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Tschüss Leica M9

Leica M9

Am 27. Juni 2013 (Blogpost) habe ich mir einen Traum erfüllt und eine gebrauchte Leica M9 gekauft. Heute, über fünf tolle Jahre mit der M9 später, habe ich mich wieder von ihr getrennt. Tschüss M9! 👋

Tegeler Hafenfest

People sitting at a lake
July 21st, 2018
The sun goes down behind mountains in the distance. In the front is a frozen over lake.

Windows Quick Tip: The ALT keys

This week I learned that the left and right ALT keys don’t behave the same way, the right ALT key is actually two keys combined:

right ALT == left ALT + CTRL

So if you have a keyboard shortcut CTRL + ALT + o, you can also just use right ALT + o.

You might think that it’s the same with CTRL, but no, left and right CTRL are the same.

The Rereading List

I created a new page on this website called The Rereading List.

I will curated readworthy, hopefully timeless, articles there which I’d like to reread from time to time. It should be a helpful list for me personally, but maybe someone of you will find it useful, too. Happy reading!

Maybe some of you even recognise the styling from days long gone.

How to cache git login credentials

When I clone git repositories via https, which is best practise according to github, and use git from the command line, git will ask me for my login credentials on every push. That is really annoying, especially because I have a good passsword which I can’t remember. So I always have to go into 1Password and copy that dang thing.

Luckily there is a global git config to cache the credentials for a limited time after I have entered them once. Here is how to do it:

Set git to use the credential memory cache:

git config --global credential.helper cache

Set the cache to timeout after 1 hour

git config --global credential.helper 'cache --timeout=3600'

The timeout setting is in seconds. I’ve set mine to 4 hours (--timeout=14400).

(You need Git 1.7.10 or newer to use the credential helper.)

Always enjoy life - you're longer dead than alive

Zwei Flaschen Wein

Vielen lieben Dank an Jens für dieses unerwartete Paket! 😍

Oh beautiful Hamburg

Marcel and I took a short 26 hour trip to Hamburg for Philipps birthday party. We also visited Carsten in paradise. An all around very nice visit. ☀

My fear of not being good enough

I’m currently reading “Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done” by Jon Acuff. It was a recommendation by Marcel and I enjoy reading it. One thing I recently learned through this book is that I’m motivated by fear. Jon Acuff says that this is fine, but I kind of think bad of it. Anyway, that’s how it is.

Today I had this thought, that I hate to make mistakes and I merged it with my recent discovery that I’m motivated by fear. I’m motivated to do everything as well as I can possibly do it so I don’t make mistakes. I don’t do things to earn praise or celebrate the results or feel good about myself. I go to great lengths just to avoid making mistakes. I know it’s a bad character trait, but it forces me to get better at anything I do.

I think perfectionism in part is similar. I’m definitely a perfectionist for better or for worse. The fear of not making something perfect, the fear of messing up, the fear of not being good enough drives me to continually get better. It’s also the reason I think it’s good to surround yourself with people who are better than you. Let’s say in sports. As I was younger I joined a soccer team that was really good and I felt I was a worse player than almost everybody else, but it made me train as hard as I possibly could and I earned myself a spot in the starting line-up. I continued to grow and get better, but I never really felt good enough. But that in itself drove me further than I could have ever imagined. It’s basically the same with web development, too.

I know that perfectionism is bad. I know that making mistakes is okay and even necessary to grow. I know that I should let myself off the hook more often and enjoy things as they are and be content. But at the same time I have this incredibly big fear that my whole life only works because I am never satisfied with my results and never really feel good about the things I make and that that’s the reason for the success I sometimes have. I fear that I will fall off, get worse at everything I do and generally won’t be good enough as soon as I allow myself to not strive for perfection and accept that I will make more mistakes than I want to.

I fear losing a part of what makes me who I am - even though I know that these characteristics and habits are not a good thing.

Or are they? 🥚🐔