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2021-10


My October ‘21 in Review

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The end of the year is approaching and another month is over. With the end of October and today’s time change - which I had briefly forgotten this morning for inexplicable reasons - but already comes a bit of the winter feeling. The last weeks it was sometimes unusually warm, but now the cold season is just around the corner.

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I am using Nitter, an alternative interface for Twitter, just in case I want to read a thread on Twitter. Previously I hosted the instance directly on my VPS. Now, however, I host the Nitter instance at home, but make it available on the Internet through Tailscale, a little program I wrote called “ProxyExposer”, and Caddy. 🤓 I also briefly tried publishing a WordPress instance from home to the web this way. But I don’t have a use case for WordPress at the moment.

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Telegram Ads

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So Telegram now has ads. But unlike the ads from Google, Facebook or Apple, the ads are not personalized and much more privacy friendly. The ads simply consist of a maximum 160-character message with no external links and are displayed only in large public channels.

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Previously, to work on my code server, I always installed Visual Studio Code locally and then accessed the server using the Remote SSH extension. But that no longer seems necessary now that I have code-server installed. Using code-server, Visual Studio Code can be easily used in the browser. Cool project!

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Running my Drone CI runner at home has some disadvantages though. The network speed in a data center is much faster than my 100/40 mbps connection at home. But I will (hopefully) have a new provider soon with gigabit download (and a bit faster - 50 mbps - upload)…

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Today I was out in the forest, in nature. To breathe fresh air, move, relax. The inspiration and thoughts you get there!

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I have no idea how many people read my posts or what posts they read. But it’s great to have a reading community that likes to comment on the questions I include in my posts, help me out or give me inspiration. Thank you!

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(Smart Home) Automation with Node-RED

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Yesterday I expanded the memory in my home and code server to 16 GB and wondered what I could do with all the resources this server provides me. So I looked around a bit and came across an open source program called Node-RED. Especially in the context of Smart Home and Home Assistant, I’ve heard about it a few times, but never looked into this software in more detail.

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My home and code server now has 2 TB of SSD storage and 16 GB of RAM. While I’ll be using the storage for backups, etc., I’m not quite sure what I can use the 16 GB of RAM for yet. What else can I run besides Home Assistant, AdGuard Home, Drone and Tailscale? I still have my VPS running my websites, Miniflux, Bitwarden, Firefox Sync Server, RSS-Bridge, Firefly III, Nitter and Gitea. 🤔

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“I’m worried about humanity’s future.”

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Via Nicholas Danes I came across the video of Arun Maini (Mrwhosetheboss): “I’m worried about humanity’s future”. In this he addresses some good aspects. It’s about the impact of technology on our lives, society and behaviour. For example, he talks about the fact that algorithms are increasingly trying to keep us in front of the screen for as long as possible, that echo chambers are creating more and more negativity, and that we may soon no longer be able to distinguish between fiction and reality because of AI.

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