Blog | Hendrik Erz


Some people maintain that with age comes serenity. But this is not always true, as I have been slowly finding out over the past year. The entire Windows and gaming ecosystem is full of mandatory updates. Coupled with a crawling slow internet connection, this means that you are either never going to enjoy any casual gaming session anymore, or you'll have to plan your entire leisure time around this fact.

LocalChat: Chat with an AI Assistant On Your Computer

Totay I want to introduce a new small app that I made. LocalChat allows you to run generative AI models that look and feel almost like ChatGPT locally on your computer. This means you can chat with a chatbot while your internet is down, without having to worry about leaking confidential information to some company, and more.

Academic Website VII: Dirty Tricks

Over the past weeks, I have shared many tips on how to set up your own, personal website. Today I want to finish up the series (for now) with a small and incomplete collection of "dirty tricks" that I find very appealing in the context of personal websites; from automating away chores to giving a better user interaction.

Academic Website VI: Keeping Your Website Up To Date, and Migrating

In this second-to-last article of the Academic Website series, I go over the maintenance routines that you'll need to keep tabs on when you create a personal academic website. It is important to ensure your website remains secure. Additionally, I share what you need to do if you want to switch out the website.

Academic Website V: Telling Machines Who You Are

In today's article, I want to look closer at the SEO-aspect of a website, Search Engine Optimization. Here I describe how you can make yourself and your publications machine-readable, and enrich your website with metadata so that search engines and other applications can make more use of your website.

Academic Website IV: Setting everything up

After three preparatory articles, it is finally time for the grand climax: A long article that describes, step by step, what you'll need to do to actually create a website. It will be the longest article of the series, but contain everything you need to know.

Academic Website III: Anatomy of a Successful Website

In the last two articles I have introduced reasons for why a personal website may be a great idea, and how you can get your very own domain. Now it is time to think about the actual website itself. There are quite some preconsiderations that will influence what your website will look like. Today, we'll go scouting the web to get some inspiration!

Academic Website II: Choosing a Custom Domain

In the second installment of my academic website article series, I walk you through the intricacies of a custom domain. It is a very powerful tool that you can use to create a brand for yourself, but there are a few pitfalls associated with this. After reading this article, you'll be able to register your very own domain name.

Academic Website I: Why a Personal Website is a Great Idea

Creating a personalized website to present yourself to the world is becoming more and more popular. Many colleagues and acquaintances have asked me over the past two years to explain how I created this website here. Today is finally the day I begin a long series of articles that will tell you everything you need to know to build your very own, personal, academic website.

New Open Access Paper on Text as Data: Variable Extraction via LSTM networks

In today's article I want to share with you a quick TL;DR on a novel paper on text as data that I recently published. Continue reading for some fascinating insights into computational text analysis!

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