Yannik Bloscheck Designer & Developer

❭❭ WhatTheFont

A great tool to find a font just from an image of text. If you ever see a font somewhere and want to know what the name of the font actually is, this is probably your best shot.

"Instant font identification powered by the world’s largest collection of fonts."
- Source: MyFonts

Merry Christmas!

Frosty fields

❭❭ Mastodon

An interesting new decentralised social network implementing the open ActivityPub protocol. There are of course still questions how it will scale and develop in the future, but at least for now it seems nice and you can find me there.

"Your home feed should be filled with what matters to you most, not what a corporation thinks you should see. Radically different social media, back in the hands of the people"
- Source: Mastodon

Goodbye, Twitter

Twitter logo

When I first joined Twitter in 2007 it didn't seem interesting at all to me. But when I came back to try it again a year later it had become interesting enough for me to stay. It were the wild early days of social media. Everybody was just experimenting. I got to interact with celebrities and meet people with the same interests as me. Over time it grew to an amazing source of knowledge and good origin of personal connections. It was great and I really can't thank the people, who worked there, enough. You all made so much possible for me and the world. I'll always be grateful for that.

Of course it became frustrating sometimes as more people joined, the political climate got more difficult and some bad people tried to influence other people. Changes like an algorithmic timeline might have made it more appealing to the masses, but it made people chase engagement trough conflicts. Sometimes it was difficult. In total it continued to be a valuable place for me though and there was still good stuff happening there.

All of this changed dramatically in the last months. A bad human being with too much money decided to buy Twitter. He didn't get how it worked. He fired most of the people working there and treated them badly. He removed all sort of safeguards. He allowed many bad people to come back there. He promoted misinformation and hate wherever he could. It became just a cesspool.

So I had to leave. I feel sad about that because of all the great things Twitter enabled for me. It isn't dead yet - although you can see parts of its infrastructure crumbling. It just isn't a place anymore where it's nice to be.

GitMenu

Pulse

I use Git as my version control system and therefore have a lot Git repositories for many different things.
Many development tools have support for Git build in, but it's not always exactly how I need it to be and for some stuff I don't use traditional developer tools at all. So I have been using Git mainly via the command line, which technically works well. It's just not the fasted or most comfortable.
So I came to the conclusion that I need to create my own solution for this. As I use the repositories a lot and they needed to be always easily accessible I opted for a menubar app. To minimize overhead and possible problems the app is limited to the most common Git commands and just runs them in the background via the command line. Additionally repositories can be organized into sections to find them quicker.

Screenshot

This app became a very useful tool in my tool-belt and I use it a lot. Because it also might be useful for others, I decided to make it publicly available.
I can't publish it on the App Store though, because for the app to always work flawlessly it shouldn't be run sandboxed, which is a requirement to be allowed in the App Store. Therefore I choose to put the whole project on GitHub, which seems like a good place for a Git app.

So you can just download the latest version from GitHub here and use it on your Mac. Have fun!

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