Jan-Lukas Else

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Some photo impressions from our walk today through the nearby park in Kassel.

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If you regularly work remotely (away from home and the office), a portable monitor is one of the best investments you can make. I’ve had my HANNspree HL162 for almost a year now and it’s really helpful when I work from my family’s home. Having two screens really increases my productivity. 😄

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Google Bard is a bit too creative. In another chat, where I asked who “Jan-Lukas Else” is, it also said that I developed the “Quarkus programming language”. But this clearly shows the limitations of language models and the current state of AI. Just because the answers sound clever, they are not always right.

A screenshot showing Google’s AI Bard answering to a question about my websites. Some parts of the answer are right, but others are wrong.

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📍 Brunswick, Lower Saxony, Germany

Beautiful sunny day with 17 degrees. So I put on my sunglasses and ride the pedelec a bit. 😎

My pedelec

Fountain on the cemetery, still without water

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I’m currently validating the use of the OpenAI API as a cheaper and more powerful alternative to the Google Translate API. I hope my plans succeed and there will be a new GoBlog plugin with some AI power soon. ✨ So far the OpenAI API is quite easy to use, I thought it would be more complicated. Philipp is already using the API for his diary, another cool idea (which I may copy someday).

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This time I’m doing my commute (to my second flat) with this new 70L travel backpack from Decathlon. It’s already full with just my work stuff (notebook, keyboard, mouse) and some other stuff (personal notebook, smaller backpack, toiletries, 2L water bottle). How am I supposed to fit 14 days of vacation stuff in there? 🤔 Good that I can take a vacation without having to take the work stuff with me. 😅

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Sunset view from the hill next to our flat. 🌇

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📍 Nordbau, Kassel, Hesse, Germany

The obligatory photo. Not frozen anymore. 🌞

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One reason I (have to) keep WhatsApp installed: It seems to be becoming more common for companies to offer support through it if you don’t want to call a hotline. ~50% of my chats are support chats. 🤔

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Mastodon 3.5 finally supports the Update ActivityPub activity. GoBlog supports sending updates for quite a while already, but only Pleroma showed the updated posts and not Mastodon. That would have been useful recently, when I posted “Spaces!” but wanted to post “Tabs!” and updated my post. 😅

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