Stuff that made me happy, which is a lot scarcer than the opposite.
https://visualgit.io/ brings me back to my recent effort to polish logdiag on Windows XP. I’d almost use it, but it would be mostly out of nostalgy.
Someone is doing my work for me at https://github.com/wader/fq
macOS is the best general-purpose Unix desktop, made for the power user. And now, with their top-tier hardware… why’d I bother even considering using Windows for anything? Windows is such a joke, and I feel bad for having invested my time in it past month. Linux DEs are likewise laughable—GNOME in particular has resorted to become a wannabe macOS a while ago, they’re just copying everything.
Of course, there are some bad aspects to owning an MBP, too, such as the metal body that wants to remove all warmth from your poor hands. Luckily, I can use it docked to my monitor.
Apple has shown me that monospace fonts can be rather nice, e.g., Monaco. Part of it is that high DPI screens require thicker stems. And now I have nicer fonts on my Linux installation, too.
I used to be sceptical of ‘programming fonts’ with ligatures, but Fira Code is oddly geometrically pleasing. Which could not be said about configuring Fontconfig to force Qt Creator to pick the Retina style. Occasionally the ligatures match where they shouldn’t, though.
macOS has extremely good in-system support for dictionaries, just press Super-Ctrl-D and the word under the cursor is taken from the system’s "display server". It doesn’t quite replace sdtui, for that there’s some work to be done.
I wanted to try using 4000K lighting for a change, and with that I needed to adjust my display’s white point from D65 to match the new environment. Since my BenQ PD3220U turns off its uniformity compensation in its ‘User’ mode and hence looks like cheap garbage, with unbearable ΔE values, I decided to do this with X11 gamma tables—having a 30-bit X11 visual, I do not expect any noticeable information loss by way of compression. And I’m happy to have found a pre-existing tool to do exactly what I was set out to achieve. macOS has similar functionality built-in, though it took some work to figure out that it sets its ‘zero’ temperature at 4100K. It all works out fairly well, except the transitional periods, which could use some environment sensing.
GitHub repositories have Atom feeds. Commit diffs aren’t included, but it’s still a nice feature.
Rittenhouse has had a more or less just trial.
https://github.com/phw/peek feels like magic. Doesn’t work with DefaultDepth 30, though.
The Exif standard is hosted on www.cipa.jp. Wąska, wielce wilgotna… cipa. Jak piosenka!
This view is beautiful https://lists.sr.ht/~philmd/qemu/patches/5556. It’s a shame that the service is commercial, as I don’t feel comfortable self-hosting that stack.
Vivaldi is a great Android browser all around, unlike Firefox.
Nice documentation: https://wordnet.princeton.edu/documentation
Sorting for the extremely lazy: https://arxiv.org/pdf/2110.01111.pdf
https://www.reuters.com/business/finance/global-corporate-tax-deal-nears-holdouts-drop-objections-2021-10-08/ I think I should be happy about this, rather than mostly indifferent
Parliamentary election: communists lost, socialists lost, neomarxists got insulted (and the leader of their coalition partner is an extremely charismatic person), Agrofert didn’t win. My vote didn’t count, but this was a good day.
bsdtar is a wonderful Swiss army knife for archives, despite a flaw in its library.
https://www.oyakata.com.pl is a nice thing to find in local supermarkets: the packaging is English-first and pretty well done, and it’s actually rather fucking good, as well as fast to consume.
https://www.notion.so/blog/alan-kay says I’m supposed to not fear making a mess while programming, so I’m thinking about it:
Our eyes have a visual point of view of like 160 degrees. But what I’ve got here is about 25, and on a cellphone it’s pathetic. So this is completely wrong. 100% wrong. Wrong in a really big way. If you look at the first description that Engelbart ever wrote about what he wanted, it was a display that was three feet on its side, built into a desk, because what is it that you design on? If anybody’s ever looked at a drafting table, which they may not have for a long time, you need room to design, because there’s all this bullshit that you do wrong, right?
This is why experienced programmers have big multiple screens. They’re working on something where the result is going to be fit on one screen, but you have to have all this other stuff, it’s like when you make an arch; it’s not just piling up the bricks, you have to put this whole scaffolding up. You have to hold everything together until you get the keystone in place. And virtually all of the productivity tools that I’ve seen, I’ll just say, "all" because I haven’t seen all of them, but the ones I have seen, they just completely don’t understand this at all. They’re all about this idea, which most programmers have that’s wrong, is that you’re going to write the program the right way. Nothing’s going to be wrong. The whole idea is to make a fucking mess. And if you look at the way Disney artists do things, the whole thing is messy. This is something anybody in the arts knows completely about, and hardly anybody in computing knows anything about. But in fact, it’s a key factor in building a good interactive development environment.
https://github.com/fiatjaf/awesome-loginless is something I support.
Qt Creator has become quite awesome again, and version 6 looks promising.
I stopped looking for a while, getting side-tracked with other projects, and Wuffs has in the meantime almost become a viable libpng replacement.
https://nitter.net offers RSS feeds for the antisocial network, and doesn’t have idiotic image previews that focus on boobs (I won’t be showing that); no worries, you can configure a normal, readable theme. It just seems to have a limit on the number of posts it can go back, so it’s not that great for browsing. And sometimes instances get rate-limited.
Perfect customer service: https://www.optika-simunkova.cz/mereni-zraku
https://frame.work/ looks solid, I just wish I could order it here. And that I could put an OLKB in it.
The LIDL PABSP 20-Li C2 cordless drill makes some really cool sounds, looks very nice, and comes with a lofty case. I’d buy it again. Based on that.
Finally, progress https://github.com/swaywm/wlroots/pull/3162
Bringing back the old web:
https://wiby.me/ also found me some nice technical things
http://snisurset.net/ is certainly something
Almost as nice as drawn:
These made me feel connected to reality, very unlike social media and the news—perhaps the globalism that turns everything into a space for advertising is something to be avoided, and levers enabling it should be removed, favouring the small over the big (screw neo-marxism also, as its solutions, if one can actually find any, are generally asinine and harmful)--personally, I’d attack the concept of intellectual property:
https://arcan-fe.com/2021/09/20/arcan-as-operating-system-design/ was an interesting reading, as usual.
You have to deal with the awful to truly appreciate the great, such is human nature https://github.com/randy408/libspng
Good shoes, should be wide enough—it’s difficult to find good work shoes: