vrypan — Panayotis Vryonis
My blog is a digital scrapbook of ideas, thoughts and personal events. My digital home is www.vrypan.net.
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2017 5

September

17
Cryptocurrencies and the Labor of Computers. #en #digitalcurrencies
Crypto is to CPU cycles what money is to human labor.  

July

03
Digital currency Industries and Indexes #en #digitalcurrency
I think we should create some digital currency indexes based on capitalisation, sector etc.  

March

17
MONODRAW rocks! #en #appreview
A powerful ASCII art editor designed for the Mac.  

February

22
A kill switch to countermeasure border controls? #en #howto #privacy
Creating a kill switch that will wipe sensitive data from my computer if asked to unlock it.  
05
Θα είναι το 2017 η αρχή μίας νέας περιόδου για το Internet; #gr
Σκέψεις με αφορμή τα 10 χρόνια από το κλείσιμο του monitor.vrypan.net.  

2016 18

December

29
My feed reading setup. #en #howto
If you miss the freedom RSS used to give us before we started relying on Facebook, read on.  
15
A Driver Mode for smartphones. #en #ideas
Let’s use technology to limit -or even eliminate- distracted driving.  

November

10
The Ultimatum Game #en #politics
A social experiment that may offer an explanation about the recent political developments in the world. 

October

10
How to create a simple ASN.1 parser #en #howto
Step by step instructions to create a ASN.1 parser using asn1c. 

September

23
Blog posts without titles. #en #blogging
I find blog post titles restrictive. Here is how I got rid of them. 
02
Making GitHub part of my publishing workflow #en #howto #github
How I'm using a github repo as a notebook, and the first steps towards hosting my blog on github. 

August

12
Dear Qatar Airways, you know nothing about customer care. #en #rant #qatar airways
How Qatar Airways gave my seat to someone else after I had checked in, turned a 17h itinerary to a 30h one, and acted as if this is a normal thing to happen. 

June

29
Facebook instant articles first thoughts #en #facebook #instant articles
Facebook opened up Instant Articles to everyone a couple of months ago. I just had some time to give it a try. To be honest, I like it. 

May

11
UX tip: Users need your feedback too. #en
Give your users feedback for their actions. Especially if you are the one who asked them to do something.  

March

31
Simple bash script for encrypted chat over keybase fs (kbfs) #en #howto #keybase
First impressions of the keybase.io filesystem, and a small bash script to implement a secure, encrypted chat service over it. 
19
Not just what you know, but who you are too. #en #privacy #encryption
Privacy and identity are hard to separate. 

February

21
How to bypass the Netflix VPN ban #en #netflix #vpn
So, after all, it seems like the recent Netflix VPN ban can be bypassed —at least for now. 
19
A big Fuck Off by the content industry and Netflix to users worldwide. #en #netflix #piracy
How Netflix and the content industry is blocking users who are paying 60% more than the rest to access content legitimately. 

January

26
POSE with IFTTT #en #howto #indieweb
Publish (on your) Own Site, Syndicate Elsewhere with ifttt.com 
26
Comparing my Facebook to my Instagram feed #en #facebook #instagram
It seems that the people I follow can express more interesting things using photos than words. 
20
The annoying state of Internet subscriptions #en #rant #ideas #internet #web #medium.com
I’d like to see something that would make “subscribe” a verb of the Internet, like "go” and “contact”. 
18
(Re: Audible) DRM is a defect #en #audible #drm
Follow up to a reply I got for recommending Audible in my last Letter. 

2015 26

December

24
How to archive your tweets #en #howto #twitter #archiving
Why not take a backup of all your tweets every now and then? 
24
How to archive your Gmail #en #howto
Why not make a tradition out of archiving your Gmail at the end of the year? See how easy it is. 
06
My post is a required reading for Yale's MGT656 #en #diary
I'm proud and I had to share. :-) 
06
Testing Twitter ads #en #howto #twitter #mailchimp
The results of a small experiment at getting new subscribers to my newsletter using Twitter lead generation ads and MailChimp form integrations. 

November

14
Support Matthew Ebel on patreon #en
Matthew Ebel is an American musician, voice actor, and author whose sci-fi performances have made him Guest of Honor at geek conventions nationwide. —matthewebel.com 

October

17
Your startup’s blog should be on Medium. #en #blogging #howto #medium.com
Why your startup's blog (at least the first one) should be on Medium. 
02
A newsletter that turned into something more personal. #en #newsletter #thoughts
Overtime, The Letter has turned from a newsletter to a medium of sharing parts of my life I wouldn't share on my blog any more. 

September

20
How I keep my twitter feed healthy #en #social media #twitter
If you sometimes check your twitter feed and think there's nothing interesting going on, you are probably doing something wrong: Somewhere, something interesting IS going on for sure, you are just not following the right people.  

August

01
Using Bitcoin to buy anything #bitcoin #en
The first experience of using my prepaid VISA card from e-coin.io. 

July

22
Bitcoin ATM at The Cube Athens #en #bitcoin
Using the Bitcoin ATM at The Cube Athens to buy Bitcoin with cash. 
22
A geek, capital controls in Greece and bitcoin. #en #bitcoin
How capital controls in Greece affected my on-line presence and why I'm giving bitcoin a serious try. 
16
Shutting down longaccess #en #longaccess
Longaccess is shutting down. This is not where I planned to be when I started Longaccess, 2.5 years ago. The plan was world domination, yet here I am, having to say goodbye to everything I've worked for in the last 2.5 years. Do I regret it? No! The destination is crappy, but the journey was totally worth it. 
05
Τι φοβάμαι και τι ελπίζω. #gr
Ελπίζω, αύριο, όποιο κι αν είναι το αποτέλεσμα του δημοψηφίσματος, να έχουμε υπόψη μας ότι ο συγγενής, ο γείτονας, ο συνάδελφος που ψήφισε το αντίθετο από εμάς, το έκανε γιατί θεωρούσε ότι αυτό θα είναι καλύτερο για όλους μας. Και με δεδομένο ότι οι επόμενοι μήνες και τα επόμενα χρόνια θα είναι ακόμη πιο δύσκολα, πολύ πιο δύσκολα, από τα προηγούμενα πέντε, να δείξουμε ο καθένας μας την μεγαλύτερη δυνατή ευαισθησία σε θέματα δημοκρατίας. 
04
Ψήφισε ΝΑΙ για να πετύχουμε μία καλύτερη συμφωνία. #gr
Το ξέρω ότι ο τίτλος θα φανεί στους περισσότερους παράλογος, αλλά αν έχετε πέντε λεπτά, ακολουθήστε την σκέψη μου. 

June

22
Social networking services have failed me. I'm going back to my web 2.0 roots. #en #howto #blogging
For the last couple of years, I've been increasingly relying on social networking services to curate, share, discover and even publish content. Looking back, it think they have failed me and that's why I'm looking for ways to reconnect with my web 2.0 "roots". 
17
I like this little guy #en #diary
A little mantis on the lemon tree in the back yard of our house. 
04
A super-minimal, almost "plain-text" email template for Mailchimp. #en #howto
How I created a very simple email template for Mailchimp that resembles a lot plain text emails, to send my daily digest. 

May

29
Post to your GitHub-hosted blog using a simple bookmarklet. #en #howto #jekyll #github
jekyll-post-via-web is a simple HTML page that lets you update your GitHub-hosted Jekyll blog using your browser. 

April

16
A major tlbx.io update #en #tlbx.io
Automatically organise your Camera Uploads, get notified about changes in your Dropbox via email or Slack, and many bug fixes. 

March

12
Will heartbeat sharing be the new social gesture? #en #ideas #social
Aggregating heartbeats can be an interesting social gesture. And subscribing to the aggregate heartbeat of a group can be an interesting new way of connecting with it. 

January

11
testing my webmentions server #en #howto #indieweb
This is a test post to try my own webmentions endpoint at www.listnr.net. 
08
I'm so excited about our BigStash launch! #en #longaccess #bigstash
I used to love the few extra days of staying at home, when it snows in Athens, but this year, it's different :-) 

2014 32

December

October

28
Stream 2014 was amazing #en #diary #wppstream
This was probably the best event I've ever been to. 
13
I enabled SSL for my S3-hosted static blog #en #howto #cloudflare #encryption
How I used CloudFlare's (free) Universal SSL to enable HTTPS for my S3-hosted static-HTML blog, and a few extra notes. 
02
My little daughter’s first secret. #en #diary #privacy
Secrets are part of human nature. 

September

16
Apple Pay and the heartbeat sensor on Apple Watch. #en #ideas #apple
My theory behind the heart rate sensor built in Apple Watch 
12
I don't think that's Why Starbucks Spells Your Name Wrong. #en #marketing
But the truth may be even more amazing, from a different point of view. 
11
Τα ενοχλητικά SMS της ΗΛΕΚΤΡΟΝΙΚΗΣ #gr #rant
Τα SMS ήταν η αρχή. Η συνέχεια ήταν ο ορισμός της απαράδεκτα αγενούς εξυπηρέτησης πελατών. 

August

20
How we use Intercom to engage with our users on Twitter. #en #deepfreeze.io #intercom.io #howto
Intercom.io is full of nice little features and "social profiles" is one of them. Not part of the core product, but at Deepfreeze.io we've found it to be extremely valuable. 

July

15
Retiring my DVDs. #en #howto #deepfreeze.io
DVD is a dying medium, at least for me. Here's how I deal with it. 
07
browser-based notifications for my blog using Roost #en #howto
Browser-based push notifications is an exciting feature for web publishers. Use Roost to easily enable it in your website. 
07
Google, Facebook, monarchy and democracy. #en #google #facebook #web #thoughts #medium.com
It’s not how they use the enormous power they have. It’s who controls it. 

June

19
How we use Intercom in the deepfreeze.io registration workflow. #en #howto #deepfreeze.io #intercom.io
I will describe here how we integrated Intercom with our invitation and registration workflow at deepfreeze.io to send user notifications, and how this helps us deliver better services. 
15
Could Apple disrupt Search? #en #apple #search #google #medium.com
Could Spotlight challenge Google’s dominant position? 
13
Offloading unused Dropbox files to deepfreeze.io #en #dropbox #deepfreeze.io
How moving unused or rarely used files from Dropbox's hot storage to deepfreeze.io's cold storage reduced my storage costs and made my Dropbox account more manageable. 

May

31
Google and “the right to be forgotten”. #en #web #thoughts
Could it be that Google Search has reached its limit to scale? 
14
Fuck. I'm starting a newsletter. #en #thoughts #newsletter #rss
Because that's all we have left. 
11
Longaccess για φωτογράφους γάμων και βαφτίσεων #gr #longaccess #wedding #photographers
Είναι μία πολύ πιο κομψή λύση από το DVD που πιθανότατα θα χρησιμοποιούσατε για να παραδώσετε ψηφιακό υλικό στους πελάτες σας, με μεγαλύτερη διάρκεια ζωής. 
10
Old blog post URLs as a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. #en #ideas
What if we didn't care to make old blog posts easy to navigate to? 
07
Using Longaccess [video] #en #longaccess
A short video showing how Longaccess works. It's really easy to preserve your important files for decades! 
07
why blog pagination URL structure needs restructuring #en #ideas
Blogs are read in reverse chronological order, but their archive should be numbered like a diary, in chronological order. Your /page/1 should show the oldest posts, not the newer ones. 
05
Why and how we put our terms of service on github. #en #howto #github
It's nice to say that you are customer-centric, customer-first, etc, but what really matters is how much of this you are willing to put down on paper. Your Terms of Service are the actual contract between you and your clients, not your keynote presentations, or your posts on Facebook and twitter. 

April

25
Social networks with a purpose. #en #medium.com #social
They have a social graph even if we didn’t notice. 
22
"fragmentions" is a cool idea. #en #howto #fragmentions
A cool idea that allows us to link directly to any text fragmet inside web pages. 
12
Indianapolis #gr #travel #diary
Σκόρπιες εντυπώσεις από το ταξίδι στην Indianapolis. Ένα post που πήρε 10 μέρες για να φύγει από τα drafts. 
01
Εργαστήριο Personal Digital Archiving από την Longaccess #gr #longaccess
Πώς θα διατηρήσουμε το οικογενειακό ή το προσωπικό μας αρχείο ώστε να καταφέρει να φτάσει στις επόμενες γενιές; Σε τί μορφή να σώσουμε τα βίντεο και τις φωτογραφίες ώστε να μπορούν να διαβαστούν στο μέλλον; Πώς να οργανώσουμε όλο αυτό το υλικό; Τι να προσέξουμε για να μην χαθούν χρήσιμες πληροφορίες; Ποιες υπηρεσίες και προγράμματα υπάρχουν που μπορούν να μας βοηθήσουν; Και από που να αρχίσει κανείς; 

March

17
my little daughter's scrapbook and digital content. #en #ideas #longaccess
It's probably the most valuable thing we will carry with us for the years to come -and something we would definately want to pass on to her when she's old enough to understand. 
07
το μικρό βιβλίο της Χριστίνας #gr #longaccess #dad #scrapbooking
Νομίζω ότι έχω πλέον την ιδανική λύση. Από την μία, τα αρχεία είναι αποθηκευμένα κάπου που δεν χρειάζεται να ασχοληθώ ξανά και θα συνεχίσουν να είναι εκεί για πολλά, πολλά χρόνια. Από την άλλη, έχω κάτι χειροπιαστό και όμορφο που όταν θα το πάρει κάποια στιγμή στα χέρια της δεν θα χρειαστεί τίποτα άλλο για να ανακτήσει το ψηφιακό υλικό.  
06
SSH Back to My Mac #en #howto #osx
How to remotely SSH to your Macs by taking advantage of Back to My Mac. 

January

21
just an idea: the kindergarten art archive #en #ideas #longaccess
What if kindergarten had a long term archive of kids drawings? A public one. Imagine the things you could study if you had access to kids drawings over the years... 
12
ο 'απεριόριστος όγκος δεδομένων' του Cosmote Travel & Surf δεν ήταν απεριόριστος. #gr #rant #cosmote
Τελικά, τα 15 Ευρώ που πλήρωσα για απεριόριστο όγκο δεδομένων σε ένα πρόσφατο ταξίδι μου, ανακάλυψα ότι ήταν μόνο για 150MB. Γιατί αισθάνθηκα εξαπατημένος και μία πρόταση. 
06
Setting HackerNews "new" page as my browser default page #en #hackernews
I decided to make new tabs open the HackerNews "newest" section, to help new posts I like get an initial traction. 

2013 66

November

11
Why you can't comment here. #en #blogging
It's been a year I removed comments from my blog, and I've done a lot of thinking on it since. Here is why it worked for me. 
08
Why I won't get a Google+ Custom URL #en #google #rant
Two reasons why I'll stick to my unfriendly, long, Google+ URL. 

October

28
my vcsh setup #en #howto #commandline
vcsh is a version control system for $HOME. This is how I've set it up. 
24
When it comes to privacy, proof is better than promise -and it helps us sleep better at night. #privacy #en #medium.com #longaccess
As a young tech startup planning to offer cloud storage services, we at Longaccess decided to treat our own service the same way we treat any service we use to store our data: with extreme suspicion.  

September

28
DLI: Distribution, Logic, Interfaces #en #thoughts
It could be a software architecture pattern. 
27
Crafting a blog #en #bucket3 #blogging
I'm finally happy with my blog. Not the content. The engine that hosts it. 
25
webmention tests #en #test
a dummy post used as testbed for webmentions. 
19
tools we use at longaccess: HipChat #en #howto #longaccess
One of the tools we use most at longaccess is HipChat. Here is why. 
15
Showing twitter references in a static blog #en #howto #bucket3
Weekend project: How to show under each static blog engine post the tweets that mentioned it.  
13
BitTorent Sync is a great tool for startups. #en #longaccess #howto
Our experience with BitTorrent Sync at longaccess has been great. 
12
Don't write off Microsoft in mobile #en #mobile #microsoft
Microsoft is in a tough place, but they may have the chance to disrupt the ecosystem. 

August

30
Privacy is not dead #en #privacy #medium.com
Privacy is not dead, it may very well be the next big thing. 
28
public-key cryptography for non-geeks #en #howto #medium.com
It's not as complicated as you think. 
19
replacing the search engine: a distributed query system. #en #search-engines #ideas #dqs
Would it be possible to replace centralized search engines like Google, by creating a "smart" p2p search network? I think so, and in some cases, it shouldn't be so hard to. 
19
Ταλαιπωρία χωρίς τέλος για μία starup από τον OTE. (updated) #gr #ote #rant
Σχεδόν δύο μήνες από τη αίτηση μας για VDSL, ακόμη δεν έχουμε Internet στο γραφείο και κανείς δεν μας λέει γιατί ή πότε θα έχουμε. 
05
συνέντευξη στο fortunegreece.com #gr #longaccess
Συνέντευξη στο fortunegreece.com για την longaccess. 

July

29
τα νέα μου: longaccess.com #project-la #longaccess #gr
η καθυστερημένη ανακοίνωση της longaccess στο blog μου 
15
Why we started longaccess. #en #longaccess
How did we come up with the idea of longaccess? Here is the true story. 
11
They are social places, not networks #en #social #medium.com
Even though the connections of each individual user are his social network, these sites (Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, etc.) are not social networks. They are social networking places. 

June

25
Privacy, Marketing and the NSA #en #privacy #marketing
The dominant business model for online consumer services leaves little room for privacy. 
11
Your 2-year old can use the iPad. So what. #en #being-a-parent #medium.com
I find it amusing when other parents brag that their kids can use the iPad. 
09
on PRISM and US data hosting #en #digital rights #medium.com
A worried tech entrepreneur’s thoughts after PRISM-related news. 

May

24
My daughter changed my perception of time. #en #being-a-parent #medium.com
My daughter turned two a couple of weeks ago. Being a parent is an amazing experience, the kind of experience that makes one think of the world and oneself in a different way. 
21
“future-proof” is a feature I want to see more services offer #en #thoughts #longdata
“Future-proof is a feature, and an important one, when it comes to hosting my digital life, like my photos, my videos, my thoughts, my on- and off-line activity.” 
20
migrating from iPhoto to Dropbox, from feature rich to future proof. #en #howto #iphoto #dropbox
How I moved from feature rich iPhoto to future proof Dropbox. 

April

14
my post got 63k visits thanks to HN: the aftermath. #en #hackernews
One of my posts got to HackerNews #1 for hours. Here is what I’ve learned and some interesting data.  

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13
Πού είναι τα σχόλια; #blogging #metablogging #comments #gr
Μερικές σκέψεις σχετικά με την δυνατότητα σχολιασμού στα blogs. Γιατί το blog μου δεν έχει πια σχόλια;  

October