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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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    Notes on “Managing Dedicated Time-Off And Vacation”

    I’m crappy at managing my vacation and forcing myself to rest. Don’t get me wrong, until I realize the truth, I think I’m good at this. Last weekend I suffered from health issues, and it’s still not entirely away. I don’t know exactly what’s the matter but reflecting on the roots of this, I realized that something has been very wrong for quite some time now. I claim to have an amazing life — being a web d…
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    Putting ourselves into Perspective as Developers.

    We spend hours, days into developing a small component of a complex web app but don’t appreciate a craftsman spending hours to fix our radiator. How weird is that? Let’s put ourselves into perspective more often and appreciate other people’s work. Why do we as people tend to overrate our own work while not appreciating other peoples’ work? Why would web development be better work and better paid than so…
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    Notes on “The Mental Disease of Late-Stage Capitalism”

    In WDRL 136 I added an article to the “Going beyond” section called “The Mental Disease of Late-Stage Capitalism”. As I got some very interesting reply via email and I decided to publish it so others can read this as well. Hi, Just a quick note about some of the "Going beyond ..." articles you have promoted. You should be careful about conflating capitalism with whatever economic system …
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    The WDRL Evergreen List

    I’d like to announce the immediate availability of The Evergreen List. It’s a hand-picked selection of resources from the weekly digests that are important for a longer time. Why does The Evergreen List exist? This additional list has been created so that people can find very important, all-time relevant content easier. You could also see this as the filter for the filtered weekly lists that only con…
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    On “What are CSS Modules and why do we need them?”

    I long hesitated to comment on the “CSS Modules” tool, but seeing an article on CSS-Tricks about it, in it some fundamentally flawed assumptions and arguments, I want to shortly add some thoughts to it. CSS Modules takes a different approach. Instead of writing plain HTML, we need to write all of our markup in a JavaScript file, like index.js. This is the first and main issue I have with the who…
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    On Cloudflare’s “The Trouble with Tor”

    Last week, Cloudflare published an article headlined with “The Trouble with Tor”. The whole post was caused by protesters who complained about Cloudflare’s strict Tor policy. The default setting for user’s sites is to ‘block’ Tor traffic and ask people to solve a Google Captcha. While this is not blocking access to a site in a traditional way for most people, it is indeed a complete block for many people…
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    Notes On My Conference Year 2015

    For me, 2015 has been quiet regarding conferences I attended. After years with many events I needed a break from seeing all the same things over and over again (which is only a bad thing when you attend too many events). TEDx Munich In November, I attended TEDx Munich and it was amazing. They achieved a great mix of speakers, very good diversity (speakers, attendees) and after a every two to…
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    Consumer Behavior

    Last week I read a few things about saving energy. It turns out that our consumer behavior is broken. It’s not reasonable to replace your old TV with a new one to save energy. Because you’re not. Your old one needs to be recycled. But instead it’s sent to Africa where people suffer from tearing down the toxic material in it. “Don’t buy more than what you need. Fast fashion consumption is not sustainab…
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    TEDx Munich 2015

    I stumbled over the event just two weeks ago. The TEDx Munich 2015 which had the title “Hidden Treasures”. Until now, I only have known TED talks from videos and I have seen extraordinarily great ones over the past years. Curious but knowing how much TED Events cost, I read that the independently organized Munich event was only 140EUR for the ticket. Not knowing a single speaker made me to pur…
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    Notes on Stripe

    A few months ago I finally implemented Stripe as donation platform for WDRL with the help of my friend Tobias Tom. This is a short story on how it turned out to be an awful experience. I already started an attempt to implement Stripe when they released their cool checkout.js product. What I didn’t realize back then, and only found out by accident, is that while it’s super easy to implement the Jav…