I left Twitter one month ago and didn’t miss it a single time. Reading stories about “Brand Blockers” (Medium paywall) just gives me the feeling that this was the right decision. Regarding the “Brand Blockers”: Instead of trying to block hundreds of thousands brands, maybe just block Twitter? Twitter is full of brands. That’s why I first unfollowed everyone and created a list with all the people I followed previously, which had the benefit of a chronological timeline and no promoted tweets in between.
Opinions can change over time. And since I often post opinions on my blog, I’ve added a feature to my blog theme that displays a warning message above posts that are over one year old (example). I have been blogging for some time now. There were times when blogging was my escape to deal with difficult times. Some things I may see a little bit differently after 4 years. After all, since then some years of life experience have been added.
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).
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.
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. That understandably created a lot of backlash from users who don’t want to get tracked. Sure, GitLab needs a way to see which features get used in which way, but it’s probably not necessary to use a third party service to accomplish this task.
There was a time I thought about how to change my life. A lot of things changed in my life but I needed to adapt somehow. I also wasn’t very happy with how I used my time and needed a purpose in my life. I started writing blog posts daily (on Medium back then - see my archive of many old Medium articles here). Today I finally read an article, which I wanted to read for a long time.
Two days ago, Owen Williams shared a story on Medium’s OneZero with the title “Google Is Tightening Its Grip on Your Website”. He tells that it seems like Google is trying to get more power over the web in a somewhat evil way by forcing sites to implement an AMP (“accelerated mobile pages”) version. When sites don’t implement it, they won’t appear in Chrome’s discover page or in the top search results.
Climate change is reaching the media more and more, every day we hear more stories about the bad things caused by climate change and also the youth protests “Fridays for Future” are very popular (at least here in Germany and Europe). That is one side to it. On the other hand, I read on Twitter almost every day about conferences and developers all over the world who fly there just to listen to some presentations or give some themselves.
Recently I noticed more and more that my Twitter timeline is full with Google stuff and almost just Google stuff. Every announcement, every rumour, everything Google got hyped in my timeline and I got sick of it. I was locked in a Google filter bubble. That made me go through the list of people I follow and detect that I followed a lot of people either working at Google or being Google Developer Experts (that’s like working for Google but not receiving a salary by them, right?
When I’m traveling with the train, I often see many people smoking at the train station. I find that very disgusting! Why are people wasting their health like this? I’m very thankful for my health, many are not so blessed. I always try to live a healthy life. I eat almost no meat, I mostly eat organic food, I do sports multiple times a week and I avoid alcohol. My motivation for this is, that I care about my health.