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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.
I sometimes write articles. On this blog. On my German blog. Not long time ago, I used to write on Medium. I already spent hours and hours of writing. After writing and publishing something new, I usually share it on social media. My fediverse account and Twitter most often too. But sometimes I am thinking: Is there just anyone getting some worth out of my posts? Is there someone who would even visit and read articles, if I don't spam my followers on social media?
For a few weeks now, I'm owner of a smart watch again. I used a smart watch some years ago (during the Android Wear 1.0 era), but stopped using it when my watch (the Sony SmartWatch 3) didn't receive updates anymore and was almost useless since all apps where just optimized for the Wear OS. Now I'm back with a Galaxy Watch. It's a pretty great smart watch. For one, I like that it's using Samsungs Tizen OS instead of Wear OS.
In this post I want to explain how you can mass-delete old tweets without the need to use a 3rd-party service that probably also want your money or scripts that require you to create an application on the Twitter developer portal. You will just make use of Firefox, Tweetdeck, some shell scripts and two command line tools. To follow this tutorial you need the following prerequisites: An account at Twitter with tweets you want to delete (otherwise this tutorial is totally useless for you) Firefox Basic knowledge of how to use a terminal curl, jq and bash installed on your system (I will use a standard Linux distribution with a zsh-shell, so if you are using Windows or Mac, or another shell, commands can slightly differ) Disclaimer I'm not responsible for any damage caused by you following this tutorial!
It's the first time I actually bought a brand new PC, or better say parts for a new PC. I had to assemble them myself. Until now I only had PCs or laptops with a maximum of 8 GB RAM and no fast CPU. All devices where also refurbished or second hand devices, because I didn't want to spend so much money on new hardware. And I couldn't upgrade them more because they were already maxed out.
Jan-Lukas Else
20 years old student who writes about everything he cares about.