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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.

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 don’t like to limit my notes to just one computer, I need to be able to access them from anywhere, whether that’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: Blogging should be as easy as composing and sending an email. It can be that easy.. Actually, it is. In the end, how complex blogging gets doesn’t depend on the technology you use. It depends on you. You can choose to make blogging easy. You can choose to make it difficult.

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Music I listen to

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In April, I wrote: But I got so used to Spotify recommending me music that I like, that now I don’t even have an idea what artists the music is from. I wouldn’t know which artists to look for on a buying platform and how to discover new music. It was a spontaneous idea, but since I already have pages on my website with stuff I use and movies I’ve watched, I now have a page with music I listen to as well.

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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 didn’t consider it for my recent university presentations, because there I needed a PDF version of my slides (and the PDF export somehow didn’t work quite well with my past slides) and I didn’t really had the time to experiment.

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Best Motherf*cking Website

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I don’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: You keep forgetting. Let me describe the perfect-ass website: Shit’s lightweight and loads fast. Fits on all your shitty screens. Looks the same in all your shitty browsers. Accessible to every asshole that visits your site. Shit’s legible and gets the fucking point across (if you had one instead of just a 5MB background video of hipsters poking at their iPhones).

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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. The overweight web also has an environmental impact.

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Photoprism πŸ“Έ

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I’m currently “managing” (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. But Photoprism looks awesome. 😍 It’s still in development (seems like it’s already in that state since 2018 - but there are recent commits, so I guess this project is still alive), but the demo is quite promising.

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City Roads

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The attached picture is a visualization of the streets in my home town. I generated this picture with the website “city roads”. This site has been around for a while, but a link post from Julio Biason reminded me to share the link as well. With this site it is possible to display only the streets of a city or surroundings on a plain background.

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Stack Overflow Developer Survey 2020

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The result of the Stack Overflow Developer Survey 2020 has been published and as every year it is quite interesting to take a look at it. But it is also important to note that the survey was conducted in February, before some countries went into lockdown. It is interesting to see that Go developers get a much higher average salary than Java developers. Is it perhaps also an advantage in terms of my career that I have been getting more involved with Go lately and that it is my favourite language for my private projects?

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