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As it turns out, I do have a hostname.

2021 Review: GL-iNet Beryl MT1300 Travel Router (Apple TV on a VPN)

This is a short review of a new gadget I recently purchased. I sometimes have the need to route my Apple TV’s traffic through a VPN. This can be for simple geolocation issues but also to prevent ISPs throttling IPTV traffic.

The Apple TV currently doesn’t support running a VPN directly...

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2020 Almost Paperless Office

Recently I looked at my increasingly large pile of important documents and decided to make sorting them a small project. After a while it was clear that a lot of them are not important enough to keep around. Invoices, warranty certificates or insurance status updates are likely not necessary to have...

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2020 My Ghost to Hugo migration

If you’ve visited this blog before you might have noticed that it looks a bit different than before. You are not mistaken and the reason is that I spent some time on migrating it from the Ghost blogging platform to a static site generator called Hugo. For this post I tried to document my...

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2020 RSS is luckily not dead yet

I’m a big proponent of using RSS feeds for your daily news intake instead of relying on algorithmically shuffled news streams for a while now. This works especially well if you want to follow smaller blogs and sites with irregular posting schedules that would otherwise just not show up in any...

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2019 Apple ruined iTunes — What now?

I didn’t exactly love iTunes during the last few iterations but even with Apple Music slowly creeping into the interface it was still the same old — powerful — iTunes under the hood.

I could still tag it with my own tools, tags were written to the files, the folder structure was organized...

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2019 Set Apple Touch Icon for any website

There are some websites that I use via the “Add to Home Screen” feature of iOS to make them easily accessible on my Home Screen. The problem is that websites that are running a more conservative tech stack tend to not always cater to new and shiny browser and OS features like dark mode,...

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2019 Downgrade Go installed with Homebrew

I just had the issue that I installed Go 1.13 which messed up VSCode auto completion and is also not supported by the CI pipeline I wanted to use. This meant I needed to downgrade to Go 1.12.9.

This took me a bit longer than I’d be willing to admit. Partially because the naming in Homebrew is...

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2019 BOM there it is

Came across an interesting behavior the other day and thought I’ll share my frustration, maybe someone else runs into the same issue.

I received a report as an Excel (.xlsx) file that I had to import into our system. First step is usually to convert it to a CSV file and feed it into our...

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2019 Restic: Backup cloud server to Synology NAS

After migrating to a new server host I set up a reminder in my reminders app to create a proper backup strategy. This was nagging me every day but I always bumped it to some other time as it’s not exactly the most fulfilling task. I wrote about doing backups via Duplicity / Duply before but...

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2019 Trip Report: Working in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

After checking my countdown app far too many times it was finally time to make my way down to Kuala Lumpur again. I was going to stay in Asia for 4 weeks this time, 3 weeks of remote work from Kuala Lumpur and one week of vacation in China. I usually try to travel very light and so I set off to...

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