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My April '21 in Review

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And now another month is already over, a whole third of the year already. How time flies… And so I come to the review of the past month.

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Thoughts about VPN services

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I have never been a big fan of VPN services. I think that many users have a wrong expectation about it, they think the VPN service would provide them anonymity and protect their data.

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PlantUML

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I’ve seen several mentions of PlantUML recently and I’d like to share a few thoughts on it as well.

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Yayagram

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This is a Twitter thread (that would have made a great blog post) where Manuel Lucio Dallo builds a Telegram client for his grandmother (“Yaya”). But this isn’t a typical app, it’s an entire device. The “Yayagram” allows messages to be sent as voice messages via Telegram, and received replies are printed directly on thermal paper.

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Advanced Blogstats

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This evening I had a little fun with SQL and JavaScript. Now it is possible to see the number of posts without date in my blog statistics (en/de), but also the number of posts in each month of each year. By clicking on the year, the months are displayed.

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"Legacy without nostalgia"

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Basecamp ended their blog “Signal v Noise” and DHH shares a few thoughts about it.

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I just updated my Ubuntu installation from 20.10 to 21.04 and I have to say (again): I love Ubuntu updates, they are so simple and fast! I can probably do 5 major Ubuntu updates in the time I do one major Windows update.

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WSL 2 support for Linux GUI apps is coming soon

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Last year’s announcement that WSL 2 would soon support Linux GUI apps seems to be getting more real, as the feature is now present in an Insider build. Running Linux GUI apps in WSL 2 then makes such workarounds as I once described unnecessary. I’m curious to see in which release the feature will end up.

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Visit in the office

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Today I worked for the first time in a very long time (about a year) for a few hours (alone) in the office at my company. My internet provider suddenly had a major outage, and since I work mainly on a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), it didn’t work without an internet connection. But everything worked at the office and when the internet worked again at home, this exceptional experience was already over and I went back again.

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I think I’m just going to ignore most tech news for the next few days because it’s going to be all about Apple again.

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