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    💾 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
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    💾 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
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    💾 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
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    💾 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
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    💾 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
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    💾 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
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    💾 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
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    💾 I’m using Proton VPN and I’ve noticed a lot more often sites just don’t work. And it’s not Proton’s fault. Simply everyone everywhere wants to track the cr*p out of visitors. Just today couldn’t access the city library and a movie festival sites. Come oon! 😡

    Monday January 29, 2024
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    💾 Once upon a time, I was interested in writing reliable and efficient shell scripts. Using shell builtins was an eye-opener. Today I remembered about parameter expansion:

    mystr="$(uname -o)"
    
    # If we find "Linux", we get an empty string
    [ ! -n "${mystr##*Linux*}" ] && printf "We are on Linux.\n"
    
    Sunday January 21, 2024
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    💾 Kudos to @mikehaynes for the excellent Outpost theme! Just the refresh I was looking for, and it was so easy to customize based on my previous theme.

    Saturday January 20, 2024
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    💾 How I miss Things. It’s truly a usability masterpiece. Decided to drop it for 2 reasons - not cleared at work (especially the cloud bit); too separate from my notes and writing. Imagine if they entered the editor space and integrated the tasks alongside notes seamlessly. One can dream.

    Friday January 19, 2024
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    💾 Streaks is an amazing app. Every NY I return to it (for obvious reasons 😅). Its super power is simplicity. Super impressed with the team who manage to add more continuously, while keeping complexity in check. I’ve now slotted Streaks snuggly in my daily workflow.

    Sunday January 14, 2024
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    💾 Micro.bloggers (Cc: @help), what is your workflow for testing Micro.blog theme changes with a test blog and a Github repo? I thought of playing with the test blog on a branch and using main for “production”. But I don’t think I can point the test blog to a repo branch via the Micro.blog UI 🤔

    Thursday December 28, 2023
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    💾 Groundbreaking - customers not buying kills companies.

    “What this advertising boycott is going to do is it’s going to kill the company, and the whole world will know that those advertisers killed the company and we will document it in great detail,” Musk said.

    Source: Ars Technica

    Friday December 1, 2023
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    💾 Sometimes I’d like to engage with online communities on specific topics. Discord feels too overwhelming and noisy (inherent to chat tools, I guess). Reddit, in theory, should be a sweet spot - but again so many distractions. Matrix, IRC, email - feel too clunky. 🤷🏻‍♂️ Digital introvert problems.

    Sunday November 19, 2023
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    💾 Captain’s Log, Stardate 2023.8. I used a FAT-formatted USB stick as a last resort to make the office printer cooperate.

    Thursday August 31, 2023
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    💾 Lenovo Yoga 7 14ARB7 - Good riddance!

    TLDR; Lenovo Yoga 7 14ARB7 is hot garbage, buy a Mac

    I need to preface this “review” with something. I’m grateful for the privilege to not be worried about my finances currently. I’m deeply aware because I have been worried in the past. So, when I get something new - I need it, I’m passionate about it, I see the positives, overlook the negatives, assume good intentions.

    So when I spend a non-negligable amount of money on something that disappoints me as thoroughly as the Yoga 7, I get… angry.

    The prelude - we need a new laptop in the household, the Macbook Air 2017 with its horrible display doesn’t cut it anymore. So I see a “back-to-school” kind of offer on the Yoga 7. Hm, OK, a recent mobile AMD APU, 16GB DDR5 6400MHz RAM, 512 GB PCIe4 SSD - should be fine. In addition 2800x1800px resolution with an OLED, convertible laptop-tablet mode, 90Hz refresh rate - I’m excited. Won’t beat my iPad Pro 2020 in terms of writing/drawing experience but should be decent as an added bonus and the Yoga should beat the iPad, not to mention the the Macbook Air, at colors and smoothness of the image. This is what is on paper - an attractive spec, substantial upgrade for, say, half the price of what I would otherwise get if I was looking at Macs.

    Online reviews were scarce, as the model seems to not be available in all regions, especially not in the States. Still, did some research, looked promising and disregarded some warning signs I thought of as anecdotal. After all, there is always someone with a defective device, or a skewed personal opinion… Here is mine.

    Did you get excited about the “beautiful 2.8k OLED display” reviews and marketing materials talk about? Hot garbage because of the touch layer. There were extremely visible artefacts already during installation, especially on bright backgrounds. I wasn’t sure what I was looking at, after all the display is a highlight of this product. After some extra research I believe what I was seeing was the touch capacitive layer matrix… apparently somewhat common with OLED touch displays according to the Internet. How does this pass quality control and any sane product designers is beyond me. The combination is not fit for purpose and especially not when you add an otherwise gorgeous high-resolution OLED panel. It makes me weep thinking about it. Strike 1.

    The usual Windows (11) crap kicks in - a barrage of updates. Fans are loud, I’m not worried. After a couple of hours of updates, Windows and Lenovo drivers, the background activity should get quiet. The fans, turns out, not so. With barely any activity on the device the fans spin up, even in the save battery mode. Googling more about a potential root cause and solutions… Found a Reddit thread I can’t be bothered to site but that matches my observations. The fans are not controlled by temperature but by wattage! Fan Control, well… didn’t find controls for the fans because of this. E.g. Temps are at 40-50C across the board in light usage, while all along fans are spinning based on the Watts and not temps. Strike 2.

    Performance. Well, not impressive. For all the APU and DDR5 RAM buzz, the experience is not nearly as snappy as on my desktop with technically lower specs. I should say I’m happy with my Windows 11 experience on the desktop. Several temporary freezes, and extremely clumsy “tablet” mode (note, I wasn’t even expecting it to be close to an iPad)… Strike 3.

    If this is not enough. While otherwise the build quality was good and I was willing to neglect that the touchpad is not nearly as good as, say, my MBP 16” work laptop… the F2 button on the keyboard was defective, pops out as if close to detaching in normal use. Bad luck, but… Strike “I’m not counting anymore”.

    Can’t fix much either - fan control, APU performance tuning and BIOS settings are severely limited.

    So, packed this buddy back in the box and returned it… may have to forfeit 30% of the cost for this nightmare of an evening with a defective and poorly designed Lenovo (Windows) product that retails in the 1000-1400 EUR range. No one deserves to spend this amount of their hard-earned cash to be let down like this, it’s frankly a borderline scam.

    In conclusion, whatever gripes I may have with Macs sometimes… I’ve used heavily just 2 Mac laptops in the last 9 years! If the Mac annoys you occasionally - remember it’s scary out there with the Windows OEMs. I’ll probably try again in 10 years.

    End of rant.

    Friday August 18, 2023
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    💾 v1.1 of my SFF PC build is complete today. Swapped the PSU to a smaller one that allowed me to also put in a case fan. Not yet sure of the impact on temps, some work to do with fan curves. Next, I need a pair of these cute SFF WiFi antennas and a better couch keyboard + mouse combo.

    Sunday July 9, 2023
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    💾 There are (some) development experience and security posture improvements from cloud workstations. However, I feel a strong concern that the major driving forces to adoption have skewed incentives that have the capacity to endanger personal computing in the long run.

    HN discussion on Google Cloud Workstations GA

    Tuesday May 30, 2023
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    💾 I had no idea this would stick with me but… You can use “Lumos” and “Nox” with Siri to respectively turn on and off the torch. Works well on the apple watch as well! 🧙‍♂️

    Sunday April 30, 2023
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    💾 @help would be great to have an UI element that indicates a thread has comments in the Micro.blog iOS beta app. Would save a bunch of swipes/taps. Gluon has this tiny but very handy feature.

    Sunday April 30, 2023
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    💾 Raindrop vs. Readwise? The use case I have is syncing highlights with Obsidian. I would have considered the Readwise + Reader subscription (as it comes with an official Obsidian plugin) if it could replace Feedbin. But, Reader makes my head explode vs the simplicitiy and control in Feedbin 🤯

    Tuesday March 28, 2023
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    💾 Pair a restrictive enterprise environment with Microsoft’s suite on the Apple ecosystem and you get endless misery and despair for your average productivity geek. Like, you think you can sync Obsidian via OneDrive (no Obsidian Sync cause enterprise + M$) on mobile…

    Computer says NO!

    Thursday March 23, 2023
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    💾 Progressing with acquiring parts for an SFF PC build. One risk factor was that some older BIOS versions of the mobo I chose don’t support the CPU out of the box and there is no BIOS flashback. Happy to see the BIOS version is new enough on the one I got 🙇

    Friday February 17, 2023
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    algorithm

    noun

    a process or set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations, especially by a computer.

    “a basic algorithm for division”

    Just pondering if doing anything useful is inherent to an algorithm. I maintain not. 💾

    Wednesday February 1, 2023