Oral agreements are binding but beware.

You can pour agreements into a legal contract of 20 pages, you can put agreements on a beer mat or make clear oral agreements. Every appointment is legally binding. However, if oral agreements are denied then you have a problem, see your efforts get reimbursed. That is what happened to me at DHL. It was […]

The New Hackers Dictionary

(Or: The New Hackers Dictionary in PDF) “The Jargon File” or “The New Hackers Dictionary” has become cultural heritage. The file is public domain and therefore simply freely usable. The current jargon site? Regularly suffers from “web-rot”. Where to find it? Gutenberg.org and http://www.catb.org/~esr/jargon/html/ are fixed beacons, but less convenient to use than a PDF […]

Old letters: ACTA

(ACTA zag het publieke licht ~2008) Dear Member of Parliament Many years of my professional life I spent on product development – from machines for microelectronics to trains. All those years my fellow technicians and I were watching competitors’ products very well. We investigated how things were built in order to imitate it – but […]

Why we love imitation

The press and many lobby sensitive politicians try to make us think that imitation is a bad thing. True, there are examples of imitation resulting in damage to our society. However there is a problem with labeling imitation as a whole as bad. This is not hard to understand: imitation triggers innovation, in fact product […]

Nanos Gigantum Humeris Insidentes

Dwarfs Giants Shoulders Carried – Discovering truth by building on previous discoveries – As Newton said: “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” The Vision Information – communication, knowledge, ideas, books, software, music, etc. – forms the basis of the economy and our prosperity. Illiteracy causes discrimination, crime […]

Paying with WebMoney

Introduction Credit cards are handy. However, if you look at the statements properly, you will see that a lot of skimming is done. Check exchange rates and discover it yourself. If 5% leaks to banks and you often pay larger amounts, it is interesting to look for alternatives. WebMoney is such an alternative. It is […]

Market exclusion, Thomas Jefferson’s vision

Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and one of the most influential Founding Fathers What is below should be put in the right time frame, Jefferson lived from 1743 to 1826. The quote is from Thomas Jefferson, more on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Jefferson. It has been pretended […]