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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.


“100 years of whatever this will be”

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Avery Pennarun (apenwarr) on decentralization:

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Advent of Code ‘21

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New year, new code advent calendar. This year I’m trying my hand at Advent of Code once again in Go. This time with a little help from the copilot. Let’s see if I make it to the end, or have to give up early again…

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“What are robot dogs actually being used for?”

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Many people have seen the videos of Boston Dynamics with their robots. While watching the videos, I always wondered what the possible use cases for such robots (dogs) are? Just millitary? But now Tom Scott clarifies it with a new video: Hydroelectric power plant inspection for example! With the robots it is cheaper and easier to monitor the power plants centrally.

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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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“Can YOU Fix Climate Change?”

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I just stumbled upon this video by “Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell”. It’s about the climate crisis and that the only solution might be a systemic change and I absolutely agree.

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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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“My love-hate affair with technology”

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Nolan Lawson writes about his love-hate affair with technology.

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BootBoi

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I found this little open source app to wake up or even shut down my new code server using my smartphone: BootBoi. The whole thing even works via Tailscale, if I use a device from my home network as exit node. To wake up a Wake-on-LAN packet is sent and to shut down a SSH command is executed.

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“Darker Corners of Go”

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Another entry from my reading list: “Darker Corners of Go”. Rytis Bieliunas has taken the effort to write down all the points to consider when programming with Go. A lengthy list, even if I personally find Go simpler than, say, Java.

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The Web’s Timeline

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I had this link on my Reading List for a long time, today I finally took a look at it and I am thrilled: The Web’s Timeline.

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