google brags about Extended events and GDGs in 150 countries. Followed by announcements of several US-only products and services.___Fact.

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2015-05-27 11:51:40 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Unicode chars can reboot an iPhone, or crash the messaging app.

Unicode chars can reboot an iPhone, or crash the messaging app.___

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2015-05-26 15:25:30 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Chilling

Chilling___

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2015-05-23 17:42:44 (18 comments, 7 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Why early-'80s babies are different than other millennials.

"We used pay-phones; we showed up at each other's houses without warning; we often spoke to our friends' parents before we got to speak to them; and we had to wait at least an hour to see any photos we'd taken."

I can confirm.

Why early-'80s babies are different than other millennials.

"We used pay-phones; we showed up at each other's houses without warning; we often spoke to our friends' parents before we got to speak to them; and we had to wait at least an hour to see any photos we'd taken."

I can confirm.___

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2015-05-19 17:02:25 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Funny blog post explaining a few differences between the Dutch and Flemish.

Funny blog post explaining a few differences between the Dutch and Flemish.___

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2015-05-14 16:09:31 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

Sushi time.

Sushi time.___

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2015-05-14 14:39:51 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

So... G+ doesn't like my Netsurf browser. #AmigaOS

So... G+ doesn't like my Netsurf browser. #AmigaOS___

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2015-05-10 21:08:23 (3 comments, 8 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

TIL about the lace lock...

TIL about the lace lock...___

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