„Oopsie Daysies 😱 I have no idea how and why this would happen. This was totally an accident like all the other times we fucked with your privacy. So so sorry, will never happen again! Maybe.“ – Facebook’s iOS app might be opening the camera in the background - The Verge

Don’t be evil – Google reveals ‘Project Nightingale’ after being accused of secretly gathering personal health records.

Ok… the problem is TiddlyWiki, WebDAV and a bad upload. It destroys or even deletes the file. That’s no way to go. I‘ll try running it via Node.js now, otherwise this is not working for me.

I might have found a bug in either TiddlyWiki or my Synology‘s WebDAV implementation, but whenever I try to post a certain text, the HTML file gets deleted. Glad I have a backup 😐

Another album I awaited for years! Volbeat - Rewind, Replay, Rebound 🎶

One of the albums I missed and quite like! Jimmy Eat World - Surviving 🎶

🎶 Time to go back to Spotify?

I‘m baffled by how bad Apple Music still is for discovery of new music by artists in my library. @renem pointed to MusicHarbor yesterday and I found so much new albums of some of my favorite artists. Apple‘s New playlists are so so so terrible, with music I never ever in my whole live would want to listen to.

I thought about going back to Spotify for a while, as I think they are miles ahead with their service. Music is available everywhere these days. It’s the service that matters. I don’t use Siri at all but Spotify would also be integrated there now I think. I really need to think about moving again. It’s disappointing to miss that much music. Apple has all the information… but they don’t use it.

Maybe they want to use it but the app is just crap? Besides me missing new music, I like to listen to some shows on Beats 1 regularly but I have to have a note in Drafts that links to them because I just can’t figure out how I can get to them quickly if at all in the Music app.

I‘m on the edge… switching means hassle again. It might be worth it again.

I might be fully immersed in TiddlyWiki 🙈 While I didn’t understand its value at first, it might now be my one-stop shop for the majority of my private notes, journal etc. It even is a private microblog now; a void where I can dump my thoughts into. Love it! /cc @jack @twelvety

Sehr sehr gute Ausgabe der Anstalt heute. Die Wiedervereinigung mal ohne rosa Brille aus dem Westen beschrieben. Da bekommt man durchaus etwas mehr Verständnis für die heutige Gefühlslage.

The state of my desk at home kind of describes my life perfectly at the moment. Not sure where I should start cleaning up so I can sit and do anything again 😉

Watching For All Mankind right now and so far I really enjoy it!

Playing with DokuWiki

Giving DokuWiki a shot, trying to get some order back in life as my brain stops working because of sleep deprivation 😉 I tried TiddlyWiki but I’m afraid of the performance there, since everything is in a single webpage. It’s fun to play around with various tools, but still… it’s mostly the integration I‘m missing. It’s still not fun to fiddle around with most open source tools especially when the mobile support is based on their main website.

Maybe I’ll also try the full-blown media wiki just to get some perspective. I guess it would be overkill for my needs though. DokuWiki is really bare to the metal with just the basic Wiki functions. Everything else (Markdown support, tagging…) has to be added through plugins.

I have to remind myself why I’m playing around with such tools. I’m not quite sure a Wiki solves any real problem I have 😉 I‘m just trying to become a little less platform and ecosystem dependent. That’s also a reason why many tools that look interesting are a no-go for me. I want a self-hosted solution where I can get everything in plain old text files if I wanted to. An iOS only app where all my stuff is put on some webserver I don’t trust or even worse requires a Google account to work, doesn’t do it for me anymore.

In Nuremberg you can buy a special local Playmobil figure of Albrecht Dürer 🙃 My daughter loves playing with those and I think it’s cute!

Stuck on iOS

I feel more and more uncomfortable with iOS because of many reasons, some of them not even related to the system itself but everything around it. I wanted to see lately, whether I can find something else instead.

I searched, but as you can imagine, there’s not that much to search for. Today it’s either Apple or Google. I tried to find a way to use Ubuntu Touch as a replacement, but as noble and cool as I might find the project and its idea, it‘s really light years away from anything real. I refuse to use Android because of Google and usability. I might try Lineage at some point, but from a quick glance I didn’t understand the big difference to Android itself. Somehow I don’t trust that Google is really cut off there.

It’s weird for me to say it, but I’m stuck on iOS. I‘d love to go elsewhere but so many of my „workflows“ and day to day tasks I like to do on my phone rely on a couple of apps. I like good apps and as far as I can tell the iOS ecosystem is the only one that really takes usability, experience and a fair amount of polishing into account. Plus, I don’t want to be stuck on one device. If it’s on my phone it should be on my computer. Just like that. Apple gives me that. I‘m not going back to Dropbox (also, almost none of the apps I use directly integrates with it anymore) and while my Synology is great, it’s support is also limited on mobile devices in some ways.

So, here I am. I‘d like to leave, but the world out there doesn’t look promising, so I‘ll stay around for a bit longer. I hope there will be some system breaking up the effectively monopolistic 2-OS world. But I don’t see a shining star in the near future. I guess I can only try to be less dependent on the whole ecosystem. That might be a good start.

In ancient times, like… back in May, Mail.app was able to display a preview of a Word document. Man… those were the days…

Seems like my daughter decided that she’s an early riser now. Unfortunately I never was and never will be… 😴🥱

Using my iPhone without a case since a couple of days (don’t buy the plastic Apple case, it’s a piece of overpriced crap). After getting used to a little less grip, it feels a lot nicer and is much better to use actually, since there’s no bump on the edges anymore. Love it! 👍🏻

Last day for our little girl at daycare 😢 Now on to Kindergarten… and we‘re definitely not ready for this. They grow up so fast. She’s excited and doesn’t care though 🤪

I think I might have found my preferred Linux distribution. Zorin OS is really, really polished and feels like the most usable to me. I instantly felt at home here! Close to that is Pop!_OS which is out of the box better suited for software development.

The Unread bug is fixed in Mail. Now I always end up in the All inbox, which I disabled, each time I open the app 🤦🏻‍♂️

Things are a little crazy lately. Not sure when I felt so generally exhausted the last time. I think NaNoWriMo is off the charts for me… even half assing it looks unreal currently 😔

📚 Something Deeply Hidden - Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime

You don‘t need a PhD in theoretical physics to be afraid of quantum mechanics. But it doesn’t hurt.

📚 Sean Carroll, Something Deeply Hidden

I probably won’t understand most of it, but so far this is incredibly interesting and we’ll explained! I wanted to learn a little about quantum physics after all the buzz about „Quantum supremacy“ claimed by Google. The fact that nobody really knows what all this is and how it really works, makes me feel better about not understanding it at all 😉

I think the iOS 13.2 beta might have fixed a couple of quirks in Mail🤞🏻Need some more time to verify though. The new emoji are great 🙃

Not quite sure this is the appropriate cover art for this song 🤔 🎶

Apple pulling apps/news from Hongkong stores is a disgrace to humanity. If they can’t handle the heat from China, then don’t do business there. A couple billions less in the bank for people to live, demonstrate and show their anger. What’s the price of that? What a terrible move.