Category Archives: Technology

Discussion of new technologies, or the use of existing services and products that use technology or have technology as their main predicate. Mainly information technology can be found on this blog. Technology and how it affects other parts of society, such as economics or something as simply as daily life (e.g. usage of a word processor).

E-commerce in Belgium compared to other European countriesDuring the past year, about 43 percent of the Belgian consumers ordered goods or services online. According to figures from the ‘Federale Overheidsdienst Economie‘ (Federal Public Service Economy). Two years ago, e-commerce reached 38 percent of Belgian consumers. The year before, the corresponding figure was only 21 percent. Belgium is an average country compared to other European countries when it comes to e-commerce, but there still remains a significant gap with the neighboring countries, where the penetration of e-commerce is at least 10% higher. The highest score in Europe is recorded in Britain and Sweden, where 71 percent of the population uses e-commerce. The main objections to online purchases remain the persistent questions regarding the security of e-commerce, high delivery costs and long delivery times.

Mobistar testte afgelopen maandag officieel het allereerste 4G netwerk in België. Het telecombedrijf had reeds de beste 3G dekking in ons land, maar experimenteert nu ook met de nieuwe generatie van mobiel internet. Het 4G netwerk, de opvolger van het reeds bestaande 3G netwerk, zou tot tien maal sneller zijn dan zijn voorganger. (de ‘G’ in 3G en 4G staat voor ‘generation’).

Momenteel gebruikt 1 op 4 Mobistar klanten mobiel internet op diens mobiel toestel. Nu in de Verenigde Staten en Duitsland het 4G netwerk steeds uitbreidt, is het logisch dat België volgens Mobistar. ‘Technologische innovatie is pas relevant wanneer de consument er klaar voor is, en dat lijkt nu het geval te zijn’, zegt Olivier Ysewijn, de chief strategy officer bij Mobistar.

Continue reading Het eerste 4G netwerk in Antwerpen dankzij Mobistar

Meta tags, also called meta elements, are used to provide search engines with the correct information regarding a specific page on a website. A meta tag is placed in the head of an HTML document, such as in the following piece of code:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
<meta name=”description” content=”Personal homepage of Thomas Vanhoutte, a student Applied Computer Science. Find more personal information about him on this site.” />
<meta name=”keywords” content=”Thomas Vanhoutte, computer science, student” />
<meta name=”author” content=”Thomas Vanhoutte” />
<meta http-equiv=”content-type” content=”text/html;charset=UTF-8″ />
</head>

Meta tags are used by search engines, such as Google and Bing, to be able to categorize a webpage correctly. Note that these meta elements are, although they are part of a document, not visible to users visiting the website with a web browser. There are many types of meta tags, here are the most important ones you should definitely consider using:

Commonly used Meta Tags


For most web masters and web designers, Google will be the search engine were the focus lays. If your site is found and indexed correctly by this leading search engine, you can be more than happy. Google mainly understands the following meta tags to index web pages.

description

<meta name=”description” content=”Replace this text with a fitting description, related to your site’s content.” />

When you installed your WordPress installation in example.com/wordpress/, you should use the following .htaccess file
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /wordpress/
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /wordpress/index.php [L]

In case you installed it in the root of your domain, so that would be example.com/
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]

Place the .htaccess file in the root of your domain, using an FTP client like FileZilla and you should be good to go.
Continue reading Default WordPress .htaccess file in case you messed up your WP site

If you want to install Microsoft Office 2013 on your Windows XP or Windows Vista computer, you are out of luck. You need at least Windows 7 in order to be able to run the newest version of Office.

It’s no surprise Microsoft is now dropping support for Windows XP, but it is surprising Vista is dropped as well.

Over the last 24 hours, Googlebot encountered 1 errors while attempting to retrieve DNS information for your site. The overall error rate for DNS queries for your site is 100.0%. You can see more details about these errors in Webmaster Tools.


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If you are looking for a tool to check your Dmoz listing of your website(s), you don’t need to look any further. You are able to check a site’s listing without the need of an extra tool.

Here are the step to determine if your site is listed on dmoz.org:

  1. Go to dmoz.org
  2. Use the search function and search for example.com. (your site)