Jan-Lukas Else

Thoughts of an IT expert

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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.


“HTML compression on popular websites”

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Danny van Kooten did an interesting experiment and checked the top 10 thousand websites whether they are compressing their HTML. About 8% of them do not apply any kind of compression, resulting in many terabytes of unnecessary transmitted data, not helping to save energy.

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“What are robot dogs actually being used for?”

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Many people have seen the videos of Boston Dynamics with their robots. While watching the videos, I always wondered what the possible use cases for such robots (dogs) are? Just millitary? But now Tom Scott clarifies it with a new video: Hydroelectric power plant inspection for example! With the robots it is cheaper and easier to monitor the power plants centrally.

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“The internet is not broken. People are.”

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Totally agree with Manu’s latest post:

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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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Advent of Code

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This project has been around for a couple of years, but this time I’m taking part in the Advent of Code for the first time. Every day there is a small programming puzzle (with two parts). I found today’s task pretty easy to implement, let’s see how it will be the next days.

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Libre internet speedtest

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Until now, when I wanted to measure my internet speed, I mostly used speedtest.net or speed.cloudflare.com. But recently I found a better alternative: librespeed.org. Advantages: Open Source, tracking and ad-free, possibility to host it yourself. After a few tests I can say that it works at least as well as the other alternatives.

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The Whimsical Web

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Max Böck created a nice site featuring “whimsical websites”. Websites that have special features and “spark joy”. A nice idea. 👍

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Why 543 KB keep me up at night

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The problem is not this specific website or how fast it loads, but that shipping seems to be so much more important than performance, usability, accessibility, or user experience.

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Koko Analytics

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Should I ever setup a WordPress site again, I will use Koko Analytics instead of a 3rd-party service. I really appreciate such efforts to offer fast, privacy-friendly and easy-to-install plugins that can replace things like Google Analytics.

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Ideas on Writing: Shitty First Drafts

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Matthias Ott wrote a good article about writing and drafts. “Shitty drafts” allow one to let all thoughts out of your brain onto paper. Once you have that you can start editing.

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