Anders Thoresson

Freelance reporter covering science and technology. http://anders.thoresson.se


Don't Buy Your Data a One-way Ticket


What do you do when evaluating a new web service or an app for your smartphone? Check that the photo filters look fancy? That you easily can connect with your friends? That the UI is gorgeous?

Probably.

But the possibility of exporting your data should you one day want to: Is that something you also think about?


Arguments are Better Based on Knowledge

Why kids should learn to code


Argue that kids should learn the basics about coding and how computers work and someone will…


Finally I Can Highlight The Web

Using Pinboard, Paperback and Ifttt 


As a technology reporter, I do a lot of web based research. And for a long time, I’ve missed…


Why I Paid $1000 To Do What I’m Usally Paid To (Almost) Do 


“We can’t promise to teach you anything – after all, we’re a small business, not a training programme,” Bobbie Johnson answered when in February 2012 I asked what I would learn if I backed MATTER with $1000 in his and Jim Giles’ Kickstarter campaign.


Put These Lenses On and See the World As You Prefer It 


Of all april fools I saw this year, The Guardian’s was the one I liked the most. Guardian Goggles are a great parody making fun of Google Glass.

For most part, the short video has a lot in common with both Goggle Glass and the augmented reality apps you can install on your iPhone or Android. Using the GPS, the…


Do Tomorrow What You Decide Today 


Seven years into my career as a freelance reporter, I’ve learned that how the day begins has a big impact on how it will end. A good start often means that I feel satisfied with what I’ve accomplished. A bad start the opposite.

“Good” in this context, by the way, means “work-related”; “bad,” everything else.


The True Story About You – Told By Your Acquaintances


In October, friends of mine became parents for the first time. As often is the case, I got the news on Facebook.

But not from the parents themselves. Someone who had heard the happy news offline had rushed online and posted his congratulations on the proud father’s wall.


The omnipresent notebook


In The Spark File, Steven Johnson describes how he uses a document on Google Drive as a scratchpad. In his spark file he writes down anything and everything. Quotes, vague article ideas, business possibilities etc.

For the benefits of the spark file itself, read Johnson. Also, read Elizabeth Spiers'On Keeping a Notebook in the Digital Age.


Don't Buy Your Data a One-way Ticket


What do you do when evaluating a new web service or an app for your smartphone? Check that the photo filters look fancy? That you easily can connect with your friends? That the UI is gorgeous?

Probably.

But the possibility of exporting your data should you one day want to: Is that something you also think about?


The morning walk


Being a freelance reporter working from home, my office is just down the stairs. I could wake up, dress, take the stairs, turn right and sit down in front of the computer …