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Stay hydrated!

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I bought myself a cheap glass jug to always have enough water in reach. Stay hydrated! ๐Ÿšฐ

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curl wttr.in - Weather in your terminal

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Thanks to @hacdias, I just discovered this: curl wttr.in But wttr.in can’t only show you your current weather and the forecast (based on your IP location) in your terminal, it also has a lot of extra options and is open source. Check out the GitHub repository. wttr.in is a console-oriented weather forecast service that supports various information representation methods like terminal-oriented ANSI-sequences for console HTTP clients (curl, httpie, or wget), HTML for web browsers, or PNG for graphical viewers.

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Skip reCAPTCHA challenges with the Buster Add-On

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If you aren’t using Chrome but another browser like Firefox with turned-on privacy settings and an add-on like uBlock Origin, it can happen that you come across reCAPTCHA challenges quite often (because Google thinks, you’re a bot). They are pretty annoying to solve manually, so there is an add-on named Buster that solves the audio challenge by using speech recognition. I just recently installed it, but so far it worked pretty well, even without the optional client app (which requires to turn off fingerprinting prevention).

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bitwarden_rs: Lightweight self-hosted password manager

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I just did updates on my home cloud, and among those updates was a new version of bitwarden_rs. Bitwarden is a quite popular open source password management solution. I use it for quite some time already. Until some months ago, I used the hosted version, for which I even paid a few bucks to get premium features and support the developer behind the project. But Bitwarden is open source and it’s possible to host your own Bitwarden server instance, which you can than use with the mobile apps, browser extensions and other client implementations.

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Google Alternatives for More Privacy and Less Monopoly

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I hope I don’t have to explain why Google is bad, but just to give a few reasons to switch to alternatives: You’ll probably get better privacy because those alternatives collect less data about you, your data won’t get sold to advertisers or government organizations that easily and you help to prevent a monopoly. Sometimes alternatives are also just better than the Google product and don’t lock you in so much.

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Journaling with rwtxt

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For about a month now, I do journaling again. Every evening before I go to bed, I try to write down everything that comes to my mind. I usually write what I have done that day, what my emotions where and other things that I thought about during the day. It has a very positive effect to do that. I wrote about that more detailed on my German blog (Googleโ€™s translation).

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Git clients I use

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There might be some people who only use the Git command line interface. But I’m definitely not one of them. I’m way to lazy to always type all the commands. When I’m working on something in VSCodium, I use the integrated Git support, same goes for IntelliJ IDEA. They are great for simple things like staging files and committing them. For me it would be even less productive to open a terminal and type all those commands.

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I use my password manager to find unused accounts and delete them

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This is a really bad title, but summarizes what I regularly do and recommend doing regularly. A nice side effect of using a password manager is, that it gives you a perfect overview about all your accounts. From time to time I go through this list (at the moment I have saved over 200 logins) and see if there are any services I no longer use and need. If this is the case I go to the website, log in and try to find the settings to delete that account.

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How secure is my email provider?

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You may ask yourself, how secure is the email provider you use or the mail server you operate yourself. Today I learned that there is a simple way to test this. A test platform provided by the European Commission provides a simple way to test security standards of your mail provider or mail server, that just involves receiving a mail and responding to it. It also checks some DNS settings and finally calculates scores in these three categories:

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Listen to long blog articles using Pocket

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Yesterday I found a nice article with the title โ€œInto the Personal-Website-Verseโ€ (I really recommend to read it - or listen to it) but which is quite long. My reading speed isn’t that fast and it was late and I was tired but wanted to know the content of this blog article. A great way to solve this problem is to not read the article yourself but let somehow read it to you.

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