Welcome to the Thoughts section of my blog. Thoughts are better kept on my blog than on Twitter or other online platforms.
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.
Is it good or bad that human communication is so ambiguous? Human communication is complicated. How about if human communication works via a well-defined interface (like a programming interface) and the communication recipient always understands messages exactly as the communication sender intended? From my naive point of view and as someone who prefers unambiguity, I would say that this could solve a lot of problems, or prevent them from happening at all.
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.
One problem that can occur when you are in a technology-focused bubble is that you often feel the desire to buy new hardware, even though you already have everything you need.
The specifications and reports and whatever else you hear about a new device makes you want to have it. All the devices I own already meet all my requirements and I have no legitimate reason to buy a new one.
I think I’m in some kind of bubble, but most of the people I instant message with use Telegram, because either they are computer science students too or because I convinced (or persuaded) them.
My top features (that can convince geeks) are: cross device cloud sync (with clients for almost any platform and perfect notification handling), bots and the bots API (I use that for two of my projects) and night mode.
On a lot of IndieWeb sites, I noticed that profile images of webmentions get directly embedded from their original source. For example, Twitter profile images are loaded directly from Twitter servers (pbs.twimg.com) or even my profile image is directly embedded from my site.
However you should consider enabling Content Security Policy (CSP) headers and only allow embedded content from trusted sites (your own domains). It could always happen that a site gets hacked and malware injected or a domain expires and some spammers register it again, that will also affect your website’s visitors.
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.