June 2020


I can’t believe June is gone. Everything is going back to “normal” very fast and I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, I’m very happy about being back at work, I really enjoy what I do and I’ve been quite entertained. I’ve also enjoyed going out for lunch and drinks with my colleagues.

On the other hand, “normal” feels quite flawed after experiencing that so much can be done differently. I don’t want to go too meta here but I think there’s so much that we should be questioning as individuals and as a society in regards to how we work and live. If there’s something I’d hope for this post COVID-19 world is that we stopped talking and started making major changes.

Some Small Changes

Last December, I started migrating out of big tech and I’ve finally managed to move out of Gmail. I got tired of postponing this migration so I decided to compromise a little. I’m now using Gandi for all my personal email, I already buy my domains from them and I’m happy with their service. For the time being, I’ll still keep one Gmail account for any service that requires having one. After a while I can review how valuable this is and maybe even get rid of it.

I stopped using Google Analytics for this website. In the meantime I’m going to be using the web server logs to do some analysis of the most visited posts and in the future I might consider using a service like plausible.io but I’m quite happy the way it is at the moment. It speeds up my website and makes it JavaScript free.

I have been using Mastodon more and more for the past 6 months. I decided to go a bit further and I’m now hosting my own single user instance. While this might sound like an unnecessary burden for some people, as a Ruby developer it has been a great exercise to maintain a low-budget Rails application in a traditional way i.e. not on a platform like Heroku. Find me @mr@mrls.xyz!

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