Thoughts

After talking to @jlelse, I finally decided not to trouble myself with writing my own static website generator and just improve what I have right now. Optimizing software to run faster is a good thing in itself. If you have to wait less for the software to run, you have more time for other things. But if you invest hours or days to save a few seconds in the end, then I question if this is a good idea.
Most of my blog posts don't have any images for a couple of reasons: Often images don't add any value to the content of a post, so no need to add a random image from Unsplash. Sites without images, or with as few images as possible, load faster. Not everyone has a fast internet connection. When I'm traveling through Germany, there are a lot of places with just EDGE and I can't visit image heavy sites.
This year is coming to an end and so I want to take the chance to review the year and write down what happened this year. On the technical side as well as personally. Months Let me start with each month: January 2019 has started the same way the new decade will start too. I studied for exams, wrote exams and finally, after the exams, did some practical work in the company where I am doing my dual study.
Yesterday, I posted a link to a tweet by DHH on my blog. It's about “Google tax”. Companies nowadays have to buy ads to appear on top for searches for their brand name. I submitted that post to HackerNews and it appeared on top of the front page within a few hours. Until some mods decided to change the link directly to DHH's tweet. I'm ok with that, although it might not have been bad if a few more people had seen my list with Google alternatives.
I just noticed the following: Search on Twitter for IndieWeb and ActivityPub or take a look at the Google Trends for ActivityPub. It seems that @jack's tweet about a new “decentralized standard for social media” created some awareness of already existing standards and project that have the goal to decentralize the web. People on the internet, especially people on Twitter, now talk about these standards and projects and I guess a lot of people will also take a closer look at them and actually try them out.
I have already written an article about the comparison of Huel and Myprotein Whole Fuel Blend. I find such meal replacement powders a very practical thing for several reasons: They're allowing me to do without junk food. When I'm working, for example, there's only one supermarket near the office where I can buy baked goods, but not healthy food. So instead of eating me full of baked goods, I can drink powder prepared at home that contains all the nutrition the body needs.

BleepingComputer reports, that Google is blocking some Linux browsers (Konqueror, Falkon and Qutebrowser) from logging into it's services, “because they may not be secure.”

In tests conducted by BleepingComputer, we can confirm that we were unable to log in with Konqueror or Falkon on multiple machines. When attempting to do so, we were told to try a different browser as Konqueror or Falkon may not be secure.

According to Google the reasons are, that the browsers…

  • Don’t support JavaScript or have Javascript turned off.
  • Have unsecure or unsupported extensions added.
  • Use automation testing frameworks.
  • Are embedded in a different application.

On the one hand, I find that this is unacceptable and Google is once again trying to play out its monopoly, on the other hand, it would be advisable to avoid not only the Chrome browser, but Google services in general.

Some time ago, I put together a list of Google alternatives.

I have around 36 hours left until the current period of my mobile data plan expires. Each period takes 28 days and I have 2 GB of mobile data and endless calls and text messages available, for which I pay 7,99€. With the start of the next period I have 3 GB each 28 days. In the current period I still have 1,8 GB left, so I only used about 10%.
To fight my laziness and procrastination, I just unsubscribed from all YouTube channels and deactivated the app on my phone. I had the feeling that instead of focusing on the tasks I have to do (various tasks I don't really like), I watched YouTube videos instead. But not only that, I also often watched YouTube until late at night instead of sleeping, which resulted in waking up very tired in the mornings.
There are some online services that use email login. This means that instead of a combination of user name and password, only the email address is entered and a login link is sent to it. Basically, this is a good option to increase security a bit. The service only needs to store a list of email addresses instead of the corresponding password (hopefully encrypted and hashed) for each user. But somehow this is also quite annoying sometimes.
Jan-Lukas Else
20 years old student who writes about everything he cares about.