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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.


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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“The evolution of a Go programmer”

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I stumbled upon this GitHub repository and I think it’s pretty funny. Of course, once you get to know all of Go’s features, you’ll want to try them out. But with enough experience you end up with simple code again.

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From Java 8 to 16

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At work we are still using Java 8 for a project, but an upgrade will be needed in the future. To see what has changed, there is a list created by Dávid Csákvári that lists all the new features of the language and JVM that happened between Java 8 and Java 16. And that are indeed quite a lot.

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“SQLite is not a toy database”

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I am a fan of SQLite. SQLite is brilliant, offers a lot of features, but is often underestimated. Also my blog uses SQLite, as well as my URL shortener.

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