Archive for the “Rant” category

Hey public broadcaster, internet should not be the default.

by Dries De Roeck on May 21, 2018

Over the weekend I heard that VRT, the belgian public broadcaster, is cancelling its DVB-t offering. That means it won’t be possible to receive free over the air television in Belgium. Although that I can understand the reasoning behind this, (…)

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Elon the day after.

by Dries De Roeck on February 7, 2018

Yesterday SpaceX launched their coveted falcon heavy rocket. I watched the show in my local hackerspace, totally nerding out with other nerds. It was fun, it was unbelievable – everyone was going crazy for science. The sight of the two (…)

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About commitment and accountability

by Dries De Roeck on October 23, 2017

After talking to several people in different industries and after being involved in the organisation of a couple of events in the past year, I figured it was time to jot down some thoughts on what I’ve been noticing in (…)

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Why I put a rainbow flag out today.

by Dries De Roeck on May 17, 2017

Today (May 17th) is #IDAHOT – the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia and I put out a rainbow flag. I rarely put out flags or publicly show signs of what I believe or relate to (ie. political parties, national (…)

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Dear supermarket, part 1.

by Dries De Roeck on June 29, 2016

In a previous post, I talked about my endeavours through the ehealth data portal of the Belgian government. Somewhat related is another journey I recently started, during which my end goal is to consult the data my favourite supermarket collects (…)

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Through the #begov ehealth portal!

by Dries De Roeck on April 30, 2016

Last Friday I had a regular health checkup, nothing too spectacular. It was the first time my doctor mentioned that I had to decide whether I was ok with giving other health related entities access to my medical file. I (…)

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We know the world is lost.

by Dries De Roeck on January 6, 2016

Out of all ‘2015 year ending’ posts, the closing paragraph in the tale of tales one stuck with me most. I can totally relate to this, and really look forward to their work in the days, months and weeks to (…)

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Bye 14, hi 15!

by Dries De Roeck on January 27, 2015

Continuing what I started in 2012 (13) (14), it is once again time to look back and forward. The past year has been rather turbulent, the year ahead holds a lot of (uncertain) potential… 2014, the year in which I thought (…)

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A neo-luddite internet of things

by Dries De Roeck on September 24, 2014

Over the last weeks I have been wondering what my (personal?) issue is related to all the internet of things, connected products, networked objects, etc… I see popping up allover the place. Very little connected products seem to be able to (…)

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That PhD story

by Dries De Roeck on June 23, 2014

Most people that follow me in the social media bubble will probably already be aware, but for those that aren’t up to speed yet: my PhD is no more. And so the PhD journey ends in a rather unfortunate manner. (…)

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