Welcome to the Thoughts section of my blog. Thoughts that are not enough for an own article, but are better kept on my blog than on Twitter or my micro blog.
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.
There are things that are more important to me than computers and the Internet: Like spending time with the love of my life.
Of course I still use RSS. RSS offers me the possibility to consume news in the way I want. No algorithms that think they have to decide for me what interests me and what not. No algorithms that withhold news from me. Only the feeds I have subscribed to, all news from these feeds and no advertising between the news. I'm done when I'm done and don't have to look at any more suggested articles.
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.
Self-hosting my blog and the related services not only gives me the independence from third-party-services, it also gives me the option to customize things to my liking. In my opinion, this is even more important. I moved domains several times, merged blogs etc. and to keep links working there are a lot of redirects in place. That wouldn't be possible with a service like micro.blog or at least not with its current features.
My IndieWeb setup is continuing to evolve. I just added support for syndication (this post should appear on IndieNews) and JSON-posting to my Hugo backend and theme. Unfortunately, adding support for more IndieWeb features to this setup requires a lot of documentation reading, reverse engineering and looking at how other people have done that (of course in other programming languages, one has not much knowledge in). All this effort is redundant, because there's already WordPress with all its IndieWeb plugins.
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 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%.
While I need to use Java for university projects (currently that are one Spring and one Java EE project) and work, I use Go on some personal projects (Hugo backend and KISSS). While I'm getting more familiar with Go (I do Java for many years), I also experience cases where I actually miss language features from Java. Oh and it's not generics, I'm currently (still) fine without generics. I miss streams.