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.


DeepL Write

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I’m a big fan of DeepL for translations. Before trying to write more blog posts directly in English to improve my skills, I wrote many blog posts in German and then translated them. The texts were probably better than my non-native English.

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“Bloggers, Dump Your Twitter Card Tags”

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It’s crazy to think how much bandwidth is being used by metadata tags. Every company wants to invent it’s own new system. Wouter Groeneveld gives a brief overview and recommends getting rid of them (for the most part). I agree with him completely. The only one of these systems that my blog supports is Microformats, which is quite popular among the IndieWeb community.

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The Pocket Casts mobile apps are now open source

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Good news! The Pocket Casts mobile apps are now open source.

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“WebVM: Linux Virtualization in WebAssembly with Full Networking via Tailscale”

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When I tell people about programming or my work, they often say software development is too abstract for them. But there are moments when I think that about some software as well.

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wsl-vpnkit: Internet for WSL2 distros behind a VPN

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I’m still alive. 👋 Today, at work, I discovered a nice little tool for WSL2. On my work laptop I need to use Cisco AnyConnect to connect to the corporate network. Unfortunately this blocks Internet access in Windows Subsystem for Linux VMs (at least in the Ubuntu VM, I tried to use for some Docker stuff). I tried a lot of different hacks and workarounds, but none worked. Until I found wsl-vpnkit. It just works. 😄

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sqlite3 fiddle

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With all my SQL and SQLite posts, this link is probably also quite interesting: sqlite3 fiddle.

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“Common Table Expressions in SQL”

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I’m currently working in a project that involves a lot of data processing and therefore databases. This means that we often come into contact with SQL at work and have to write an SQL query at least once a day.

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“Friendlier SQL with DuckDB”

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I come into contact with SQL almost every day, be it at work (Oracle Database) or while developing my blog software (SQLite). I don’t find SQL as bad as some others might, but sometimes SQL could be better.

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“Cool Things People Do With Their Blogs”

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I do from time to time forays through the Internet and like to visit cool blogs. Wouter has created a list with a few examples and even mentioned my blog in it. 🤓

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“How Telegram Became the Anti-Facebook”

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I read this very long article about Telegram today and somehow it left me with mixed feelings. The article is also from WIRED, but it offers more balanced coverage than an article from a year ago.

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