The time trap anti-spam technique

As a maintainer of several websites with contact forms, I’ve fought my battles with spam bots. This can easily be solved using a CAPTCHA or reCAPTCHA, but I’d rather use those options as a last resort. Honestly, CAPTCHA solutions are a personal annoyance.

This writeup outlines the time trap technique that has been very effective for regular use. By regular use, I mean the website you’re protecting isn’t big enough for a spammer to target specifically.

SAM: 100% recycled bird feeder

As a freelancer I’m involved in a variety of projects for different companies, which means I get to do different types of work. In this case it’s an industrial project, an injection molded bird feeder for Singing Friend. But this is not just a bird feeder. It’s made from a highly innovative material; a material that is usually regarded as “garbage” and “worthless”.

Privacy 101: Getting started with a Pi-hole

If you value your privacy, a Pi-Hole is a great addition to your network. It is basically an ad blocker for your entire network. A Pi-Hole will block ads and trackers for all network traffic, which also covers devices that generally don’t come with an ad blocker, such as your mobile phone, smart TV or other smart devices.

The installation of a Pi-Hole isn’t exactly plug and play and most tutorials on the web assume you know how to use a Raspberry Pi. I’ll try to start from the beginning and this should be doable with a bit of interest in computers. I won’t recite other tutorials, but I’ll share my notes and information to get you started in 10 steps.

TIQ 2.0 Automated time tracking Vue.js application

It’s been a while since I’ve written a decent blog post about things I’ve worked on. Well, that’s because I’ve been busy working on something new :-)

TIQ is a startup focused on automated time tracking for the legal sector - but it didn’t start out that way. Initially, we had built a complete project management solution with automated time tracking as one of the features. We decided to focus on automated time tracking and later, we decided to do this just for the legal sector. Of course, these pivots have consequences for the product and we’ve adapted the product along the way.

It was time to rebuild TIQ from scratch with one goal in mind: make it the most practical time tracking solution for the legal sector. In this blog post, I will share a bit about the development process and highlight the main improvements we have made to TIQ.

Vue.js on .NET Core - the easy way (with Visual Studio Code on Mac OS X)

At TIQ, we quickly fell in love with Vue.JS for its simplicity, flexibility and speed. That’s why we switched from AngularJS to Vue.js for our newest version. We also moved from .NET MVC to .NET Core.

But with all this new stuff, we were a bit confused how to make .NET Core and Vue.js play nice together. It took some time for us to get this set up well, so hopefully you’re able to cut some corners with this post.

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