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Developers schetsen gitzwart beeld van
De Volkskrant spoke with fifteen (former) employees of the company in recent months. In the piece ' Bookings burn-out machine' from the Saturday supplement, which can also be found online - the developers complain about programming language Perl, which forms the basis of the online platform and which they believe is being held too rigidly. According to an anonymous source, criticism of Perl may even be dismissed.

The developers understand that a company that originated at the end of the 1990s carries a certain legacy , but according to the ex-employees there is a 'barely untangled tangle of millions of lines of code', the newspaper summarizes
Perl  Netherlands  travel  links  via:Workflow 
august 2019 by cote
How A/B Tests Ten Novenonagintillion Versions of its Site
“According to research by Evercore Group L.L.C.,’s “testing drives conversions across the whole platform at 2–3 times the industry average.” That means massive increases to their revenue and bottom line.”

How A/B Tests Ten Novenonagintillion Versions of its Site
via Instapaper
Design  cases  book4  travel  proofpoints  links  via:Workflow 
august 2019 by cote
We Need to Talk About Mental Health and Travel
Taking some time out of your day to reflect on the good things you have in your life can be very beneficial to your mental health. Sometimes when we get caught in our downward spiral of negative thinking, we forget that there are a lot of great things to be thankful for. Jotting down 10 things, big or small, that you are grateful for each day can be a real help to get you out of that negative mindset that is so prevalent with anxiety and depression. This is not a cure, but it is a small and useful tool to help you manage your mental health on a daily basis.
Travel  mental  journaling  links  via:Workflow 
july 2019 by cote
The problem with being a long-term expat
Karen, a British citizen now in Malaysia, who prefers to be known only by her first name because her husband works for a large multinational, recalls their 22 years on the road became more difficult as their children got older. Both are now at university in the UK. Having never lived in Malaysia, they don’t see it as home, and their actual home in Europe is rented out. “Their home is out of a suitcase,” Karen says.
Expat  children  parenting  travel  culture  links  via:Workflow 
may 2019 by cote
Why Did WOW Air Fail?
For one, there’s tons of competition on transatlantic routes. Not only from ultra low cost carriers, but the reality is that nowadays even legacy airlines have incredibly low transatlantic fares, because they know they have to compete. $400-500 roundtrip fares on major carriers are the norm in the off season.

When fares are that low, it really makes you wonder what the point is of flying an airline like WOW Air. Even if they charged $200 roundtrip (which is way lower than their usual fares), you’d end up paying more by the time you paid for baggage, food, drinks, seat assignments, etc.

How are other airlines able to charge these fares? Because the major airlines aren’t making money off economy transatlantic fares in the off season. Think of those cheap fares as paying a bit of gas money, but the reality is that airlines make their money off the handful of people on each flight who are spending $10,000 for a full fare business class ticket. That’s where the money is, and the rest is only working towards breaking even. Ultra low cost carriers don’t have those lucrative passengers.
WOWair  travel  Iceland  links  via:Workflow 
march 2019 by cote
Life on the Road With Susan Orlean
> How do you pass the time on a flight?
> Sometimes I’ll do tasks that are usually so tedious that I would never be able to do it at home. I’ll spend an hour going through my contact list and update it. There is a lot of stuff I do on planes that I don’t do anywhere else. I play this little silly game on my phone called “Bejeweled” and that I have never, ever, ever done on the Earth’s surface. Similarly, I have never eaten a Biscoff cookie except at 35,000 feet.
travel  businesstravel  books 
december 2018 by cote
When Concorde was the future
“Concorde was pitched at the business set of the 1970s, with all of its 106 seats priced at first-class levels. With its own dedicated lounge at the airports it served, even the check-in and waiting experience was luxurious: possibly more so than the aircraft itself, which despite its leather seating had tiny windows, a low cabin ceiling and similar knee room to today’s economy class. Pop stars were frequent flyers: Concorde famously (or infamously) allowed Phil Collins to play both the London and Philadelphia sites of Live Aid on the same day in 1985.”
jets  history  travel 
september 2018 by cote
Here are five hidden trends in corporate America’s travel and expenses as online services take over
Spending in the $1.4 trillion business travel market, of the non-travel type:

“Starbucks is clearly not just for coffee, according to corporate expense receipts. On average, employees spent $13.21 per visit to Starbucks in 2017, up nearly 40 percent since 2013. That means people are buying more than just coffee, which costs about $4, depending on your order. Certify CEO Bob Neveu credits spending on Starbucks’ increasing variety of food options, in addition to rising prices, for the increase.”
spending  travel  surveys 
july 2018 by cote
The Travel Industry’s Data Dilemma: Turning Insights into Action
“Further complicating matters, a large amount of customer data still lives in departmental silos, with sales, marketing, and customer service each supplying separate customer experiences. Those databases can easily grow stale or become inconsistent, since customer information owned by one department is often not shared with others. Keeping it up to date is an even more formidable task –– even a monthly update isn’t always frequent enough to keep up with the important life changes that can impact marketing decisions.”
data  digitaltransformation  travel  verticals  analytics 
june 2018 by cote
My advice for a Paris visit
“If you want to spend forty euros for a very good but not revelatory lunch, find a “cool” area with lots of restaurants and poke your head in at their opening, at 12:30, to ask for a table. By 12:45 it is too late and you are screwed and back to your favorite cheese shop. By the way, I don’t think Paris is the best city in which to spend $200 on a meal.”

Exiled to your favorite cheese shop. Tragic!
food  paris  travel  france 
march 2018 by cote
Anthony Bourdain Thinks You're Crazy for Eating Airplane Food - Bon Appétit
"I think people only eat it because they’re bored. I don’t eat on planes. I like to arrive hungry."
food  shoulderbag  travel 
may 2016 by cote
Usage of Apple Watch by British Airways Passengers
"Apple watches now account for more than five per cent of app usage, giving customers access to real-time flight status, gate information, a countdown to the departure time and the weather at their destination."
numbers  wp  BritishAirways  Apple  BA  wearables  travel  AppleWatch 
december 2015 by cote
My One Year Anniversary Of Living In Hotels Full Time - April 14, 2015 at 09:11PM
IFTTT  Tumblr  travel  food 
april 2015 by cote
This is what it looks like in my head pretty much all the time.
pics  travel  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  tumblr:photo  photo 
february 2015 by cote
London, Brussels, Ghent trip, a set on Flickr. Gobs of photos from my recent trip to London, Brussels, and Ghent. Time was, I’d spend much effort tagging and selecting photos. Now I just uploads them.
pics  travel  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  tumblr:photo  photo 
february 2015 by cote
Scenes from FOSDEM, including a Dell XPS 13 in the wild, a la CoreOS.
pics  ThingsIveSeen  FOSDEM  travel  ProjectSputnik  conferences  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  tumblr:photo  photo 
january 2015 by cote
I use an old Patagonia MLC (they’ve changed these a lot over the years, the newest one looks very little like the one I have), as recommended by Stephen O’Grady, but this looks good for people who like the roller-boards. (via The Best Carry-on Luggage, The Wirecutter)
travel  luggage  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  tumblr:photo  photo 
november 2014 by cote
What they will not do is maintain steady eye contact or smile. If a stranger of the opposite sex smiles at you, it’s best to do as the French do and return only a blank look before turning away. If you smile back, you might find yourself in a Pepé Le Pew–type situation.
travel  Paris  France  peoplewarching  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  quote  tumblr:quote 
october 2014 by cote
Traveling to San Francisco at the end of this week.
sanfrancisco  SFO  travel  thingsiveseen  pics  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  tumblr:photo  photo 
october 2014 by cote
There used to be time to arrive. Incremental geographical changes would ease the inner transitions: desert would gradually give way to shrub, savannah to grassland. At the harbour, the camels would be unloaded, a room would be found overlooking the customs house, passage would be negotiated on a steamer. Flying fish would skim past the ship’s hull. The crew would play cards. The air would cool.
books  travel  airports  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  quote  tumblr:quote 
october 2014 by cote
A long wait for a scanning machine can induce many of us to start asking ourselves if we have perhaps after all left home with an explosive device hidden in our case, or unwittingly submitted to a months-long terrorist training course.
travel  books  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  quote  tumblr:quote 
october 2014 by cote
Anything that can be learned by a normal American adult on a trip to a foreign country (of less than one year’s duration) can be learned more quickly, cheaply, and easily by visiting the San Diego Public Library.
travel  learning  tourism  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  quote  tumblr:quote 
september 2014 by cote
New cups on @AmericanAir. It was a pretty good - strong - cup of coffee.
AmericanAir  AA  coffee  cups  travel  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  tumblr:photo  photo 
september 2014 by cote
Passengers cannot leave babies in an infant carrier and attempt to put it through the X-ray machine.
TSA  travel  children  xray  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  quote  tumblr:quote 
june 2014 by cote
A little bit of travel this week. And golden dinosaurs.
thingsiveseen  pics  SunCloud  451  travel  airplanes  food  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  tumblr:photo  photo 
june 2014 by cote
Missing link - IFTTT
http://Connected Culture and Oblique Strategies - Episode 7 Episode 7 of CCOS is up, with the video above, the raw audio to download directly, or you can subscribe to the podcast feed as always.
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  CCOS  CCOSPodcast  podcasts  videos  ChrisDancy  travel  link  tumblr:link 
april 2014 by cote
Airlines implement gate-to-gate handheld device rules faster than expected | 9to5Mac
United and American have joined Delta and Jet Blue in permitting gate-to-gate use of portable electronic devices, following the FAA ruling making it legal to do so.
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  jetblue  AmericanAir  AmericanAirlines  AA  United  mobile  travel  link  tumblr:link 
november 2013 by cote
Accidentally Revealed Document Shows TSA Doesn't Think Terrorists Are Plotting To Attack Airplanes
RT @sogrady: what does the TSA really think the risk of a terrorist attack is?:
travel  tsa  security 
october 2013 by cote
AmEx And TripAdvisor Team Up To Allow Card Members To Get Credit For Travel Reviews And Access Spend Data | TechCrunch
It strikes me that this is one of the 100s of thing AmEx does to stand out in a highly commoditized market, credit cards.
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  amex  bigdata  travel  commidification  link  tumblr:link 
october 2013 by cote
British Airways to Offer Direct Flights from Austin to London - SiliconHills
The airline plans five flights a week initially and then plans daily flights starting on May 5th in its Boeing 787 Dreamliner with its three-cabin layout. Flights are on sale now starting at nearly $800.00 for economy to $5,600 for business class seats.
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  aus  travel  austin  london  link  tumblr:link 
september 2013 by cote
Austin to London: How the Dreamliner made it happen - Austin Business Journal
Sometime next year there’ll be direct flights between Austin and London: fun!
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  travel  austin  london  link  tumblr:link 
september 2013 by cote
With Kayak In The Bag Priceline's U.S. Business Looks Stronger
"Priceline paid $522.4 million in cash and issued approximately 1.52 million shares of common stock in addition to assuming outstanding Kayak stock options, which in total valued the deal at $1.8 billion. The $40 per share price tag offered by Priceline marks a 54% premium over Kayak’s initial listing price of $26."
m&a  priceline  kayak  travel 
september 2013 by cote
Just Announced at Tech-Ed: Travelocity Launches Analytics System on Windows Azure - Windows Azure - Site Home - MSDN Blogs
"Travelocity uses Windows Azure to provide compute power and storage for its business intelligence and analysis system. In doing so, it avoids burdening the capacity of its on-premises infrastructure, Thanks to cloud computing, Travelocity has fulfilled its partners’ requests for a system that collects metrics on customer interactions."
teched2011  Microsoft  cloudcases  Travelocity  analytics  reporting  travel  Azure  cloud 
may 2011 by cote
Zhao - Travel Guides | Design You Trust. World's Most Provocative Social Inspiration.
I like the conceit here: you don't have an iPhone (smart phone) that would otherwise do this. Paper!
travel  cards  mobile  paper  analog 
december 2009 by cote
On the Road - At the Airport, a Box of Cash Becomes a Constitutional Case
When I read this, I think, "we spend billions of data for US security, and a lowly airport guard can't look up that this guy works for a reactionary Senator and harassing him will be like trying to fight a porcupine."
via:sogrady  TSA  BigData  travel 
december 2009 by cote
U.S. Helps Frequent Fliers Make a Mint
Hah! Good arbitrage on getting miles for a tiny charge on shipping.
travel  via:jplouis  frequentflyer 
december 2009 by cote
Alaska Airlines to launch Austin-San Jose nonstop | Statesman Business Blog
"The flights will leave Austin at 3 p.m. and arrive in San Jose, Calif., at 4:40 p.m. The return flights will leave at 8:55 a.m. and arrive in Austin at 2:15p.m." Also a direct flight to "fake Portland." Looks like you can do AAdvantage code-shares to get miles and elite status...I hope.
via:twitter  travel  SJC  AlaskaAir  flights 
june 2009 by cote
Austin airport traffic down 12% - Austin Business Journal:
"For the month of April alone, passenger traffic dropped 8.5 percent. Southwest's total was up 1 percent while American and Continental were down 11 percent and 8 percent respectively."
AAdvantage  austin  travel  numbers 
june 2009 by cote
American ending 'Nerd Bird" nonstops to Silicon Valley | Statesman Business Blog
American is canceling it's direct flight between San Jose and Austin on August 25th onwards.
via:jplouis  AAdvantage  SJC  travel  flights 
june 2009 by cote
The importance of being a dork
"So why go back to Namibia, Gavin? 'You know, when I dance in Namibia, people laugh - I’m a source of entertainment. The white guy who dances badly. When I dance badly in Boston, I’m just a dork.'"
travel  culture 
may 2009 by cote
Area's latest tollway is no cash cow
Let me guess: this will result in the tollway always being a tollway and never converted to free. Sold off to private industry, no doubt, which will have to bailed out by tax-payers when that doesn't work, and we'll all be like, "wah, wah, I'm gonna go drive to tell people what I think on ROADS and tell them I don't want to pay for ROADS!"
travel  roads  austin 
april 2009 by cote
New High-Speed Rail Plan Announced
This is one of those things where people will never ask, "never mind if it's 'cost-effective,' do you want it?"
travel  rail 
april 2009 by cote
NBTA Buyer Survey Shows Extent Of Travel Budget Cuts
"Eighty-four percent of 119 travel buyer respondents reported travel budget cuts since October 2008, and 36 percent said expenditures decreased more than 15 percent."
businesstravel  travel  numbers 
april 2009 by cote
American to add Wi-Fi service to domestic flights
"American's service will cost laptop users $12.95 on flights longer than three hours, and $9.95 on shorter ones. Travelers using handheld devices, such as smartphones and PDAs, will pay $7.95 no matter the length of the flight."
aadvantage  flights  wifi  travel  American  pricing 
april 2009 by cote
Airline Luggage Allowance Policies and Guidelines
Fantastically detailed list of carry-on bag rules.
travel  bags  shoulderbag  carryon 
february 2009 by cote
Snow Peak Titanium French Press - 3 Cup at
This looks pricey, but great as a way to make my own coffee on the road.
travel  rei  via:twitter  coffee 
september 2008 by cote
What are your top tips for helping RedMonk/GreenMonk become carbon neutral?
RedMonk's green challenge is to figure out how to travel yes without effecting revenue and brand ("face time"). Anyone got ideas?
green  redmonk  travel 
september 2008 by cote
Dopplr Blog » Blog Archive » Adding multi-stop trips
Now add multi-stop trips - open jaw, as they say - trips in dopplr.
dopplr  web2.0  new  via:email  travel 
may 2008 by cote
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