Readability Redux – Ease your reading on Internet

It has been a long time already since I’ve been using a great extension for Google Chrome : Readability Redux. I wanted to write a few words about it.

When I browse (using Google Chrome) from site to site I like to have an overall feeling of the site I’m currently browsing (with or without ads), but when it comes to reading an article or a blogpost, all I want to do is to be focused on the reading. I have no need for graphical distractions or artefacts, website or blog theme, targeted ads or flashing stuff that are placed all around the article I want to read.

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Dashlane – An autologin experience

Dashlane is a 3rd party application that aim to manage your login credentials to websites, facilitate your online purchases and much more. Have a look on their website, they will better explain what this application combined to a cloud service is about than me.

Anyway. I’m not here to say Dashlane is a great product (yada yada) or not (moaning yada yada) but to share with you an experience I had with Dashlane and the guys behind Dashlane.

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The Smartphone Form Factor: Bigger is not Better.

A long time ago, I had a mobile phone, a candybar type. It was 105x45x12 and had a 2inches screen with a resolution of 240×320. That was a *simple* mobile phone with a photo camera, weighted less than 100gr. Oh Yes and before that I also had mobile phones without camera, and a black&white screen with a battery covering nearly a week of usage 🙂

At some point I decided to move to the smartphone world, not at the very beginning though. Any way, that smartphone was a revolution (nope it wasn’t a fruity one) for me as I entered to the mobile internet usage world. But this also meaned having to deal with a bigger mobile phone form factor: 110x55x15mm with a large screen of 3.2 inches with a 320×480 résolution. That smartphone was heavier, 135g but, hey, it was a smartphone, so I guess the extra weight was acceptable.
Now I have an bigger smartphone, 124x63x11mm with a 4 inches screen, 480×800 résolution for 129g. Where is this going to end up? There is on the market plenty of smartphones that come with insanely big screen. The form factor is becoming so big that it will end up not fitting in one hand only or at all fitting in your pocket.

4.2″, 4.3″, 4.5, 4.7″ 5.3″ !

The screen size is one thing but the size of the device is more important (although very linked to the screen size). The Width is the most important as you need to hold the device in your hand.

I personally find that wide smartphone lack of usability: your thumb cannot cover the hole width of the screen. Given the size of my hand, 60mm is probably the widest phone I can handle.

What is yours and why ?

 

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Belgacom FON : Privacy aspects and technical considerations

Belgacom announced Free Wifi Hotspots using FON Last June 2011; Its deployment started on November 2011 and recently landed on my B-Box2. Cool isn’t it? … Well … maybe, maybe not.

Let me share my view on this.

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