Jan-Lukas Else

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ChatGPT is smart enough to detect what the code in the single minified JavaScript file on my blog front page does. Try it out! 🙃

Ok, it’s also not that complicated to guess by looking at the long string at the beginning… But ChatGPT has figured out what it’s called.

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My motivation to work on GoBlog isn’t always the same. Sometimes I don’t feel like programming in my free time, so the most I do is some bug fixing when I find broken things. Sometimes I just have no time to work on new features or improvements. But since yesterday evening I feel a new push and have completely rewritten the plugin system to make it much more flexible (and I like flexibility). I had to break compatibility with existing plugins, but given the small user base and the limited scope of what plugins could do, I suspect there weren’t many. But the future looks promising…

Interesting side note: Now that DeepL Write is in public beta, I used it to improve the writing for the post on the GoBlog blog and this post. As a non-native English speaker, it’s really helpful. Because sometimes I don’t find the right words and use unusual words, or have wrong tenses or word orders, then DeepL corrects me.

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Majestetic 🏰

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Like of: Colin Devroe - Blogging is alive and well

Whether or not blogging is alive or dead is not a new topic of discussion. It is a topic that reoccurs every few years. I've written about it dozens of times. But the current push seems slightly different. I believe we will see many more people blogging again or, at the very least, publishing on a platform that compliments the web rather than chafe at it.

Probably preaching to the choir…

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I had an AWS training in November and have the opportunity to get the “Certified Developer Associate” certificate. Even though I have two attempts, I want to do well on the first shot. Since the trainer didn’t show us everything that is required for the exam, I’m kind of re-doing the training with this Udemy course (luckily I have access to Udemy Business and don’t have to pay for it). It’s really helpful because it helps me demystify the AWS cloud and reduce the 🤯 whenever I do something in the AWS console.

I have a bit of an urge to try out everything I’ve just learned for myself, but most of the features are somehow too expensive for private use and I don’t like lock-in effects.

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Nice to see that there is such a variety of MicroPub clients, next to Quill, Micropublish and the mobile app Indigenous, there’s also sparkles. But on the desktop, I mostly just use GoBlog’s editor nowadays. It has live sync and and a live preview, which is sometimes very helpful. But flexibility is the key, use what fits you and the situation the best.

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I bought a full year of access to the Freeletics coach, so I should actually start doing my workout, right? 🙃 I can already feel the soreness just thinking about it…

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Happy new year! 🎆

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Achievement for today: I can finally correctly reply to Mastodon/Fediverse/ActivityPub posts. 🥳

P.S.: And I can mention ActivityPub actors and they will get a notification (at least on Mastodon).

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Just setting up a quick Mastodon instance to test some compatibility is a pain. Using test accounts on public instances is also unreliable, because many instances are already overloaded and I don’t want to create spam. So I got a new DigitalOcean account with a $200 starter credit…

DigitalOcean has a simplified Mastodon setup and now I can try to improve my ActivityPub implementation during the next two months and then probably have to create a new DigitalOcean account.

By the way, happy holidays! 🎄 My family’s Christmas wasn’t as expected. On Wednesday evening I got sick (I guess it’s RSV). But my girlfriend and my sister are also sick. 🤒 Today is my first day without fever, but it doesn’t feel like that.

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