jlelse's Blog

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Hi, welcome to my blog! πŸ‘‹ If you understand German, check out my German blog as well! πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ

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I watched “The Social Dilemma” on Netflix today. I like the movie! A good movie with a lot of things people from within my bubble probably already know. And a lot of reasons to stay away from (classic) social media.

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Just another case of unfair competition

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With Apple launching Fitness+, they launched just another service with an anti-competitive advantage. While they take almost 100% of what’s left after taxes etc., other services are forced to use In-App-Purchases of which Apple takes 30%. I don’t understand how some people defend Apple for this and think this behavior benefits them. Actually, it only leads to a decrease in the quality of non-Apple services, because they somehow have to try to compete with Apple, but get 30% less of the revenues.

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Microsoft's underwater data centre resurfaces after two years

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Underwater data centers powered by 100% renewable energy are a very interesting idea. It is also noteworthy that they seem to be much more reliable than conventional DCs and that an “unreliable grid” isn’t such a big problem. When the container was hauled off the seabed around half a mile offshore after being placed there in May 2018, just eight out of the 855 servers on board had failed.

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Thinking about WordPress

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Today I have dealt with WordPress for the first time in a long time. I’m not planning to move my blog to WordPress (I’m in the process of developing my own content management system), but have set up a site for someone else and migrated a few articles. But still I am impressed by WordPress. A user friendly interface, a lot of extension possibilities and also a wide range of nice designs.

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How my data survived a corrupted hard drive

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… and what I’ve learned about backups and self-hosting my files.

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I’m switching from Backblaze B2 to Scaleway’s Object Storage. I used to use B2 as a backup destination for my restic backups from various servers. The service is fine, but what drives me away is missing €-billing (and credit cards as the only payment method) and a somewhat slow performance (at least it feels like that). Scaleway asks for twice the price (0,01€ per GB per month) but the first 75GB are free.

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This is the first photo (and note) posted from my new phone: A Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite.

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"Portuguese children sue 33 countries over climate change at European court"

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β€œI am afraid for the future,” she said. β€œLately, it is already impossible to exercise outdoors. If that was only for a few days it would be fine but the heatwaves are extreme and recurring. I live with the feeling my home is becoming more hostile each year. It scares me a lot.” – The Guardian COVID-19 lets the topic of climate change take a back seat, but COVID-19 also shows that something must change.

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I took inspiration from Ru and finally added a “favorite blogs” section to my blogroll. I also sorted the blogs into English and German, so that someone without knowledge of German can ignore the German blogs.

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Medium is bringing back custom domains

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Medium is bringing back support for custom domains. And in general they seem to listen better. In addition to custom domains, Medium is reducing the amount of annoying pop-ups and banners and will also offer more customization options.

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Jan-Lukas Else