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I just created an RSS feed of my /now page! I haven't been very active in my blog, but I've kept updating this, so subscribe if you want see what I'm up to!

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Time to make an !

My name is Noel and I am a developer with a mission to create work that makes the world a better place.

You can find more about me on my website & blog:

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So, is finally out and looking great! And I'm so happy they skipped the "N" for the naming and went with One Piece! :D Now that sticker on my laptop is even more suitable!

RSS + SRS = RSSRS? I enjoy podcasts and blogs, but sometimes I feel like they go over my head. There's also recency bias. I save my favourite ones thinking I'll go back to them, but I never do. So I've been thinking it'd be nice to build a tool to help with that. Maybe someday.

Two of my favourite bloggers, @dajbelshaw and Abhishek Chakraborty, just wrote on the importance of writing. I should really get started writing those 62 blog ideas I have on my backlog... πŸ™ˆ


After some months of side-project work, here's my new app. If you don't have a Solid POD, data will be stored locally and you can upgrade to Solid when you're ready! Media Kraken will help you keep track of your media, starting with movies in v0.1.

Are you attending ? Do you have a cat? This is your chance to bring your cat to a conference! Come join me at the "cat lovers" table in the Networking Cafe during the 18:20 CET Networking Break! (9 hours from now)

It's been years since I enjoyed a new manga as much as I'm enjoying Chainsawman. The last one was The Promised Neverland, but the last arcs have been quite disappointing.

Starting today, you can reach me at I'm so glad to finally ditch gmail and become a Basecamp customer!

But something important for everyone, not only power users, is who your email provider is. I share a lot of values with Basecamp, and that comes through in the product. I didn't with Google, and that's why I ended up using 3rd party clients.

In summary, my experience has been really good so far. To be fair though, I was already doing fine with my previous setup. Even though this is a big improvement, I feel it's only noticeable for power users. I get ~5 emails a day, so email has never been overwhelming for me.

Being email such a critical service and Basecamp a relatively small company, you may wonder how reliable it is. I cannot say that the application was unresponsive or slow at any point. And it's not that they don't have traffic.

Still, if there is a company I can trust with vendor lock-in, that's Basecamp. And I don't say this lightly. If worse comes to worse, their policies on what happens after cancelling the account are good.

IMAP is probably the only qualm I have about it so far. I understand it doesn't make sense for the HEY client, but it'd be nice to manage my email from other clients. And that's not going to happen.

It is definitely a solid v1. I stopped using my previous email clients (Thunderbird & K-9 Mail) and I am not missing them. Still, there is a couple of features I am missing. They are coming.

HEY also shipped with a Linux client from day one, and that's what I've been using. There is a client for each platform.

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