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Youtube Music in everyday life

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Youtube Music Logo I was on the road these days and thought that I could try Youtube Music, which I have anyway thanks to the Google Play Music subscription.

Several weeks ago I synchronized my favorite playlist to the phone, so I was forced to test the offline functionality on the plane.

Music is playing - what could go wrong?

Said and done: headphones on, music on. So far so good. YT Music only plays the music of Youtube videos that were recognized as music. So if you have also favored a lecture, it is not to be heard.

Videos are not music

Basically you can’t do anything wrong with a music player - but as a user you notice that it’s Youtube. You can listen to songs which are available on Google Play Music in YT music as you do on Spotify & Co.

However, if you have started to add videos to the playlist, the audio stream contains all the stuff that can be heard in the video, eg. an intro like in many music videos or even an outro, as in this video. That’s really annoying when it comes to listening pleasure. Now you could start to maintain separate playlists, but for me playlists are like tagging - if I have a song from the 90s, I don’t want to put it into both playlists “90s Audio” and “90s Video”.

And then of course there’s the already missing feature to upload your own music. I have so much music from the 90s and early 2000s that YT and Play Music don’t provide. Same with the other streaming services. Sometimes you can’t even buy them digitally. And that’s annoying. I even thought about switching to Amazon Music Unlimited a few months ago, but then they switched off the music upload feature.

Crashes

I recently heard that Youtube Music crashed all the time for some people. Well, for me a crash is associated with the message “Unfortunately Youtube Music has stopped”. I didn’t get this.

However, all this still doesn’t work out so well. Whenever I pressed Pause, the software quits itself after a few minutes. Maybe it drew too much energy and was killed by the system or it quits itself, because it is unused since period X. But that’s annoying.

Also, the sound likes to jerk sometimes, which I couldn’t see with Play Music in this form.

Conclusion

So as soon as Google turns Play Music off, it could be a very exciting thing for me as long as they haven’t moved all the existing features. For me, local players/playlists/MP3 files are out of the question. I want to stream it and I don’t want to run a file management system and even not my own streaming server.


My first YouTube Video

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Woohoo! I just uploaded my first YouTube video. Of course I uploaded videos before, but never published them, because they were party videos with SingStar or made some tests for apps I developed that uploaded videos to YT.

But in the last days I were part of the Online Marketing Rockstars 2018 event and I put a small camera to my office’s point of view and created a small timelapse video at the entrance of the first fair exhibition hall, where all the visitors entered the fairground.


Slim Down Anniversary

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Just reached my 2 years! Two years of my slim down challenge. See here a pre-post comparison:

It was and still is a lot of work to keep this status. It’s real fun, not to be a seat heater for the couch, but to keep moving regularly. Some people would say “too regularly”.

At the beginning I was concentrating on walk as many kilometers as possible per day to force my body to burn calories. In the last months I changed my training to gain more mass again, this time not by increasing fat but growing muscles and I think that’s the better way of life 😎 With this new training I reduced my amount of cardio training, to keep the muscles. Otherwise my body would reduce these fresh grown muscles during the training, because it’s much easier for him than burning fat.

Originally I started all that crap (okay, losing weight is not crap), to reduce the chance of a new spinal disk herniation and my conclusion: I didn’t get a new one, yet. On the other hand I was able to let my lateral muscles grow. Even more than the typical body building newcomers, my trainer said.

Whatever, I’m feeling good, I lost weight (before: 113kg (249 lbs), after: 74kg (163 lbs)). At the moment I’m back to 86kg (ca. 190 lbs) because of the body building thing and I’m very happy to have all the experience now. By now I threw away my old clothes and it’s so cool to be able to buy clothes in “normal” clothing stores.

Thank you to anyone who helped and supported me. And of course a thank you to all the people, who didn’t believe in me, because I was able to prove you wrong. 🖖


Oh holy christmas pounds

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You know that: It’s christmas time with the family and you have food. Much food. More or less tasty. And more or less healthy. More less. And in the end you do everything to avoid food dumping, because thousands of people are dying hungry every day.

Of course, this could never happen to US. After all most of us have built up huge fat reserves, that we can skip 10 christmas parties without starving. But even when we humans know, that we did something wrong, we don’t always fix those failures.

But not me! Since yesterday the christmas time is over and I’m back at the gym again. Daily. Like I did it before December with it’s christmas markets 😉

Never forget: Trim down the pounds! No excuses! And may the gains be with you.


Blogging via Chatbot

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In the last months weblogs feel more and more orphaned and even this blog got fewer articles than I wanted to publish. I think on social networks like Twitter and Facebook it’s too easy to publish images and your current thoughts or to share links.

So why shouldn’t I do that with my blog with the positive side effect that all my data belongs to me? But to quickly publish anything you need an interface, especially when you want to publish from your phone. You can install a mobile theme for your Wordpress blog, but firstly I hate the mobile view of WP, secondly I don’t use Wordpress, and thirdly “fast” is not the best description for the UI.

I came up with the idea, that chat bots are one of the most hyped topics in Asia and a few weeks ago I had a discussion with a team mate, where my viewpoint was “chat bots are overrated and I don’t understand why the hype is so huge” – but come on, I want to be convinced. 😉

One of the main benefits of chat bots is, that nearly every smartphone user has installed a messenger app, e.g. Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp. But since WhatsApp doesn’t offer an official API for small developers like me, I even don’t like that messenger. So I decided to write a bot for Telegram and was really surprised, how easy it is.

Another benefit is the speed of the messenger apps and you don’t need animated user interfaces to write a blog post, really! The messengers are quite ahead of mobile views in a browser. Since you’re able to upload photos you shot a second ago and add your story, it’s quite easy to publish your stuff and share it to the typical social networks and search engines.

For me as web developer chat bots have another benefit: I don’t need to test the interfaces in every f*cking browser 😉 They just work and further development of features are really easy and fast to implement.

Well, we’ll see, whether I will blog more than in the past or not. This article is the first test run for my bot and I’ll look around what I implement next. For this English version of the article I implemented the multi-lingual feature 😃

Maybe I will find other services I can connect to with crazy features like a spell checker (I think I have some typos in this article again 😉) or maybe a service that finds images for articles. The possibilities are huge.