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.
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.
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.