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2020-02


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It’s probably raining soon, but that’s why I went to the park to catch some of the remaining sun light and enjoy the warm weather (14°C at the end of February). 🌥️ Going for a walk is nice too. 🚶🏻‍♂️

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My February ‘20 in Review

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February was rather quiet in contrast to January. I had the practical phase and was working in the office accordingly. The main task was to find a possible topic for the bachelor thesis. I also found something, but now I have to look for a professor to supervise the topic and hear what he thinks of the idea.

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I found a loophole to prevent those pesky cookie notices

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Mattias Geniar found a way to not have to display a cookie warning on his website and it’s surprisingly simple:

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Reply to: A note by Henrique Dias

Could you share more information or code about how you transform your knowledge base notes into Hugo pages? I tried creating a wiki or knowledge base on my website too, but somehow I still miss a good workflow to make more use of it. And do you create all notes directly in English or do you translate them later?

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I just migrated my main server (a VPS at Hetzner) from RancherOS to Alpine. While I considered Alpine already as a Docker host when I setup RancherOS, Alpine wasn’t Docker-host-ready yet. But time passed and now it’s even simpler to setup a Alpine Docker host than it is to install and maintain a RancherOS server. I really love Alpine for it’s simplicity and lightweight size and use it as a base image whenever I need to create a Dockerfile. Let’s see if I’ll get any unpleasant surprises or if everything works as expected. And sorry for any downtime of my blog or website.

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Photopea: Photoshop in the browser

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By chance in a Hacker News thread about “MSPaint in JavaScript” I discovered the tool Photopea. Photopea seems to be a free JavaScript-based Photoshop alternative that runs in any browser. What surprises me the most: Photopea is developed by a single person. I don’t use tools like Photoshop or Gimp very often, but I will try Photopea the next time I need to edit photos and images.

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How to read paywalled Medium articles without a membership

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I sometimes publish links to Medium articles. Often the articles are behind the Medium paywall. This gets the author a few bucks per month, paid by “Medium members”. I’m still a Medium member until March (I paid for one whole year), but I won’t extend my membership after that, mainly because I don’t get enough value out of the subscription (many articles are clickbait or do not interest me). But in itself I think it’s good that authors are paid directly by readers' money and not by tracking readers.

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Apple’s Secret Monopoly

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Will Oremus has written a long article on OneZero (Medium paywall) that discusses whether Apple is an illegal monopoly or not.

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It feels great without Twitter

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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.

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Reducing the size of Docker images

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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.

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