I run Arch Linux on my daily driver laptop. It’s the only Linux distro that I’ve had any real experience with and it’s been completely stable for me despite what people say. Part of that is probably because I run it with just i3wm a tiling window manager and no desktop environment. It also probably helps that I spend 99% of my time in either a terminal or a browser. I dunno, at any rate it’s been stable enough for me for the last two years or so.…»
I love Star Trek. It was the first show I ever saw that featured black people who were successful because of their intelligence and education and not “street smarts” or “hip sense of humor”. Let’s be honest, it was rare to see black people on TV who weren’t criminals, or servants, or magic negros or other things that I couldn’t relate to as a young black computer nerd. Then there was Star Trek.…»
Let’s say you’re a promoter who put on a show and now it’s the end of the night. Time to pay the bands or the DJs or the jugglers. But how should you split up the dough? You could use a pen and paper but that would require math and you’ve had a few adult beverages. Try payouthelper.com.…»
I’ve been using Vim for almost exactly a year now and I’m still a new enough user that I’m constantly annoying people by talking about it. What an amazing tool! I only wish I’d discovered it earlier. A lot of the power of Vim comes from plugins. There are plugins or even just vimscript snippets that can customize almost every aspect of how the editor works. That’s a huge change coming from the Visual Studio world where most devs are using a pretty vanilla out of the box experience.…»
I’ve been a Vim fanatic for a little over a year now, but my first foray into the realm of the super editors was a quick fling with of Emacs. That lasted for about two weeks before I decided that hitting the Control key that often was reducing my quality of life. A few nights ago I randomly decided to install Emacs on my machine during a bout of insomnia. The next morning I tried to download a file (a VIM script coincidentally) from Firefox and the file opened in Emacs.…»
Sometimes a little bit of melody strikes me. If it sticks with me, I’ll expand the nugget into a full melody with accompaniment. At those early stages it helps to have an idea of what keys will work with the melody. While any music theory novice can figure out the lists of scales relatively easily, I thought it would be nice to have a tool to do that lookup for me.…»
I spend a lot of my computing time in the terminal, so the tree utility is very useful. Unfortunately, it’s not as useful in node projects or other projects that include supporting packages, because it isn’t aware of .gitignore files. When you run tree in a node project folder the listing includes all of the files for the node modules that your project uses, build artifacts, etc. I’ve written a small node based version of tree build called node-tree-fiddy that honors the gitignore file.…»
I was lucky enough to visit Bogotá, Colombia about two weeks ago. It was a wonderful experience that I won’t soon forget.
One morning I woke up at 8:00 in a friend’s apartment. I had no internet connection, no books and no magazines. So, I wrote two poems.
They are pretty bad.…»
Stylish is one of my must have browser extensions in both Chrome and Firefox. It lets you run custom stylesheets on the websites you know and love. You can even share the styles with other users on the userstyles website. For example, the Github Dark user style makes the hours a day I spend on Github much more pleasant. I also spend a lot of time on Reddit. Unfortunately, the site is pretty hard to use on my laptop’s tiny screen due to the large sidebar on the right of the page.…»