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    https://chrisshort.net

    Mainly technical with some notes about other things too

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      Microsoft has been notoriously bad at Linux packages forever. Ask anyone whose had to install Hyper-V extensions manually.

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        Obviously, re-reading the article is the preferred way to proofread.

        My advice is to re-read your work many, many times. And be merciless to your words. Always ask why each element (word, sentence, paragraph, section) is there and don’t be afraid to remove it.

        [taking a break and reading it later] allows the mind to reset so the writer can more easily see typos or spelling mistakes.

        Putting it aside and reading it again later is critical, in my experience. Everyone I know who writes says this. Also, typos and spelling mistakes are the least of your problems. It’s structure and clarity that you’re looking for. Spellcheckers will mostly take care of the typo problem.

        Even a blog post needs tags, categories, and images.

        This I don’t buy.

        As a frequent reader of technical articles, I almost always fire up reader view in Firefox to (hopefully) remove all that cruft. Images can be very useful, but the practice of adding “meme-ish” images between paragraphs is mostly useless. Don’t go in assuming you need an image: add the image if it helps explain the point. Lead-in images (the ones at the top of an article) might be okay, but are still cruft, in my opinion. Layouts where a title or side bar is floating fixed at some location, especially when it contains a site logo or the author’s image, is just distracting.

        Tags and categories may be the least useful part of any blog post. I’ve never paid attention to them, but maybe I’m doing something wrong. Completely ignoring them has never seemed to be a deteriment, though.

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          My advice is to re-read your work many, many times. And be merciless to your words. Always ask why each element (word, sentence, paragraph, section) is there and don’t be afraid to remove it.

          I agree. A text isn’t finished when there is nothing left to add – it its finished when there is nothing left to remove. It is much easier to go through a text where you can take every word at face value than it is to filter the critical points out of fluff.

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            I appreciate your point on images. I don’t use reader views. How does it handle diagrams or images within the article itself?

            Tagging and categories are so folks can find the article more easily. This is search engine fodder essentially but, it’s also a key organizational tool on most web sites.

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              Load up your own article in Firefox. Look at it in original form. Then, go to View menu, hit Enter Reader Mode, and look at it again. It nicely illustrates what GeoffWozniak is talking about.

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                I appreciate your point on images. I don’t use reader views. How does it handle diagrams or images within the article itself?

                It doesn’t. In a few cases, it removes useful images and diagrams. In the vast majority of cases, it removes header images, bad memes, and cruft.

                IMO most people use images poorly. Not displaying them is a sensible default.

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              It used to be that the Server app would store and distribute os/iOS updates from a local device. That was the main reason I got it. Now it seems like I should request a refund.

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                I used to run my own DNS servers in my home on Raspberry Pis. But, Google Wifi gets a little wonky with custom DNS servers (at least it used to). I will probably set something up some time in the future with pihole.

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                  I’m actually doing the inverse networking where everything is on wifi. It ended up being cheaper than wired.

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                    I can’t wait to explain this one to friends and family. “So let me get this straight. My computer is going to be slower once I patch it? Why would I do that?!?”

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                      Nice work all

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                        Serious question: do people browse the web on their TVs? I would think this would be an awful experience. No?

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                          It works for older people: “it’s not a computer, so it’s shouldn’t be scary. I used TVs all the time so I can use this fancy TV”. I know few people who browse webpages on TVs, but mostly videos from web (i.e. youtube). This works better than phones (“reading text on phone is stupid, it’s for talking”) and tablets (“it’s still a computer, but without keyboard”).

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                          Missed opportunity: Not saying this will make Windows bettar.

                          I’ll see myself out.

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                            The pun was bad enough that my toes curl.

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                            Looking for a job still

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                              Oh, not an enviable position. Good luck with the search!

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                              Poor until I quit

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                                Perhaps putting programmatic safeties into your deployment processes would make you not need so many managers?

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                                  I can’t up vote this based on the color scheme alone.

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                                    It’s already more readable than majority of the websites I see these days:

                                    • Good contrast
                                    • Readable font, not thin and not too small
                                    • Reasonable line-height (not crammed vertically)
                                    • Reasonable line width
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                                      I was skeptical of your comment, until I clicked the link.

                                      And the color settings are marked !important so you can’t even override them very easily. Just why?

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                                        Just because…

                                        main { background-color: #fff !important; opacity: 1; padding: 2rem; box-sizing: border-box; }

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                                        Awk is that one tool I feel like I never learned fully enough to appreciate. Thanks for sharing this!

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                                          Great read! Thank you for sharing.

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                                            I have been using this to write for a few months now. I absolutely love this app. I’m not a writer by nature and tend to be a little verbose. This mitigates that and helps me get writing done better.

                                            Yes, I paid for it and I’m very happy I did!

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                                              I trust the NSA about as far as I can throw them (and I used to work for them).

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                                                Their leadership are pathological liars. I assume they’ll continue to do about whatever they want.

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                                                  Pathological implies they do it to their detriment, in reality it appears they are incentivized to do so because there is no actual consequence for lying.

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                                                    Didnt think about that. So, Ill say consistent liars instead.

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                                                Lobste.rs is pretty dope

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                                                  I was disappointed when they were acquired by logmein and after the past two weeks I’m no longer a paying customer. Where has everyone else landed?

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                                                    I have been using 1Password since 2009 and am very happy with it. I have tried LastPass on some occasions, but it always looked flakey. Also, at the time it seemed to lack separation between the browser extension and actual password storage, which 1Password does have [1].

                                                    Of course, 1Password is not really an option if you use Linux.

                                                    [1] https://support.1password.com/mini-extension-security/

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                                                      I’m also a 1Password user and am generally happy with it. A few things have started grating with me lately though, in particular the push to a subscription model - grandfathered-in customers don’t have to adopt it, but AFAICS it’s required for new users.

                                                      1Password used to allow read only access from any browser (via the 1Password.html file), but that’s no longer recommended and it doesn’t work via Dropbox any more. There’s gonepass, but again it’s read only.

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                                                      I personally use enpass