Niel de la Rouviere

Web developer & Linguist | About Me

Introducing Bitcoin Node API and Bitconvert.js

~ July 17th, 2013

Since working on Min.io, a Bitcoin project with my brothers, I’ve started doing a lot more Bitcoin development. I’m doing contract work for Safe Paper Wallet as well, building and improving their paper wallet generator, which has been incredibly fun to work on. Besides those projects, I’ve created two new open-source … Read More.

The Curious Case of the Word ‘Sonder’

~ June 5th, 2013

If you spend a lot of time on Tumblr and Reddit you might have encountered this word before: sonder n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that … Read More.

Six Reasons why I’m long on Bitcoin

~ May 8th, 2013

If you’re into tech, you probably would’ve heard about Bitcoins. Next to Google Glass and 3D printers, Bitcoin is the next big ‘new’ thing. Silicon Valley investors are salivating at Bitcoin companies. Coinbase just raised $5mil, for example. Besides the buzz and excitement, here’s why I’m excited about Bitcoin and … Read More.

Creating a Bitcoin Paper Wallet

~ May 2nd, 2013

Bitcoins are booming at the moment. Yes, it had a bit of dive, but its adoption and growth is incredibly exciting. I got into Bitcoin early 2011 when I decided to ‘play’ around by buying some. Needless to say, those few coins are worth quite a bit today. Thefts of … Read More.

Google Glass, Augmented Reality and Being Human

~ February 26th, 2013

Whether Google Glass fails or not, the discussions generated by it and human nature will become one of the most interesting philosophical issues for the coming generation. This short essay is part of an assignment for the completion of the E-Learning & Digital Cultures MOOC on Coursera. Google Glass is … Read More.

HanziCraft: One Month after Launch

~ February 13th, 2013

So, last month I launched HanziCraft. Here are the stats. Statistics Google Analytics data below: I’m quite happy with the stats at this point. I made the big announcement on the 11th of January on my Chinese learning blog. Then the roller coaster started. My first sales came in within … Read More.

17 Things I learned at University that wasn’t academic

~ February 10th, 2013

Stellenbosch University started its new year & it’s the first time without me as a student in five years. I graduated with majors in linguistics & Chinese, and I’m awaiting the results of Master’s thesis in Computer-Assisted Language Learning. However, as I’m seeing friends and strangers Tweet about heading back … Read More.

The 5 challenges I faced in developing my new project HanziCraft

~ January 18th, 2013

In 2012 I had a coding rebirth. I needed to improve my coding skills for my degree and went straight into Node.js as it was the quickest to pick up coming from front-end web design. While coding for my research I also spent some time on side-projects, that in the … Read More.

Introducing Twin Tech Talk

~ January 14th, 2013

Since my girlfriend and I recently moved to Taiwan (check my post on Confused Laowai for more info), Simon (my twin brother) and I wanted to keep in touch, especially our spontaneous tech discussions. We’re both interested in tech and 21st century trends and always manage to find interesting topics to talk about. We’ve … Read More.

Side Project Skill Creep

~ December 5th, 2012

In between completing my Master’s, I spent a lot of time working on side-projects. When I look back over the year, I realized each side-project taught me new skills, like building blocks paving the foundation for the next one. The best way improve in coding is to build something and … Read More.