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Happy New Year!

I wish everyone a Happy New Year!

Let’s make this a wonderful new decade!

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Merry Christmas!

I wish everyone a Merry Christmas!

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The horror of… deleting files

This night, I was editing some images on my computer, when, all of a sudden, Photoshop refused to start. It told me it did not have enough disk space for something (which appeared to be something similar to swap memory).

When I saw this message, I did what was natural in this case: delete files I did not use anymore. However, I could not have expected how long this night would last.

After I found that deleting some files I did not need was not enough to get Photoshop up and running again, I thought it might be a good idea to clean up some old accounts left on my computer from before I migrated to Azure AD. What happened, however was that I accidentally not only deleted the data of old and unused accounts, but also of my own Windows account. 😭

This meant that, in a few seconds, all my user preferences and data were deleted. This, well, did not amuse me, even though this was not the worst. The worst thing I lost this night? That would be my WISeKey email certificate, without which I cannot currently logon to get that certificate renewed next year.

I tried all kinds of things to get that certificate back: running Recuva and using a tool called PhotoRec, until I came to the conclusion that the files are really gone. One lesson I certainly have learned now: take backups and store data in the cloud. Don’t be stubborn πŸ˜”, as it will only lead to more pain later on πŸ˜‰.

Maybe I should be writing 'make a backup' down on my to-do list...

Now, there is one thing I still need to do: wait for my computer to finish copying over some recovered files (although I know I most likely will not get any information out of them).

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Time for the holidays!

It is finally time to sit back and relax a little bit. That is because it is finally time for the summer holiday! πŸ˜ƒ

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Happy New Year

I wish everyone a Happy New Year and the best of luck in 2019!

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#deletefacebook

For me, today was a busy day. After quite a bit of work, I was finally able to #deletefacebook. I have several reasons for this, and I’m going to try to explain my decision a little bit down below.

First of all, I think Facebook has far too much control over my data. Even though I rarely used the Facebook site itself, I did often use my Facebook account. To sign in to other websites, that is. After hearing about so many scandals recently, I decided I do not want to be a user of this social medium any longer.

Of course, Facebook itself is not the only problem. Facebook also owns Instagram (which I rarely if ever used) and WhatsApp (a messaging service which I really do not like to use, but which I’m pretty much forced to use because everyone else does so; that includes pretty much every student at university).

When I checked this morning, I found out I had used my Facebook account at approximately 200 other sites!

Deleting my Facebook account proved to be quite tough. When I checked this morning, I found out I had used my Facebook account at approximately 200 other sites! So, I started the cumbersome process of deleting many of these accounts, while making sure I had an alternative way to access the others. This took me several hours of work. It also meant giving up on a few accounts, especially on my Spotify account (as Spotify does not allow you to unlink your Facebook account if your Spotify account was created using your Facebook account).

In the end, all of this hard work paid off. I also found that I signed up for quite a lot of sites which I actually rarely use, and I deleted accounts on many of such sites. I have not deleted my Facebook account just yet, as I’m still waiting for Facebook to make a data download available for me, but after that I will press the (delete my account) button.

And what will happen to my WhatsApp account? I’m not sure yet, but I might actually delete it pretty soon. If I choose to do so, which might occur pretty soon, I will still be available on Telegram, Signal or via email or SMS. And of course, I will let those who know me know in that case.