Google messaging, youth soccer and focus

Last week, Google announced it was retiring Allo. Allo was one of their messaging apps. Google has more messaging solutions than anyone on the planet and they don’t seem to get it right which is interesting given the platform leverage they have with Android. How hard can it be to build something like iMessage? Especially…

Replacing Path with a finsta

A couple of months ago, Path – the social network – was shut down. I guess it was inevitable, but it left me without a social network to share. Facebook isn’t a social network anymore and beyond them, there isn’t much else. Except maybe Instagram. A month ago, I setup a private finsta account. I…

Ghosting is rude

When did it become ok to just drop out of a (email|text) conversation and stop participating? Even mid-conversation? It’s one of those things which really bother me. I get, you don’t respond to unsolicited sales communications, but the other day I got introduced to someone by an investor. The person responded 6 minutes after the…

New art pieces

I just got these new two pieces and I’m super happy with them. They’re called “THE STRUCTUROID N°02” and “THE STRUCTUROID N°03” and made by Slavomir Zombek. I bought the art pieces online and they were shipped straight from the artist to me. The frames are by Frame It Easy – a new favorite of…

Origin of rdschouw

Most platforms use email nowadays as your username. There are some notable exceptions like Twitter and Instagram. I like usernames better than email and real names for public personas. The idea you can craft your own identity and not necessarily use your own name, create a lot of opportunity. Finstas are a good example of…

Replacing an iPhone battery myself

After a somewhat unsatisfying experience with scheduling an appointment at the Apple Store to get the battery replaced of my iPhone SE, I decided to try myself. I guess the Apple Geniuses are still overwhelmed with replacing phone batteries and keyboards. I ordered a kit from iFixIt. It’s only $20. It came in two boxes….