Imagine Openreach was a non-profit

Imagine Openreach was a non-profit

In the UK, the physical telecoms network is managed by Openreach, a wholly owned subsidiary of BT Group plc. Basically, if you don't have cable internet access (which is in turn owned by Virgin Media) you'll have to use the…

Six years since my PhD defense

Six years since my PhD defense

It's been 6 years to the day since I received my PhD in Industrial Design from TU Eindhoven. What has happened since then?It's a little bit funny that I've neen ranting about smart homes this past week, as that…

Getting serious about reduce and reuse

Getting serious about reduce and reuse

Reduce-reuse-recycle: Why is it that we usually focus more on the recycle part than on the reduce and reuse parts? Did you know that recycling wasn't even invented to reduce waste, but to avoid regulation and banning of plastic products?…

Smart home stupidity: Part 4

Smart home stupidity: Part 4

OK, one last part of the saga in Hive Home forcing me to buy a new hub, and hiding behind data privacy as a reason for not allowing me to use the perfectly functional one I have already. I sent…

Smart home stupidity: Part 3

Smart home stupidity: Part 3

OK, I promise I've stopped ranting about how Hive is forcing me to buy a hub that I already have. I now bought a new hub and two light bulbs for less than list price on Amazon. Trying to then…

Smart home stupidity: Part 2

Smart home stupidity: Part 2

After my blog post from two days ago, I left a one-star review of Hive on TrustPilot, just to finish venting my frustration at their bone-headed decision to not allow hubs to be re-used. I was a bit surprised to…

Smart home stupidity

Smart home stupidity

OK, time for a quick rant in today's "big companies being assholes" news: Our new house came with Hive smart heating preinstalled - it was even listed as one of the features in the sales brochure. It turns out that…

Open-source donation options

Open-source donation options

At Tidepool we develop open-source software, but we also use a lot of open-source software to make everything work. It makes sense to give back, and we have done so in the past. For example, we gave a donation to…

3D printing more things

3D printing more things

My parents are visiting at the moment, and I wanted to print them some useful things that they could use. My dad needed a shoe horn, so I found this one that fits the bill, and it printed very nicely.…