This page contains random thoughts and impressions by me.
The ScanSnap ix500 was for sure a really good invest. I scan every mail I receive and put the original into a file. I put the file onto the attic at the end of the year and done. If I need a document I just send the scanned version.
Bryan Lunduke talks in his new show with Barton George about Dell and their Linux Laptops (the developer lines). Interesting interview: he states that Dell has sold tens of millions’ dollars’ worth of Linux laptops.
He also states that Dell has no intentions to deliver their laptops with other Distros other than Ubuntu. While I think this is sad I can understand it: it would be a lot of work to do that.
Deploying Phoenix Apps for Rails developers: Part 1 explains how to deploy Phoenix applications with distillery via edeliver. I'm using that for my website, it works great!
Listen to ATP Episode 205! The interview with Chris Lattner is really interesting.
While the intentions of the project seem good, there are a number of issues with AMP that both promote lock-in and provide a poor user experience.
He states that AMP is all about the lock-in for Google:
Make no mistake. AMP is about lock-in for Google. AMP is meant to keep publishers tied to Google.
I see it the same way, besides disliking the technical solution. However, it is an interesting read even if you are pro AMP.
Cory Doctorow wites about DRM products and that they are defective by design. He asks a good question: if DRM is so good for us, then why aren't DRM products labeled as such?
In our open letter on DRM labelling – a letter signed by a diverse coalition of rights holders, public interest groups, and publishers – we ask the FTC to take action to ensure that people know what they’re getting when they buy products encumbered with DRM.
He further points out that DRM is often designed as a kill switch:
What’s more, most modern DRM is designed for “renewability” – which is a DRM-vendor euphemism for a remote kill-switch. These DRM tools phone home periodically for updates, and install these updates without user intervention, and then disable some or all of the features that were there when you bought the product.
Passengers: 4.5 of 5.
I had a very pleasant experience with the Deutsche Telekom – wow!
Trying to talk to a MSSQL server instance via Ruby tunneled via SSH. Oh the pain...
Of course things like software quality, bad UX (e.g. still none of the hands-off/continuity features work) are a reason for me: why would I pay the „Apple tax“ if „it simply works“ is no longer true?
Another reason is the hardware, and that's a complex one. On one hand Apple hardware is really good, e.g. the touchpads are the best I know. But on the other hand they do stupid things like soldering the SSD and RAM onto the board or gluing the battery. At least the SSD should not be soldered, as I use my hard disks heavily (due to big databases) it is likely that it breaks before the computer is broken.
Also software freedom is a reason. I like the ideals behind the GNU project and think this is the right way.
But my absolutely main reason is performance. Linux performs so much better... I have a script touching and inserting about 2 million rows, one at a time. My Linux finishes the job within two hours, while my macbook needs six(!!) hours to complete the task. The overall performance is so much better, and disk I/O is in its own league.
I was a Linux user 10 years ago but moved to being a Mac one, mainly because I was tired of maintaining an often broken system (hello xorg.conf), and Apple had quite an appealing offer at the time: a well-maintained Unix platform matching beautiful hardware, sought-after UX, access to editor apps like Photoshop and MS Office, so best of both worlds.
I, too, was a Linux user (Gentoo, to be accurate) until some time in 2006 (iirc) and I too got tired repairing my system over and over again. Now he is switching back to Linux:
To be frank, I was a happy Apple user in the early years, then the shine started to fade; messing up your system after upgrades became more frequent, Apple apps grown more and more bloated and intrusive (hello iTunes), UX started turning Kafkaian at times, too often I was finding myself tweaking and repairing stuff from the terminal...
My reasons are are a bit different, but I can relate to that.
I would not buy it, but I think it's very cool to have a full-pledged Linux-capable computer in this size.
I'm writing this short guide in an effort to introduce the features in org-mode which I've found I can't live without. I'll go over how I use org-mode, and it's powerful built-in summary/calendar view known as
org-agenda, in both my work and in my hobby projects. I also include some details about how everything was implemented, or at the very least provide the reader with references to understand my code. This guide is only an introduction to my workflow and is by no means self-contained!
I read these descriptions with curiosity, I often take a thing or two out of them I didn't know before. For example last week I learned about the
org-agenda-follow-mode, a true piece of heaven!
In this interesting article Wesley Moore writes about switching away from macOS. He writes about his motivation and reasons:
- Access to regularly updated, pro hardware.
- Not restricted to Apple hardware that makes choices that I don’t value, such as:
- Removing the Esc key.
- Removing all legacy ports necessitating the use of dongles for everything.
- Prioritising thinness and weight over everything else.
- Access to hardware that Apple doesn’t make, such as 2-in-1 laptops.
- Getting comfortable with an alternative before I’m forced to.
- The ability to inspect and contribute to the OS I use.
- Using an OS where developers are first-class citizens.
I can understand his reasons: I for myself have similar problems with Apple nowadays (besides the moral issues). Interestingly he also favors elementary OS:
Elementary is stunning and definitely my favourite. It won’t appeal to everyone but their philosophies and direction really resonate with me.
I'm trying out elementary as well (using it for a week now, I am pretty happy with it), so it was nice to read that somebody else likes it as well - especially since loads of Linux users I know think that this not the way Linux is supposed to be.
Such a beautiful picture, and not only because of the model
The Elixir and Phoenix communities seem very interesting to me. I am tempted to port another software to Elixir/Phoenix just to see how it works out.
I don't want a physical machine any longer. Securing against hardware failure is too much of a hassle for me, and for my private stuff is this amount of RAM enough.
Sadly this doesn't work for me…
I got kruse.cool 😎 You now can contact me via email by
This site has now a Let's Encrypt certificate! 🎉
Over the weekend I have been moving my stuff from a dedicated server to three DigitalOcean droplets (affiliate link). I'm down from 60 EUR to about 20 EUR. Yay! :)
I also took the chance and moved my configuration to deployment via ansible. What a relief!
I also have to admit, I'm impressed by the work DO did, it is really fast to create a new droplet. It is just a matter of under a minute.
This one is mainly for my US friends: Why electronic voting is a bad idea
„Wizards never tell!“ „I could tell! … But that would be a story for another time.“ 😂
I don't think that this is good news… I think that is ridiculous
My most loved recent find: Zeal, a Dash for Linux.