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Thoughts

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

Back to Ubuntu (again)

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Today I finally got a Bluetooth keyboard (Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard) delivered, after I had also got a Bluetooth mouse (Microsoft Modern Mouse in black) a few days ago. Originally I ordered a different set from another shop, but the package still seems not to have been sent. So I got the keyboard delivered today and I tried to connect it to my computer (in which I recently installed a new WiFi and Bluetooth card).

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Owning my podcast

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Two years ago, I was in a stage where podcasts really excited me. I have heard many podcasts myself and some of my online acquaintances have also started to start their own podcasts. So I decided to do that as well and gain some experience. With the app Anchor (meanwhile acquired by Spotify) it was very easy. Using an app on your mobile phone, record with your mobile microphone a podcast and publish it.

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Watching movies

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Today I watched a movie. Not a very good one, but one that entertained me. It was funny and I didn’t feel bored, as I do with some other films. And although the niveau of the film was not very high - my mother probably wouldn’t like it - I still don’t see it as a waste of time. There are good boring movies, just as there are also not so good, but entertaining movies (which kind of makes them good, doesn’t it?

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My storage setup

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Reply to: A question by Henrique Dias

Since I use many different devices and want to access the same files from all of them, I run my “own cloud” at home with an Odroid-HC2 (a Raspberry 4 or similar device should work just as well). A 2 TB NAS hard disk (Seagate Ironwolf) is connected to the HC2, where all files are stored. Using Docker I have installed Nextcloud for files (documents, photos, etc.) as well as Gitea (code repositories).

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How music helps me during Corona

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The last few days I use my Spotify Premium subscription much more than before (I don’t usually listen to that much music). Especially if you spend most of your time indoors and only talk in videoconferences, on the phone or with bakery staff, it’s nice to break the silence with music. Sure, it is never quiet in my apartment in an apartment building with rather thin walls. Often I hear the music that the neighbours play (it’s always the same music), I hear the neighbours talking loudly to each other and I hear them watching TV.

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Is this my chance to become a runner again?

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My method to get enough exercise during #StayAlone and to have a physical balance to sitting at the desk is to go out regularly by myself, ride a bike or run a little. Although I occasionally decided and tried to run more again (I used to run quite a bit and had pretty good conditions), I always gave up quite quickly because I somehow lacked motivation and preferred to spend my time in other ways.

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What will be in 10 years?

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Ever asked yourself what will be in 10 years? I have it myself right now, but I have absolutely no idea what it will be like? Married? Children? Profession? Still blogging? What will the world be like in 10 years? Will we survive Corona or will everything be in ruins in a few years? Will I still be alive at all? I think especially this time right now shows that you can’t foresee how it will be.

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Will Microsoft acquire Docker too?

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After Microsoft (GitHub) acquired npm, I think it’s only a matter of time before Docker (the rest that’s left after selling Docker Enterprise) is also taken over by Microsoft or GitHub. What makes me think so? Docker needs to find a new way to make money after Docker Enterprise is sold, Docker and GitHub already seem to be working together, and they’re also working with Microsoft on better Docker support in Windows with WSL2.

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Careless neighbors

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I live in an apartment building with neighbors in all directions. But some neighbors don’t seem to care at all whether they disturb their neighbors with very loud music. At the moment I don’t have to study, but with this noise I couldn’t study at all. It’s not an exaggeration, but I hear the neighbors’ music as loud as if I were listening to music myself either through speakers or headphones.

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Coding

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When I write code, it often serves the purpose it is supposed to serve. However, it is often not the most elegant. Especially when I compare my code with other implementations, I sometimes find mine somewhat ugly. I think I’m thinking too chaotic, start writing the code immediately and while I’m writing it, I think of things I could do differently and in the end it’s a big mess. Maybe I should first sketch my code on paper and then type it into the computer without thinking much about it?

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Jan-Lukas Else