Jan-Lukas Else

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Looking at the commit history of Tailscale’s tailscale-android repository on GitHub, there are plenty of hints that a revamped Tailscale Android app (even with dark mode!) is coming soon. 👀

Let’s hope the new UI will be much better (old UX). And it’s great to see that Tailscale is not only focused on Apple devices! 👍

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In the summer of ‘22 I upgraded my perfectly working soundcore Liberty 2 Pro to the Liberty 3 Pro because they have ANC and have been using them ever since. But since the L2P are still working perfectly, I connected them to my phone again and use them sometimes. Too sad to let them rot in the closet, and I guess nobody wants to buy used in-ear headphones.

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Telegram Premium allows you to convert voice messages to text. But Telegram Premium isn’t officially available in Germany. So why not develop your own solution? That’s exactly what I did this morning: I created a Telegram bot that takes the voice message and transcribes it using OpenAI’s Whisper API. The bot runs as a serverless container on Scaleway. The source code is published on my Gitea instance.

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📍 Aueteich, Germany

Nice weather, good mood. 😌 Spring is definitely my favorite season! 🌷

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Due to OpenAI’s move to prepaid billing, I (finally) had to pay for using the OpenAI API. But this also allows me to finally use the gpt-4-turbo-preview model as I have reached tier 1. Now the AI-generated summaries on this blog will be created using this new model. 😄

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Four years ago on this day, the government decided to close all schools and universities because of Covid-19. It was hard to get toilet paper or pasta because people started hoarding. Crazy what happened in those four years.

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I received my blood results last week and have since been taking high dose vitamin D pills (also B12 and folic acid once a week) to improve my extremely low levels (~9 ng/ml).

I feel as if it’s already having an effect: I have more energy throughout the day and feel much better mentally. But it could also be a placebo effect. 🤔

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Today I learned that there is furniture made of cardboard! What a crazy idea…

Sure, some IKEA furniture these days is also made of cardboard, but they try to hide it. ROOM IN A BOX or KarTent, on the other hand, don’t try to hide it and use it to market themselves as sustainable.

Since we needed a guest bed, I ordered a cardboard folding bed from KarTent and am very interested to see how good it will be.

I will keep you updated…

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I was just looking at SSD prices and wow, have they gone up! Last year in May I ordered a Crucial P5 Plus with 1 TB for 79,99 €. In the late summer of last year, the price was as low as 59,90 €. But now the lowest price I can find is 92,81 €, the second lowest is 134,28 €. 😱 Seems like I should wait a bit before buying a new drive to back up all the tape videos

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Using non-Apple hardware usually has one big advantage: Much better upgradeability.

Even though my laptop isn’t as modifiable as the Framework Laptop (it was a lot cheaper, though), I just upgraded its battery from the 36 watt-hour version to double that, 73 watt-hours. Pretty good for a 14" laptop, I think. Based on past battery performance, this new battery should easily last 10 hours of my typical usage.

Past upgrades: 16 GB to 40 GB memory, 512 GB to 1 TB storage.

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