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July 09, 2018

How I sync my dot files

July 09, 2018

DotFiles for those of you that don’t know are a term used for files and folders starting with a dot ”.” (hidden files and folders on UNIX systems) that often contain configuration files and stuff like that. If you have multiple computers or just want to have them in version control, you need some kind of system for managing this.

You can either write your own script or you can use an existing system. I have tried many of them, but have ended up with a very simple strategy that works very well for me.

I keep all of my DotFiles that I care about in a git repository, and then I have a very simple shell scripts that links the files and folders to where the apps expect them to be. If something new are added I just re-run it and it overwrites the existing with new symlinks. Then I just manage the rest with git. I commit changes and push and pull. What I like about this strategy is that because of the symlinks I’m always editing the version in git and not another copy. And that all the code I need to manage it all is either Git or in a shell script that is less than 50 lines of code.

There are a number of things I have to do on the backend to get that to work though. I need to make sure that work, since I am syncing between a OS X system and a Linux system. The main thing is that I need to make some extra symlinks to make sure that some binaries and certificate folders are where they would me on a OS X system on my Linux system. And that can be a pain from time to time. But that is far more convenient than to keeping separate configs for both systems.

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July 06, 2018

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July 06, 2018

I love watching the AlphaSmart transfer text into Emacs 😍

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July 06, 2018

Camera bags are hard.

July 06, 2018

I have owned many camera bags, and I have not been very happy with any of them.

If you are looking for one bag to fit every single use case, you’ll probably be unhappy with it most of the time. Look at the gear you have, and the situations where you might need to bring it somewhere. For example If I’m not just taking my camera as is without anything extra I’m either bringing my X-Pro and some primes or my X-Pro with one lens and my Nikon FM with one lens and some batteries and rolls of 35mm film.

So I decided to have one bag that is great for just carrying two cameras and one backpack that is awesome for when I travel. Also try to find a bag that is designed the the kind of camera you have. Because one designed for full frame cameras will be huge and bulky and overkill if you just carry some small mirrorless system.

I personally go with cheaper bags, and try to have a good one for each situation. Instead of one expensive bag. Like I mentioned above, when I try to solve it all with one bag I always end up with some kind of compromise I never want to use for anything.

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July 06, 2018

The AlphaSmart Neo is so cool.

Camera design

July 05, 2018

Since digital took over more or less every system camera looks the same. You have some kind of version of the Nikon F3. With some buttons and dials that you can customise a little or a lot depending on your camera.

Some people like this design, while others don’t like it as much.

As I see it there are three different way you can design a great digital camera. Just a note before we move on, I am talking about system cameras, where you can change the lens.

The first one is to follow what the Leica M series and Fuji are doing. Where you design lenses and cameras how it used to be up to the 80s. Where you have dials on the lens, and dedicated dials on the camera. Where you don’t need to turn the camera on to change settings. You just twist the ISO dial, the Aperture dial or the shutter speed dial. This enables you to be very fast when you shoot in full or partial manual. For example, I am way faster with my X-Pro 2 or my Nikon FM 35mm camera than I ever was with my Canon Rebel. Because it is slower to interact with screens and menus than it is to just twist a dedicated dial.

The next one is kind of a extension of the current “F3 design”. You have many buttons and dials like you have to day. But you can basically program any button to do anything; either simple stuff or multi step actions like: “Set ISO X and Aperture to X” etc. And you have an E-Ink screen on top to show the current settings.

And the third is what Leica are doing with their TL system. Imagine a dedicated camera that is like an iPhone. Not a lot of buttons or a view finder, but instead just a few buttons and a large screen.

It isn’t about having one design for everyone. But instead making sure each design idea is the best possible for those who like that kind of camera. For example the “TL” design will be very appealing for those who prefer to shoot with their phone. But want something “better”. And to let those of us that prefer old school shooting to have that. Finally, I think the F3 design is good, I don’t like it that much. But I think it could be a hell of a lot more powerful for those who enjoy it if they made it a little bit more flexible and customisable.

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July 04, 2018

Every time I see someone arguing for why choosing your own gender is “wrong”, I see some desperate person hiding under flawed arguments and logic to avoid something they are very uncomfortable with.