Conversations XMPP client

Finally I found a messenger that I really like : Conversations, it uses the XMMP (formerly known as Jabber) protocol. It has not only encryption but it respects my privacy, I don’t need a phone number or e-mail adress to register an account at a XMPP server*. Encryption is done by OMEO, OTR (Off The Record) or OpenPGP.

Conversations is an Android app, you can download it in the PlayStore, but then you have to pay. If you install the F-droid app on your Android device you can download it legally for free
You can find more clients here

* Signal and WhatsApp have good encryption, but you need your phone number to register AND you have to give your number to people otherwise they can’t call or send you messages. An other problem of WhatsApp is the spying by Facebook.
Telegram needs a phonenumber to register, but you can use a nickname so your number stays private.
Wire don’t need a phonenumber, it uses only a nickname.


10 years

Today 10 years ago I started blogging, the blog url was
In the beginning the blog was completely in dutch, now I’m writing most in english because my readers come from all over the world.
Most of the posts are about my hobbies like computers / ICT, photography, geocaching (not any more) and lately radio amateur.

This year I changed the url to, and there I made a “mistake”. I was offered to create an empty blog with the old url. I didn’t do that, and that was not very smart 😦
The url’s of the old posts are dead, if I created that empty blog and made a post that the url has changed people would know where to find all the old posts. Yeah, I lost a lot of readers by that action 😦

So much for history, now let’s talk about the future 😉

I keep blogging about the things I’m interested in / concerns me.
I started again with some studies, if there is any progress worth mentioning, I’ll put it on my blog.

As some of you know I’m long time unemployed. Due to stonewalling by the goverment and my former employer (and my age) my changes to get a job are gone. And that really sucks 😦