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My October '20 in Review

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Welcome to Monthly Review number 10. Yes, October is also over now and I almost forgot to write this review, even though I knew that today is Reformation Day and Halloween and tomorrow we will be in the month of November. Whether it is a good or bad thing that 2020 is slowly coming to an end remains to be seen.

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"Not a success story"

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Wise words by Manuel Moreale:

Maybe this is just me getting tired or maybe itโ€™s just a sign I need to spend more time outside. Whatever the case may be, let me just say that itโ€™s OK if your life is not a โ€œsuccess storyโ€. Itโ€™s ok if you simply wake up in the morning and try your best to be a great husband, wife, dad, mother, brother, sister, boyfriend, girlfriend, colleague, neighbor, or simply a good human being. In my opinion, thatโ€™s far more important and valuable than everything else.

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With every day it’s getting dark a bit earlier, especially since the shift to “winter time”. It’s almost dark after finishing work. Nevertheless it’s worth to go for a walk.

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Mozilla Hubs

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I don’t know what’s wrong with Mozilla, but somehow I can’t figure out some of their steps. After many employees have been laid off (who have worked on MDN or Firefox etc.), because money seems to be tight, and recently even put themselves behind Google in a new lawsuit, they do the following: They release a “3D VR communication platform”. So I would prefer that they would focus on their core business, the Firefox browser, and try to find a sustainable business model there instead of wasting money on such gadgets.

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After I recently invested some money to upgrade my home office with a new keyboard and mouse, I have now made the next purchase. I replaced my 24-inch 1080p display with a 28-inch 4k IPS monitor. 4k is really sharp, no single pixel can be seen. And even with my Linux desktop computer 60 Hz refresh rate is possible. The Samsung UR55 seems to be quite good.

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Search personal websites

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Michael Lewis had a pretty great idea, he created a search engine for personal websites. I really like that idea because I like exploring personal websites and especially reading personal blogs. It’s always interesting to read about people’s thoughts, hobbies, lives, experiences and point of views.

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Open Twitter links with Nitter (solution for Android)

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I don’t like Twitter and I’m a fan of Nitter as an alternative frontend. Whenever there’s a link to Twitter, I use Nitter to read it. Especially the mobile web version of Twitter is terrible, even more with a slow network connection. Not to mention the bad user experience when reading threads. Nitter gives a much better experience because it’s lightweight and fast.

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Minimal Office Suite

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Thanks to @hacdias, I found this nice project: Awfice - the world smallest office suite.

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Facebook's response

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Facebook has written a response to the movie “The Social Dilemma” where they try to explain what is wrong with the movie. It is a little bit amusing to read through the document.

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Watching videos faster

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Lately I’ve been switching the playback speed for videos mostly to 1.25 or 1.5x. This way I manage to watch videos that I watch to learn something new in less time (and still understand everything). Especially with long videos this makes a difference. Is it only me who feels this way? I was really happy to find out that this feature is not only available on YouTube, but also in native video players in Firefox.

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Jan-Lukas Else