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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.


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Did you know that Windows has 52 000 different family emoji combinations? See Emojipedia for more details on family emojis.

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“Native English speakers are the world’s worst communicators”

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English is my second language. My mother language is German, in school I had Latin for a while (but was rather bad at it) and in university I had one semester of Spanish.

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URL Lengthener

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Some people come up with strange ideas when they are a bit too bored. Instead of URL shorteners (I wrote my own, btw.) they invent URL lengtheners. Probably of little practical use, but still a funny idea.

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OnionShare

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I currently have two technical topics that interest me a lot. One is SQLite, of which I am always surprised by its functionality and ease, and the other is Tor, which I find quite interesting because of its encryption and because I recently listened to Edward Snowden’s book “Permanent Record” as an audio book.

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Two articles about awesome SQLite projects

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I found two SQLite related articles in my Pocket list, which I wanted to share.

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PlantUML

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I’ve seen several mentions of PlantUML recently and I’d like to share a few thoughts on it as well.

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Yayagram

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This is a Twitter thread (that would have made a great blog post) where Manuel Lucio Dallo builds a Telegram client for his grandmother (“Yaya”). But this isn’t a typical app, it’s an entire device. The “Yayagram” allows messages to be sent as voice messages via Telegram, and received replies are printed directly on thermal paper.

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“Legacy without nostalgia”

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Basecamp ended their blog “Signal v Noise” and DHH shares a few thoughts about it.

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WSL 2 support for Linux GUI apps is coming soon

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Last year’s announcement that WSL 2 would soon support Linux GUI apps seems to be getting more real, as the feature is now present in an Insider build. Running Linux GUI apps in WSL 2 then makes such workarounds as I once described unnecessary. I’m curious to see in which release the feature will end up.

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The Verge’s executive editor left Twitter

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Yey, I’m not the only person who is happy to quit using Twitter. The Verge executive editor T.C. Sottek left Twitter as well.

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