Jan-Lukas Else

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I quickly played with OpenAI’s new Text-To-Speech model to check if it’s an alternative to Google’s API. And wow! English is fantastic and even German is not bad. Just some syllables in German have a weird English accent. But even then, it’s still good. But sadly, it’s also a bit costly. Let’s wait a few months until it gets cheaper and better, and you can enjoy my blog’s “Read aloud” feature even more. 😉

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Kev built his own microblog using WordPress and iOS shortcuts to separate his long and short posts. It sounds like this is a better alternative for him than micro.blog. Maybe with SQLite as the database he can even simplify this setup.

Why do I have both post types in one blog? I don’t want to decide what’s a long post and what’s a micro post. Most of my long posts aren’t long enough to really make that distinction. And I like having everything in one place.

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I started working on plugins for GoBlog using a Go module I recently discovered: yaegi. It still feels like magic, because Go is typically a compiled language and yaegi makes it dynamic by embedding an interpreter. Is this overkill for GoBlog or does this possibly enable flexibility like WordPress plugins?

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To all my feed subscribers: If you are annoyed by the TTS audio or the “Interactions” link, add a “.min” in front of the feed type in the URL. For example https://jlelse.blog/.min.rss. Thanks for following! 😄

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No more Telegram Premium

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Telegram decided to cancel my Premium, I got the following message from the @PremiumBot:

Unfortunately, Telegram Premium is not available for users from Germany. You were able to subscribe due to an issue with this bot that existed in the first days after launch and has now been fixed.

The full amount you paid for the subscription has been refunded to your card. We apologize for the inconvenience.

I’m a bit sad, because I really liked the voice message transcription and the new premium stickers were nice as well. Seems like I now need to wait again until Premium is officially available in Germany. ☹️

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It’s worth buying Logitech devices. Even though they are not exactly cheap, they are of high quality and in case of a warranty claim, you can get a new device as a replacement without any complications. At least that’s my experience (with my MX Master 3). 😌

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23 doesn’t feel all that different from 22. 🤔😊

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The first two nights with my new weighted blanket were good! The blanket is very cozy but not sweaty. The weight is not oppressive, but just right, and also makes me feel somehow more tired than usual before I sleep, and then let me fall asleep almost immediately, as if flipping a switch. And somehow I seem to dream much less, which can be a positive sign for more deep sleep.

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As I read “No Social Media Club”, I wonder what it would be like if I don’t share so much on my blog, what it would be like if I had never started sharing anything on the internet in the first place? 🤔 I somehow don’t have an answer to this…

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