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I really miss my Mac at work

17.03.2019 10:17

My setup at work is a fairly good HP laptop running Windows 10. With a lot of junk installed on it, because, enterprice crap.

Some of my issues are that stuff, but that is not the main thing. I really miss my Mac. The reason is simple, I prefer how a Mac works, and the native UNIX system. It would not work at my current job, because of how stuff are set up. But I know that I’d be much more faster in general, if I typed in Emacs and iTerm2 on a Mac, than in Emacs and Powershell on my Windows thing.

I have spent six months trying to like it, and I just hate it. I hate how Window management is, how horrible everything looks. How much crap can’t be configured.

I love using my Mac, and I tolerate my Windows machine.

Netflix Originals

16.03.2019 09:43

I love Netflix, not because their content is the best ever. It’s not, what they do is not like HBO who always want to make the stuff that everyone have seen like HBO or Sons of Anarchy. Some of their shit is not in the top tier, but most of their stuff is there or almost in the top.

The thing I like a lot about Netflix is that they just want to make stuff that make their investment make sense.

Like everyone else, they know that it is really expensive to comete with HBO. So instead they play a different games.

A lof of my favourite stuff each year come out of Netflix, but most people would probably hate it. But I like it a lot.

And that is a interesting point. Because you can still make something very interesting from niches.

In the world of streaming most of the incentives that have been driving TV up to this point are turned on their head.

If you have the money, and the ability to make sure it pays off, there are no limits to how many shows you can produce per year.

In the old world of TV, ther were some limits, like the times when people actually watch TV and the number of channels you had. Your main goal in a streaming world is to keep people subscribed, while your main goal in the TV world would be to make sure it made sense to have you in their cabel packages.

Links of the week

15.03.2019 19:02

New photography workflow one week later

14.03.2019 20:46

The process of getting rid of Lightroom from my photography workflow started a week ago, and today I imported and processed my first round of images using the new workflow end to end. I could not be happier. The photos looks great, and it was really qucik. I just copied both SD cards into my Mac while reading some e-mail. Then I started the import of the JPEG’s to photos and by the time I had walked Luna and done some yoga I could process them on the phone.

My photopraphy process for as long as I have owned a camera that can shoot raw files have been to shoot raw, and then import it into Lightroom. Then waiting for it to do its thing before processing them. And then export it into Photos or Dropbox back in the day.

The problem with this workflow is that it only really works on my Mac. And all of it is slow. Also: I never have the time to do anything that justifies dealing with raw files.

So my solution now is to shoot JPEG+RAW on my Fuji. JPEG’s on one card and raw on the other. I keep the raw files just in case, and then I import the JPEG’s as is into Photos.

I love this process this far because: - It’s fun and easy - Really fast - And I kind of prefer the look of Fuji’s film simulations to what I have ever managed to get out of Lightroom.

I'm replacing Lightroom with out of Camera JPEG's

10.03.2019 19:00

What started as a exploration into alternatives to Lightroom ended in a place I did not expect. I checked out Luminar and Capture One. Capture One wasn’t really for me, and Luminar is impressive, but the app itself is worse than CC. I enjoy what both Lightroom CC and Luminar can do with their AI technology in terms of tuning the image into something a lot better than the out of camera RAW file. But the apps are horrible. I have given CC close to two years, and I’ve had enough.

The thing I have decided to do is to shoot JPEG+RAW. Store the RAW’s for later, if I need or want to. And just put the JPEG’s into Photos. I’m not going to touch the RAW’s; except for when I want to change film simulations, and then I’ll use the Fuji RAW Studio.

What I have done this weekend is to export all my RAW files out of Lightroom, export all my JPEG’s out of Lightroom (I’m about 50% done with that), then I’ll delete my library and delete all the Adobe apps from my stuff and cancel my account.

How I use the Neo 2

10.03.2019 10:44

I have written about this thing a few times over the half ish year I have owned it.

The way I use my Alpha Smart Neo2, is that I leave it in the living room. And when I feel like writing and is not in my office I just turn it on and start writing.

I just write in file 1 until it’s full, then I move over to the next one and so on. And I try to tranfer stuff into my Mac at least once a week.

My system is that I just place a markdown “h1” and a title, and that marks a new “document”.

I use it for all kinds of stuff, everything from planning to regular notes and drafts for blog posts. And like I have written about before, everything that started out on paper first gets transcribed into this bad boy.

I really like it because it is a thing that does one thing really well, kind of like my Kindle. I take my Neo if I want to type something out and I take my Kindle if I want to read.

Node is better

09.03.2019 09:31

I don’t know how many out there remember how it was to do serious web apps before Node, but it was not great.

There are many big problems with Node, and those of us who have done a lot of Javascript because we in general like it, know it better than most.

But, before Node, we did not have a real development enivornment, like in most other languages. There was no real “test runners” or package management systems.

What you did was that you had a bunch of JavaScript files, maybe you had some git submodules for the third party stuff, and either some script or symlink thing that put it into place.

This was the same era as when RequireJS was the most advanced way to deal with depenencies. It was basically just a function you passed a list of files into, and told it to load them before running a callback that was your code.

I remember more than once getting into situations where things you really fucked up if jQuery plugin C loaded before B, because they wrote to some of the same global namespace.

Node is not perfect, but a lot better than things were before it, and it is also getting better.

Links

08.03.2019 20:07

My storage and backup system

07.03.2019 06:00

I have three backup systems, one in the cloud, one clone and one incremental backup.

The basics is that I use Arq to back up to Backblaze B2, and I use Time Machine to backup to an external drive, plus that I clone my system and the combined “archive” and Time Machine drive. Everything from old stuff, to time machine data and my Plex library live on that drive.

I recently changed all the drives. This is something I do every third year or so. When one of the drives starts to act up, I order new ones as fast as possible.

This time I went for two 5TB drives for the archive and as always a 500GB drive for cloning my system.

The reason I do this is that good NAS or external RAID systems are too expensive. When I compared the last time, the price of getting a future proof RAID, would basically be the same as one and half round of drives of my current system, before I started to buy drives.

The reality is that drives with built in USB interfaces have become so cheap, that I don’t see it ever making sense from a pure money perspective.

The thing that migh get me to do it however is the fact that the time it takes to clone a 5TB drive (it will probably be closer to 10TB the next time) is so long that I’m soon at a point where I kind of have to move to a raid.

How I use my Neo 2

05.03.2019 18:20

I have a Alpha Smart Neo2, it is a digital typewriter. A pretty damn great one. It is basically just a keyboard, with a small screen and some memory in it.

It lets me write, without having a full computer. I personally think it is a hell of a lot better than an iPad, if you just want to type words.

Most of my blog posts either starts out on paper or on this little thing; and most of those that start out on paper gets transcribe into to this little bad boy before it get to my computer.

The reason I love it is because it is small, the battery lasts forever, and I can just have it in the living room. And I don’t have the option of doing anything except writing. The way I use it is that I just write in the same file, and divide stuff up by adding a markdown style H1 header for each new thing, and once a week I connect it to my mac, open my Drafts.txt file in Emacs and transfer all my files (usually just the one) over.