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Kings of Code Conference #kingsofcode

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This week I went to the Kings of Code Conference, to “explore and discuss the latest trends, developments and best practices in web and mobile development technologies.” It included a hackbattle, lots of presentations and free beer.

HackBattle

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

September 23, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Sawadee Travel – The Road To SocialTravel (@sawadeereizen) #travel

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I was at the offices of , a travel company which focusses on creating “unique” travel experiences, yesterday to discover the inroads they are making into the field of Social Media. Naturally I can’t comment very much on the specifics of their fledgling campaigns, but I could certainly see that they are making good headway in integrating their marketing campaigns, which are still old media based, into a new media world.

Much can be said for the steps they are taking, and the customer interaction which they are creating. Seen in the puur marketing sense they are better able to see the ROI in their Social Media campaigns, and are taking many opportunities to create buzz round the brand. What was specifically refreshing is to see the application of the to the interaction with the customer. Although we didn’t get into the specifics yesterday it was clear to see that they discovered for themselves that the 80-20 rule relates also to the application of Social Media. For 80% of their customer attention the interaction is intended to add value to the customer experience, and only in 20% of the customer interaction do they spend on direct marketing specific products. And they are seeing this in the ROI with sales coming from their Social Media channels.

I also invited Ivelina Ivanova (@Ive_wannaknow), the Sawadee Social Media expert, to come onto the weekly show I am going to start hosting in 2011, so you may meet her for yourself.

Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

October 28, 2010 at 10:41 am

Musing: Why can I fly solo?

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After seeing a program about a lifecoach trying to find the time to get his pilot’s license I was struck by an in escapable fact: Aspiring pilots can flight solo without a license based on the opinion of their flight instructor. In fact it is a requirement that an aspiring pilot have experience flying alone before being able to get a pilot’s license.

This is naturally unthinkable when it comes to driving a car, yet an aspiring pilot without a license can. As I was musing on this I created a risk matrix.

vehicle max. kills[1] kills/2009[2]
car >60 1.2 million
airplane 2988 1103

1. Airplane Accidents
2. Car Accident (Epidemiology)

What I see as one of the main reasons that a aspiring pilot would be allowed to fly solo is simply: Aviation accidents cause less collatoral damage. And there is less chance of another pilot causing an accident.

Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

January 13, 2010 at 2:37 pm

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The Essential Business Traveler #business #travel

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I’ve been travelling professionally for a couple of years, I’m no expert like my friend . He’s starting a blog on cultural differences when working in other cultures and how to mitigate the risks involved. (Something like that, right Remco.)

Inspired by his idea I put together a series of slides to help the first time and seasoned business travelers to prepare for their trip. Again a case of not being able to post this on WordPress, so find it on my Blogger. The Essential Business Traveler. Enjoy!

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July 13, 2009 at 10:29 am

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Making a knife in an Airport? #schneier

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“The whole system is designed to catch stupid terrorists,” Schnei­er told me. A smart terrorist, he says, won’t try to bring a knife aboard a plane, as I had been doing; he’ll make his own, in the airplane bathroom. Schnei­er told me the recipe: “Get some steel epoxy glue at a hardware store. It comes in two tubes, one with steel dust and then a hardener. You make the mold by folding a piece of cardboard in two, and then you mix the two tubes together. You can use a metal spoon for the handle. It hardens in 15 minutes.”

By way of Bruce Schneier, The Things He Carried

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

October 17, 2008 at 7:48 am

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Signs You Travel Too Much #travel

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World66 sent round a list of telltale signs you travel too much. My favorite was:

When you wake up from a deep sleep during a red-eye and you have no idea where you are, where you are going, and comfortably fall back to sleep knowing that you will figure it out when you land.

You can read more on the FlyerTalk in Signs you travel too much
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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

September 23, 2008 at 10:45 am

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Airport Security on the 11th? #risk

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In 2001, on the first anniversary of the World Trade Centre attacks, my father and I left New York on a Lufthansa bound for Frankfurt. I should even have the stubs somewhere. You would think that airport security would be heightened on the 11th or the days surrounding, as a precaution. Yet it isn’t. Added to this fact the [S]even in liquid bombs case to face retrial had occurred on the 10th.

On September 11th a friend of mine was travelling out from a UK airport. He had forgotten to put a 175ml bottle of liquid in his checked luggage, and without realizing the possible implications he had put it in his carry-on luggage. This wouldn’t be so funny if not for the fact that they made him take off his very long Dr Martin boots, which don’t contain any metal but a composite material. The bag and the boots went through the X-ray machine, and they then put the bag through a second time. They thanked him and he went on his way.

The problem? The bag contained 175ml bottle of a high quality nitrogen based liquid fertilizer in it’s original packaging.

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September 17, 2008 at 9:19 pm

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