Ethics of ad-blocking

I read an interesting post about the ethics of modern web ad-blocking that was mentioned in the New York Times:
https://marco.org/2015/08/11/ad-blocking-ethics

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NextThing C.h.i.p. — Parobalth

Warning — work in progress: This is a quick&dirty post about the first steps to connect NextThing C.h.i.p. via USB serial on a Debian Jessie machine. Consider it as a first draft — I am going to modify this post in the next few days and correct typos. Introduction¶ I recieved my NextThing C.h.i.p. this week!…

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Thoughts about NextThing C.h.i.p. — Parobalth

Warning — thinking and opinion building in progress: This is a quick&dirty post about my first thoughts about NextThing C.h.i.p. Consider it as a first draft — I am going to modify this post in the next weeks and correct typos. My thoughts about NextThing C.h.i.p. v. 1.0: From ordering to delivery¶ …

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Kickstarter: Runcible – Circular Open Source Anti-Smartphone

Currently there is a kickstarter campaign for a “circular open source Anti-Smartphone” that I backed a few weeks ago.

Note that manufacturing has been secured and Runcible is going to ship in fall 2016. This is your chance to get one in 2016! Next production run may happen sometime  in 2017.

 Runcible is a new category of personal electronic which occupies a space between a traditional mobile phone and a wearable device.

Featuring a first-of-its-kind fully round screen and a palm-sized form factor, Runcible is modeled on devices humans have carried around with them and loved for hundreds or thousands of years: the pocket watch, the compact, the compass, the magical stone in your hand.

Get more information and order yours here:

https://igg.me/at/runcible/x

Static blog – Pelican

I first read about pelican on quitter.se (Twitter alternative). It was mentioned that static blogs (with pelican) are very fast. I did some tests with pelican and uploaded it to my github account as a github user page. I chose the elegant theme because I wanted a theme that shows tags and categories and works crossplatform (different browsers, mobile, …).

So here it is:

http://parobalth.github.io/

The following steps give you a general picture about the required steps:

  1. Download Pelican, some additional packages and plugins
  2. Initial setup
  3. Choose a theme
  4. Write content in markup or ReStructured text and “compile” it with pelican to static html files
  5. Push the output directory to external host (e.g. Github)

Things I like about it:

  • Using vim as my editor (or in general to use the tools I prefer)
  • Reusing a post as a template for another one  is easy
  • Create my own post templates and automate if needed (Python-, Ruby-, Bash-Scripts, …)
  • Editing my drafts offline (vacation, trains, airplanes)
  • fast loading times

This post has some links I used:

http://parobalth.github.io/first-post

Pelican is written in Python. If you like Ruby more than Python you might want to check out Jekyll.