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A World Without Email

2022-07-10 Linkpost

I’m a big fan of Cal Newport and his books. Currently, I’m reading his latest one: “A World Without Email”

Every email comes at a small cognitive cost to the sender, and a small cognitive cost to the recipient. It has become easier than ever to “just send …

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Kevin Kelly, photographed by Christopher Michel in 2021.

103 brilliant pieces of wisdom by Kevin Kelly

2022-07-02 Linkpost

Kevin Kelly, co-founder and executive editor of Wired magazine, recently turned 70. Happy Birthday!

His birthday gift to us all is “103 bits of unsolicited advice”. Each one brilliant and full of wisdom. And all are free.

The paradox of “free” is that people tend to not value the “free …

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How to find good opportunities


In my current job, I occasionally mentor people and one of the questions I often get is: “How do you find good opportunities?”

By which people mean cool technologies to explore, great projects to be part of, opportunities to talk at conferences, great companies to join, interesting people to meet …

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Antique Typewriter on Dark Wood


2022-06-18 Linkpost

When writing my post on renovations, while mentioning automatic link checking and automatic HTML checking, I thought to myself: “Hey, how about automatic spell-checking?”. After all, OSes, word processors, etc. come with some built in spell checking.

Some research pointed me at LanguageTool. It’s free for basic use, open …

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Deprecating Feedburner


When I started blogging in the early 2000s, RSS emerged as an open standard for spreading the news. New post? Blam, everybody interested got a notification in their favorite newsreader.

Back then, building a proper RSS feed was more of an art than an exact science: Crafting proper XML while …

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Blog renovations (again)


A long time ago (2017), I wrote about modernizing my blog’s infrastructure.

Guess, what: Time to modernize again!

Back then, I migrated from Drupal to a self-written, Jekyll-inspired static site generator written in Python (my current language of choice for most projects). I spent the majority of the time …

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Welcome Back!


A lot has happened since I changed my job more than 5 years ago.

I learned new stuff, met a lot of customers, blogged and podcasted (though on other platforms), and I didn’t get to give this blog much care.

Until my old hoster told me that they’re …

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Street signs: Business as usual or the cloud?

Get Ready to Change Your Job

The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it. (Marcus Aurelius)

If you have a job in IT (and who among my readers hasn’t?), then it is going to fundamentally change soon.


In my own job, I see the full spectrum from where IT innovation …

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