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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.

DNSControl: Version control your DNS configuration

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I am now versioning my DNS configuration. With the tool DNSControl it is possible for a number of DNS providers and registrars to manage the DNS and name server settings of your own domains. For example, it is possible to configure several DNS services at the same time (for example as backup DNS) or to make major changes by making a small code change and deploy them through continuous integration. In my configuration I even let JavaScript code generate part of the configuration.

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Home Office

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Not for everyone home office means sitting in front of the computer and working at home instead of in the office. For Fabio Wibmer, home office means that he does tricks with his bicycle at home instead of taking daring trips. This reminds me a little of the YouTube channel Dude Perfect.

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Pieces of Thinking

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Like of: Pieces of Thinking

Desmond Rivet wrote in a new blog article (in which he picked up my article) why he writes on a blog. Writing helps him to think: The fact of the matter is that I just enjoy the process of writing. Moving words around a blank page like so many Lego bricks is fun. Skill and readership have very little to do with it. I write to clarify my thoughts. I write to try see if any of my beliefs contradict each other.

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100 Days To Offload

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100 Days To Offload, an initiative started by Kev Quirk, is a nice idea to get people blogging. Just. Write. It’s not about writing 1000 words each day for 100 days, there are no limits on the length or shortness of the posts. It’s about getting into the habit of blogging and publishing on your personal blog. And once you have made it for 100 days, then it should be easy to stay with it.

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Minimalism

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Thanks to Steven Ovadia’s post, I discovered the newsletter of Scott Nesbitt and the “musing” “On Minimalism". This text, as well as some others that I have read, really speaks from my heart. For me, minimalism is a choice. It’s an attempt to reduce my footprint on an overburdened planet. It’s about having enough and not much more. At a material level, minimalism is a focus on what you need rather than on what you want.

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Ubuntu 20.04 - Focal Fossa

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Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa) got released today. I’m already using it for a week on my desktop and have to say it’s an awesome version. Gnome 3.36 is really smooth and the new features (like dark mode) are really pleasant. Ubuntu is in my eyes the Linux distribution that “just works”. Some other new features: Linux Kernel version 5.4 (with built-in support for Wireguard VPN) Gnome 3.36 with a refreshed Yaru theme Python 3 by default It’s a LTS version, so it will also get updates and security fixes for the next 5 years (but I’ll probably upgrade to each new version though).

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The problems with hard wrapping email body text

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Martin Tournoij has written an article about line breaks in emails. Some people think that in text emails, lines should not be longer than ~78 characters. I also find that emails that have been adjusted to this limit look terrible on the smartphone because the maximum width is narrower than 78 characters. It seems to me that “hard-wrap all text at 78 characters” is a misreading of the standard and a confusion between “how things should be sent on the wire” and “how things should be displayed”.

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World map of domains

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British domain registry Nominet created a world map of country-code top-level domains. It’s really interesting to see that .tk (Tokelau) is is the world’s largest ccTLD, because registration is free and no expired domains get deleted. After that comes .cn (China) and .de (Germany). Fun fact: I currently own 3 .de domains of about 16 million .de domains in total.

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"Nitter Redirect" add-on to redirect Twitter to Nitter

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It’s not that uncommon to come across a link to Twitter. But when opening the link in the browser, I am often told that the tweet has failed to load. This may be due to my Firefox settings, uBlock Origin or something else, but it was so annoying to have to click on “try again” that I installed an add-on that automatically redirects me from Twitter to Nitter. (See all my installed add-ons here.

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Eleventy

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I’m currently browsing the docs of the static site generator Eleventy (also known as 11ty). Although I prefer Go and I’m not a big JavaScript (and npm) fan for various reasons, I now consider Eleventy as an alternative to Hugo for my blog. I’m reaching the limits of Hugo more often and have to find complicated workarounds, because it’s almost impossible to add custom functionalities to Hugo. Eleventy is apparently very flexible and can be easily extended.

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