Nextcloud's mission and principles

In “The Nextcloud mission and principles”, Frank Karlitschek, CEO of Nextcloud describes the mission and principles of Nextcloud, the company behind the software with the same name.

I use Nextcloud for quite some time already and with every release I like it more, it’s a wonderful software (although it’s PHP). Another reason to like Nextcloud is because the company has principles I wish more companies had: 100% open source (and no open core), open standards and decentralization, just to name a few.

Bring your own WiFi

I’m currently with my family on vacations and we have rented a holiday flat. The description of the flat includes “Free WiFi”, so I would assume there is a functioning WiFi. It may not be fast, but it should be working. But my experience with WiFis in hotels and holiday apartments (at least here in Germany) told me, to better take some precautions and bring my own WiFi repeater with me, which I could also use as an access point when there is access to LAN.

Eight ways to reduce your digital carbon footprint

Although the linked article is basically an ad for Firefox, there are two things I would like to highlight.

The third point “Turn on strict tracking protection” says that enabling strict tracking protection, or like I do by using uBlock Origin, prevents data from being sent to “dozens or even hundreds of companies” and therefor also the processing of it. That’s such an important point in my opinion! It’s also just another good argument when trying to tell people why they should use an ad blocker…

The second point I want to highlight, is the last one in Mozilla’s list: “Get bored”. Getting bored and doing just nothing, not only saves some energy, but can have a positive effect on your brain too.

telnet mapscii.me

I heard of telnet already, but I never used it in some way. It’s one of the oldest internet standards. Now I discovered a cool project: mapscii.

When you are on Linux or macOS, open your terminal and type:

telnet mapscii.me

Maps in your terminal via telnet! 😄

To navigate, use the following shortcuts:

  • Arrows up, down, left, right to scroll around
  • a or z to zoom in and out
  • q to quit

On Windows you can use PuttY. And if you don’t want to use telnet, you can also download the project and run it locally. It’s NodeJS-based.

SCSS adventures

I’m currently in the process of improving my sites Hugo theme. I removed features I never used and simplified unorganized HTML and CSS, to enable adding new features (like better support for IndieWeb things) later. My theme was once based on the Hugo theme Mainroad, but I modified so much over the time that almost nothing is left from the original theme. The theme, which was a port of a WordPress theme called “MH Magazine”, supported Internet Explorer 11, but when I discovered CSS variables, I made use of them and broke Internet Explorer support on the way.