Jan-Lukas Else

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IndiePass, Indigenous or whatever it’s called now (for Android) supports unlisted and private posts now! 🎉 Or did it already before and I just did not notice the setting? At least that was a feature I always missed and needed to use frontmatter when creating a new reply for example. Thanks Mark Sutherland!

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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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Just for the record: I left Twitter before it was cool to do so. 😊 But seriously, it was the right decision back then and I have no regrets.

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📍 Post locations

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📍 Brandenburger Tor, Berlin

My evening project today was to develop a feature to display post locations in GoBlog, for which I created a custom Go module (100% test coverage!) that roughly parses geo-URIs according to RFC 5870. Nice feature for when the location should be relevant for the post context or I want to save where I shared a photo. An example in this post. 😉

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Today was probably the last day with temperatures close to 20°C in the near future. But that’s ok, because 20°C is quite warm in February.

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While in the beginning I integrated almost everything directly into my hugo-micropub tool, I now build separate tools for new features that can be used independently (like this one or this). Most of them simply use the JSON Feed as a kind of API to get information about published articles. Not real microservices, but it goes in that direction.

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Do you remember the picture I posted today about my home office desk?

I remembered that when I bought my PC, I also ordered a VESA mount kit so that I could screw the PC to a compatible monitor and my monitor is compatible. At that time I just didn’t do that because I somehow failed with the screws.

Today I tried it again and as it turned out I was just too stupid to use the right screws. There were two sizes, which I did not notice and of course intuitively took the wrong one. But now the VESA mount is finally in use and my little PC is hidden behind the monitor.

More space and tidiness on my desk!

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My desk

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I just had to share a picture of my workplace in the company internal wiki. That’s why I share the same picture again on my blog, so everyone can see how my desk looks like. My dream workplace would look like the one from David Heinemeir Hansson, but unfortunately the reality only looks like this:

My desk

How does your desk look like?

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I recently tried to improve a few parts of my blog and its theme:

  1. Links in the content are now underlined, to better differentiate between links and bold text.
  2. You can see the section of the entry below the title.
  3. Point 2 also let me reduce the number of linked sections in the main menu.
  4. I added the option to create anonymous comments without an own website by using comment parade.

If you find more things, which I should improve, feel free to contact me.

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It’s nice to spend some time with the family and visit the zoo in Zurich. There were also some Australian animals. They have it probably much better there than their conspecifics in Australia.

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