Yesterday I found this article by Garrett Dimon about “Quitting Analytics”. What over a decade of number-crunching analytics has taught me is that spending an hour writing, sharing, or helping someone is infinitely more valuable than spending that hour swimming through numbers. Moreover, trying to juice the numbers almost invariably divorces you from thinking about customers and understanding people. I think better don’t let yourself get influenced by numbers when it isn’t absolutely necessary.
I bought a new backpack, an “Eastpak Provider” to be specific, because my old Nike backpack (I wasn’t able to find information about the model) showed signs of aging and the zipper on the front pocket broke. I used my old backpack for almost everything. School, university, work, traveling, yes even for shopping I used it. It was a good companion the last 6 years and it’s time to finally say goodbye.
Although I use Hugo heavily for this blog and all my other websites for more than a year already, I discover new (old) features from time to time. About new features I’m often informed, because I read the changelog whenever a new version gets published1, but there are still a lot of features that appeared before I started using Hugo. A few days ago, I discovered “related content” and implemented it into my theme right away2.
I’ve been noticing this more and more lately. Often, when I blog about something, like yesterday about a software I discovered, there are actually people who take a closer look at the thing I blogged about, in the case of the software even install it and try it out. I actually seem to have some influence on my readers and somehow it fascinates me. Especially when I think that I wondered a few months ago if anyone was reading my posts at all.
I started my fediverse journey with Mastodon, the most popular fediverse / ActivityPub software out there. First I joined a public instance, then I temporarily hosted my own instance, forgot about the fediverse, joined again on a public instance some months later and eventually settled with my own Pleroma instance, which is now running for almost a year. But why shouldn’t I take a look at other options too? Some months ago, I briefly tried Microblog.
I just updated my laptop (a Lenovo ThinkPad S1 Yoga) from Ubuntu 19.04 to the new Ubuntu 19.10 (beta). The last time I did a fresh install was one year ago, when I installed Ubuntu 18.10. The whole upgrade process went through within less than 30 minutes, to which I also count re-enabling disabled PPAs (they get disabled to prevent the system from breaking), removing old and obsolete packages and disabling snapd, which got automatically installed, because the native Chromium package in Ubuntu got replaced with the Chromium snap app.
This thought was written using Visual Studio Code from my Surface Go, but via a SSH remote connection to my ASRock Deskmini. Today I found this article on dev.to about someone using a Microsoft Surface Go to connect to a remote Azure instance to develop Java apps. I thought why shouldn’t I try something similar using my Surface Go and my desktop PC? Whenever I’m on the go (on the Go), I just need to connect via the VPN to home, turn on the desktop using Wake-on-LAN and then I can use Code to remote-develop on a Linux machine with a bit better specs than my Surface Go.
I have just updated my Nextcloud install from Nextcloud 16 to Nextcloud 17. It’s a Docker-based installation on my Odroid HC2, which I use for a lot of self-hosted softwares. (Thanks to Docker I can forget about all things PHP!) The update worked without problems. And my first subjective impression is, that it runs a bit faster than before. I really appreciate that Nextcloud improves the code with every release, so that it runs faster before, although often new features get added.
Today I read an article by Kev Quirk about how browser fingerprinting works. In his article (I recommend to read it) he not only explains how websites can use the various information your browser sends to give you an almost unique fingerprint, but he also linked to a tool called “Panopticlick” by the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation). In my browser (Firefox), I have tracking protection enabled and also uBlock Origin installed and tried to run this tool.
Today was Global Climate Strike. I wasn’t able to attend the strike in my city personally, because I wasn’t able to not go to work today and had a long train travel this afternoon and evening. But I would like to thank everybody engaging to fight for a future worth to life! Without drastic changes in politics and economics, the future might be not so bright. I really hope politicians finally realize that they need to act now.