rant

Instagram, Governments and Cypherpunks

The whole internet collectively fell over Instagram earlier this week when they released their new Terms of Service. Some or all of the Service may be supported by advertising revenue. To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you.

A Call to all CI Service Providers

As a professional developer I test my code. Every check-in I do is tested either on Kabisa’s Jenkins server or on Travis CI Pro. For open source projects there’s Travis CI. It’s free and a great way to get to know Travis. Now, as an individual I have some side projects, most notably my own site, Ariejan.net. I value well written and well tested code as much for my own stuff as for my professional work.

SEO is bullshit

I get quite a lot of “oh we can SEO optimize your site for you” emails lately. I don’t know why, but SEO is bullshit. Really. SEO is one of those areas of expertise that are total rubbish. Common SEO advice The most common advise regarding SEO includes: Getting links to your site Add tons of keywords so the Google Crawler knows what you’re talking about Add META data, lots of it Structure your page in some way for crawlers to understand better Add an XML sitemap There might be some merit in this, but you are optimizing your site for a crawler, a computer program that interprets your site.