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2021-09


Two years with my Surface Go

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The daily look into my OneDrive app showed me a photograph this morning: Of my Microsoft Surface Go with its accessories. Because two years ago today, I received and set up this device on which I’m typing this text right now. So for two years now, the Surface Go has been with me in my everyday life, taking on the role that my laptop had before.

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I regularly watch videos on YouTube via my Chromecast with Google TV. But I feel like I’m seeing more and more commercials. It’s almost like private television, where every video is interrupted every few minutes with advertising. And most of the time it’s two commercials in a row that can’t be skipped. I think I have to think about an alternative solution for YouTube…

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James replied to my programming post.

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Today we went to the zoo spontaneously. 🐒

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Programming is a really useful skill

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I started programming in elementary school when my parents gave me a programming book aimed at children. Since then, I can’t imagine my life without programming. The days during the year when I don’t program something are very rare.

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Writing as self-therapy

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My blog has this feature to open a random post. One of over 900 on my English blog alone. I think I’ve mentioned before that I like to use this feature to browse a bit through my thoughts from a few years ago.

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Today’s web experience

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Guangyi Li has created a page that demonstrates quite well the current state of the web. You search for something on Google, land on a website and then the click torture starts, until you finally land on the content, but then you have to click again…

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I found out that Google Translate provides a hidden but freely available Text-To-Speech API and used it to improve the read aloud feature in GoBlog. Just let this post be read aloud right here to see how it looks now. 😉

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Order from Amazon

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I’m noticing how I’ve been ordering more and more just from Amazon over the past few months. I should feel bad about supporting such a profit-hungry corporation, but the fast deliveries, easy returns, and wide selection of products are just too tempting.

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SQLite without Cgo

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On Saturday morning I experimented a bit. Whenever I used SQLite in a Go application, I used the popular package mattn/go-sqlite3. Not a bad choice, after all it implements the database/sql interface. One drawback, however, is the need for a C compiler, since Cgo is used to run the original SQLite code in the background.

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