Been trying for quite a while to find a reasonable way of managing a “reading list”, with requirements pretty simple: I want to remember a bunch of web resources I stumble across during the day to check them out as soon as I find some time. Tried various approaches, didn’t really enjoy any of them. Right now, my solution to this issue is both bare-bone and effective: Used to set up a “bookmark@” mail address for my mail domain, and configured most of my tools (desktop browser, feed readers on smartphone and tablet, …) to be able to quickly post URLs there. Outcome: I end up with a chronologically sorted inbox of findings I easily can work through given some time. Maybe it’s a clumsy solution but so far I haven’t found a better approach for doing so, given I don’t want to manually move bookmark.html files around, and given most of the services I tried out for such purposes either don’t work as desired anymore (looking at you, or add additional complexity to my workflow by providing a load of additional features I don’t need. Ultimately, I managed to both remove a bunch of apps off my mobile devices and close down some accounts registered at some popular services for falling back to quite an archaic workflow. So if anyone could recommend a easy-to-use and open facility for keeping bookmarks and reading lists – I welcome any recommendations. ;)

Social networks cleanup

Being sort of frustrated with parts of the status quo, I’m in the midsts of wiping some of my accounts registered with “alternative” social networks such as Diaspora, Friendica or GNU Social. Not that they generally suck, but in some ways I have altogether lost time and motivation to really deal with these.

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Windows 10, GNU and actual “open-ness”?

Business as usual, one could say… All along with the announcement of Microsoft Windows 10 being released, I found an FSF statement on Windows 10 in my inbox, boiling down to what I by now consider the usual statements, like outlining that privacy and personal freedom is important, that it is important to choose software that respects these aspects, and that, from this point of view, convincing your friends to at least try a Software Libre operating system such as GNU/Linux is a good thing. So far, so good. Personally, I have made a decision on that issue quite a while ago, which by now also has turned to be a technical thing: I will keep using GNOME on top of GNU/Linux as my main working vehicle for as long as somewhat possible as not just it is Software Libre but also because it’s closest to my ideas of how a computer should work, look, feel like. Still, I wonder whether the FSF recently could use some adjustments in its strategy…

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JavaScript Library Hell

After being into software development now for almost 20 years, counting in student days, these days I have to admit I spent most of this time, and especially most of my “productive” work on the server side using Perl and Java, with Python and shell scripting always being around as tooling things but never as real first-choice languages. Through these years, also my perceptions of architecture, technology and, actually, using server-sided Java have changed in many ways – from “web-only” applications to more complex structures running inside Java EE application servers to more lightweight structures running as standalone applications embedding HTTP servers or modules listening on messaging systems such as ActiveMQ or XMPP. Another change that happened all along the way is that JavaScript made its way from something everyone loved to hate to something everyone at least seems to want to use for day-to-day work. And while, after taking a few deep dives, in some fields I surely do understand this, in others I don’t at all…

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SAP, open-ness and moving to Oracle?

There have been a couple of different posts in various SAP related blogs recently, as well as some responses by non-SAP(?) folks, dealing with Java technology (especially in light of the ongoing acquisition of Sun Microsoystems by Oracle), open standards and “open-ness” in general, it seems. Looking at this through the eyes of someone who is professionally using a dedicated piece of SAP technology (its database environment SAP MaxDB), a few thoughts come to my mind here…

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