Jan-Lukas Else

Thoughts of an IT expert

๐Ÿ”— Links: 2020-06

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


On Productivity

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As always, a real nice essay (musing) by Scott Nesbit. This time itโ€™s about productivity:

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Email is Not Broken

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A few days ago, I started writing a rant about the new email service HEY (but I discarded the draft because I could not put my criticism into words properly.) While I appreciate that there is a new privacy-focused email service, I do not understand the hype. I donโ€™t understand how it should revolutionize email. There are already a few email services that you pay for. And also the problem of vendor lock-in (by using provider domains instead of custom domains) is not solved by not (yet) supporting custom domains. And also the UI doesnโ€™t look very appealing to me.

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Nextcloud Notes

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Nextcloud Notes is my favorite note-taking app that allows me to sync notes across devices using my Nextcloud instance. I donโ€™t like to limit my notes to just one computer, I need to be able to access them from anywhere, whether thatโ€™s my desktop computer, my laptop or my phone. And I choose a self-hosted Nextcloud, because then I can also choose any other file editor to edit the notes.

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Making RSS more visible again with a /feeds page

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Marcus Herrmann suggests using a /feeds page on your blog to list all the available (RSS) feeds to follow you.

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Blogging is easy

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If I had to make a list of my 5 favorite blogs, Weekly Musings by Scott Nesbitt would be included. Issue 72 is about blogging:

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Music I listen to

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In April, I wrote:

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reveal.js

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Someone reminded me about reveal.js and I just took a look at the project site. It seems like reveal.js got a completely new website and a major update to version 4. I already used reveal.js for a few slides and liked it. However I didnโ€™t consider it for my recent university presentations, because there I needed a PDF version of my slides (and the PDF export somehow didnโ€™t work quite well with my past slides) and I didnโ€™t really had the time to experiment. Next time I will try reveal.js again.

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Best Motherf*cking Website

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I donโ€™t really like the language of this website (it would also have been possible to communicate the content in more civilised language), but I agree with the content:

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Obese websites and planet-sized metronomes

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Kevin Galligan wrote a metronome with HTML, CSS and JS, which has a total size of less than 1 KB. Because the existing ones were as large as 11 MB without more functionality. In the accompanying blog post he rants about the modern web (with data-based proofs) and explains how he achieved to make the metronome app as small as 1 KB.

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Photoprism ๐Ÿ“ธ

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Iโ€™m currently โ€œmanagingโ€ (or better say storing) my photos using Nextcloud. Whenever I take photos with the camera, I copy them to a YEAR/MONTH based folder structure. Also the photos from my phone get automatically uploaded to a folder with all phone photos.

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