Jan-Lukas Else

Thoughts of an IT expert

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Today I learned that there is furniture made of cardboard! What a crazy idea…

Sure, some IKEA furniture these days is also made of cardboard, but they try to hide it. ROOM IN A BOX or KarTent, on the other hand, don’t try to hide it and use it to market themselves as sustainable.

Since we needed a guest bed, I ordered a cardboard folding bed from KarTent and am very interested to see how good it will be.

I will keep you updated…

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My February ‘24 in Review

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February has come to an end. It’s time to take a brief look back.

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Where’s the perfect domain registrar?

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Why is there no pure domain registrar?

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I was just looking at SSD prices and wow, have they gone up! Last year in May I ordered a Crucial P5 Plus with 1 TB for 79,99 €. In the late summer of last year, the price was as low as 59,90 €. But now the lowest price I can find is 92,81 €, the second lowest is 134,28 €. 😱 Seems like I should wait a bit before buying a new drive to back up all the tape videos

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Microsoft’s Reading Coach

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My English pronunciation can be improved — a lot. But now I can use Microsoft’s Reading Coach. This is a new AI tool for practicing reading (in English).

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Using non-Apple hardware usually has one big advantage: Much better upgradeability.

Even though my laptop isn’t as modifiable as the Framework Laptop (it was a lot cheaper, though), I just upgraded its battery from the 36 watt-hour version to double that, 73 watt-hours. Pretty good for a 14" laptop, I think. Based on past battery performance, this new battery should easily last 10 hours of my typical usage.

Past upgrades: 16 GB to 40 GB memory, 512 GB to 1 TB storage.

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Trying Spaceship.com

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Some time ago, I somewhere read about Spaceship.com, a new player in the domain registration business, and registered an account to try it out. Some things kept me from transferring any domains to it (don’t really remember anymore, though), but it was also still in the beta phase back then.

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My January ‘24 in Review

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And now January of 2024 is over. Time to take a quick look back.

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Preserving Memories: My Adventure with Digital8 Tapes and FireWire

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The last few days, I dived into a new topic in my spare time: Archiving videos from old Hi8 and Digital8 videotapes onto my hard drive.

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I can’t really explain why this is happening, but I noticed that my home server is now idling at 7 watts instead of 13 watts as before. I checked powertop, and it seems that the CPU is staying at C7 (pc7) for about 85% of the time, which seems to be the most power efficient state.

Maybe it’s a result of moving my Baïkal instance to my VPS or some other updates? Maybe Home Assistant or Tailscale? The operating system is still Ubuntu 22.04. What else could explain almost 50 percent power reduction without any hardware or major software changes?

Update: I found a likely source: When the powered-off TV is connected with an HDMI cable to the DisplayPort adapter plugged-in into the home server, it idles at about 13 watts. When I remove the HDMI cable from the DP adapter, it goes back to 7 watts. So it might have to do something with the integrated GPU. I guess, I will leave the TV disconnected unless I really need it.

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