Education or Experience?

There’s a 1958 movie, Teacher’s Pet, in which Clark Gable plays a successful, but uneducated editor of a New York newspaper, and Doris Day plays a professor teaching a journalism class. The theme of this romantic movie evolves around which is more important, education or experience? Clark Gable concludes that experience is the jockey, education is the horse.

Twitter audience

Earlier today, I wrote an article on about the problem of fake followers on Twitter: How real are your followers? I wrote this post after a newspaper reported about a Belgian political party that won more than 10K followers in India in a very short period of time. One of my readers jokingly asked me: And how many followers do you have in India?

Turing test: indecisive

I receive plenty of mail from people trying to sell me something. Most of the times, those mails are sent automatically, and when I don't reply, the original message is resent, along with an extra note. Usually, I mark such mails as SPAM, blocking its sender, but once in a while, I reply.

This is an example of such a reply in Dutch:

Answer to SPAM mail

Over and Out for Klout

My personal Klout score

We used to make fun of Klout. For instance: whenever it was your birthday, your Klout score spiked because of all the people sending you birthday wishes on social media. Nevertheless, many of us looked at the Klout score of our personal and business accounts on social media.

Blockchain for documents

In December 2016, I filed a series patents combining document technology with Blockchain. Three of these patents are already granted in Belgium; four are pending world-wide (ETA June 2019). A DZone reference card already reveals already some of the mechanisms described in the patents.

Podcast interview

In this Dutch podcast, Bert asks me about the history of iText, about successes and failures, about strengths and weaknesses, about courage and fear, and so on.

Getting ready for GIDS 2018

Next week, I'm flying to Bangalore for the Great Indian Developer Summit (GIDS). I've been asked as a keynote speaker for the third year in a row.

This was my keynote in 2017: