Returned our humble "app-based" moving van with very mixed feelings. On the plus side, it was a bit cheaper than traditional rentals and the hotline was OK. But, the car was in a very bad shape, we had an empty battery (which may be our fault, we had the hazard lights on for ~4 hours, but is that really enough to drain a van battery?), pickup times were fixed (morning, noon or evening) and app usability was bad. Not a great experience. Next time we'll be using a traditional van rental again.

Despite the battery issue, we made it to Leipzig and back with the first load of furniture, boxes, the dreaded washing machine and the oven. Tomorrow comes the second load with more boxes, office chairs and electronics - then the old place is mostly empty, and, starting monday we'll be living in Leipzig 😎

Today, I jump-started a Volkswagen Transporter with a Citigo. Always nice to see what this little car is capable of 😉

In addition to the use of #FreeSoftware, a general RightToRepair is one of the basic requirements for a more sustainable digitization, in particular for the longevity of our hardware.


So let me get this straight.

1: you put SSNs in plaintext on a web page
2: you get mad that someone clicked "view source"
3: your actual Highway Patrol patrols the information superhighway?


And now one passenger is taking a phone call. Seriously. Silent zone - what a joke...

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Now the guy behind me starts whistling and humming while the two talkers seemingly discuss their legal matters. 🙄 I wonder whether it's even worse in the non-silent zone...

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And at the same time, I remember why I didn't quite miss riding the train: I'm in the silent part of the train. Of the five people in here, 2 can't stop talking and the guy behind me is muttering profanities.

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Going to Leipzig to pay a first visit to our new apartment. First time travelling long-distance rail not only since Covid but since about 4 years, if I recall correctly. It's been a while 😄

The next few weeks, I will be very busy packing, frequenting four-letter-scandinavian-furniture-retailers and driving back and forth between Dresden and Leipzig. Sounds like a lot of stress, but actually it's a fun opportunity to have (sorta-kinda) road trips, assemble furniture (=LEGO for adults 😃) and to penny-pinch and optimize our logistics. (Extra challenge: I drive a Citigo, which for this purpose is basically a shoebox 😜).

It's official now: We're moving to very soon 😊 My girlfriend found a job there and I'm working fully remote. Exciting times ahead!

The challenge for the best teenage coders in Europe is out: "Youth Hacking For Freedom #YH4F".

Please help us and tell teenagers, their parents, teachers, schools, and coding clubs about it:

There should be a browser plugin that automatically turns infinite scroll into regular paging 😜

I wonder why infinite scrolling is being in such wide use these days. IMHO, it's harder to implement properly than paging and it's much less user-friendly. Does infinite scrolling have any purpose, except maybe making social media more addictive (and thus lucrative) by removing that last bit of friction and visual indication of progress/time spent? If not, why are more and more sites applying this anti-pattern - is it cargo cult programming?

I am happy to announce that, as of October 1st, I will be joining the Munich-based company Golane as a software developer to help build and improve their public transport ticketing solution. 🙂

The Framework laptop is the first laptop to ever score a 10/10 from Ifixit for repairability. But it's no thick-as-a-brick throwback the size of a 2005 Thinkpad - it's approximately the same dimensions as a MacBook.


Out now: ./badges v2.0.0 - A major release with support for parameter declaration and validation (good for building GUIs), improved CLI with stdin/-out support and revised API for use as a library, plus numerous bug fixes. Get it on @codeberg at

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