Jan-Lukas Else

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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.


Microsoft’s Reading Coach

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My English pronunciation can be improved — a lot. But now I can use Microsoft’s Reading Coach. This is a new AI tool for practicing reading (in English).

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Seeing a video like this from Jeff Geerling about the MNT Reform Laptop, I am both amazed and puzzled. It’s probably a cool project to work on such an open hardware and source project as a hobby. And it’s great that there’s still the alternative to proprietary hardware. But has this any other use than just being a toy for people that have more than a thousand bucks to spend on such a thing? Especially given that it’s the opposite of powerful. Thinking about it more, the only thing that comes to mind are people who are under surveillance and need to make really sure, to stay private at all costs.

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“HTML compression on popular websites”

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Danny van Kooten did an interesting experiment and checked the top 10 thousand websites whether they are compressing their HTML. About 8% of them do not apply any kind of compression, resulting in many terabytes of unnecessary transmitted data, not helping to save energy.

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Microsoft Loop

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It looks like Microsoft cloned Notion and calls it “Loop”.

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No hello

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Thanks to Tim Hårek Andreassen, I finally have a link I can send my coworkers whenever they send me a “Hi”, “Do you have some time?”, “Can I call you?” instead of asking their question right away or even just mentioning the topic. And there’s also a German version, great!

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“The Frustration Loop”

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Spammers and their spam are annoying.

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“the secret list of websites”

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Chris Coyier wrote a post mentioning a Washington Post article that analyzed which websites Google used to train its AI model. And it seems that both my blog and my website (I think I should merge them one day) are used.

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The world’s fastest train

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I like trains, if that should not have been known yet. This year I even have two major vacations (Romania and Scotland) coming up, both by train, even if flying would be possible. But if it can be done by train, then I also prefer the train.

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mox Mail Server

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I currently use Purelymail for email. It’s very cheap and does everything I need (“purely email”). I’m also happy that I’m free of all the headaches of having a good IP reputation and setting everything up so that my mail doesn’t end up in junk folders.

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I posted about GoToSocial, but another Mastodon-alternative and Fediverse software, Takahē, seems to make fast progress and has some unique features like support for multiple domains or multiple identities per user. I haven’t tried running it yet, but it looks promising!

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