Jan-Lukas Else

Thoughts of an IT expert

💭 Thoughts: XXXX-XX-05

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


What the Facebook outage shows

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It’s remarkable that when Facebook is offline for a few hours, panic seems to break out everywhere.

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Mark Zuckerberg uses Signal

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There’s a new Facebook leak. And this time there’s an interesting news.

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It’s interesting how everyone (including me) starts developing their own blogging system: Colin Walker, but also James Van Dyne are some recent examples.

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Platforms

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I built myself a TikTokToJsonFeed tool a month ago to follow some profiles, because I don’t want to install the app or create myself an account there. That tool uses a JavaScript library called tiktok-scraper. Unfortunately TikTok changed some things in the UI or unofficial API and now the scraper is broken. This and the fact that platforms like TikTok or Instagram (and many more) block IPs when they detect scrapers is actually a big warning sign. ⚠️ Such platforms don’t want to do anything but keep users on them, show them ads and make the big bucks.

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I am so grateful!

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A little over two months ago I got together with my best friend (whom I have known for several years) and since then my life has not been what it used to be. And I don’t mean that negatively.

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Linux updates are awesome

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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.

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My rwtxt setup

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Amit Gawande replied to my post about journaling with rwtxt with a question regarding my setup:

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Is there a privacy-friendly mobile OS?

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I stumbled on to /e/ some time ago (when it was announced and when they announced pre-installed refurbished phones with /e/), but took another look today after the launch of Android 10. In my opinion Android’s development is very worrying as it get’s more coupled to Google with every release. I don’t like iOS either, because its a completely walled garden.

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Never touch a running system

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Some weeks ago I stumbled across Fedora Silverblue again. I already heard about that project before but never thought about trying it and also didn’t really understand it’s concept.

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Jan-Lukas Else