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    🤔 Ask Product Hunt: “What are the most inspiring sustainable, ethical companies?”

    I’m collecting a list of companies or products that are not only over-financed hipster brands but instead have a real purpose as a company to succeed and be sustainable from the start. Ideally, the companies or products should also care about ethics and mostly about the human side of their clients. As an example, the outdoor company Patagonia would be an example of a sustainable company which c…
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    New look for this site

    As you can already see this site has gotten a new look yesterday. But not only a new look but a new technical basis and a new content strategy. In the past I had a website showing what I do as developer. But I am much more than a developer and people want to know about it as well. In times where you know a lot of people virtually from Twitter or other social media networks, it’s even more i…
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    Don’t ruin your calming practice right afterwards

    Today I read an interview which I really enjoyed. It contained some great inspiration tipps but one thing is still stuck in my head: “I … start my day by meditating. … I then rush to get to work by 9am” —Interview Maria Gonzalez from Slack at InterfaceLovers Please don’t ruin your meditation practice immediately afterwards. Try to establish a day led by your meditation practice—calm, focused, reflected.…
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    KISS or YAGNI: Avoid acronyms and abbreviations if you want to be liked.

    Here’s a bold statement: Using acronyms is hurting people. Elon Musk already declared a company rule effective for all employees in 2010, effectively ending the use of acronyms and appreviations for the entire company: “Individually, a few acronyms here and there may not seem so bad, but if a thousand people are making these up, over time the result will be a huge glossary that we have to issue to …
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    I Turned Slack Off for a Week.

    Katie Womersley: “(…) our global spread means almost 24/7, Slack is a hub of activity and people feel they’re missing out on work. This is especially tough on our Asia-Pacific teammates, who end up left out of discussions and conversations, and folks with responsibilities who needed to work different hours and be offline during parts of their workday (like parents!).” I’m so familiar with this feeling. …
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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…