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This is a collection of links I stumbled across and found worth sharing. Also see the blogroll for links to blogs I regularly read.


"Why Getting Paid for Your Data Is a Bad Deal"

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation has some good arguments against selling your privacy, a so called “data dividend” or “pay-for-privacy”.

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Reconstruction of the Beirut Port Explosion

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In August there was a big explosion in the port of Beirut, which caused a lot of damage, unfortunately many people died. Forensic Architecture, a research group from London, has now reconstructed the course of events using publicly available information such as videos and photos. Especially the video on the website about the reconstruction is very interesting.

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Interview with D. Richard Hipp

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Yesterday, I watched this interview from Federico Razzoli with the creator of SQLite Richard Hipp. I learned some more background facts about SQLite or understood things I wasn’t so sure about before.

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Reply to: https://jlelse.blog/micro/2020/11/2020-11-13-efovd

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Origins of the youtube-dl project

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Ricardo García describes the origins of the youtube-dl project, which was recently banned from GitHub.

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Give back to free and open source software

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Like of: A post by Oscar Benedito

Oscar Benedito writes about how to give back to free and open source software (FOSS).

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Happy Birthday, Go!

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Go is now eleven years old! I’ve only been programming in Go for about 1.5 years, so I’ve only actively followed a small part of those eleven years. Nevertheless I am impressed how simple this programming language is, although new features are added all the time. And instead of getting slower with more features, Go gets faster with every new release.

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Raspberry Pi 400

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The Raspberry Pi Foundation launched a new product: the Raspberry Pi 400. It’s basically a keyboard with a modified Raspberry Pi 4 board included. It kind of reminds me of the Commodore 64. I’m from after this era of “home computers”, but in the basement there’s still one from my father. Maybe I should take a closer look at it, it’s certainly exciting to see a computer from a time when the subject of computers was just coming up and people would have thought you were crazy if they knew what technical specifications smartphones have today.

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Libre internet speedtest

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Until now, when I wanted to measure my internet speed, I mostly used speedtest.net or speed.cloudflare.com. But recently I found a better alternative: librespeed.org. Advantages: Open Source, tracking and ad-free, possibility to host it yourself. After a few tests I can say that it works at least as well as the other alternatives.

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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 it’s just a sign I need to spend more time outside. Whatever the case may be, let me just say that it’s OK if your life is not a “success story”. It’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, that’s far more important and valuable than everything else.

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