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I can now make use of Micropub to post on my blog! More information: I am in search for an easier way to blog from the go for quite some time now. Recently, I implemented a web-based form to submit new posts using the API of my self-hosted Gitea. While that worked, it was still not optimal. I already heard of Micropub before, since I joined the IndieWeb, but I was always a bit scared of complexity to develop my own solution.
I use at least eight different operating systems on a daily basis. Windows 10 on my Microsoft Surface Go Ubuntu Desktop on my latpop (Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga S1) Fedora Silverblue on my desktop PC Android on my smartphone (Xiaomi Mi A1) Tizen on my smartwatch (Samsung Galaxy Watch) Ubuntu Server on my mail server (Hetzner VPS) RancherOS on my main server (Hetzner VPS) Armbian on my home server (Odroid HC 2) That sounds like a lot and it's probably a lot.
It seems like there's a new trend popping up: Newsletters and paid newsletters. I prefer to read content using a news reader, with which I can subscribe to countless RSS (or JSON) feeds. I can also decide when to consume new content and am not bothered with reminders etc. that there is new content available. Full freedom on my side. Newsletters however popup in your email inbox and create pressure. The newsletter stays in your inbox, always reminding you, you haven't looked at it yet.
As I write this, it's still the 1st of November, but the 2nd is just around the corner. Those days, two years ago, were probably the worst of my life. Tomorrow, two years ago, my father died after a longer period of illness of about 2 years. Even though he was supposedly on the road to recovery, while I was on vacation with my mother and sister, there was an accident at the hospital and eventually he died just a short time before we could be there, although we've been trying to get back as soon as possible after we heard about it.
In this series I want to share my experiences of using Windows on a private device again. Yesterday I ordered an external SSD to have a bit more storage on the go when using my Surface Go, but also to exchange files between my devices (it has an USB C cable, so it should even work with my phone). I have a huge (4TB) external HDD already, but that needs more power than what comes out of the USB C port on the Surface, so when I want to use that, I have to use a charging cable and that's suboptimal.
If I had considered a year ago what my life might look like today, I would certainly have guessed something completely different from what is reality today. Life is full of surprises. Sometimes not so nice things happen that pull you down, take strength, raise doubts and let you lose hope. But sometimes also nice things happen that suddenly give life a whole new meaning, push you, make life more worth living and give you new motivation, strength and hope.

Using Windows

In this series I want to share my experiences of using Windows on a private device again. The new semester in university started again and I'm using Windows for university things now. Yes, excuse me, I said Windows. I'm using it on my new Microsoft Surface Go. I try to find a workflow that works best on Windows. In Windows some things need to be done differently, but I think so far I'm ok with it and get used to it.
It's probably not that easy to understand, why I (as a strong Linux advocate) bought a Microsoft Surface Go and use Windows on it, but let me try to explain… In about one week the new semester at university begins and I thought about how to take notes during lectures. The last years I often used my normal laptop (a ThinkPad Yoga S1, a convertible, running Linux) but was very distracted sometimes.
Yes, this is the first post for a long time about running. I became quite about this topic, but now I try to slowly get back into this activity. In 2017 I was a running freak. I ran every day for a whole month and also preached about running a lot. Everybody should try it and do morning runs, was my mantra back then. The YouTubers I watched and podcasters I listened, as well as writers whose stories I read (all about motivation, self improvement, success etc.
I hope I don't have to explain why Google is bad, but just to give a few reasons to switch to alternatives: You'll probably get better privacy because those alternatives collect less data about you, your data won't get sold to advertisers or government organizations that easily and you help to prevent a monopoly. Sometimes alternatives are also just better than the Google product and don't lock you in so much.
Jan-Lukas Else
20 years old student who writes about everything he cares about.