• Technology

    💾 Many exciting and deeply technical news from WWDC… But you know what simple usability improvement I’m excited about - native window tiling in Sequoia, with keyboard shortcuts. We’ve suffered for so long. Rectangle did wonders but it had its hiccups.

    → Thursday June 13, 2024
  • Casual

    📓 Helsinki has nature even close to the heart of the city. As I’m enjoying one such oasis, what is not seen in a photo is noise pollution. You can always hear the monotonous grind of the roads. I wonder if we’ll ever solve this problem in the future.

    → Monday June 10, 2024
  • Casual

    📓Had to make several difficult decisions during the past week. Needed to lean more on my analitical self than my heart. I just have to trust that the time for pursuing one of my dreams had simply not come. It felt very close. Playing the long game.

    → Saturday June 8, 2024
  • Technology

    💾 There is more to artificial general intelligence, and my own human intelligence, than putting the most likely word in front of the other. Yes, it’s a reductive comment.

    → Monday May 27, 2024
  • Technology

    💾 Reminder to self: don't buy cheapo SD cards

    We needed an SD card urgently and just bought a cheap one from a basic department store. I should know better, as I’ve worked professionally with SD card benchmarking and filesystems… but still thought “We just need a few photos, how bad can it be?”. Turns out - really bad.

    The card got corrupted after first use, refused reformatting and repartitioning (only 2/32GB were useable). I managed to salvage the photos from this first photo session - total luck. Btw, not all repair tools are made equal. The macOS built-in fsck didn’t do the job, but the one from dosfstools did the trick.

    Anyway - don’t buy the cheapest card you find from your department store, if you care about what you keep on it that is.

    → Sunday May 26, 2024
  • Casual

    📓 Didn’t drink coffee ☕️ during the past week… until today 😵‍💫

    → Sunday May 19, 2024
  • Management

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    Gaming

    🎮 💻 On Xbox closing down several studios

    This week’s decision by Xbox to close entire studios stunned me. The nightmare of widespread layoffs in the industry doesn’t seem to seize. I’m disappointed of this particular piece of news for several reasons.

    I genuinely root for Xbox’s vision of play anywhere. Game Pass and demolishing platform exclusives are pro-gamer pillars in their strategy. That said, Game Pass is not all good news for game developers. It can give critical exposure, especially to smaller titles, but in other cases it can also erode sales and thus commercial success. In my region Game Pass for PC goes for 10 euros/month. Considering the library and how often it’s updated it’s an extremely good value - but does it work?

    Closing entire studios wipes out whole work cultures. This is substantially different to e.g. canceling a project, partially reducing workforce or pivoting to a new direction. In these examples, the intangibles of what makes a great team can be largely retained. Closing an entire studio extinguishes something invisible in addition to the business itself.

    A sound business decision for Xbox is beyond the scope of a single studio. This is not a rant against capitalism, it’s not the point. I am disappointed because the studio closures show the worst of having a multi-studio corporate owner, VC or the like. Xbox itself is not Microsoft - citing Microsoft’s overall profit is almost irrelevant. Xbox may derive more value by closing a studio than selling it, e.g because of IP ownership and competition considerations. What hurts is that had the studios been viewed in isolation and with a more fully vested owner they might have been considered viable.

    Ultimately, I believe Xbox made the decisions that support its long-term goals best. Their operating profit based on FTC leaks from last year is in the 10% ballpark. Revenue for Xbox grew only by virtue of the Activition Blizzard acquisition. The gaming industry hasn’t meaningfully grown in the past year and feels very saturated. Clearly, both Arkane Austin, following the Redfall flop, and Tango Gameworks, following Shinji Mikami’s departure, would have a challenging road ahead. I don’t believe the studios were judged only on the basis of their most recent performance. It’s about future outlook and profit appetite.

    Taking all into account, I’m still left wondering if the corporations consolidating the gaming industry at the moment are truly building the world game developers and gamers want to see. This is why I’m having such a hard time reconciling this particular blow from Xbox.

    → Friday May 10, 2024
  • Casual

    📓 Gotta love this era of quality TV based on video games. Fallout is just great. 👍 Had my doubts after the first episode but as I finish the season, I look forward to another one.

    → Friday April 26, 2024
  • Technology

    💾 Readwise Reader has a new feature of note. I’ve been looking forward to it so much, that I’m almost a bit anxious to check it out. Posting this and heading over to the web app.

    📁 RSS Folders on Web – You can now organize your RSS feeds into folders and pin individual feeds to the left sidebar resulting in a more traditional feed reading experience.

    → Sunday April 7, 2024
  • Casual

    📓 Woo, excited for the new comics book from War and Peas creators: Once Upon a Workday! Eagerly waiting for my copy as of today.

    → Wednesday April 3, 2024
  • Technology

    💾 There is some friction for me entering text in my Obsidian notes across devices. I’m dialling back to basics to see if I’ve overcomplicated it myself.

    • No line numbers
    • No vim mode
    • No Live Preview

    In the process, I’ll also lean in the macOS built-in shortcuts for editing and navigating text.

    → Monday April 1, 2024
  • Gaming

    🎮 First day of the season at our (rural) cottage. Trying to figure out if Geforce Now will surprise me even at low bandwidth with low expectations. Using the free tier for testing: “Gamers ahead of you: 186”. 🧘 Meanwhile my Steam Deck OLED fever is raging but I’m resisting (so far) 😅

    → Saturday March 30, 2024
  • Gaming

    🎮 Massive list of fixes with Starfield’s March update. Almost too long, makes me wonder why they didn’t release at least part of them in February. At least one bug I was suffering from frequently is gone. Good stuff.

    → Tuesday March 19, 2024
  • Casual

    📓 There’s correlation between my dogs barking in their sleep and them spotting a rabbit on our evening walk. 🐶🐇

    → Tuesday March 19, 2024
  • Gaming

    🎮 Giving Starfield another go and it’s been growing on me. There is something about letting me ease in all its systems at my own pace. It has issues but at this point I can’t accept blatant thrashing of the game or Bethesda. Starfield gives you space to get into it and enjoy it. Pun intended. 🚀

    → Tuesday March 12, 2024
  • Technology

    💾 While there is disappointment about platforms striking training data deals with AI vendors, I think we see the writing on the wall. If companies don’t make such agreements, AI will be trained on public data anyway as it’s been so far. At least formal deals work against the fair use defense.

    → Friday March 1, 2024
  • Casual

    📓💬 A quote often attributed to Niels Bohr or Yogi Berra:

    It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future.

    → Friday February 23, 2024
  • Casual

    📓 For a while now, the cringy face thumbnails on Youtube ▶️ have the opposite effect on me to what the authors aim for - views. Even when creators that I like and follow do it. It’s so infantilizing… like a mass game of peekaboo. Ugh. 😑

    → Tuesday February 20, 2024
  • Casual

    📓 I value The Economist as a publication but their subscription cancellation process uses several dark patterns. 🙅🏻‍♂️ For example, they offer you a discount for renewal (could be nice but still) and just now I had to chat with a person to cancel (who tried to offer me discounts).

    → Monday February 19, 2024
  • Technology

    💾 Conversed a bit with ChatGPT about GPU rendering pipelines. Now that I’m testing Pro, figured I’d ask it to generate a diagram as well. DALL-E has a different “brain”. Welp, I guess it makes for a nice T-shirt design… from afar.

    AI-generated diagram of a GPU rendering pipeline showing complete gibberish of connected boxes and misspelled text.
    → Friday February 16, 2024
  • Casual

    🍿 Bullet Train 🚅 is the right kind of silly I needed today.

    → Thursday February 15, 2024
  • Casual

    📓 When I ask for a shopping list from my partner, invariably there is 1 “impossible” ingredient. It’s either not available in every store, it’s sold out, or it requires next level treasure hunting skills to find the right isle. Either way - one does not simply get everything on the list. 👌

    → Sunday February 11, 2024
  • Casual

    📱 I can’t believe it - I can’t close all my Activity rings because of 1 stand hour, multiple days in row 🤦🏻‍♂️ It will break my weekly streak and most likely it’s due to having the watch off charging here and there 😡

    → Saturday February 10, 2024
  • Gaming

    🎮 Finished Disco Elysium as a confused superstar cop 😎 and a true blue moralist 🤷🏻‍♂️ Happy to have taken a bit different path as it was the second time I picked up the game. Surprisingly, the ZA/UM legal mess bugs me enough to affect how I feel about the game. Some sort of irrational guilt.

    → Thursday February 8, 2024
  • Casual

    📓 It’s been a week that feels like a month. Reviewing my daily journal helped me recollect a lot, even though I felt it in my bones. One theme I’ve paid special attention to is what recharged me 🔋:

    • Walks, strictly not in a rush
    • Deep work - thinking and “designing”
    • Solid mid-day breaks
    → Sunday February 4, 2024