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Updated productreview: BOSE® in-ear headphone

July 6th, 2011

This is a small update on the product review of the BOSE in-ear headphone (in Dutch) back in March 2008. Basically I was very dissapointed with the quality of the product.

A representative of Bose contacted me in July 2009, explained it was unacceptable that one of their customers bought a faulty product. I was absolutely positively suprised by the way they handle complaints. It shows they really care and make efforts to improve. I had the privilege to experience the new version of their in-ear phones again.

ps. I’ve been meaning to write this updated review last year but due to circumstances I wasn’t able. This did allow me to test the headphones more throughly :)

Why did I buy their in-ear headphone?

The quality of sound is important to me. High sounds must not be shrill and the bass must be full. The BOSE in-ear headphones were the first headphones I heard to fit my requirements. Looking at the price and description of such headphone, I can only assume it will fit my requirements.

2nd impression

This time the box contained more than before. In bold are products that weren’t in the previous included in the previous model:

  • in-ear headphone
  • carrying case
  • lanyard
  • clothing clip
  • 3 sizes of in-ear silicone tips
  • audio cable
  • neck cable

The sound is still wonderful. I really enjoy the full bass sound.

The clothing clip helps prevents the cable, where it splits, to break everytime you pull the audio cable. Where the silicon tips used to fall off easily, it now is attached to the headphone more tight. It is not easy to lose the tips anymore.

These were my main issues and I am very happy to see them solved.

Extra silicon tips can now be ordered from their website around 5 EUR.

Conclusion

It is very clear to me that Bose has tested this product and improved its usability. All issues I complained of, and I’m sure others as well, in my previous post were addressed.

A quick round of throwing numbers:
Sound: 8
Product quality: 8
Usability: 8

Major improvements to the product… Thumbs up for Bose!

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Fruitful and inspiring internship with Touchnote :)

June 17th, 2010

This is a very belated internship Touchnote review.

It has been a while since I updated my blog with, what I find, share-able posts. My life as a student can be quite hectic but now I found the time to concentrate on writing about a very fruitful period of my life; my internship with Touchnote.com.

After I left my previous internship earlier I gave myself 3 weeks to find a paid internship in London, else I’d go back to Holland to find one.

I applied to several paid internship jobs in London as web developer. A web dev agency was interested and Touchnote, which I found on GiveMeaStudent (disappeared all of a sudden).  It took me a few days to decide with which company I’d like to work with. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. In the end I chose Touchnote for it was closer to home (still quite far though), I enjoyed my communications with them, having a smaller team I expected a more personal approach. Touchnote was interested in meeting me so I arranged an interview asap.

My first English job interview

Obviously I had a horrible Dutch accent but my interview with Touchnote was very pleasant. I spoke with the CEO and the lead developer.  The chat with the lead developer was interestingly perfect! The type of questions asked by him gave me an idea of their way of working, professionalism and their knowledge regarding web development. What they could offer me was exactly what I was looking for! Now I just hoped that I could offer them what they were looking for. I was quite insecure to be honest. I had no portfolio to show that I am well or reasonable capable of using PHP, MySQL, CSS and HTML. I could only explain what I knew and did, what my experiences with PHP were sand what I wanted to learn.

After a week I heard the good news! I could stay in London!! Yeh.. now I couldn’t wait to get started.

The dev team and me

Feeling a bit insecure I hoped to be able to live up to their expectations. They sure lived up to mine. I got all the support I needed; during work and for school. I made some errors and felt very ashamed and I also made successes. The dev team was always open to my questions as well as to my suggestions. They were very clear in their expectations and in explaining different things. I could ask the same technical question like 3 times and still they wouldn’t be fed up with me :)

Due to my previous internship experience I actually expected not to be taken seriously because I was just an intern. To my surprise; my suggestions, ideas and opinions were taken seriously and I was more than just an intern.

I worked with new tools to help with the development of the website. I learned new coding tricks and more about Cake, JQuery and 3rd party API’s. I had the chance to apply my own SEO skills and on top of that I learned new, never heard of before, SEO strategies.

I tasted a bit of how the lead developer plans projects in an Agile, SCRUM, way; how to realistically estimate the time of each project. From start to finish I experienced how a lead developer manages it’s team and how he can get desired results from its team when time is limited. How to look at problems and how to try to tackle them. This is definitely something I’ll always take with me if I ever get a leading or managing role of any kind in my life. His managing capacities to me are a very important lessons, so is everyone else’s role within the company.

I’ll remember the deployment evenings/nights. The days working towards them were hard work but the deployments were always good fun and usually came with pizza or snacks as well :)

The rest of the Touchnote team

I am surprised how everyone in the company communicates very well and clearly. I think I always knew what everyone was up to, everyone was always well informed, we knew how the paths forward looked like, what the next steps were, what expectations are and no surprises other than good surprises. It is very fascinating and again very important entrepreneurial lessons for me. Examples of good behaviour is very important for my learning progression :)

Never was I asked/demanded to get coffee for the team :) never did I felt being treated as “the intern” or “the student”. Such a delight!

I was offered to stay after my internship but decided to go back home and continue school. It wasn’t an easy decision but school is something that has priority now. I just want to get over with it first.

Conclusion

I honestly could not have hoped for a better internship. I learned a lot; gained real practical experience with a professional company. It was fun and gave me more confidence in my role as web developer. Every person in the whole Touchnote team is very devoted to the company, hard working, professional, reasonable, fun, well mannered, respectful and friendly. What more does one need?

I sincerely hope that any future web dev intern will have similar positive experiences.

Thank you Touchnote Team!!

Side note to all students looking for internship in London

Key is to search well and thoroughly, apply to different internship jobs… It is possible to find decent, good and even paid internships if you are determined and know what you are looking for..don’t compromise in that! If I am able to accomplish what I was looking for then you sure can too.

My personal points of improvement

After this experience I thought of new challenges that I’d like to pursue.

Obviously some more web development skills; website architecture, JavaScript (or JS libraries), advanced CSS. I quite like to learn more about ZendFramework and more more hard core Linux commands!! That is so awesome.

Believe it or not. I quite like to be a (junior) project manager at least once in my life. For that I seriously need to work on my English communication skills; explaining technical situations to web novices at any time. Be able to clearly explain situations: what do I expect and what is happening, what do I do and what are my expectations.

I’d like to become more British in how I communicate :) so more British accent is coming! Bye bye Dutch accent.. Tot ziens!

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Send 2 free cards with Touchnote.com – be fast

May 15th, 2009

Touchnote just tweeted:

2 free cards on www.touchnote.com coz it’s summer! Valid until Sunday. Promo code: 2-CARD-WEEKEND Please retweet!”

Yes, this means you can send 2 free real postcards to your friends, family, lover(s) … secret lover perhaps even?

You got to be quick.. this promo code lasts till Sunday.

I will send one to a friend who recently visited me in London.. still thinking to who I will send the other free postcard…

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MY in London – After I left internship-uk studios92

April 5th, 2009

I am in London now since March 8th and it feels fantastic after I left internship-uk at studios92!

Now..finally it is time for some fun stuff in the real world!

The world outside studios92′s littlestone hotel is so different! I feel free and I have air to breath.. So, what have I been up to so far?… well…

Read more…

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Thing #10 – Social bookmarking

December 8th, 2008

One of the best ideas in todays online life: bookmarking!

I have bookmarks on my laptop, home PC, home mini Mac, at school and at work. How on earth can I get to the bookmarks on my home PC easily at any time of the day if I am at school? Solution: online bookmarking sites. Not that I am using any (social) online bookmarking services right now..as I have not found the one that is suitable for my needs.. but

Delicious is one of the most known bookmarking sites. Some people even claim to use Delicious as search engine instead of Google!.. unbelievable
So, here you go: my Delicious bookmarks

I found an other very nice one, Startaid.com, but after a while I learned they a) have no option to cancel your account and b) pages set as private are still accessible and indexed by search engines like Google.

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Thing #8 + #9 – Playtime!

December 8th, 2008

Thing #8 is about editting photo’s online. I have done some online photo editting with Adobe Photoshop Express in this post. It is fun for minor easy changes, I still prefer the Photoshop PC software though. Please be aware of their terms if you decide to edit photo’s using their Adobe Photoshop Express.

Thing #9 is writing a post about my view on Web 2.0. Well, I discovered the Web 2.0 phenomenon about a year ago. Not knowing it had that name. There were many nights of pondering what is that buzz word. To me Web 2.0 is about a few things combined: the internet combined with the offline life. The transparency in software. The community that comes with new sites, the community that makes the site and determines the content of a site. Internetsites used to be FROM a company FOR a visitor. These days the creator and visitor often are the same. There now is a purpose in sites besides being just informational. I don’t know any better..and I like how the internet and Web 2.0 buzz is behaving. I look forward to the Web 3.0 bubble..but first I’ll enjoy the 2.0!

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Thing #6 + #7 – Photo’s and playing with pictures

December 7th, 2008

Oke, it is time to discover a photo sharing website on the internet: Flickr

I kind of like Flickr. I upgraded to an upgraded account, not long ago to be able to create more sets. Before this I tried myspace and hyves but I don’t like the other things that come with myspace. The best thing about Flickr is their API. Many other sites, like Netvibes, display one of the best photo’s on the front page. I love them! There are so many talented people out there who make the most beautiful snapshots .. it is yet an other way to enjoy life and expand my horizon. Seeing things through someone else’s eyes and perspective.

I don’t feel the need to play with the photo editor of Flickr as I know I don’t need it right now.
As of now, I have 25 pages with photo’s. Some are great but there is lots of weed as well.

I have uploaded a photo of a windmill on Froskepolle in  Leeuwarden to Google Maps somewhere in July 2008. It is fun to see my own photo on there but I am not so sure about Google’s agreement point 11 about content license rights. Obviously I do agree with their agreement, else I would not be using their services. But that is something for an other post perhaps.

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Thing #4 + #5 – RSS and finding Feeds

December 2nd, 2008

Who receives newsletters these days? ..ehm, well I still do but only few.

RSS is the way to go these days!

There is so much ‘stuff’ available and circling around on the internet. For example, there are tons of websites that discuss PHP related topics, design, houses, news etc. How am I going to stay up to date with the subjects that interest me most and how do I make sure that, at the same time, I won’t miss a thing? ..well.. I can visit each website daily for new info.. makes sense. But if time is important and you have not much left daily then consider RSS and Feeds.

Feed yourself…

A few pre historical sites don’t offer feeds these days, no need to worry about these sites. Find a similar site that does offer feeds. You know if a site offers RSS feeds as soon as you see a click able icon like this one (only the orange rectangle):

RSS icon

At feedicons.com you can find more RSS Feed icons. You’ll learn how to locate the RSS Feeds links on websites soon enough. Now you know how to locate RSS Feeds..lets add them to somewhere or something so we can collect and read them..

Read your feeds with a feedreader…

Next big question for those who is new to all this. How do you read all the feeds you come accross? You will need a piece of software for that: a feedreader (or feed aggregator or news reader). There are many different types of feedreaders: offline and online. Currently I am using the Windows Live Mail application to read my feeds (and receive mails).

So how to get the feeds in your reader: copy the link of a feed icon. In your feed reader, find a way to add a new feed. Paste the link and you are all set. Your feedreader will retrieve the latest feeds for you..

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Thing #1 – What is 23things

November 23rd, 2008

AAaaahh… I ran behind!! Let me try to catch up..at least till halfway!

*shame*

I have not done thing #1 even!

Oké! thing #1 = done! That wasn’t so hard. I just had to read the first post of what 23dingen.nl is about: basically it is about, shaking hands with and experience what is Web 2.0. The post ends with the following video:The Machine is Us/ing Us (Final Version)

I quite like this video, have not seen it before. I have not much to add to the thing #1 beside that I can imagine that it can be quite confusing and overloading in information for someone who isn’t an internet junky like I am.

Up to thing #2.

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Bughuntday #1 photo’s – Zend Framework

November 8th, 2008

Wohoo.. PHP bughuntday with ~25 PHPers!

I am not sure how many bugs we fixed as a team. All I know is, I did not fix any :( the whole unittesting, commiting, testing is totally new for me.. Most of the times I was checking what Rein was doing or taking photo’s.

Bughuntday #1

elePHPant!!

Finally..finally! I knew the day would come, but I had not imagined it would be today…

bughuntday #1 - elePHPant

Flickr photos of bughuntday #1

Check it out: The photo’s of the PHP bughuntday organized by phpGG and PHPBelgium!

Do you have a photoset as well? let me know and I will add it in this post as well ;)

The slides

norm7282 slides for this bughuntday

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