Jan-Lukas Else

Thoughts of an IT expert

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GoToSocial seems like a promising alternative to Mastodon. It’s written in Go (👍 in my opinion), lightweight and pretty good documented so far. It’s still “alpha software” but seems to make great progress. In the past, I self hosted a microblog.pub instance and then after some time without any Fediverse profile other than my blog, which has ActivityPub support as well, signed up at Fosstodon to be able to reply to blog comments from the Fediverse. I already set up an instace of GTS, but will probably wait to use it as my primary Fediverse profile until GTS enters the beta stage sometime in 2023 according to the roadmap.

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Reply to: Should Every Update Be a Post?

I’ve realized that trying to strictly follow what is on the IndieWeb wiki won’t work well for me. Thus, I have to invent and change some things to make it work better.

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Simon Willison is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his blog. Amazing!

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After the repair, I am really excited about my pedelec. The battery significantly increases the range of a “small” bike ride and allows me to visit many beautiful places in the vicinity of my hometown Braunschweig and enjoy the nature.

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“The Web Is Fucked”

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Kev Quirk has written a manifesto showing what bothers him about today’s web:

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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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