Marc Wieland – Swiss location-independent web developer in his twenties roaming the globe

Passion for traveling, chatting with locals, and landscape photography is what inspires Marc to be nomadic. Thanks to his determination, he found a Swiss web agency, that allows him to work four days a week and from anywhere. Listen to Marc’s full story about how he started, how he uses Tinder to find local friends, not hookups, and what is the most fun summer activity in Bern, the capital of Switzerland.

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Why I switched from Gmail to Proton Mail to iCloud Mail?

I value privacy and was delighted to discover Proton Mail. Their solution sounded like a wonderful counterpoint to the dominance of Gmail and other ad-driven services. Once I read books about surveillance capitalism, I knew that I wanted to protect my data and experience what it means to use the end-to-end encrypted, open-source email provider called Proton. Although, after over a year of using it, I’m switching to Apple’s iCloud Mail.

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Nerd on Tour YouTube channel with all the Podcast Episodes

Back in 2012, the world was swept up by the Gangnam Style song. The two biggest winners were Psy, the Korean singer who started K-Pop mania, and YouTube, the streaming platform. Due to this social phenomenon, the latter needed to rapidly upgrade its tech infrastructure, as Gangnam Style was their first video to break the 1 billion views threshold.

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Revolut eSIM: white-label telco service aimed at digital nomads

The mobile-first bank app addresses the roaming Internet access needs of location independent professionals. While legacy banks warn from using their services abroad, Revolut deeply understands their digital nomad customers’ needs. eSIM is a vital offering that can improve Revolut’s overall business, while easing access to mobile data around the globe.

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Beeper the universal chat app using Matrix protocol

Recently, I published my impressions about the Texts app and how well it addresses the chat apps market fragmentation. Which is especially crucial for digital nomads and our international outreach. Automattic, who acquired Texts in October 2023, just six months later bought another chat aggregator called Beeper. There’s more to that story.

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Texts.com: powerful inbox for all major messaging apps

Texting is my default method of communication. Same for the hundreds of millions of active users of WhatsApp, Telegram, iMessage, and so on. It’s a real shame that in the early 2000s many messaging apps were interoperable thanks to the XMPP (Jabber) protocol, and today users are kept in separate silos. Texts.com is the most practical attempt to bridge that gap.

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Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu: solid hard sci-fi with Chinese origin

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There are very few sci-fi books that deliver an earth-shattering message. Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu is one of them. After hearing about it numerous times in Tim Ferris Show and other places, I finally read it in 2022. Its sci-fi concepts wrapped in an intriguing story captivated me so much that I finished the whole “Remembrance of Earth’s Past” trilogy in one go.

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One year of using AI tool in tech support

I’m Happiness Engineer at Octolize, where I provide tech and customer support for our Woo plugins. It’s a niche within a niche: shipping solutions for online stores. The inquires are about possible shipping scenarios, issues with carriers’ APIs, plugin configurations, and everything in between. About a year ago, our team decided to implement an AI tool for our email support channel, and here is my summary.

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Eirik Mo – Remote Full-Stack Web Developer and Mighty Hiking Viking

One of the greatest people I met at Nine Coliving. Nature loving Norwegian, honestly sharing details of his journey. From being bullied at school and struggling with mental health to becoming a location independent software developer. Listen to how volunteering, meditation, and everyday learning help him to be a better human. We also dive into Web3, NFTs, protocols and why smart bulbs are essentials for a cozy light ambience.

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When SEO writing skills cut short the joy of publishing

I’m so glad to be reminded of the pure joy of publishing a blog post by Matt. At the age when AI tools can be used to mass produce SEO content to hijack competitor traffic, it’s wise to come back to basics.

To a scrappy little note without purified title, headings, paragraphs. Without eye-catching cover images, embedded videos, waterfall of GIFs and emojis. Just text. A few thoughts that can just be here for wandering online readers.

Writing a perfectly optimized article is something I was caught up for a while. I’m actually proud that my SEO writing skills are useful in my work. However, I want to retain my playfulness. My ability to sometimes publish a post like this. Just as a token of appreciation for all other bloggers who inspired me over the decades.

So here it is.

Enjoy the rollercoaster of 2024 everyone!