Jan-Lukas Else

Thoughts of an IT expert


“Less Meat”

Published on in 💬 Micro

James is trying to eat less meat:

Each burger we consume comes with a at least of costs baked in: the direct cost of a life of the animal and environmental (cutting down forest to make room for cows, shipping animals across an ocean to get processed in a foreign country, just to be shipped back to their origin for sale).

If you can change your default, you can make substantial changes with significantly less effort.

Likewise, I’ve changed my defaults for meat. As beef as it has a higher CO2 footprint per kilogram than pork or chicken, I mostly stopped buying beef and replace it with pork or chicken. Default changed to not beef. The other default I’ve been working on default: no meat.

I myself barely eat meat either, my default is “no meat” as well. And to be honest, I don’t miss anything, I’ve never eaten much meat.

Vegetarians or vegans often have to deal with arguments that without meat they would lack vitamin B12, for example. If only those who make such arguments knew that many additives are also added to the animal feed…

Vitamin B12 must also be added to some animals

It’s more complicated with pigs, says Ingrid Vervuert: “Apart from milk, eggs and fishmeal, no animal products may be fed to pigs. As a result, the normal feed spectrum for pigs is poorer in vitamin B12.” Therefore, vitamin B12 is added to the feeds of these animals, as well as poultry - for the same reasons.

Quarks (Translated with DeepL)



Just another case of unfair competition

Published on in 💭 Thoughts

With Apple launching Fitness+, they launched just another service with an anti-competitive advantage. While they take almost 100% of what’s left after taxes etc., other services are forced to use In-App-Purchases of which Apple takes 30%. I don’t understand how some people defend Apple for this and think this behavior benefits them. Actually, it only leads to a decrease in the quality of non-Apple services, because they somehow have to try to compete with Apple, but get 30% less of the revenues. But in the end I don’t really care, I don’t buy any of Apple’s overpriced products with false privacy promises and platform lock-in anyway.


My new Surface Go

Published on in ✍️ Posts

It’s probably not that easy to understand, why I (as a strong Linux advocate) bought a Microsoft Surface Go and use Windows on it, but let me try to explain…


Jan-Lukas Else