I admit it, I am a big fan of pre-packaged software. Software that I simply set up by typing a single command or just adding a few lines to my existing configuration. I like simplicity and this kind of software makes things a lot easier and lets one focus on getting work done.
I still remember the time when I first came into contact with Linux and spent a lot of time with it.
Yesterday I wrote my third monthly review and since I think it has become a habit by now, I will summarize here how and why I am doing this:
On some blogs that I follow I see weekly so-called “Weekly Notes”. After I wrote my first annual review for 2019, I didn’t want to start with weekly reviews directly, but started with monthly reviews.
And I think that was a good decision.
March 2020 was the strangest month I have experienced in my almost 21 years. While in February I only noticed Corona slightly, today Corona determines the everyday life of most people worldwide. Corona is suddenly there as a danger that one could not even have dreamed of. Suddenly public life is completely at a standstill, only shops for essential goods are open, millions of people do home office and it is (in Germany) forbidden to meet more than one person in public.
When was the last time you watched a 90 minute movie without drifting off with the thoughts, pulling out the smartphone or doing something else in between than watching the movie? I often cannot even manage to watch a 30 minute video without being distracted.
At least when I am alone, it is always very difficult for me to focus and not to be distracted during passive entertainment. When I watch a movie with my girlfriend, it usually works out quite well and I can much better focus on the movie or if so, the little distraction by her is enough.
February was rather quiet in contrast to January. I had the practical phase and was working in the office accordingly. The main task was to find a possible topic for the bachelor thesis. I also found something, but now I have to look for a professor to supervise the topic and hear what he thinks of the idea.
Apart from that I also did some work on my blog. For example, I added support for the ActivityPub protocol, so you can follow my blog (@en@jlelse.
In the 2019 year review, I have already announced that in the future I want to do a monthly review. I want to reflect on what I have experienced and learned in the past month, what has occupied me and also what I am going to do for the next month. Of course I will not be able to write everything on a public blog, but I will try to be as open as possible.
During the last weeks I saw a few reviews (like this one) about long time experience with the Surface Go. I have mine for a couple of months now and finally finished the first semester where it accompanied me for a couple of different tasks.
I planned to use my Surface Go to take notes during the lectures to not waste paper or get too distracted using my laptop. That didn’t really work out, because the professor of two of my courses disallowed the use of tablets and computers in the lectures (or at least set high restrictions that weren’t really worth it for me) and I had to write on paper instead.
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 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 “twitter.com” in the address bar of my browser, just to scroll a little and then close the tab again.
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.