Weeknotes WK41: New beginnings

This is the first post of a hopefully long-lasting series. I stumbled across the idea of weeknotes in the blog of Simon Willson in 2019. And I really enjoy these small updates he shares with his readers. I also like the idea outlined in this article, that weeknotes are a format to reflect on your week. Sure, you can’t share everything, but you can share some things and you reflect on others while writing your public post.

This week is marked by some new beginnings.

#1 My company launched a new homepage, and we embark onto a journey into new markets. I am really proud of what the ladies from the marketing department have created for us. Check it out and maybe you are searching for a content marketing or content planing solution at the moment.

#2 I decided to pick up my Elixir and Phoenix learning project again and give it a proper name — Jocasta. The domain is jocasta.app, but so far, there is nothing to see yet. But it is easier to talk about things, when they have a name. Since June, I learned a lot about Elixir, now it is about time to pick up Phoenix again too.

#3 Another great thing happened this week at work. My team started to switch from our self-hosted Docker registries over to dockerhub. These will ease our deployment processes and also offers new opportunities to release open-source versions too.

#4 Ulysses finally launched a version for iOS, that integrates the LanguageTool Plus service too. I think LanguageTool Plus is a far better service then Grammarly, but I only use services that I can equally use on macOS, iOS and iPadOS. So, from now on, I will use Ulysses for writing articles, blog posts and these weeknotes.

#5 I stopped using Amazon. It took me only 4 weeks to take this decision and find replacement shops. Feels a lot better and I believe in data austerity more and more.


I looked into Phx.Gen.Auth and started to love it after I read the wonderful articles by Nick Riebeek. So far, I was totally focussed on Pow, but I really enjoy the simplicity of the code generation approach. I give it a try for Jocasta.


This week (or may be last week) I stumbled across a handy tool for macOS — DevUtils. Basically, it is a collection of tools I need quite often. Normally, I fire up a shell with a Python interpreter or VSCode in such situations. DevUtils spies on the clipboard and so using the tools is normally just a click.