I had to hand in my main laptop to service recently since I have experienced some GPU errors and keys refusing to work as they should. Having given away my 2012 11’ MacBook Air I haven’t had a decent spare device to write fiction ad blogposts on, not to think of light code work in the first place. So I went shopping and since I did not felt comfortable buying a cheapish or used laptop (probably ThinkPad), I went with an 2018ish iPad teamed up with an Apple Pencil, since that would be a device fitting way better into my set-up than a laptop I would stop using when my main laptop would be back in my backpack.
I started building hackintoshes back in high school because at that time I simply couldn’t afford buying anything else than a hackintosh build based on used components. In 2011 my main reason to switch from a Linux to a Mac machine was, that I had to run graphics design programs on my computers and seven years later barely a thing has changed in terms that there’s still no Adobe CC for Linux systems, I still enthusiastically prefer not to use Windows for anything else than casual gaming, except that while I am happy using my second MacBook (after having had a 2012 Air for literally years, I switched to a MacBook Pro 2017 last December), Apple somehow fails at providing a decent line-up in terms of desktop macintosh.
I always wanted to have a decent booktracker to track my reading habits in terms of genres, how much I read per month and at what time I do so, so I decided to at least plan some UX/UI things for such a project today and will probably start developing this as a CLI-Application during this weekend. I wouldn’t have picked up this idea without having found a habit tracker made by @blinry, so kudos, without their project this one would probably have never existed at this time and some of my UX/UI and usability components may also be influenced by their take on tracking habits.
So I have found this article today on twobitshistory.org where the author talks about regretting that they weren’t alive at 1983 and therefore had missed the chance of learning how to programm while getting into gaming, since it happened to be common having to type the entire code of games by hand into machines like the Apple II or the C64. The author points out that many famous programmers have learned how to code software during their childhood programming games for the platforms mentioned above.
Since I’m a writer as well as a developer in frontend, I tend to have really strong opionions about the keyboards I use, since I do have to do most of my work via keyboard and I barely need the mouse for anything else than gaming and web browsing. In terms of keyboards, my preferences are quite easy to list: Apple A1243 wired keyboard (Int. Layout) Anne Pro Black with brown or blue switches TrackPoint is bae But when it comes to pointing devices the mess begins.
Tmux is a terminal multiplexer, allowing you to detach or attach multiple sessions, which come in handy, when either you’re running applications you want to come back to every once in a while via ssh, like weechat, or you’re having fun with the uneven odds (Sleeping at Last pun intended) of generating Diffie Hellman parameters, what can, depending on the bit size the prime numbers should have, take a really long time (meaning: more than a ~I’m just going to grab a coffee and come back when it finished~ long time).
When registering for most web services and apps, chances are, that people are requested to “select” a gender identity, most time ranging between the binary “female and male” options, sometimes there may be a third option to select too, and if the developers are more aware of gender identities, it may be possible to select from a range of n gender identities. Since gender is a spectrum and something completely individual, all of the approaches trying to depict identities as a list/array will fail.
I never studied anything related to programming, but started to learn how to code when I was in ninth grade in high school, though I’ve messed around with wikis, video games and few content management systems before. During school days I got into my first coding projects involving redesigning the schools homepage (cliché), trying to set-up an eCommerce system for a school-affiliated company, coding some cluttered and sluggish eLearning apps, a digital class schedule monitor using a first generation raspberry pi and some other projects.
I started running this blog in late 2017 having published in different places before and during that time I tried to write my own blogging-engine since I wasn’t satisfied with using WordPress anyways, having tried other CMS as well. What I wasn’t aware of that time was, that I neither needed yet another CMS nor something dynamic like WordPress since the only purpose my blog should have is displaying mainly text-based content.
We’re having to write a term paper soon and I’m probably going to tackle the Miners’ Strikes and the influence it had on trade unions during the 1980s. Because of that, we’re spending so much time learning how we have to configure awful software we probably don’t even want to use (cough Microsoft Word cough), spending so many time on formatting issues, that writing the paper itself falls out of focus.