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Why I no longer host my emails myself βœ‰οΈ

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Recently, there has been a lot of talk in my blog bubble about email self-hosting again (here is one example, here is a second one). I myself switched to a self-hosted mail server over a year ago, only to switch back to a hosted version a few months later. For me there were no technical problems running Mailcow, I was even quite happy with my setup. Nevertheless I switched because I realized that email is a topic where it’s not really worth hosting it myself.

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"I made a robot to cut my hair with scissors"

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Shane Wighton from the YouTube channel β€œStuff Made Here” built a robot that cuts his hair. It worked OK for part of his hair, but see yourself… I wonder how one could even come up with such an idea to have one’s hair cut by a robot with scissors? Crazy!

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Reply to: A poem by Henrique Dias

Beautiful poem and so true, Henrique! Even as someone who has so far attached less importance to physical contact, I can now absolutely understand how important it is. Physical contact is much more important than it seems to us. Yes, emotional connections are important. But emotional connections with physical contact reach cosmic proportions.

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Hackers convinced Twitter employee to help them hijack accounts

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Social engineering is more like hacking people instead of hacking systems. Still, Twitter has been hacked: On Wednesday, a spike of high profile accounts including those of Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Barack Obama, Uber, and Apple tweeted cryptocurrency scams in an apparent hack. “We used a rep that literally done all the work for us,” one of the sources told Motherboard. The second source added they paid the Twitter insider.

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Reply to: A note by Beko Pharm

Now that most IndieWeb meetings are on video, maybe I should consider joining one as well. πŸ€” I just have to overcome my shyness of speaking in English in front of other people. πŸ™ˆ And I need to implement RSVPs in my blog theme.

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I just switched from my Hugo-based webmention storing method (that triggered a site rebuild for every webmention) to Horst Gutmanns’s webmentiond. There are still a few things to improve, but I will try to submit more pull requests, like support for Telegram as a notification service and a few other issues.

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Hacker News feed

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I use hnrss.org to follow Hacker News and stay up-to-date with the tech and developer community. I followed the /frontpage feed, so that my feed reader would collect all submissions that reach the front page of HN. However that’s a lot of stuff and it got too much for me. I then noticed that one is able to filter the feed to just include submissions with more than 50 points (https://hnrss.

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How my blogroll gets generated (now completely automatic!)

Yesterday I teased a new post about how I automated my blogroll generation by writing a Go script and using the Miniflux API. Here it is.

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Automation is awesome! I just automated my blogroll generation by using the Miniflux API and building a small Go script to download and parse the OPML, filter it and convert it to JSON. Longer explanation following soon…

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The best of both worlds

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This might sound like a post by a Microsoft fanboy, but honestly, WSL 2 on Windows 10 2004 is really great. It allows me to use Windows on my Surface Go, but at the same time use Linux (Ubuntu 20.04) on it, in a small optimized VM. For example I can run Hugo inside WSL 2 at Linux speed (fast) instead of Windows speed (slow). I just need to take care to save the Git repository with my site files inside the filesystem of the VM and not on Windows (passthrough is really slow).

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