jlelse's Blog

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Email is Not Broken

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A few days ago, I started writing a rant about the new email service HEY (but I discarded the draft because I could not put my criticism into words properly.) While I appreciate that there is a new privacy-focused email service, I do not understand the hype. I don’t understand how it should revolutionize email. There are already a few email services that you pay for. And also the problem of vendor lock-in (by using provider domains instead of custom domains) is not solved by not (yet) supporting custom domains. And also the UI doesn’t look very appealing to me.

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You can finally directly register domains with Cloudflare

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I know, Cloudflare is often criticized in privacy groups and also I do not find everything good. I myself use Cloudflare actually only for two things, which do not concern the privacy of the visitors of my websites. DNS hosting and domain registration. Cloudflares DNS management is very easy to use and they also offer a good API to automate the management. There is also support for features like DNSSEC.

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I am finally done with the exams and presentations for this semester! Next semester is bachelor. 🙈

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restic is my tool of choice to do backups. I’m just eagerly waiting for this a(a)wsome PR to get merged and a new version released! I’m backing up my Nextcloud (currently ~50 GB), but I never pruned the backup and now the backup is taking up more than 160 GB. That’s still just peanuts with Backblaze B2 as online storage, but I like to have things clean and tidy and a prune is overdue.

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Reply to: A note by Jamie Tanna

My site is back now (Hetzner experienced problems with the CEPH storage - I might switch servers to their new CPX line soon). The TikTokJsonFeed tool works great, I just have to regularly update things to keep it working. TikTok likes changing their website and API all the time, but fortunately there is a community that keeps the scraper up-to-date.

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There are times when you want to look at something on GitHub on the go. The previous mobile web experience was terrible, but with the latest redesign, the new mobile web experience is finally usable. 🎉 By usable I mean usable, but not necessarily good. I think GitHub still has some room for improvement.

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Like of: 20th Anniversary

Congratulations! It is exciting to see that some people run websites that are (almost) as old as I am. In 2000 I was just one year old. What will the Internet look like in another 20 years?

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Stay hydrated!

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I bought myself a cheap glass jug to always have enough water in reach. Stay hydrated! 🚰

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Reply to: A toot by Jan Boddez

@jan It’s a user agent with JavaScript enabled, because that’s what sends the page view to my statistics tool. And it’s just my homepage (jlelse.dev) and not the home page from my blog. I won’t rate limit though, my site is cached using BunnyCDN and as long as it doesn’t cause gigabytes of traffic, I’ll just let things as they are.

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I don’t know what’s the reason for that, but for the last few days someone with Windows 8.1 and what seems like the latest version of Chrome (at least that’s what the User-Agent string is telling) is messing up my homepage stats with hundreds of visits per day. Maybe it’s because jlelse.eu redirects there, which has a quite high Alexa rank and someone is scraping the site every few minutes? 🤔

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Jan-Lukas Else