Jan-Lukas Else

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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.


mox Mail Server

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I currently use Purelymail for email. It’s very cheap and does everything I need (“purely email”). I’m also happy that I’m free of all the headaches of having a good IP reputation and setting everything up so that my mail doesn’t end up in junk folders.

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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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“On SEO”

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Scott Nesbit’s Weekly Musings are one of my favorite sources to follow. In Musing number 101 he writes about SEO, Search Engine Optimization.

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Telegram’s monetization plans

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Telegram’s founder Pavel Durov is thinking about ways to monetize Telegram, which until now he mostly paid from his own savings:

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“Why Getting Paid for Your Data Is a Bad Deal”

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation has some good arguments against selling your privacy, a so called “data dividend” or “pay-for-privacy”.

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Clean start for the web

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Tom MacWright shares some thoughts around how the web loses on performance and accessibility because web pages continue to grow in size and complexity.

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Pure CSS Minesweeper

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I once wrote about pure CSS paintings. It’s amazing what you can achieve with just HTML and CSS. Another amazing thing is CSS-Sweeper, a Minesweeper clone written in just HTML and CSS. It’s not the fastest implementation but more a “stress test” and will probably have lags on average computing devices. Nevertheless, it’s awesome! You can play it here.

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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.

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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”.

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Reducing the size of Docker images

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Jérôme Petazzoni published a great article on the Ardan labs blog about reducing the size of Docker images. He compares different ways to package a binary into an image by using different base images and either dynamic or static linking. The conclusion is that although you can get really tiny images with SCRATCH, it is probably not worth it because it is more difficult to debug.

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