Open-source maintainer, speaker, rebel. About me.

Tips for Faster Rust Compile Times

When it comes to runtime performance, Rust is one of the fastest guns in the west. It is on par with the likes of C and C++ and sometimes even surpasses them. Compile times, however? That's a different story. Why Is Rust Compilation Slow? Wait a sec, slow in comparison to what? For example, if you c… More »

Gravity

Here's a test to check your age: Do you still remember that funny JavaScript gravity effect, which Google used on their homepage ten years ago? More »

Hacker Folklore

Some computer terms have a surprising legacy. Many of them are derived from long-obsolete technologies. This post tries to dust off the exciting history of some of these terms that we use every day but aren't quite sure about their origins. Most of the content comes from sources like Wikipedia (with… More »

A Timelapse of Timelapse

Timelapse is a little open-source screen recorder for macOS. It takes a screenshot every second and creates a movie in the end. To celebrate its unlikely 1.0 release today, I present here a timelapse of this project's journey. It just took ten years to get here. More »

A Tiny, Static, Full-Text Search Engine using Rust and WebAssembly

I wrote a basic search module that you can add to a static website. It's very lightweight (50kB-100kB gzipped) and should work with Hugo, Zola, and Jekyll. Only searching for entire words is supported. Try the search box on the left for a demo. The code is on Github. Static site generators are m… More »

Maybe You Don't Need Kubernetes

Kubernetes is the 800-pound gorilla of container orchestration. It powers some of the biggest deployments worldwide, but it comes with a price tag... More »

What Is Rust Doing Behind the Curtains?

Rust allows for a lot of syntactic sugar, that makes it a pleasure to write. It is sometimes hard, however, to look behind the curtain and see what the compiler is really doing with our code. More »

The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Excel Macros

I never was a big fan of internships, partially because all the exciting companies were far away from my little village in Bavaria and partially because I was too shy to apply. Only once I applied for an internship in Ireland as part of a school program. Our teacher assigned the jobs and so my friend got one at Apple and I ended up at a medium-sized IT distributor — let's call them PcGo. More »

Switching from a German to a US Keyboard Layout - Is It Worth It?

For the first three decades of my life, I've used a German keyboard layout. A few months ago, I switched to a US layout. This post summarizes my thoughts around the topic. I was looking for a similar article before jumping the gun, but I couldn't find one — so I'll try to fill this gap. Why switch? … More »
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