Jan-Lukas Else

Thoughts of an IT expert

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Welcome to the Thoughts section of my blog. Thoughts are better kept on my blog than on Twitter or other online platforms.


Moving to another city

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As I’ve probably written many times before (have I?), I’m currently moving with my girlfriend to her university town. I will keep my old apartment as a second home. But it’s still my first move to another city and I’m just realizing it.

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After all, debugging is still fun!

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One reason I use an Android smartphone is that there are apps like Indigenous (a MicroPub-compatible app for posting from your phone to a MicroPub-compatible blog). And even if the app ever disappears from the store, there’s still the option to manually install the app. And if you need to, you can also develop your own apps without having to invest nearly $100 a year.

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First work day in my new job

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My first day at my new job is over, and it went quite well despite the lack of sleep. Super nice colleagues and I am already full in the training.

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The Circle

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Some years ago, I started reading the novel “The Circle” by Dave Eggers. I never finished reading it, but today I watched the movie. It has an important message about privacy, transparency and surveillance and shows that there’s a thin line in between. I can definitely recommend watching it, although I sometimes wasn’t impressed by the acting.

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No more GitHub Copilot for me

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I was an avid user of GitHub Copilot during the technical preview phase. Apparently, as many as 1.2 million developers used Copilot. But now Copilot is out of beta and suddenly costs money.

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Ask Me Anything

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Inspired by Kev’s post, I’d like to give this a try as well:

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My current state regarding meal replacements

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In my 2019 Year in Review, I wrote the following:

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Migrating away from Cloudflare

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Recently I stumbled across two threads regarding Cloudflare that somehow left a bitter taste. I think it’s a big red flag when users have to seek support via public forums because their accounts have been banned from a service, but no help comes via support.

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No standstill?

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When I reflect on myself like this, I have long had the impression that I am a person who cannot live at a standstill. I always need a topic that keeps me busy, a thing in my life that I can optimize or at least a frequently changing topic that I can dive into.

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Why I now mute my watch

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I am a user of a smartwatch. It is already the third smartwatch in my life (first the Sony SmartWatch 3, then the Samsung Galaxy Watch and now the Galaxy Watch 4) and I am actually quite satisfied with it. I always need an easy way to see the time, even when I’m riding my bike and can’t look at my smartphone (being on time is important to me!), plus it counts my steps and gives me the ability to view notifications right on my wrist so I don’t always have to get my smartphone out of my pocket first.

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