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Adventure Time

I recently played through two new point'n'click adventure games. Here's what I think about them.

Last updated: 2017/04/20 10:07 · Permalink · Comments

Save Gmail Attachments to Google Drive

Thanks to my Paper Backup I save all kinds of invoices and other documents I get by snail mail in my Google Drive. But of course there are also invoices that get delivered by email. Usually they come as a PDF attachment. Wouldn't it be nice to save those PDFs in Google drive as well?

Unfortunately Google Mail's filters do not allow to automate this. Luckily there's Google Apps Script.

Last updated: 2017/01/30 21:39 · Permalink · Comments

The Future is disappointing

I have an Amazon Echo since yesterday. I tried it a bit and I decided that I will send it back. Not because it always listens and privacy and bla bla bla… Simply because it's stupid.

Alexa is not an AI. Alexa is just voice recognition, combined with a big list of patterns, combined with speech synthesis. The voice recognition and the speech synthesis are really excellent. It's the middle part that disappoints:

Alexa, who was the first US president?
The first US president was George Washington.

Alexa, who was the second US president?

The second US president was John Adams.

Alexa, which president came after George Washington?

Sorry I didn't understand the question I heard.

Alexa, name all US presidents.

Sorry I didn't understand the question I heard.

That's the level Alexa is working at. This is like a student that memorized some facts, but never actually understood the topic at all.

My biggest gripe though is that Alexa will not learn from me. When she doesn't know an answer, I can not tell her. When she's assuming a wrong context I can not correct her. There are no conversations.

I will try Google Home when it becomes available in Germany, but I wonder if it will be a better experience…

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Last updated: 2017/01/17 20:42 · Permalink · Comments

JavaScript CDNs by the numbers

CDNs are an excellent way to speed up the loading of common JavaScript libraries for your website:

  • because it's a different domain, your browser can load the files in parallel to your other resources
  • CDNs use a geo location near you, which should reduce latency
  • CDNs servers may be a bit faster than your shared hosting server
  • Your browser might have cached the library already so no request is needed at all

Inspired by a discussion on a pull request for DokuWiki, I was curious about the popularity of different free CDN providers. So I decided to do some research and ran a little web crawler….

Two weeks later my script is finally done checking 16 million domains and I'm happy to present the results in the following info graphic:

Last updated: 2016/12/21 10:26 · Permalink · Comments

Hello Fresh

A while ago we tried a Marley Spoon recipe box and really enjoyed it. So when my company asked if they could give us a little wedding gift we asked for another recipe box.

This time we had a trial voucher for So here's a review.

Last updated: 2016/11/30 09:33 · Permalink · Comments

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