Today, I discovered a YouTube video that primarily featured someone discussing a topic—essentially a podcast. However, the recording wasn't available in podcast format. Instead of using youtube-dl to copy the audio file to my device, I searched for a simpler method. Surprisingly, I found an incredibly straightforward solution that made me wonder why I hadn't come across it earlier.

First, you need to sign up for Huffduffer. Next, take the URL of the YouTube video to huffduff-video. Once the download and conversion at huffduff-video are complete, it automatically redirects you to Huffduffer. The final step involves obtaining the RSS feed URL from Huffduffer (e.g.,<username>/rss) and adding it to your preferred Podcast app.

That's it. :)

Bonus: If you have any other audio files publicly available on the internet, you can also add those to Huffduffer and listen to them in your Podcast app without having to deal with local files.

... RSS didn’t go anywhere. It was just forgotten. It settled into a niche used mainly by tech-savvy folks, news junkies, and anti-algorithm rebels. And that’s a damn shame. But I would argue that RSS remains one of the most valuable and important technologies for anyone who wants to be intentional and proactive about the content they consume online. ...

And if you subsribed to my blog you're just reading this through an RSS feed :)

And then some absolute son of a bitch created ChatGPT, and now look at us. Look at us, resplendent in our pauper's robes, stitched from corpulent greed and breathless credulity, spending half of the planet's engineering efforts to add chatbot support to every application under the sun when half of the industry hasn't worked out how to test database backups regularly.

SaaS vs. On-Prem

The Evolving Landscape of Software: A Critical Look at On-Prem vs. SaaS

In an era where technology continually reshapes how we interact with software, the debate between On-Premises (On-Prem) and Software as a Service (SaaS) models remains more relevant than ever. Avdi Grimm's article on software ownership (On “owning” software - that I read some days ago provides a compelling perspective on this topic. However, it's crucial to explore the other side of the coin. In this post, we'll dive into the core arguments presented by Grimm and offer a different viewpoint, shaped by firsthand experiences in the software industry.

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We can reverse the enshittification of the internet. We can halt the creeping enshittification of every digital device. We can build a better, enshittification-resistant digital nervous system, one that is fit to co-ordinate the mass movements we will need to fight fascism, end genocide, save our planet and our species.

I guess many people read or heard about the term enshittification in the last few months. In this article Cory Doctorow explains how companies get to the point of enshittification. The upside is that he also sees a trend which might reverse enshittification.

It's a long article (more like an essay) but it's definitely worth spending your time reading it.

Resilience is a management strategy and apology for the status quo, for global capitalism with all its constitutive social and socioecological relations.

Feeling trapped in the relentless daily grind? Do you catch yourself longing for greater resilience amidst life's challenges? Maybe just stop right there and invest around 30 minutes for reading this essay.
It's an excerpt from the book The Exhausted of the Earth which I haven't read yet but will definitely do.

I used to believe that every book has an objective value. And I used to believe that this value is fixed and universal.

Now, I believe it’s much more useful to say something in this form: this book has this value to this person in this context.

I absolutely agree. Everybody should be comfortable abandoning a book. A book should bring something for you to the table. Not for other people. Everybody has a different context for a book. Contexts might overlap but most of the time they don't.

As anyone will tell you (and as I painstakingly learned decades ago while fooling around with getting T.120 application sharing atop and ISDN video calls), the most important thing about online meetings and video calling is actually audio.


Open source licensing is an incredibly complex topic. Going back to last month’s article, no, developers should not have to care about the ins and outs of licenses and license enforcement…but being aware of the general parameters is a great complement to the expertise of a lawyer with experience in open source.

Today I learned about the term "being glue" by reading the linked post.

I really like the way how all the work sometimes happening in the hidden is coined as "being clue" and explaining it with good examples from the daily life of a software engineer.

Thanks for Paul Cantrell boosting and Ken Barton originally sharing this on Mastodon which made me aware of it.

And of course thanks to Tanya Reilly for writing it in the first place. 🙏