Great things of 2019


This post was originally released on my old personal blog, instanceof.coffee on the 12th of January 2020.


The best of 2019 that I discovered, loved and kept close to me. This blog post is inspired by fogus: The Best Things and Stuff of 2019. Everything is in no particular order.

Great blog posts read

Great articles read

Favorite podcasts listened to

2019 was the year I started listening to podcasts actively. I regret not having done that much earlier, when I first found out about them.
Well in my defense, I only subscribed to Spotify Premium this year (even thought it's not the only way to listen to these!)

  • Startup - I loved the episodes about Gimlet, the company that created this podcast. It is a genuine great and emotional adventure about the journey of creating a startup and I enjoyed every second of it. I binged all episodes about Gimlet in less than a month.
  • Reply All - I found out about this podcast from Waveform (the one below) and the stories told are seriously great.
  • Waveform - In-depth discussions about the latest tech from MKBHD, the largest technology channel on YouTube. Having high expectations when this was announced, I was not disappointed when I actually listened to it.

Favorite musicians discovered

All artists here are in the Lo-Fi genre. It is my favorite music genre and I listen to it almost exclusively, both at home and on my almost daily public transport rides
to work/school.

  • City Girl - I love that almost every song has a story behind it which completes the City Girl character.
  • Dontcry

Favorite shows discovered

Favorite games discovered

Countries visited

For the first time in:

  • Qatar
  • United Kingdom

Visited again:

  • Germany
  • Philippines

Great tools discovered

Everything from apps, platforms, extensions etc. that I discovered in 2019 and use (almost) daily.

  • Spotify Premium - Unlimited skipping, no-ads and offline listening. Don't know how I survived 2018 with just Spotify free. Streaming is just too convient.
  • SponsorBlock - Automatically skips sponsor spots in YouTube videos, don't know how I was able to watch YouTube without this.
  • Tildes - News aggregator like HN but with higher quality comments and posts. If you want an invite, just send me a tweet via Twitter, I got a few invite codes.
  • Neon - Banking startup in Switzerland. Great product and easy to use app, will probably switch to it fully in the future once it IPO'd (or got acquired).
  • GSMArena - News and information about everything smartphone related - as I'm a tech enthusiast I check it out on the daily.

Programming languages I hacked in

Tech products I bought

In order of bought starting from the beginning of 2019 until the end.

  • Samsung Galaxy Watch - Having a smart watch is just too convient and I see why these days so many people in my age have one.
  • Sony WH-1000XM3 - Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) headphones really made a huge difference. Suddenly I was actually looking forward to the almost daily public transport rides.
  • Logitech G Pro - My old mouse stopped working after four years of use so this'll hopefully be a worthy successor.
  • Huawei Matebook 13 - Got it at a discount and honestly a great, fast and portable laptop.
  • Nintendo Switch - Wanted one since the beginning of 2019 and was able to get it off on Black Friday. Really cool console which I love for its portability. Finally I can really game on the go.

Plans for 2020

  • Write a blog post at least once two months.
  • Start building a portofolio on GitHub.
  • Contribute more to open-source projects.
  • Shrink my Plan to Watch list.
  • Pass my upcoming Cambridge CAE exam in March.
  • Pass the four month personal project we have in school in August.
  • Stop some coping mechanisms.

So let's start this year with high spirit. See you maybe for the "Great things in 2020" blog post.