Author Archives: PeterPaul

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Apple TV 2nd Generation and Two-factor Authentication

It turned out that using two-factor authentication on the Apple TV 2nd or 3rd generation doesn’t work naturally. There is no way (field) to enter the additional code and no information on how to use this. There is just an error message stating that your username, password combination isn’t correct.

The solution to using two-factor authentication on Apple TV 2nd generation

It took me a while to find it and I actually needed help from Apple Support on Twitter to find a solution. The solution is almost on the bottom of Apple Support on using Two-factor Authentication.

If you use two-factor authentication with devices running older OS versions—like an Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation)—you might be asked to add your six-digit verification code to the end of your password when signing in. Get your verification code from a trusted device running iOS 9 and later or OS X El Capitan and later, or have it sent to your trusted phone number. Then type your password followed by the six-digit verification code directly into the password field.

Given that there is an expiration on the verification code that didn’t work well for me using the Apple Remote. So, the tip is to use the Remote on an iPad or an iPhone. I even used my MacBook Pro to generate the verification code and then swiftly enter it after the password using the Remote on my iPad.

Bol.com Techlab podcast on Data and Data Science

Bol.com’s Techlab podcast features various episodes on way of working, including the ones below:

You can find a full list of episodes on

Bol.com Techlab podcast on Way of Working

Bol.com’s Techlab podcast features various episodes on way of working, including the ones below:

You can find a full list of episodes on

First episode of the bol.com TechLab podcast

Today we released the first episode of the bol.com TechLab podcast. The subject of this first episode is our Kotlin adoption journey.

In this podcast, we share our experience with you to learn and entertain. Peeking behind the screens of IT and Tech in general at bol.com. Showing you our approach to IT, e-commerce and retail platforms. We have a lot of fun creating the podcast episodes. It is awesome to talk about all the interesting software we create and the innovation we can achieve with our development community.

Our next episode will feature our experience with forecasting using modern data science technology. I can promise you that will be an interesting discussion too!

Day 2 problems in the Cloud

When moving to the Cloud companies run into “Day 2 problems”. The technology, interfaces and how to use all the stuff are super easy however on the second day comes the real challenge: How to use all this great stuff in a structured way on company/enterprise level?

Here is a great read on “Day 2 problems in the Cloud“. Day 2 is a management problem, not a technology problem. Adoption and implementation require different skill sets, than innovation. These have to be put to work.

Two interesting reads on team structure and focus

(Re)discovered two interesting reads on team structure and focus this week that I like to share.

Pioneers, Settlers and Town Planners

pioneer, settler and town planner The Pioneers, Settlers and Town Planners approach help structure organisations and teams. It takes into account how activities and practices move from chaotic (poorly understood, uncertain, constantly changing, rare, future source of worth) to more linear (well-defined, predictable, stable, common, cost of doing business) and how organisations contain a mass of these activities and practices. Understanding this and using the right methods and tactics is important to creating a balance between the unstable but potentially high margin activities (chaotic) and the stable and low margin (linear).

McKinsey’s Three Horizons of Growth

McKinsey’s Three Horizons of Growth are all about keeping you and your teams focused on growth and innovation. This strategy framework requires you to categorize your goals into 3 different ‘horizons’. You can also split the activities of your team to the three types of activities that are related to fulfilling the goals for the different horizons. In that case, a team could spend (as a rule of thumb):

  • 70% on activities that are most closely aligned to your current business.
  • 20% on taking what you already have, and extending it into new areas of revenue-driving activity.
  • 10% on introducing entirely new elements to your business that don’t exist today.

This helps ensure that you consistently balance your focus between the needs of today (horizon 1), the future state of your business (horizon 3) and the steps that you need to take to get there (horizon 2).

Travis Law

Travis’s Law:

Our product is so superior to the status quo that if we give people the opportunity to try it, they will defend it and demand its right to exist.

Travis Law is a quote from a speech by Travis Kalanick founder of Red Swoosh and wider known Uber. In his CEO role at Uber, there have been quite some scrimmages with local governments and unions. This law is one of the strategies what Uber uses to influence the outcomes of these discussions. They have been pretty successful with it.

Will it work outside Uber?

There is one other company that comes to mind that faces similar discussions with unions and governments that has used this approach successfully: Airbnb.

Some background

In a Havard Business Review article on Uber (and it’s assumed illegality) it is stated:

What’s more, Uber’s most distinctive capabilities focused on defending its illegality. Uber built up staff, procedures, and software systems whose purpose was to enable and mobilise passengers and drivers to lobby regulators and legislators — creating political disaster for anyone who questioned Uber’s approach.

Related laws

In a way, this is an extension to what Peter Thiel stated in Zero to One:

As a rule of thumb proprietary technology must be at least 10 times better than its closest substitute in some important dimension.

Where Thiel focusses on the product development part, Travis goes from the demand. The demand from users that is used to overcome obstacles, like protectionist rules and laws and unions acting to protect jobs and actually sometimes more investments and lobbies by unions.