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    Colloq is there!

    Today is the day for me and my colleagues Tobias and Holger. Today we launched Colloq, a new event platform for organizers, speakers and attendees. We’ve worked for over one year on it and are proud to finally have launched our service to the public. If you want the official news, you can head over and read the announcement post on the Colloq blog. Here I’m going to share a more personal view. Col…
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    Off Time Balance

    I’m on vacation and today I worked for two hours. Yesterday for one. Before that, some minutes per day perhaps, mostly nothing. I plan to do nothing again over the next days but can’t promise. How about you — do you know the feeling of overwhelming work when you come back from vacation? Do you feel exhausted right after the first day back in office? That’s what is common to me and I want to avoid it. I ho…
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    Building a custom VW Camping Car—DIY style

    One year ago I purchased a VW T5 van with the goal of transforming the van into a camping car for my own adventures. Now I found the time to write up what I did and show you how. First of all, let me say I’m really thankful to my dad and to my best friend who both advised me so much with useful insights and tips and my dad for showing me how to manufacture the wooden interior properly. In summary t…
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    ☕️ New Espresso Machine 🚀

    Here we go, that’s my new Espresso machine, a Rocket Giotto v3 together with a Mazzer Mini B grinder. After years with my still beloved and quite satisfying Saeco Aroma which stays with me since over 8 years now, I decided to level up a bit. I’m still very new to the new machines and it’s certainly different to my previous machine. The espresso tastes totally different to what I’m used to (much more fl…
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    Dear Flattr, bye bye!

    Flattr just announced they’re now part of eyeo, makers of AdBlock Plus. Time to say goodbye, and no it’s mainly due to a different reason. When Flattr announced their revamped product yesterday via email, they also announced that they’re now part of eyeo (they seem to already be, without notifying anyone earlier). That’s a huge bummer as the makers of AdBlock Plus are a highly questionable company…
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    Which Tech Giant Would You Drop? Here’s my take.

    There’s a very well written quiz on the New York Times. It’s called: “The Big Five tech companies increasingly dominate our lives. Could you ditch them?”—and here’s my public response and some thoughts on it. This note is inspired by Jeena’s post on this topic, in which he shares his personal result list. My order of dropping tech giants First of all, note that this isn’t an order of relevance but of my perso…
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    Using flow-root today

    You can use the new display: flow-root value today. It’s available in Firefox 53 and Chrome 58 which both have been released this week. And thanks to @supports, we can easily apply it already. Visit Demo on JSBin directly. Native “clearfix” Rachel Andrew has a good introductory article on the new native method to fix containers with floats inside. The new display value has only recently been speci…
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    Good Services Are Never Free

    “B2B SaaS pricing is out of control. Everyone is pricing their service for endlessly-funded startups or enterprise.”—Jonnie Hallmann on Twitter Maybe—just a thought—Venture Capital isn’t spread everywhere anymore. Maybe startups need to finally think about having a sustainable business model and maybe that is why so many services start to charge more money than we’re used to. If you need Circle CI with 5 con…
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    Brexit Negotiations, Europol And The Fear Of Missing Big Data

    Yesterday, the Brexit negotiations started and they are as populistic as we already would expect it from UK’s new leader Theresa May—in the end she lurked to the EU that she would exit from Europol as well if negotiations are not reaching an acceptable agreement for them. As observable already in the past few months, the British leadership is aiming to obey existing rules for an exit of a member sta…
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    On “Why I Haven’t Fixed Your Issue Yet”

    Tobias Tom sent me this article over the weekend and I really liked to read it. Michael Bromley shares good points in why maintaining open source projects is so hard, while creating projects is very easy. He acknowledges that an open source author has “taken on a small portion of responsibility to you as a user of my code”, and points out one of the most important facts that users of open source pro…
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    Get your HTTP Status Code Right

    Today I noticed that a couple of big websites do prevent me from checking a URL’s HTTP Status Code via curl. See the following header response from a Medium-served custom-domain (doesn’t happen with medium.com URLs): curl -I https://shift.newco.co/how-a-single-conversation-with-my-boss-changed-my-view-on-delegation-and-failure-ae5376451c8d HTTP/1.1 409 Conflict Error 409: The request could not be …
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    Twitter Detox

    As of today, I decided to put both my accounts to a “private” state. This means only people that I follow and that follow me will be able to read my tweets. It’s the result of a small and unimportant harassment incident that made me realize how shitty the service really is when you need support. A week ago I received my first harassment tweet by a politically differently oriented person. In Germa…
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    The World uses the Internet (differently)

    At some point during building a new web project we will define a browser support matrix. But if we’re honest, how do we usually define this list? Developers tend to add their bias regarding old, or browsers that don’t support all modern code standards. Other people in a project prefer to look into the current web server statistics and base their decision on these numbers. Both approaches are not cor…
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    Setting up S/MIME on macOS Sierra & iOS

    Setting up S/MIME is actually not that hard. That said, it’s probably still too nerdy for a normal user so this type of email encryption is likely not something for non-technical people. You need a Email certificate by an authority Of course you could create a certificate yourself but then no one would trust this manually so it’d be useless. However, there are a very few providers that offer S/M…
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    Open Research Funding in Web Development

    With 16500 email readers and tens of thousands readers online, my WDRL project seems to be of big interest for many people. Understandable if we take into account how hard it is to keep up to date with web development technology. But how is this continuous research project financed? Mostly by myself. And that’s a problem. After four in terms of acceptance successful years, my project is still c…
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    The Divergence of Developers — Think out of the Box

    On Twitter, we like to discuss the latest technologies and ideas like how to integrate CSS the best way into our web app stacks using ES6 modules. One after another ES7 feature is being pushed into browsers, and yet we tend to forget what the majority of developers need. It’s due to us living in this tiny bubble called Social Media—channels not everyone is following. When we look at what has been add…
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    Peter Thiel’s Influence

    What we often overlook is the influence of individual people on companies and even us. With Peter Thiel’s support for Donald Trump, we need to reflect our decisions online again, and finally need to draw the necessary conclusions. Many of us in the web development industry indirectly live of Peter Thiel’s money. We use Facebook, we use PayPal, we use Salesforce, we use Asana, Stripe, OpenTable, Kic…
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    Enough Vacation — An Individual Goal

    Let’s talk about vacation and time-off from your day to day job. I’m not a perfect example myself but in the last seven years working as a freelancer I’ve gotten some ideas about what my body expects from me, what my brain expects and how I need to force myself to take vacation. Some things I learned the harder way. It’s Geek Mental Health Week again but this post is not limited to “Geeks” or any other group…
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    Travelling Norway

    From September 6th to October 2nd 2016, me and my girlfriend travelled through southern Norway to discover the landscape, national parks and to get some distance to the every day work routine. Equipped with a custom build VW T5 camping bus, we experienced a lot and had a great adventure. Hiking along the southern coast of Norway is great. The uniqueness of a mixture of grass and rocks makes you…