Thursday, December 31, 2020


Wrapping up 2020, and Welcome to 2021!

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Idiotic DRM

Datatalk / Music.

Buy a CD in Germany on, and you can immediately download the DRM free MP3 rip of it. You can even buy it digital only. Buy that same CD in the Netherlands on, and you only get the physical carrier, so you have to rip it yourself.

Of course, the music company will add copy protection. Seriously? How will that stop anyone?

Monday, December 14, 2020

Non-native speakers writing in English


A non-native English speaker runs into problems that may not be that obvious to a native speaker. To a native speaker, some of these mistakes may look funny, or stupid, but then I would like to invite the English speaker to try his or her hand at Dutch or Chinese.

Friday, December 11, 2020

Wattpad no more

Column / Writing.

How useful is online publishing? More specifically, will online platforms help you to become a (published) writer, help you to improve your writing, or simply help you find readers?

I have my doubts...

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Writer's block


Is there such a thing as 'writer's block'?

I, honestly, have no idea. But sometimes I'm just stuck, and I found a few tricks that work for me. Perhaps they work for you...