I left Twitter one month ago and didn’t miss it a single time. Reading stories about “Brand Blockers” (Medium paywall) just gives me the feeling that this was the right decision. Regarding the “Brand Blockers”: Instead of trying to block hundreds of thousands brands, maybe just block Twitter? Twitter is full of brands. That’s why I first unfollowed everyone and created a list with all the people I followed previously, which had the benefit of a chronological timeline and no promoted tweets in between.

Jérôme Petazzoni published a great article on the Ardan labs blog about reducing the size of Docker images. He compares different ways to package a binary into an image by using different base images and either dynamic or static linking. The conclusion is that although you can get really tiny images with SCRATCH, it is probably not worth it because it is more difficult to debug.

I often choose the Alpine image, because I can easily add the required libraries using apk, it’s quite small, and to debug, I can easily open a shell inside the container.

Normally I don’t link to pages from Google, but the analytics of Google Fonts are quite impressive. In total, over 36 trillion fonts have been loaded from Google Fonts.

However, the system fonts are often perfectly adequate and do not look bad. Also on this blog only system fonts are used, which means that there is no need to download a font file first. This saves bandwidth, reduces the amount of data sent to Google (none is sent at all) and speeds up loading. It probably even helps to reduce CO2 emissions.

Is it good or bad that human communication is so ambiguous? Human communication is complicated. How about if human communication works via a well-defined interface (like a programming interface) and the communication recipient always understands messages exactly as the communication sender intended? From my naive point of view and as someone who prefers unambiguity, I would say that this could solve a lot of problems, or prevent them from happening at all.
The ActivityStreams module for Hugo should work with image attachments too. This is a test post to see how they are displayed on Mastodon. But I want to take the opportunity to introduce my readers to Unsplash, where you can find many nice photos for free use. Like this picture from NASA.

Mastodon doesn’t support “Article” posts and only shows the summary from them. But not only that, it doesn’t seem to unescape escaped HTML and that’s why articles from my blog looked so weird on Mastodon, while they worked fine on Pleroma and Microblog.pub. I now fixed the escaping. My Hugo module for ActivityStreams representation is available on Codeberg.

I migrated from a self-hosted mailcow-dockerized to the hosted version of Mailcow. It’s just because I don’t want to care about keeping everything up-to-date, secure and backup-ed. Now I have some stricter limits, but in the past I didn’t reach that limits and I doubt I will reach them ever. To migrate all emails, I used the online version of imapsync.

To answer the question why I didn’t migrate back to Fastmail (which I used previously): With Mailcow I have the possibility to create up to 20 different mailboxes instead of just one. Furthermore, Mailcow is hosted in Germany and since I am enthusiastic about the open source project, I would like to support the person behind it.

Opinions can change over time. And since I often post opinions on my blog, I’ve added a feature to my blog theme that displays a warning message above posts that are over one year old (example). I have been blogging for some time now. There were times when blogging was my escape to deal with difficult times. Some things I may see a little bit differently after 4 years. After all, since then some years of life experience have been added.

Here WeGo is my favorite alternative to Google Maps. I know it would be better to support Open Street Maps, but Here WeGo (formerly Nokia Maps) also offers great navigation functionality and real-time traffic information. It also seems to be relatively privacy friendly. With the app you can also download maps for offline use. Here Technologies is majority-owned by a consortium of German automotive companies (Wikipedia), so I hope they make sure that there maps have a great quality and so far (I use this service since 2015) my assumption has been confirmed.

One problem that can occur when you are in a technology-focused bubble is that you often feel the desire to buy new hardware, even though you already have everything you need. The specifications and reports and whatever else you hear about a new device makes you want to have it. All the devices I own already meet all my requirements and I have no legitimate reason to buy a new one.
Jan-Lukas Else
20 years old student who writes about everything he cares about.