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Ad-less YouTube on my Chromecast

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Someone gave me the tip (thank you!) to use VLC to play YouTube videos with my Chromecast. Although it is possible to stream YouTube videos directly in the VLC Android app itself, it somehow doesn’t work in combination with the output to the Chromecast. An alternative is of course to first use NewPipe to download a video and then play it on the Chromecast using VLC.

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Two years with my Surface Go

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The daily look into my OneDrive app showed me a photograph this morning: Of my Microsoft Surface Go with its accessories. Because two years ago today, I received and set up this device on which I’m typing this text right now. So for two years now, the Surface Go has been with me in my everyday life, taking on the role that my laptop had before.

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I regularly watch videos on YouTube via my Chromecast with Google TV. But I feel like I’m seeing more and more commercials. It’s almost like private television, where every video is interrupted every few minutes with advertising. And most of the time it’s two commercials in a row that can’t be skipped. I think I have to think about an alternative solution for YouTube…

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Private diary with GoBlog and Tailscale

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Yesterday I wrote about Tailscale. Really cool service! And I’m a little bit obsessed with it, too. Now that I have connected my devices to a network, I had the idea to make my GoBlog diary available only via Tailscale instead of a public domain.

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Now that I have the option to publish posts without them showing up in the feed for everyone, I can finally use my blog to comment on other IndieWeb sites and send webmentions without annoying my followers. Now my blog is really a complete Twitter replacement for me.

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Tests for GoBlog

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Recently I’ve been investing more time in refactoring and creating unit and integration tests for GoBlog. After all, I don’t want to just make sure my blog is working properly through trial and error, I want to be able to prove that with automated tests.

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Organic Maps

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There is a new option for mobile offline maps: Organic Maps. This app is based on the source code of maps.me, before the acquisition last year.

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Hoping to get faster WiFi and newer Bluetooth, I bought a new WiFi miniPCIe card for my laptop. As it turns out, there is a whitelist of allowed cards in the BIOS of many ThinkPads. Why is that? 🙄

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restic’s prune is much faster now

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Remember how I told you about a pull request that speeds up the performance of restic’s prune command?

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From this whole messenger discussion, I get the impression that it’s harder for some people to install a second messenger than it is to do a tax declaration in Germany.

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