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  1. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    Arrived with my wife at my parent's yesterday. Today we had a family breakfast and dinner at a fish restaurant. Tomorrow is the neighborhood easter fire with BBQ and alcohol and the day after...

    Arrived with my wife at my parent's yesterday. Today we had a family breakfast and dinner at a fish restaurant. Tomorrow is the neighborhood easter fire with BBQ and alcohol and the day after there will be family dinner :)

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  2. Comment on We are back at square one of personal messaging in ~tech

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    I tried XMPP bridging years ago. Back then, they sucked. For a long time, I used Miranda, which was good. Then at some point (can't remember, over 10 years ago) I switched to Trillian. Bought Pro...

    I tried XMPP bridging years ago. Back then, they sucked. For a long time, I used Miranda, which was good. Then at some point (can't remember, over 10 years ago) I switched to Trillian. Bought Pro in 2012. Have been using it ever since and I really, really like it :) I hate literally every single messenger client in existence I've ever tried (besides the XMPP ones, there are some that are decent).

    I really need to go back and look at the state of XMPP bridging.

  3. Comment on To Cook a Steak, First You Must Unlearn What You Have Learned in ~food

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    I agree. The only thing that surprised me was the lack of rest, everything else seems less "conventional wisdom" and more "wisdom from people who just repeat what they once heard". FWIW, "The...

    I agree. The only thing that surprised me was the lack of rest, everything else seems less "conventional wisdom" and more "wisdom from people who just repeat what they once heard".

    FWIW, "The Science of Cooking" (great book btw) has this table: https://i.imgur.com/Y9HbHeq.jpg which makes it seem that anything over 4-5 minutes is a waste (and certainly the 30 minutes from the counter-argument article)

    2 votes
  4. Comment on End the Tyranny of Arial: The big internet platforms use the same fonts and backgrounds. Let’s make it interesting again. in ~tech

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    For a long, long time there were many webfonts problems on Windows related to the rendering engine used. So I assumed this might still be related. But yeah, it's what I see as well.

    For a long, long time there were many webfonts problems on Windows related to the rendering engine used. So I assumed this might still be related.

    But yeah, it's what I see as well.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on End the Tyranny of Arial: The big internet platforms use the same fonts and backgrounds. Let’s make it interesting again. in ~tech

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    I just compared it to Arial. As usually with webfonts, everything looks kinda off with inter. I'm not sure if it's a Windows thing, but the effect (in different ways) occurs with both Firefox as...

    I use Inter on most of my website because it gives me exactly what I want: a well-made font that doesn't stand out on its own and lets you focus on the content. I'm writing long parts, which means I seek to eliminate as much distraction from the UI as possible. Inter does its part of the job well.

    I just compared it to Arial. As usually with webfonts, everything looks kinda off with inter. I'm not sure if it's a Windows thing, but the effect (in different ways) occurs with both Firefox as well as Chrome. They look fine for headings, but as soon as it's a normal weight, it suddenly looks weird. Like a bad ClearType setting.

    I changed their website to use Arial, and while the kerning is now off (they do some special stuff in CSS for the font), it still instantly became easier to read.

    So wrt the article: Thanks, but no thanks. I'm already glad most of the recent horrors like parallax scrolling, smooth scrolling, and hero images died again, I certainly don't want the Geocities-era designs back. I like to use websites, not sit back and stare at how great their effects are. The only thing I personally like are absolutely minuscule animations for web apps like defined by Material.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    Drinking with my wife and a friend while playing Wizards first and Cards Against Humanity afterwards :)

    Drinking with my wife and a friend while playing Wizards first and Cards Against Humanity afterwards :)

    1 vote
  7. Comment on What are you reading these days? #17 in ~books

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    Have fun, it's amazing :) I'm waiting for Ward to be done so I can read it in one go.

    Have fun, it's amazing :) I'm waiting for Ward to be done so I can read it in one go.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on People of Tildes, what apps and programs do you use regularly on your PC? in ~tech

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    According to my E-Mails, I bought Trillian Pro in 2012. According to Wikipedia, a paid Version has been available since 2002 :D But don't ask me what the difference is ;) Re Typographic layout: ß...

    Since when does Trillian cost money? I remember using it for free about... oh boy, 10 years ago. Things changed, huh?

    According to my E-Mails, I bought Trillian Pro in 2012. According to Wikipedia, a paid Version has been available since 2002 :D

    But don't ask me what the difference is ;)

    Re Typographic layout:
    ß does not seem to be available on it? Thanks for the suggestion, but I already struggle using AltGr+s for ß, it randomly being on b would confuse me even more (ß is an s-Sound in German).

  9. Comment on People of Tildes, what apps and programs do you use regularly on your PC? in ~tech

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    OS: Win 10 Browser: Firefox (+ IE/Chrome/Edge for testing) Email: Fastmail [*] Passwords: Keepass 2 Browser: Directory Opus [*] Texteditor: EmEditor (probably the fastest editor for huge files in...

    OS: Win 10
    Browser: Firefox (+ IE/Chrome/Edge for testing)
    Email: Fastmail [*]
    Passwords: Keepass 2
    Browser: Directory Opus [*]
    Texteditor: EmEditor (probably the fastest editor for huge files in existence) [*]
    Coding: Visual Studio, VS Code, JetBrain's (Rider, IntelliJ, Webstorm) [*]
    Gaming: Steam & GoG Galaxy
    Messaging: Trillian [*]
    Sync: Nextcloud
    Backup: Backblaze personal backup [*]
    Music: MediaMonkey [*] (if you just need a player, ignore this, it's a media library organizer)
    Videos: PotPlayer
    Search: Everything
    Random Tools: f.Lux (screen color temperature), Beyond Compare [*] (text/folder/file compare & merge), EventGhost (Automation), BeefText (Text replacement. Mainly used to type ß without Outlook killing itself)

    [*] means the entry costs money.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on People of Tildes, what apps and programs do you use regularly on your PC? in ~tech

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    Tried a bunch of self-hosted apps, nothing is as good as Dynalist for me. Though I never heard of Indigrid before, will be testing that :)

    Tried a bunch of self-hosted apps, nothing is as good as Dynalist for me. Though I never heard of Indigrid before, will be testing that :)

  11. Comment on Survey: 83% of US teens have an iPhone, Android 9% in ~tech

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    Interesting, here in Germany the statistics are almost the same as for Europe in General: 71% vs 28%

    Interesting, here in Germany the statistics are almost the same as for Europe in General: 71% vs 28%

    6 votes
  12. Comment on Zach Weinersmith (SMBC Comics) Teams Up With Bryan Caplan on a Book Arguing for Open Borders in ~books

  13. Comment on Switching from Win10 to something else: what are my options? in ~tech

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    Heh, I used to run Windows XP Black Edition. 64 MB or so ISO with anything not needed for playing games stripped out :D

    Heh, I used to run Windows XP Black Edition. 64 MB or so ISO with anything not needed for playing games stripped out :D

  14. Comment on Zach Weinersmith (SMBC Comics) Teams Up With Bryan Caplan on a Book Arguing for Open Borders in ~books

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    What are "National Ancestry Scores"? Googling mainly brings up all those "We give your DNA to the FBI"-companies and the phrase sounds like something out of the third reich.

    What are "National Ancestry Scores"? Googling mainly brings up all those "We give your DNA to the FBI"-companies and the phrase sounds like something out of the third reich.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    Today after my wife's German B1 exam, we watched Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency while drinking rum (me)/bourbon (wife) and coke. Nothing else to do here since our metal pub/club closed :(...

    Today after my wife's German B1 exam, we watched Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency while drinking rum (me)/bourbon (wife) and coke. Nothing else to do here since our metal pub/club closed :( Tomorrow there is a death & thrash metal concert but we might be too lazy to go there and instead just repeat (well, without the drinking for me, as an old man I need several days of water after alcohol :D ) today. All in all a pretty chilled weekend ;)

    2 votes
  16. Comment on What are you playing this week? in ~games

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    Love it. Finished it yesterday and 1h later I started learning how to do modding for it :D And well, yeah :D Personally, I found PoE rather bland, but I loved all 3 other games. But unless you...

    Love it. Finished it yesterday and 1h later I started learning how to do modding for it :D

    And well, yeah :D Personally, I found PoE rather bland, but I loved all 3 other games. But unless you have played games like Neverwinter Nights 1/2 or Pen & Paper D&D3.5 or Pathfinder experience, you'll need to do some reading or play on easy. The game implements Pathfinder quite faithfully, but it's a mechanic-heavy system and unless you know what you are doing (in contrast to the PoE series where a monkey with a typewriter can build a decent character on its first try) you'll have a lot of problems.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on What are you reading these days? #16 in ~books

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    Finished the Remembrance of Earth's Past Series (better known by the first book: The Three-Body-Problem). Crazy good book 1, good book 2 but I think the problem was that for me it took some time...

    Finished the Remembrance of Earth's Past Series (better known by the first book: The Three-Body-Problem). Crazy good book 1, good book 2 but I think the problem was that for me it took some time to adjust to the fact that the style, how it was written completely changed, not just the translator. Amazing book 3 again, though styles and writing tropes changed a lot again. Whatever you say about it, it's certainly a very unique series. And one of those that plays over a very long amount of time (breaking all records with book 3).

    Yesterday I finished The Tyranny of Shadows (A Crata Velden Novel) by Timothy S. Currey. I never found out who or what "Crata Velden" is. I also apparently bought this book for 0€ in January without having any memory of it… I digress. It's a straightforward, easy read. A nice fantasy adventure story with a good plot. Nothing special, but good writing and fun.

    Today I'm starting Shield of Terra by Glynn Stewart which was released a few days ago. It's book 2 of "The Light of Terra" which is the 2nd series and a continuation of "Duchy of Terra". Space Opera/Military SciFi after Earth became a part of a larger empire. (FWIW, I love every single book Glynn wrote, all his stories are imaginative and well written)

    3 votes
  18. Comment on Apple Card just defined right and wrong in FinTech in ~tech

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    The fuck? Here in Germany, even the crappiest of credit cards don't have more than 16%.

    The fuck? Here in Germany, even the crappiest of credit cards don't have more than 16%.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on What are you playing this week? in ~games

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    Pathfinder: Kingmaker (662h played). Again. Still. But I'm hopeful that It'll only take me a few more hours to finish the game this weekend for the first time. And then I'll take a break till the...

    Pathfinder: Kingmaker (662h played). Again. Still. But I'm hopeful that It'll only take me a few more hours to finish the game this weekend for the first time. And then I'll take a break till the final DLC releases :)

    Afterward, I plan to finally play Fallout: New California which is a huge Fallout: New Vegas overhaul mod that was finally released after years of work but I got sidetracked by PF:KM

    1 vote
  20. Comment on Google is rolling out AMP for Gmail to let you shop and fill out forms without leaving your inbox. in ~tech

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    I far prefer HTML email. With a decent designer, the readability compared to text is far superior.

    I far prefer HTML email. With a decent designer, the readability compared to text is far superior.

    1 vote