After getting inspired by Kevin C. Coram, the blog is now generated by Hugo on a private Drone CI instance. Using a custom Docker image with Hugo, the site gets generated and the output is then uploaded to the server using rsync. Because this approach is much cleaner than my previous one, I could now also setup things like a preview page and I can update Hugo versions for my sites independently.

Support for Windows 7 ended yesterday. Now you have to pay for future security patches. Therefore it would be advisable to stop using this operating system version and look for another alternative. A common suggestion is to switch to Linux and I agree that you should do so if you are not dependent on any Windows-exclusive programs and there are no alternatives to them. But there are also reasons to continue using Windows (but please version 10).

I agree, it's definitely harder to contact people without Twitter. However, in the last year I didn't need to contact anyone (people as well as businesses) who had just an account on Twitter.

And I think redacted information on WHOIS isn't a problem, because at least in Germany (where I live) an “Impressum” (with a way to contact the website owner) is required by law.

I finally did what I thought about a few months ago: I finally deleted my Twitter account (or rather deactivated it, it will be deleted if I do not log in for another 30 days). I am done with Twitter. I realized that I often only open Twitter when I want to be distracted or procrastinate. I typed “” in the address bar of my browser, just to scroll a little and then close the tab again.

Because I like reading what things other people are using (sometimes I find interesting stuff that way) and inspired by, I started creating a /uses page on my website. There are so many things I could write down there, but I started with hardware, domain registrars and selfhosted services. Next, I will start adding all the softwares I use (browsers, editors, IDEs, …).

Kyle Piira explains, why he stopped using Google. He used Google products for nearly everything: Emails, calendars, contacts, entertainment, news, web browser, online storage, domains, analytics, ads, … But one day he got an email that changed everything:

“Your account has been suspended”

It was only a second account but it made him rethink everything. He then switched to mainly FOSS alternatives.

It's definitely a great read! It also reminds me a little of my own rethinking. I didn't experience any account termination, but at some point I became more critical of Google's massive data collection. Step by step I replaced Google products with alternatives (which are often even much better). Today I am almost Google free.

If you aren't using Chrome but another browser like Firefox with turned-on privacy settings and an add-on like uBlock Origin, it can happen that you come across reCAPTCHA challenges quite often (because Google thinks, you're a bot). They are pretty annoying to solve manually, so there is an add-on named Buster that solves the audio challenge by using speech recognition.

I just recently installed it, but so far it worked pretty well, even without the optional client app (which requires to turn off fingerprinting prevention). If you click on “I'm not a robot”, there's another symbol next to the headphones icon. Click on that, click on “Play” and it will probably solve the challenge. If it doesn't work on the first try, just try a second time. It's probably still faster than choosing the correct images.

Give it a go to save time!

Although I unsubscribed from all YouTube channels and removed the app from my phone, I now try to consume videos in a more controlled way. I now subscribe to channels using my feed reader Miniflux. It seems like each YouTube channel has a channel ID, consisting of a random string, and an optional username. I found the following methods to work to subscribe to a channel: If the YouTube channel has a custom username (the URL of the channel is https://www.

This is a chicken-and-egg problem. Until enough websites are using Indieweb standards to publish content, it will remain a niche.

This makes the Indieweb necessarily a fairly tech-centric space. However, I don't believe that this makes it less valuable. The Indieweb is a new technology, though it happens to be built on top of some very old ones. New technologies are always inhabited by tech types at the beginning.

I think it's not a problem for non-IndieWeb users to read IndieWeb pages though. Most often they won't even notice it's an IndieWeb site, when they come there by accident (e.g. a search or link from somewhere else).

Jan-Lukas Else
20 years old student who writes about everything he cares about.