Jens Oliver Meiert

Everything Else (3)

Ground Rules for Working with Web Agencies

After we identified inherent problems of working with agencies, let’s look at some of our options. We may still need to hire an agency after all, or make the best out of an existing project. The leg work we’ve done in the first part will help us keep this brief…

Post from December 15, 2014, filed under .

The Problems of Working with Web Agencies

I started my career in a small agency, I later worked for a big agency, and I at other times collaborated with or managed agency staff. I’ve never enjoyed working for nor with agencies. That was not because of the people, but because of some inherent issues…

Post from December 11, 2014, filed under .

Questioning Electronic Data as Evidence

We need more defenses against the growing assaults on our rights and privacy. In a world in which most happens electronically, one such defense gets surprisingly little attention: Everything electronic can be forged.

Post from October 29, 2014, filed under .

Interlude

I’m quite fine with jumping from something trivial to something very serious, but not the other way around. So this post is intentionally left blank.

Post from September 21, 2014, filed under .

On Net Neutrality

We need net neutrality, and we need to insist on net neutrality. Everywhere, not just in the United States. Throttling internet access, or charging select content providers extra, much appears like a brazen combination of profiteering, extortion, and, effectively, censorship.

Post from September 17, 2014, filed under .

On Privacy

A few theses on a critical subject. The most important ones: One cannot be free without privacy, all living beings have a right for privacy, and we shall punish intentional violations of privacy.

Post from September 15, 2014, filed under .

On America

The United States have so far engaged in 71 wars in which they killed 13.8 million people; not counted are the World Wars they ended with nuclear strikes on Japan. The U.S. have led 26 proxy wars in which they took 1.4 million lives…

Post from September 9, 2014, filed under .

Sources

I always like to learn what people turn to for information, education, and also entertainment. In particular what they deem most excellent. That’s part of trying to be open. Yet, learning about people’s sources typically requires inquiring directly. Here I’m extrovert and share…

Post from August 8, 2014, filed under .

On Writing

Frankly, on fears.

Post from April 28, 2014, filed under .

The 6 Most Useful Books I’ve Ever Read

I love reading, and over time I’ve been lucky to read many useful, and then a handful quite extraordinary books. Here I like to share my current non-fiction favorites: The Nature of Personal Reality, Getting More, Public Opinion, and three (3!) more.

Post from April 1, 2014, filed under .

Lessons from Writing a Dream Journal

I love dreaming. I love dreams. Dreams are fascinating. I’ve learned that dreams are realities just as real as this one, physical reality. I’ve learned that much when it comes to dream memory depends on one’s own beliefs with respect to dreaming…

Post from February 14, 2014, filed under and .

On Writing a Book with Google Docs and Amazon KDP

Google Docs is okay to write short books and when making limited use of the comment feature. Amazon KDP’s HTML format is a technical disgrace, and Amazon needs to fix it. A few thoughts and tips on completing a book using either.

Post from December 20, 2013, filed under and .

How I Read 10 Books a Month

I read 10–15 books a month. As I’ve been doing this for a few years and thus developed a routine, I thought it could be interesting to share a few notes, tips, and quirks—I remember how hard it can be to even read 1 book a month.

Post from October 16, 2013, filed under .

9 Tips to Become a Better Driver

What makes a good driver? I don’t know whether I know. I’ve driven much, have deepened my skills, I fit stereotypes—and I’ve also screwed up. What I do know is that I’m a driver who cares. A few ideas on what could make people better drivers.

Post from September 10, 2013, filed under .

Surveillance Kills Democracy

I meet people who think that mass surveillance, as with NSA and GCHQ spying, is okay because they don’t have anything to worry about. The argument is either that they don’t have anything to hide or that what they’re doing is not important enough…

Post from August 18, 2013, filed under .

The Meanings of Googliness

The words “googley” and “googliness” are not to be found in common language. They are almost magical words however. Even at Google, where they’ve been coined, it’s not clear to everyone what these words mean though. And that’s no surprise…

Post from August 12, 2013, filed under .

Goodbye Google, San Francisco, California, and United States

I’m resetting my life. I’ve quit at Google, I’ve quit my apartment in San Francisco, I’ve sold most of what I own and put the rest in storage. I’m now about to backpack the world to pursue my studies and goals and to build a new life somewhere else. Here’s a little story.

Post from July 31, 2013, filed under .

Driving: Tips and Thoughts

It’s time for a helpful, heart-warming, loving post about driving.

Post from May 11, 2011, filed under .

Teamwork, Democracy, and Decisions

As great as democracy is to prevent negative outcomes, as unsuitable is it to achieve “best” outcomes. Scrapping fifteen drafts here are two suggestions to achieve better results in group settings…

Post from September 7, 2010, filed under .

On Solutions

Solutions require problems. If you don’t have a problem, you don’t need a solution. This is exactly why you should, whenever someone proposes a solution—which includes design and technical changes—ask what problem that solution solves…

Post from July 7, 2010, filed under and .

How to Relocate, the Alternative Guide

If there’s one area of expertise I’m only involuntarily linked with, it’s moving. I moved 25 times so far, spanning cities, countries, and now continents; my career stats mean .81 relocations per year, or 1.24 years per relocation…

Post from March 2, 2010, filed under .

My Top 15 Android Apps

This is a serious post, not one of those “the 1,000 best blah” ones. Or something like that. I’m an Android user for a bit longer than December 2008, and I love my HTC Magic as much as the HTC Dream (aka G1)…

Post from August 12, 2009, filed under .

The Result of Maturity Is Simplicity

“Finally, it doesn’t lack some irony considering that web design gets often enough protected by the credo ‘the end justifies the means’ and pragmatism’s paid homage to. The question is whether you’re talking about sick, sanctimonious pragmatism or…”

Post from May 26, 2009, filed under .

Presenting… the Google Shoe

They finally arrived, long longed for Google shoes, in this case the “Google j9t” model based on the Adidas ZX700. They’re not for sale but I might share the configuration I used to design them. The “Google j9t” may only be worn for dynamite fishing and important launches.

Post from March 16, 2009, filed under .

Merged RSS Feed for German Readers

A new merged feed featuring all entries of my site, English and German, is now available through Yahoo Pipes. Since both parts of my site are different in several regards, including separate feeds, English-speaking German readers tended to subscribe to two feeds…

Post from November 8, 2008, filed under .

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