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    Translating content today

    Recently, I stumbled over a problem with modern online services that’s more and more common. While in the past, services focused on providing an English language service, today most of the services offer localised versions, too. However, there are only a few that provide solid translations and a real localised service, not only a GoogleTranslated one. In October, I decided to translate my own …
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    It’s time for a healthy tech approach

    Disclaimer: I wrote this piece two years ago and waited for it to be published somewhere else. It never happened and I forgot about it. Yet today I see the content as still relevant and will publish it as is. Some parts may be outdated but the overall argument should be still valid. As people working in tech, we face problems everywhere every day. Five years ago we struggled most with the new …
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    On WDRL/life in 2021

    I can’t neglect that this year, I didn’t spend much time on my beloved web development newsletter . Here are a few reasons for it… I now have a son who’s by now already 18 months old. He’s lovely and it feels so great to spend time with him and my whole family. When I work these days, I’m away from the family from early morning to late afternoon. No home office for me anymore during Summer. …
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    New Website

    My website got a redesign but more importantly, I restructured the content and refocused on those people who want to know who I am and what I do for work and in my life. It’s hard to split between topics and target audiences For most people reading this article I’m known as a web developer who codes the frontends for websites. But for some people I’m known as a CSA Gardener and they want to know …
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    A small dot in evolution

    If we see the human species in a timeline of evolution, it’s pretty clear that 150 years are nothing , they’re a very small dot that shouldn’t stand out from the line of evolution. However, what we achieved with our way of inventing things and creating a economy system of growth in the past decades can only be described as a clearly visible dot creating not a line but a peak. How can we justify …
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    What’s up with me?

    I’ve turned pretty silent over the past months here and on Twitter. And there’s a bunch of reasons for it that I now want to share. Digital Exhaustion It started a while ago that I lost my sould for web development, for working in the whole area. At the time I was Engineering Manager for a small team at Laterpay . It was a great job, I had nice team mates but I realized that sitting in front of a …
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    I’m leasing my jeans

    I’m leasing my jeans. Yes, you heard right. What sounds a little bit confusing at first, is pretty interesting though. For a long time I didn’t wear jeans as I hate go to a shop and try dozens of very expensive jeans that don’t fit very well or don’t look great. Then I stumbled over MUD Jeans and decided to try one, so I bought two models, two sizes online. I ended up sending back three, one less …
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    How we see Time

    It’s quite interesting to study and observe how we treat time in our lives. In our youth we often complain(ed) that we’re bored. Then, later in life we always feel stressed and never have enough time for anything. But this week I saw a quote that got me thinking again, triggering thoughts I had a lot before but never wrote down: If we wasted money the way we waste time, we’d all be bankrupt. — …
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    <code>hr</code> as styled block element

    Did you know you can style an <hr> HTML element quite a bit? If you look at the specification , it tells us that it’s an empty-content element, and it belongs to the flow-content elements. We also can see that it’s not usable with an opening and closing element so it’s used as a solitaire without end-tag. So, now we only need to know when to use an hr element: The hr element represents a …
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    Garden in June

    It’s that time in the year again in which I spent a lot of time in my Garden. It needs care and as a reward makes me happy by showing what grows if you care about the nature. Let’s walk around in the Garden (and a bit in time as well): First strawberries are ready to crop. They’re in their second year which means they will produce much more over the next years. Broad beans flowered and are now …
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    穀雨 (Kokū)

    We all are used to see the negative things in life. We can nearly always complain about the weather; It’s either too hot, too cold, too windy, raining the whole summer or snowing again since months now. It seems weather can’t make it right for us and yet we spend most of the days in our offices, in our flats, ignoring the little details of life. Living in cities, most of us don’t need to know if …
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    Hope in the Dark Forest

    Imagine a dark forest at night. It’s deathly quiet. Nothing moves. Nothing stirs. This could lead one to assume that the forest is devoid of life. But of course, it’s not. The dark forest is full of life. It’s quiet because night is when the predators come out. To survive, the animals stay silent. (…) This is also what the internet is becoming: a dark forest. — Yancey Strickler Last week, an …
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    “It must be free”

    Why did it ‘work fine’ for years for free? It seems that the company wants to make more profit now. When services start charging users, I always read a lot of people complaining about it. Nobody wants to pay for a service that was free for years but now charges a monthly fee. And it’s totally understandable—why did it ‘work fine’ for years for free? It seems that the company wants to make more …
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    [Talk] Diversify your life to achieve more happiness

    What my life looked like two years ago Computer More Computer Siting at home, doing nothing useful but being lazy and passively consuming things (TV) Occasionally going out with friends, drinking beer or something. Going a few times a year into mountains which always felt amazing but also needed a lot of self-convincement to really go out. This resulted in a breakdown of the sense of life, …
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    Building a Bed

    This project I had in mind for over a year already. It would be my dream to build my own bed and the concept was shaped over one year until I realized that this year I would have to make that real or it would never happen. So I started getting serious about the planning, draw construction sketches and talked with several people who know more than me about wood construction. This already was an …
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    Does the individual matter if only 100 companies are responsible for 71% of CO2 emissions?

    Today I came across an article about a study (PDF) that found out that just 100 companies are responsible for 71% of global emissions . “There is a hard limit to how much of an effect lifestyle changes alone can have.”— Baldur Bjarnason on Mastodon The source who lead me to this interesting article also mentioned there’d be a “hard limit to how much of an effect lifestyle changes alone can have”. …
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    Built to Last

    You in business? What are you doing to last? Not to grow. Not to gain. Not to take. Not to win. But to last? —Jason Fried in Outlasting It describes the way I build software and websites since ever — building a thing that lasts for as long as I can imagine it to last. In the past, I related this to how I create a codebase so that it lasts for years and will be reliable and readable by other …
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    Decentralized won’t fix unethical behavior

    I’m a big fan of decentralized solutions and advocate for them a lot. But the claim by technologists for building decentralized services as a response to unethical behavior is wrong. If we try to solve the underlying humanitarian issue with technology, nothing changes. Decentralized services are a good idea to share responsibility and own your data. But they’re not going to prevent people from …
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    You design your service

    Facebook’s Press Release after the Cambridge Analytica story unfolded is one perfect way to show how the whole company thinks. While it’s clear that Facebook didn’t follow their claim to “Protecting people’s information is the most important thing we do at Facebook.”, they declare it Cambridge Analytica’s fault that they used data that Facebook and their users gave them unnecessarily. The whole …
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    Trust yourself

    “Trust yourself and your decision you just made.” Something I said yesterday during a meeting and only later realized the true value of it and its meaning.