a mechanical keyboard on a deskmat
a mechanical keyboard on a deskmat
The MIZAR MZ60 is surprisingly good for such a compact keyboard.

Yes, there is a thing like that.

When it comes to mechanical keyboards, ANSI-US users have it best, hands down. They benefit from the widest available selection of prebuilt mechanical keyboards, switches, keycaps and a plethora of additional modding options.

When it comes to other layouts, especially the ISO-layouts and the DE in particular (german, as used in Austria and Germany for example), the outlook is rather bleak. Last year I urged you to at least once try a mechanical keyboard, to improve your writing speed, accuracy and overall experience typing. Nothing about that statement has changed in 2021. …

bearded guy with a beanie hat
bearded guy with a beanie hat
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I know, I do.

I was born into the prosperity of cold-war era Austria. This sounds dramatic and to some extent it was. Tschernobyl hadn’t happened yet and Germany was still divided. We couldn’t cross over to hungary that easily and we’d still have to show our passports when crossing borders in general. Still, for us middle-class kids, life was good. Even after Tschernobyl went down and we weren’t allowed to eat mushrooms anymore, or sand, we had a great time.

My parents raised me to be curious, with very little rules except the ones that kept me safe from injuring myself through my…

mechanical keyboard closeup
mechanical keyboard closeup
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You might not like most of them.

The mechanical keyboard craze of the past decade or so doesn’t seem to end. Hey, that’s all well and good, I am an avid mechanical keyboard user myself and recently recommended you should buy one in 2020, if you haven’t already. It even appears like you can’t even get rubberdome keyboards anymore, except the cheap pack-ins of major retailers and manufacturers like Dell or Lenovo.

Still, once you’re familiar with this fascinating subculture, there are some unpopular truths about mechanical keyboards revealing themselves. Here are the most unpopular ones, according to me.

Cherry MX switches are not the best, just very common.

Cherry MX switches are to be found in…

a shiny threedimensional glass ball
a shiny threedimensional glass ball
This image has nothing to do with Linux. Photo by Michael Dziedzic on Unsplash

Linux is fast becoming your third viable OS option.

I’ve been advocating to explore alternatives (of any kind, to anything really) for a long time now and I feel like 2021 is the year where you, no matter who you are, should really consider switching to Linux. For good.

Why you should switch to Linux in 2021

There are many misconceptions about Linux. Mostly concerning difficulties installing and setting up a Linux system and file compatibility. While some of this holds truth, most of it has become a non-issue in recent years. But the best reasons to switch to Linux permanently, especially in 2021 are the following:

  • privacy
  • security
  • freedom
  • availability

Especially if you’re not tied to…

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Captured uring one of my many walks, but during late summer.

Coming back online felt a bit like dying.

With the lockdowns raging over my country I needed a break. A break from my work, from my contacts and the overall crazyness that lurks around every corner online. Shortly before christmas I went into complete hermit mode (I’m living a very reclusive life, even before social distancing) and did not only keep my distance from real people, but also from their online alter-egos.

This is how it went.

Working through 2020

2020 needs no introduction. For those who still had a job, it was a year full of uncertainty and anxiety. I was making the best efforts to keep my business afloat…

dream big written on a wall
dream big written on a wall
Photo by Randy Tarampi on Unsplash

Learning from their experience.

Quotes are a wonderful thing. To me they are like the compressed, brilliant mind of a (not necessarily famous) person. I enjoy collecting quotes in a little notebook, which I fill up with my fountain pen, just for authenticity’s sake. Obviously, with a strong interest in writing, the craft itself and the creative process fueling it, I especially enjoy quotes from great writers, as I find guidance and inspiration in them.

Let me share 5 of my most favorite quotes from great writers with you and may they spark inspiration, confidence or creativity. While I admire the masters of the…

sad woman sitting on the floor
sad woman sitting on the floor
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How I found myself to be a joyless wreck

Minimalism is all the rage. And in a world that’s going to hell under the load we put upon it, it’s certainly high time to cut on your consumption. Cleaning out your place is supposed to bring monk-like inner peace and mental strength. Getting rid of unnecessary clutter, stupid “fake” friends and minimizing everything you have down to the bare minimum and only your most favorite things sounds like the genius antidote for a whole generation of minimalist hipsters to flee hyper-consumerism of boomer-world, right? Right!

Here’s what happened to me

I’m a thoughtful person and have always been very introvert and selective about the…

a sodimm ram brick
a sodimm ram brick
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Make sure to feed the beast!

Recently I got my ThinkPad T14 with Ryzen 5 Pro 4650U processor replacing my overheating T14s with Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U. I bought a preconfigured model with 16 GB of RAM onboard and upgraded 16 GB of RAM in the free SODIMM slot myself, to get that sweet dual channel performance.

I did run several benchmarks prior and after the upgrade and can only say that I came away very impressed by the performance improvement of feeding sweet dual channel memory to the beast that is a current 4000-series Ryzen mobile processor.

Here are my findings:

a bottle of corona beer
a bottle of corona beer
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Official graphs paint a clear picture, or do they?

I’ll make this short, as I am pretty sure everyone has had enough of Corona articles and “news” already. I’m not going to make predictions, I’m not going to give a biased article and definitely I will not scaremonger. I also understand that Austria, my home country, and it’s numbers may not be representative for your region.

Still, I think it’s interesting.

I present to you the official chart, as reported by our state, mainstream media. This is no alt-news crap, it’s the real deal.

Everyone else most likely will love it too.

old letter set
old letter set
Photo by Natalia Y on Unsplash

People have a special love for ThinkPads. They’re dedicated working tools to get things done. The design seems simple, functional and understated in a very elegant way. This no-nonsense approach has garnered the ThinkPad line of laptops many fans across the globe. On top of that, they’re sturdy, reliable and the wide (but somewhat confusing) lineup has something for everyone.

IBM made a great font

As everyone will know, the ThinkPad line of laptops is the brainchild of IBM (introduced 1992) and was only sold to Lenovo in 2005. Even with a new owner, the “spirit” of ThinkPads of yore ist still very much alive…


Hailing from Austria, a self-employed graphics designer and writer since 2009. Loves long walks in the forest, thoughtful solitude and silly raccoons.

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