Jan-Lukas Else

Thoughts of an IT expert

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TinyPilot

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Michael Lynch is someone who, when he has an idea or a problem, spares no effort to get to the bottom of it and develop a solution, usually with a combination of hardware and software. Recently he developed a project that allows him to remote control a server just by connecting a Raspberry Pi via USB and HDMI. The Pi runs a program with a web interface that forwards the keyboard input to the server via USB and sends the HDMI output back to the browser. This allows it to control the BIOS and even install a new operating system.

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A successful day

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Today (or already yesterday at the time of publication of this article) was a quite successful day. πŸ’ͺ

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Principles or convenience?

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Actually, I’m more of a fan of free, libre and open source software. So if possible I prefer to use Libre Office instead of Microsoft Office. But now, for two presentations for university, I tried Google Presentation. And what can I say? It’s actually not the bad. It is very easy to use. The suggestions, similar to those in PowerPoint, are very good for giving slides an attractive design. And also the slide master editor is somehow easier to use than I remember from Libre Office.

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Friends must be free to choose whatever software and service they want

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Like of: bridge all the things by Beko Pharm

This rant is great!

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Some thoughts about LibreOffice vs. Microsoft Office

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I usually prefer using LibreOffice over Microsoft Office because it’s free / libre software and I can use it on Linux. However, while writing a seminar paper, I noticed one feature that LibreOffice Writer is missing and that made me use Microsoft Word for the paper: literature index.

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GitLab Telemetry: Use Non-Commercial Alternatives Instead

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Yesterday, GitLab sent an email to all users (and wrote a blog post) telling that they are updating their terms & services (to which you have to agree) to include a new third party service to track and analyze the behavior of their users, so that they better understand how their users interact with GitLab.

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distro.tools: Scripts for lazy Linux users

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Today I want to share one of my own projects: distro.tools.

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VSCodium: Microsoft-free Visual Studio Code binaries

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Visual Studio Code is an awesome text editor. It is in fact my favorite one. I use it for writing blog posts, I use it for looking at code (although I prefer JetBrains IDEs for actual coding) and I use it whenever I need a text editor.

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Did you ditch Chrome yet? Don’t switch to Brave though.

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There is some discussion recently about another evil move by Google. Google plans to deprecate (and remove) an API in it’s webbrowser Chrome, that is used by many ad-blocking addons. Of course they are ignoring voices from the community! Only enterprise customers will be able to use this API for custom development.

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IFTTT alternative: Beehive

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I recently wrote a blog about how to schedule posts on Netlify using IFTTT. IFTTT is a proprietary service from a company that somehow has to make money (They earn money by charging other services that want to make their service available to the IFTTT platform).

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