I've limited my Mastodon data retention to 90 days.
Write Markdown in a portable way. No, not all Markdown is portable.
Barebones web browsing by design.
I'm in the process of moving to Mastodon and am quite excited.
I've come to believe that it's not a good idea to keep all my content around indefinitely.
What computers should be like.
Bing and therefor DuckDuckGo apparently remove already indexed websites and bury those inadvertently.
Embedding YouTube videos invites third-party tracking cookies, which can easily be avoided when embedding in a more privacy-friendly way without sacrificing functionality.
Why not choosing the most popular option is good for everyone.
I still have some repositories on Github I have used for customizing my former WordPress installations.
I deleted posts again, after I had deleted a lot seven years ago.
Changing, merging, moving or deleting iCloud email addresses is tricky, because Apple doesn’t allow to merge accounts. These are your options.
Twitter sometimes is a personal time capsule, which allows me to remember things, which I can add to my diary retroactively to create a thread of my life.
Sometimes independent developers are as self-centered as large corporations.
There are some pitfalls when it comes to data usage. Data charges can add up quickly, especially when tethering. Know where your data goes.
Delete an iCloud email account altogether or delete an iCloud email account from an iOS device or Mac.
Sometimes I wonder if I sport a behaviour called digital hoarding.
Comment spam on WordPress blogs can easily be avoided without the need for plugins if you configure your own servers. Just turning off comments in settings will not stop spam.
More than 90 % of the errors in my computing life come from syncing via iCloud and the restrictions of iOS. macOS is fine by comparison.
I was an early adopter of Markdown. Now I use WordPress’ visual editor exclusively again with great results and don’t miss Markdown a bit.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
I want to buy movies but buying them on iTunes or Google Play would limit the ability to switch platforms because of high additional costs.
I’m much faster when using physical keyboards on iPad. Especially the 9.7″ iPads, where there’s no number row. But some things are annoying.
Can’t remove or delete a Google login from your iOS device? Here’s how to easily do it.
It’s definitely reasonable to have a personal or private iOS-only setup. You just have to be aware some OS X files won’t open on iOS.
After 1.5 years iCloud Drive works reliably. But because of the intricacies of iOS data storage it’s not straight forward to use.
Apple Music and iTunes Match have overlapping features which makes them confusing. I explain why it’s reasonable to have both.
Light on features and slow updates. Does WordPress/Automattic still care about its iPhone app?
Some time ago I took back the Internet to own my data. I cross-posted status updates, links, images & videos from Tumblr to Facebook & Twitter.
Just cut the cord. You won’t miss it. Don’t be a couch potato and let other people put ideas in your mind while spending your spare time.
I’m cutting down on external input like Social Media, RSS, YouTube and the Internet in general for a month to gain time and mental space.
There are different email addresses you can add to an Apple ID. Here are the different types in a nutshell.
Apple iBooks highlights are sometimes ommited from exports without notification and are in the wrong order, which is quite uncool.
WordPress for iOS seemingly deletes the post you’re writing while you’re writing it. But you can get it back if you’re lucky.
Amazon Cloud Drive has unlimited storage for $60 a year. Thats quite a bargain. But there are limits, especially for streaming video.
Online backups take a long time. Here is a list for some common upload speeds to get an idea of how long exactly.
If you move a Dropbox file on another device like your smartphone while having it opened in an application on your computer is a bad idea.
I do like the concept of Ghost, but I’m not committing to a product where I’m missing important features compared to WordPress.
iCloud Photo Library is still in beta but works reliably. It’s a much more convenient way to manage your photos you took with your iPhone or iPad.
If iCloud Drive on iOS doesn’t display any files or the folders are empty (0 items) even though there should be some files, then there is an easy solution.
I bought Desk because I wanted to get an undistracted writing experience and some Markdown for good measure. Unfortunately Desk is too buggy to provide this yet.
It’s the third time I couldn’t download my Facebook data. It never worked even once. Retrying doesn’t help. It’s useless.
Safari/iCloud automatic logins are convenient. But it weakens website account security by letting others easily change your sensitive account information.
Strong passwords are important because your personal data is important. I’m going to show that everybody can have strong passwords easily without forgetting them.
Twitter extended its search to include all tweets ever tweeted and not only old tweets from the last two weeks.
Google’s collection of interest-based data is pervasive. It won’t hurt to opt out and have peace of mind.
If you are interested in keeping your privacy and use Google products it’s highly recommended to disable your Google account history.
It’s possible, but not feasible anymore, because Apple removed the ability to sync locally over Wi-Fi.
WordPress has a cool feature: featured images. Here are some plugins which make the use of featured images even better.
I stopped using a couple of very popular services for a variety of reasons, mainly ethical ones, because I want to be in charge of my own digital life.
A friend of mine quit Twitter recently. I think this is not unreasonable if you think about how Twitter wants to change itself to monetize better.
The Mailbox iOS app everybody loves gets a OS X companion app. It’s still in beta and you need beta invites. Beta invites for Mailbox are very cool betacoins.
These scores may be useful, but in the process these sites have to gather a lot of public and private data across different networks.
Klout is a very clever way to gather data from users without giving much in return. Users only get a vanity number, and Klout perks are the worst.
I deleted most of my posts written in German, because I decided to write exclusively in English again.
BarCamps are awesome and here’s why.
Ever wondered what Burning Man is all about? Here are four videos which perfectly present Burning Man.
If you like parkour and Burning Man then this is the perfect video for you.
I received a “My Photo Stream Limit Reached” notification from Apple Photos on OS X. That’s what you get if you use it heavily.
The poor man’s ad blocker and tracking blocker.
I tested both the Time Capsule 802.11n 4th generation and the Time Capsule 802.11ac. Measured power consumption is for the Time Capsule 2TB model.
A video about meaningful work compared to sisyphean work in the workplace.
Infinite Scrolling hat viele Nachteile, aber nur wenig Vorteile.
Crossposting vermindert die Informationsdichte und vermüllt die Feeds.
Apple’s AirPort devices are the first choice for Mac users. These are the differences.
The dream computer workstation. No exaggeration.
The difference in quality is less than you think when watching from the sofa.
The ultimate private outdoor viewing experience.
You have an expensive bike and want to store it properly? Look no further.
A kindle e-book purchased and downloaded doesn’t mean you own it. Amazon can remove content from your devices without notice and close your user account.
You can never have too many gadgets.
Eine Präsentation von agilen Schätzmethoden.
A primer how to deal with ill communication.
A time lapse movie of Manhattan. Very relaxing.
Properly complaining can be eye-opening.
Cleverly summed up in a single infographic why the middle class is missing out.
Awesome video showing pointillist art.
That’s what I call a gadget!
Ein Bericht über die TEDxHamburg von 2011.
How to make money on the web creating and selling applications.
Hunter S. Thompson in a very long and insightful video interview.
How to properly build a community.
Wie das iPhone und iPad Apple und die WWDC verändern.
Ein Bericht über die erste TEDxHamburg.
A clever way to attach your iPad for different usage scenarios.
How does NEXT conference do in Berlin after moving away from Hamburg?
Nach der desaströsen Premiere des iPad-Konkurrenten WeTab versuchte Neofonie noch zu retten, was zu retten ist. Vergeblich.
Journalistische Publikationen können oder wollen nicht verlinken, obwohl sie die Inhalte selbst nur zusammengeklaubt haben.
3D printing with MakerBot is almost quasi-teleportation.
I attend an internet & online conference and I’m offline. Underpowered republica wireless network & totally non-working 3G keeps me offline.
Das BarCamp Ruhr ist ein besonderes BarCamp.
A review of a Google hackathon.
Explaining Google hackathons.
Ein Bericht über die erste TEDx Deutschlands.
A short introduction to oEmbed.
A humorous take on nerds.
When geeks get creative to play music.
How tea tasting is connected to the Internet.
An unmistakable sign that you made it: you’re mocked by the Simpsons.
Watching TED videos for educational purposes.
A short introduction to the DNAdigital events.
What happened at next08 and my take on it.
Microsoft is eager to get closer to bloggers and look more modern.
Awaiting the next08 conference. It’s going to be exciting.
OpenCoffee Club in Hamburg is a bi-weekly gathering of developers and entrepreneurs of the Web 2.0 community in Hamburg meeting at Starbucks to network.
My first BarCamp – an awesome experience.
WordPress trumps other blog software. Here’s why, in a nutshell.
WordPress and BarCamps are cool. A WordCamp is the perfect symbiosis.
Eagerly waiting for the Apple keynote.
Getting a grip on WordPress.
Never thought I would get my blog up and running this decade.