Now May is over too. So here’s my little monthly review of the events, my experiences and happenings of the past month:
First of all my birthday was on May 7th and I am now 21 years old, which I celebrated nicely. Birthdays were never really important to me, but this year I really enjoyed it.
As you may notice while reading this article, I have reworked my blog and website design and have made it much more minimalistic.
On my blog there is a section called “Links” (recently not only in English but also in German). But how do I find links that I find interesting and worth sharing? In this post I will describe my process.
What I like to read most are blogs of other people. I don’t know many of them at all, at least not personally, but met them by chance sometime in the internet.
Many may not know it, but I am the founder of AndroidPub, a Medium publication about Android development. (The site is still running on a subdomain of my first domain, although I registered it’s own domain a long time ago.)
I used to be an Android enthusiast, I celebrated every new release, I used to sit at my laptop at night during my school days and program apps. I have released many apps.
April was somehow anything but exciting. Thanks to a contact ban it was now the first full month in home office.
Anyway, home studying worked out quite well for me. Getting up at a convenient time, on average one telephone conference or lecture a day, and using the rest of the time quite flexibly. The online lectures also work better than expected, especially when I compare mine with the experiences of other students.
As I write these lines, I listen to music on Spotify. To a playlist named “Lowkey Tech” with “chill techno and chill house” music. Recently I have been enjoying this music a lot. Electronic music, but relaxed and mostly without vocals.
Before I started using Spotify over 5 years ago, I often bought CDs on iTunes or Google Play Music. Often I got gift cards for my birthday, which I redeemed for either apps or music.
Yesterday, I asked the Hacker News community why they don’t have blogs, even though they have the necessary technical skills.
Many Hacker News readers and contributors have the technical skills to run their own blog and post their opinions. But instead they prefer to use Twitter or other social networks. Why is this so? Is it the effort?
I want to respond to some of the answers in this post:
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.