Leon Mika

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2022-05-19: Day 19: indulgence Full disclosure: this isn’t the type of muffin I actually ordered. My goto …

2022-05-19: Booked flights yesterday for Canberra. Got my itinerary and confirmation email. Ok, good. Then got …

2022-05-18: Day 18: random Tails. #mbmay

2022-05-17: Day 17: hold Holding my reusable cup as it’s holding my morning coffee. #mbmay

2022-05-16: Currently reading: Build: An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making by Tony Fadell 📚 So far …

2022-05-16: Day 16: time My kitchen clock, which occasionally breaks in such a way that it’s not even …

2022-05-15: Day 15: clouds Taken during the Summer, which is usually when we get our most interesting cloud …

2022-05-14: Watching the Google I/O presentation on Google Wallet reminds me of all the presentations I’ve …

2022-05-14: Day 14: fence #mbmay

2022-05-13: Day 13: community #mbmay

2022-05-12: Cloud Formation "ValidationError at typeNameList" Errors I was editing some Cloud Formation today and when I tried to deploy it, I was getting this lengthy, …

2022-05-12: 🔗 A New Hope for Object Storage: R2 enters open beta I’ve been looking forward to giving R2 a …

2022-05-12: Is it really necessary for Amazon to prefix AWS services with “Amazon” or …

2022-05-12: Day 12: tranquility Part of a walk I occasionally do, near Macedon. There’s nothing special …

2022-05-12: It’s developer conference video watching time again! 🙌 The Google I/O videos are starting to …

2022-05-11: Failing to keep things simple in the software designs I’m responsible for seems to be a …

2022-05-11: Day 11: maroon #mbmay

2022-05-10: Day 10: pot The plastic pot I received at the Ballarat Beer Festival in February. #mbmay

2022-05-09: This week’s earworm: TUNIC (Original Game Soundtrack) by Lifeformed × Janice Kwan. Favourite …

2022-05-09: Day 9: bloom A bunch of bloomin’ wattles. #mbmay

2022-05-09: I use to enjoy reading tech blogs, like the ones from Slack and Shopify, that talk about some new …

2022-05-08: Day 8: union Had some trouble with this one today, so I thought I’d hit it up in the textbooks. …

2022-05-07: Managed to setup Wireguard VPN on my home network this morning so I can remote in when on the road. …

2022-05-07: Day 7: park The park in Benalla, taken last month during our drive to Canberra. #mbmay

2022-05-06: Imagine that there’s an open source project that has some modest traction but only one …

2022-05-06: Day 6: silhouette Photo taken by my boss in 2014 while we were in the Cook Islands for work. #mbmay

2022-05-05: Day 5: Earth One of the first photos from Himawari-8, a JMA weather satellite that went online while …

2022-05-04: Day 4: thorny This plant was less thorny than it once would have been, although there’s at …

2022-05-03: Day 3: experimental An experimental Arduino sketch, built using Tinygo, to see if I could get …

2022-05-03: Have finally got an approach for producing signed and notarised MacOS apps that is invokable from …

2022-05-02: Those that say “keep your user documentation up to date, not only for others but for yourself …

2022-05-02: The pièce de résistance of media with dynamic ad insertion (podcasts/streaming services/etc.) is …

2022-05-02: Part of me is wondering whether it makes sense giving Mastodon a try, maybe setting up a domain and …

2022-05-02: Day 2: photo The only photo of mine that I have on the wall. #mbmay

2022-05-01: Day 1: switch I usually sit at that table. But today, I decided to switch to the other side. #mbmay

2022-04-30: Our council has started using electric garbage trucks for collecting waste from park bins, which I …

2022-04-29: GitLab Search Subscriptions with NetNewsWire I’m working (with others) on a project that’s using GitLab to host the code, and …

2022-04-28: Woke up at 5 AM this morning for an early coding session today. Really want to fix this process of …

2022-04-27: Arbitrage. That was the word I was trying to remember.

2022-04-27: Dealing with identities and notarisation is a huge pain. You make an archive in Xcode, notarise it, …

2022-04-27: Thinking about Twitter and newsletters during my morning walk, I wonder: did Twitter actually do …

2022-04-27: Didn’t sleep well last night. Why? Because it was the first night of on call that I’ve had in a …

2022-04-26: I went to the dentist a few weeks ago (for the first time in five years 🙈) and the dentist asked if …

2022-04-26: What Would Get Me Back to Using Twitter Again Congratulations, Elon Musk, on your purchase of Twitter. I’m sure you’ve got a bunch of …

2022-04-25: Thinking about that last post a little more, maybe it’s just a matter of framing. After all, …

2022-04-25: I sometimes wonder, during days where I have very little to say, if it would be better to talk about …

2022-04-23: For want of a new tool, Xcode command line tools needs to be upgraded. For want of upgraded Xcode …

2022-04-23: Oh, I hope not.

2022-04-23: A few people I know are isolating due to Covid-19, so I stayed in last night. I rewatched Helvetica …

2022-04-23: Started reading: The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi. It was page 2, when I read the name …

2022-04-22: During the last four days, I drove home from Canberra (not a bad thing), my job went live with the …

2022-04-20: Just got my new passport today. Shortest six weeks of my life. 😉

2022-04-20: 🔗 Facebook on 30 Percent Platform Fees: ‘Hold Our Beer’ Meta talking about platform fees for the …

2022-04-18: Went to the National Gallery of Australia today. Must say that I enjoyed it much more than I thought …

2022-04-17: Trying to use GitHub Codespaces on an iPad. It sorta works. When it does, it works quite well. But …

2022-04-16: Good morning from Canberra. Photo’s taken just a little after 7:30 this morning.

2022-04-15: Dad and I will be driving to Canberra today to spend some time with the family over the Easter long …

2022-04-14: Really enjoying the newsletter Speaking Tech by Michael DeHann. It reminds me a lot of Steve …

2022-04-13: The thing about Severance is, while it may be the case that those on the severed floor at Lumon are …

2022-04-13: Started watching Severance yesterday and I got to say, it’s pretty good. Certainly something …

2022-04-12: Love this remark from Gruber about the comment from Twitter about Musk’s board seat: The first …

2022-04-11: Passport renewal forms filled in and sent away, along with new passport photos. Apparently …

2022-04-10: Finished reading: Indie Microblogging by Manton Reece. Great read, especially about all the work the …

2022-04-10: Went for a walk this afternoon and came home to two deliveries of online orders, which was quite …

2022-04-09: Fired up Logic Pro for the first time in a while. Trying a rearrangement of Passion for Exploring …

2022-04-09: Had a drinks with friends and watched a comedy set at Comedy Republic last night. Nice place for a …

2022-04-08: On the subject of Twitter’s edit button announcement, I find it amusing that they tweeted …

2022-04-08: I don’t know how people on Twitter live without an edit button. I’m always posting …

2022-04-08: Testing modern systems is the worst. It feels like half the time is spent either logging into …

2022-04-07: After a hard day of work, it’s great to live a little vicariously by listening to the story of …

2022-04-06: Something I wonder about these web3 and NFT projects: if the wealth aspect was removed, and there …

2022-04-05: Just started Safari up for the first time on this laptop and I was greeted with the new …

2022-04-04: It’s the end of the day and I’m struggling to think about what to write here. All I can …

2022-04-03: Walked a little of the Castlemaine to Maldon bike trail today, which runs besides the tourist …

2022-04-02: I was compelled to try the Substack app this morning after wanting to make a comment on a post. I …

2022-04-01: 🔗 Not an April Fool: Dyson announces apocalyptic filter-headphone combo Yes, the product is weird, …

2022-03-31: Even after 18 years of use, I still get blown away at how amazingly useful the command line can be …

2022-03-31: An amusing thought came to me after reading Gruber’s post on Facebook and TikTok. Here’s Facebook …

2022-03-30: Scene: work. Team: here’s the tasks we need to do, here’s how long they will take, and …

2022-03-29: Credit to Apple for the work they did to get x86 working seamlessly on the M1. It’s only just …

2022-03-29: My theorem regarding email: the chance of me reading an email from a sender is inversely …

2022-03-29: 🔗 Stay on the bus The subject here is photography but I think it can be applied to any other …

2022-03-28: Meetings really take it out of me. I had 4 hours worth of meetings today and now I’m really …

2022-03-27: Doing a lot of terminal UI app development recently. It’s not easy but I’ve forgotten how much fun …

2022-03-25: Woke up expecting today to be long and annoying, but it turned out not to be as annoying as I …

2022-03-25: Got my copy of Bloch’s Effective Java out today for the first time in years, in order to …

2022-03-25: No day trip to Warburton this year: too much to do at work unfortunately. I’ve got a day in leau …

2022-03-24: Wondering if there’s a way where I could quit my job and spend my waking hours building …

2022-03-23: Doing some tool smithing at work to make my current task a little easier. Using Bubble Tea to build …

2022-03-22: The “Explore Repositories” sidebar on GitHub’s home page (if you’re logged in) is a bit strange. Why …

2022-03-21: 🔗 A big bet to kill the password for good Lot of talk about getting the user experience/OS …

2022-03-20: I may need to shake up my podcast listening habits a little. I subscribe to several tech-based …

2022-03-19: We were hoping for a game of bocce in Argyle Square, which has a bocce pitch. But alas! Beaten there …

2022-03-18: I forgot that yesterday was St. Patricks Day. But I did wear a green polo, listened to some Celtic …

2022-03-17: Sometimes I wish I had the patients (and the hardware) to play some of the video games indies have …

2022-03-17: Reading the chapter on Microformats in Indie Microblogging brought me back to uni where we were …

2022-03-16: An important tenet of software development that I don’t think is appreciated that much: make …

2022-03-16: 🔗 Go 1.18 Release Notes Happy “generics finally in Go” day. (I wouldn’t call …

2022-03-15: Learning Through Video Mike Crittenden wrote a post this morning about how he hates learning through videos. I know for …

2022-03-14: 🔗 Kubernetes 101 A pretty good introduction about the fundamentals of Kubernetes, and also the post …

2022-03-14: I was ask today by someone at work1 if I knew of a good post describing the fundamentals of …

2022-03-13: Finished reading: Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity by Hugh MacLeod 📚 Another book …

2022-03-12: Hard to get out of old habits. I’ve started reading Indie Microblogging by Manton today. So far a …

2022-03-11: This is by far the most useful quick action I’ve made in Automator. It generates a UUID, and …

2022-03-10: Here’s another clip of the echidna, taken from the same 2 minute video I took yesterday. …

2022-03-10: Went for my afternoon walk yesterday, and saw an echidna looking for food. That doesn’t happen …

2022-03-09: Wondering if I could part with A$ 10,000.00 on a souped up Mac Studio. Very tempting, but …

2022-03-08: I’m looking for a new CMS for my side-project journal, which is currently on Drummer and Old …

2022-03-07: My printed Day One journals for 2021 have arrived, much quicker than I expected. They came out …

2022-03-06: I was reminded about the post on streaming apps by John Siracusa when I was browsing Apple Maps …

2022-03-05: We had a bit of rain last night so the Currawongs were out in force today. It’s always a pleasure …

2022-03-04: Super busy week this week. A couple of long days, with a bunch of long design and planning meetings …

2022-03-04: Slack’s not great for resolving arguments. I’m in one now at work. Nothing heated, just …

2022-03-03: Two things in life there’s never enough of: time, and available USB ports.

2022-03-02: Speaking of nice development experiences, I took a look at the Playdate SDK yesterday. Docs and …

2022-03-02: Time and Money Spending a lot of time in Stripe recently. It’s a fantastic payment gateway and a pleasure to …

2022-03-01: Nothing so focuses the mind like a deadline, and the mandate to keep it. The easy deadlines are the …

2022-02-28: 🔗 Simulating Amazon DynamoDB unique constraints using transactions A technique to simulate a …

2022-02-27: Have finally got around to arranging the printed books of my 2021 Day One journal entries. Lot of …

2022-02-26: Looking at wiki software this morning to set up a personal wiki. Lots of great projects out there, …

2022-02-25: Little bit difficult to think about much else given the current news from Ukraine. Certainly …

2022-02-24: A good indication that I’m not thrilled about doing something is when I start thinking of ways …

2022-02-23: I’m trying a little experiment on myself where I carry a little notebook with me wherever I …

2022-02-22: Let nobody say that innovation is no longer possible in MacOS. One idea I have: making it possible …

2022-02-21: I went to the newsagents today to buy a ruler. It’s been a little while since I’ve been …

2022-02-21: Cling Wrap I bought this roll of cling wrap when I moved into my current place. Now, after 6.5 years and 150 …

2022-02-20: Trip to Ballarat and the Beer Festival I had the opportunity to go to Ballarat yesterday to attend the beer festival with a couple of …

2022-02-19: Regional train trip today. Nice doing something different.

2022-02-18: Finally, for the first time in roughly 2.5 months, I have the opportunity to do a real coding task …

2022-02-18: OS Vendors and Online Accounts Looks like the next version of Windows will require an online account, and while the reason for this …

2022-02-17: Currently reading: Persuader by Lee Child 📚 Yes, I know it’s like the fifth time I’ve …

2022-02-17: The John Curtain Hotel, the pub my friends and I use to go to as uni students, is up for sale. It …

2022-02-16: Casey Newton published a great interview with the dev behind Web3 Is Going Just Great. The whole …

2022-02-16: I’m wondering if the Apple Pencil would do well with a dedicated charging case. I only use my Pencil …

2022-02-16: Someone shared a great Q&A video with Seth Godin yesterday. I was hoping to listen to it at the …

2022-02-15: My YouTube Watching Setup I’m not a sophisticated YouTube watcher but I do watch a lot of YouTube. For a while I was …

2022-02-14: Apparently household solar panels are so prevalent in some states that it’s at risk of …

2022-02-13: I was entering a commit message in GitHub, when I was shown the following tip: ProTip! Great commit …

2022-02-12: It may not have cooled down quite yet but with the days getting shorter, Autumn is feeling really …

2022-02-11: Reminder That Your Content Isn't Really Yours on Medium #3 Looks like Medium has had a redesign recently, with recommended posts now being featured more …

2022-02-11: There’s nothing quite as deflationary as returning home from a holiday. After the drive and the …

2022-02-10: I wish I had more to say today, on this, our last day of our summer holiday. So in leau of a better …

2022-02-09: Played golf for the first time in roughly 9 years. I’m terrible at the game but got a little better …

2022-02-09: 🔗 Why Simple Is Smart A collection of useful writing tips for journalists, but I think would also be …

2022-02-09: Last year, when we were on our holiday in Phillip Island, my parents suggested that I do the …

2022-02-08: I’m starting to think that the 1x zoom on this Pixel 6 might be a bit too wide. I was …

2022-02-07: Reading buddy.

2022-02-06: These signs were up around town today. We went to the usual places they have markets but there was …

2022-02-05: Had the opportunity to play Ticket To Ride, Europe today. It took a little while to get my head …

2022-02-04: I tried walking around with a notebook yesterday to… you know… be the type of person that carries a …

2022-02-03: I used the BBEdit diffing tool for the first time today, and I must say that it’s actually …

2022-02-02: The "Too Much Data" Error in Buffalo Projects If there’s anyone else out there using Buffalo to build web-apps, I just discovered that it …

2022-02-02: Signed up for an online course this morning, then browsing the web an hour later I found someone …

2022-02-01: I really dislike code reviews. I admit it. I don’t like doing them, and I don’t like …

2022-02-01: 🔗 No, Apple Did Not Crowdfund :focus-visible in Safari (via Daring Fireball) I see nothing wrong …

2022-01-31: Watching a lot of vintage computing videos recently, it’s staggering how much system …

2022-01-30: I’m feeling a bit stuck in my career at the moment, and I’m wondering if the thing …

2022-01-29: A couple of months ago, I put my name down on a waiting list for an online course I thought would be …

2022-01-28: It’s interesting. I’ve lived in Melbourne my whole life, and there are large, large …

2022-01-27: One thing that has been lost from all this working from home is the ability to use things like …

2022-01-26: Finished reading: The Dip by Seth Godin 📚 Short book: only took a few hours to get through it. …

2022-01-26: On Posting Daily I recently listen to an interview with Seth Godin on the Tim Ferris podcast. In that interview, Seth …

2022-01-25: At the cafe this morning, someone arrived with a dog that shares the same name as myself. It was …

2022-01-24: Boosted. 💉💉💉 Also bought a “Moderna muffin” to mark the occasion. (it’s just a …

2022-01-23: It’s amusing to see that Google is confident enough in their AI to tell me that I’ve received a SMS …

2022-01-22: I got a bit of a streak going so I was hoping to post something here today. Only trouble is that I …

2022-01-21: The Future of Computing I got into computers when I was quite young, and to satisfy my interest, I read a lot of books about …

2022-01-21: Shut down one blog this week and moved all the posts into this one. There’s another blog that …

2022-01-20: I posit to you that the reason developers find it hard to do anything related with encryption is not …

2022-01-19: I was looking for a simple timer this morning until I remembered that the Vivaldi browser actually …

2022-01-18: It might be time to unsubscribe from developer related podcasts that talk about new technologies and …

2022-01-17: 🔗 SpiceDAO wins a $3 million auction to buy an extremely rare storyboard book of Dune, only to learn …

2022-01-16: Bocce in Fitzroy Gardens. Grand final for the 2021 season (yes, my friends and I came up with the …

2022-01-15: It’s a shame that there’s a non-insignificant number of people and companies that I …

2022-01-14: While poking around the Micro.blog XML-RPC documentation, I had a flashback about SOAP. I had some …

2022-01-13: 🔗 Wordle and IP law: What happens when a hot game gets cloned I guess the moral of the story is that …

2022-01-13: Wordle 208 6/6 ⬜🟨⬜⬜⬜ ⬜🟨⬜⬜⬜ ⬜🟨⬜🟨⬜ ⬜⬜🟨⬜🟨 🟩⬜⬜🟩⬜ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Was close to missing it today. The winning guess …

2022-01-12: On the Moxie Marlinspike Post About web3 Today, I took a look at the Moxie Marlinspike post about web31. I found this post interesting for a …

2022-01-12: Burnt Out on Design I’ve been doing a heap of design work at my job at the moment; writing documents, drawing up …

2022-01-12: I’ve been listening to, and buying, a fair bit of music from Anders Enger Jensen over the last …

2022-01-11: One of the domains for a blog that I’ve since abandoned is coming up for renewal in a few …

2022-01-11: The latest episode of Core Intuition (496) resonated with me, especially the discussion about …

2022-01-08: I think I’ve settled on my word for 2022: finisher. Someone who finishes what he starts. This …

2022-01-07: 🔗 The Algorithmic Ad Monster Cometh for Podcasts I’m starting to hear more of these types of …

2022-01-07: It’s interesting to see the technical knowledge and priorities of a software development team …

2022-01-06: Yet another reminder to myself to write things down when they come to me. I had the perfect word for …

2022-01-06: There’s a lot I don’t like about all the “web3” stuff going on: bad actors …

2022-01-05: I’m adding some photos to last year’s journal in preparation for turning it into a book. I’m …

2022-01-05: We haven’t had any decent rain for several weeks now. So with the Bureau predicting rain …

2022-01-04: 🔗 Microsoft fixes harebrained Y2K22 Exchange bug that disrupted email worldwide Dates are hard, but …

2022-01-04: Back at work today, conceptually if not physically. The hardest part of coming back to work after …

2022-01-03: That silly maxination countdown site is live again as I’ve just booked my Covid-19 booster …

2022-01-02: Wangaratta station. Took a V/Line train back to the city after helping someone with the drive to …

2022-01-01: Happy new year. Time for the change of calendar.

2021-12-30: I only just realised how good the company name Square was. It’s not just the shape of the RFC …

2021-12-29: I’m seeing many bloggers in my RSS feed talking about how they’re reading “Four …

2021-12-28: Photos Of Buildings Important To You Now that we have decent cameras in our pocket and virtually unlimited space, there’s no reason …

2021-12-27: Got around to releasing Feed Journaler v0.3. Headline feature: option to enable launch on login, so …

2021-12-24: I wouldn’t call myself religious — I not someone who reguarily goes to church — but I do have a …

2021-12-24: Ugh, should’ve taken today off.

2021-12-23: Well, I feel like a bit of a turkey. I just spent two weeks researching technologies that will help …

2021-12-23: Only two more days of work left to go before the Christmas break. It’s only a week long, but …

2021-12-21: I try to be careful about future-proofing the code I write, but I just did a weird thing when …

2021-12-21: Still Off Twitter A little while ago, I stopped using Twitter on a daily basis as the continuous barrage of news was …

2021-12-20: I’ve been doing a lot of investigation work for my day job recently, looking for and …

2021-12-19: Finished reading: The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create …

2021-12-17: Yet another story about an Android app with malware. What I’d like to know is why these sorts …

2021-12-15: I’m starting to see year in review posts pop up in my feeds. My first thought is …

2021-12-14: There are days when you’ve got your head down and are plowing through your tasks as everything …

2021-12-14: 100 Day Writing Streak I promise I won’t post about every single milestone that comes along, but I’m quite …

2021-12-14: 🔗 Woman lost @metaverse Instagram handle days after Facebook name change She had it for 10 years, …

2021-12-13: Saw this on my lunchtime walk today. I don’t often see cockatoos find food this way.

2021-12-13: I’ve ordered a new desk lamp with a warmer light than the one I’m using now. But it also …

2021-12-13: Someone I work with shared a tweet claiming that Log4j, the logging library with the remote code …

2021-12-10: My new Pixel 6 phone arrive yesterday, a full 40 days before the estimated delivery date. I’m …

2021-12-10: I tend to be indecisive, and during the last few days, a choice that I have to make at work has …

2021-12-09: A quote from Gruber about Spotify Wrapped: Me, personally, I still wouldn’t care a whit about it. …

2021-12-08: Follow up from yesterday’s post on the film crew working around my house, I found another …

2021-12-07: For the last couple a weeks, a production crew have been filming around my place. I wish I noted …

2021-12-07: Giving the email newsletter feature a try. I don’t have many long form posts so I’m …

2021-12-06: I bought a new desk lamp over the weekend. After trying it last night, I’m not super happy …

2021-12-03: On Treating Users As If They're Just There To Buy Stuff Ars Technica has published a third post about the annoying user experience of Microsoft Edge in as …

2021-12-02: Tip for anyone with an email newsletter: please include a link to the post online, or a link to the …

2021-12-02: 🔗 Write 5x more but write 5x less (via The Daily Graph) This post itself is interesting but what …

2021-12-01: It’s a bit of the shame that the best technique for projecting an iPad onto a monitor, for the …

2021-12-01: 🔗 Users revolt as Microsoft bolts a short-term financing app onto Edge Oh, Microsoft. You spend all …

2021-11-30: I used MacOS dark mode for the first time last night. An inoperable desk lamp has left my workspace …

2021-11-29: Weekend In Mansfield Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to spend some time with my parents who were staying in …

2021-11-26: Saved once again by Google Pay. I was almost at the cafe this morning, on my way to get some …

2021-11-25: FastMail’s spam filter has been a bit aggressive lately. I’ve seen a few emails show up …

2021-11-23: One of the hosts of a podcast I listen to mentioned buying a product from the company I work at, and …

2021-11-22: I’m looking forward to the day when I can type python in any command line on any OS, and it …

2021-11-21: Went out for breakfast again today. Wondered how long I could use my iPad without turning on my …

2021-11-20: Morning walk. There will be a cafe breakfast at the end of it.

2021-11-17: A podcast I was listening to mentioned a book that sounded interesting, so I checked the Kindle …

2021-11-17: Pro-tip for anyone using Vivaldi: you can unbind the “Cmd-Q” keyboard shortcut within …

2021-11-17: Cookie Disclosure Popups Should be Handled by the Browser I really dislike the cookie disclosure popups that appear on websites. Ideally I shouldn’t be …

2021-11-17: You know those journals you see in movies where the writer is working on something, and they write …

2021-11-16: I wonder if there’s a way to replace MacOS’s pretty ordinary spellcheck suggestions with …

2021-11-14: My Impressions of GitHub Codespaces The GitHub Universe 2021 conference started a few days ago and one of the features touted in the day …

2021-11-12: Today is starting out reasonably quietly. All the big development work is done and the only tasks …

2021-11-10: Thinking over the NaNoWriMo short story I’m working on, there seems to be a lot scenes with …

2021-11-09: Really enjoying Succession season 3 at the moment, but I’m afraid I’m one of those …

2021-11-09: Thought I’d give omg.lol a try this morning. My profile page. Looks a lot nicer than what I …

2021-11-08: For the last month, I was having trouble installing software on my work laptop because I thought I …

2021-11-06: It’s a bit strange how the stopwatch on the NaNoWriMo site doesn’t automatically fill in start and …

2021-11-05: Some days I wonder why I ever considered being a software developer. 😒

2021-11-05: It’s said that it’s a good idea not to blog while your angry. I think that’s good …

2021-11-04: I’ve manage to get the first 1,000 words out of my NaNoWriMo-adjacent goal of a 10,000 word …

2021-11-01: I really like to support independent software developers, but $150.00 for a file diffing tool is a …

2021-10-30: I had the opportunity to go out for breakfast this morning. I was originally going to get it as …

2021-10-28: Well, it took almost a full 4 months, but I’ve finally got a solar system installed on my …

2021-10-28: I was perusing my archives the other day and I’ve noticed that it’s been two years to …

2021-10-27: The popups for the admin password in MacOS needs a third button with the label “I wish I had …

2021-10-24: On a bit of a writing streak: 50 consecutive days of at least one blog post or journal entry. P.S. I …

2021-10-23: It’s good to see that Dave Winer is keeping a blog on Drummer change notes. I’m having …

2021-10-22: It’s that time of year when I need to wear sunscreen if I’m going to be outside for an …

2021-10-22: I’ve rediscovered the joy of honey on toast. What a winning combination. Goes really well with …

2021-10-21: Oh the irony. First weekend after Lockdown 6 and with plans for activities outdoors…

2021-10-21: I only just realised that my Pixel 2 would be missing out of Android 12. I guess that means that …

2021-10-20: If anyone’s thinking of starting a company that extracts CO2 from the atmosphere, and you …

2021-10-19: I just finished reading through the Ars Technica live blog of the Apple event. I must say, their new …

2021-10-18: I try to minimise the number of regrets I will eventually have in my life, but sometimes they do …

2021-10-17: I don’t understand people who would ruin their own website with popups thrown in my face the …

2021-10-16: Two People There are two people, and each one has the same problem that they want to get solved. The first …

2021-10-15: I’ve never been someone that has their TV on all the time; but after working at home, by …

2021-10-14: My Stratechery mug has arrived. It now holds the enviable position of largest mug in my house, …

2021-10-13: The danger of playing around with blogging platforms is that you find yourself wondering which …

2021-10-13: I heard that Dave Winer has released Drummer so I decided to give it a try. Although I’m not …

2021-10-12: Just arrived home from receiving my second dose of AstraZenica. Feeling pretty good about it. Not …

2021-10-11: I’ve got a Shortcut on my iPad to save links to Pinboard. I want to get the page title when I …

2021-10-10: Just finished a lovely game of Wingspan with the Oceania Expansion set. It was nice playing the game …

2021-10-07: This is another post lamenting the fact that too many development blogs from companies like Netflix …

2021-10-07: A lot is said about AWS offering so many services in exchange for some of them being half-baked. I …

2021-10-07: I know how frustrating it is to work with JSON for configuring things, but sometimes YAML can be …

2021-10-06: That feeling when you have to do something that you’ve not only done before, but you’ve …

2021-10-06: (Hyper)critical Acclaim There were a couple of events that led me to writing this post. I’m sure part of it was seeing …

2021-10-05: The eternal struggle of an Android phone owner (based on a true story): Website: Hey, check out …

2021-10-05: So Facebook has an outage and now every software engineer in the world knows a bit more about how …

2021-10-05: One week to go! 💉💉

2021-10-04: For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been driving Confluence at work, doing investigations and …

2021-10-02: This week’s earworm: Who Can It Be Now by Men At Work 🎵

2021-10-01: On Choosing the Hard Way Forward This is about work, so the usual disclaimers about opinions being my own, etc. apply here. I have an …

2021-09-30: Apparently my phone carrier is pretty good at promptly sending SMS messages with …

2021-09-26: There’s no better aroma than a freshly opened bag of coffee beans.

2021-09-24: Small request to developers of command line tools: please do not assume everyone is using a terminal …

2021-09-23: Listening to podcasts with automatic ad insertion can be really jarring sometimes. You’re …

2021-09-23: 🔗 File Not Found Gradually, Garland came to the same realization that many of her fellow educators …

2021-09-22: I enjoy using Tot for temporary working notes. I also enjoy using Boop for manipulating text without …

2021-09-22: Well, not every day you had a 5.8 magnitude earthquake around here (was originally reported as 6.0).

2021-09-22: I got a bit restless this morning and just eager to get my second vaccine shot, so I’ve put …

2021-09-20: I had the opportunity to play Wingspan yesterday. Still in the process of learning it — I don’t play …

2021-09-19: Some Notes About the Covid-19 Situation Now that the vaccines are here and are (slowly) being rolled out, and that Covid zero is no longer …

2021-09-16: You would have thought that by working from home for a year and a half, and predominantly …

2021-09-16: It’s a real shame that the powers that be insist on keeping the arcane stupidity of …

2021-09-14: AWS Lambda function names can only be 64 characters long. 23 characters are used for the stack name …

2021-09-14: Hmm, UV index expected to reach 4 (moderate) today, and 5 in a few days time. Might be time to dig …

2021-09-11: For the last two months, I’ve been working on a Mac app to automatically import my blog posts …

2021-09-10: If it wasn’t for the use of an all-caps style, this Daring Fireball post would be a perfect …

2021-09-10: About 5 years and 3 employers ago, I was working at a government agency building an admin console …

2021-09-09: Abound two months ago, I started feeling some strain in my wrist with my old keyboard, so I replaced …

2021-09-08: Really not much going on at the moment. Just a whole lot of waiting. Waiting for my next vaccine …

2021-09-07: On Confluence I’m sorry. I know the saying about someone complaining about their tools. But this has been …

2021-09-06: Working on some JavaScript which is using ES modules (i.e. import) without needing Webpack to bundle …

2021-09-06: On Apple's Media Release Gymnastics I started listening to the latest Talk Show, where John Gruber and MG Siegler discuss Apple’s …

2021-09-03: If anyone else needs another reason why they shouldn’t use Twitter threads as a substitute for …

2021-09-03: So glad it’s Friday today. It’s been a heck of a week, both at work and with the current …

2021-08-31: It’s hard coming up with a good name for something. There has only been a handful of times a …

2021-08-26: My bad spelling is going to be the end of me someday. I’ve been racking my brain trying to …

2021-08-26: I know everyone is entitled to a break, and it’s probably just as well it’s happening …

2021-08-25: It’s a sad reality that as the demands of software systems go up, and more libraries and …

2021-08-24: Post Of Little Consequence I’m wouldn’t call myself a regular poster on this blog. I don’t have a goal of …

2021-08-17: Argh, thought I would have dodge the side-effect lottery for the AstraZeneca vaccine, but nope! This …

2021-08-16: First jab of AstraZeneca booked for today. I will admit, it would have been nice to get one of the …

2021-08-15: I wonder if Apple’s spell checker should start including a reason as to why they are making a …

2021-08-14: The browser I’m using is offering to translate a web-app I’m working on from French to …

2021-08-13: Currently watching Halt And Catch Fire on SBS On Demand. An enjoyable watch but the the plumber …

2021-08-13: I hear rumours of the JS alert() function being deprecated. I hope that it isn’t so. As …

2021-08-10: Throwing a link out to this service for anyone falling into despair about the latest IPCC report and …

2021-08-07: This week’s earworm: DiscoVision by Anders Enger Jensen 🎵

2021-08-06: I discovered a downside with using a MacBook Pro with an M1 chip: it runs so cool that I can’t …

2021-08-04: Today I start my new job, and my new commute which, since it’s on the opposite side of the city to …

2021-08-03: Yesterday, I had the pleasure of walking a new rail trail just outside Leongatha, in South-East …

2021-08-02: Six Weeks Off Twitter It’s been roughly six weeks since I’ve stopped using Twitter on a daily basis. I initially took a …

2021-08-01: Too much coffee this morning. Feeling a little bit too wired and unfocused. Fortunately I’ve …

2021-07-27: Some significant lifting of restrictions here in Melbourne. Still unable to visit family at their …

2021-07-27: Second last day at my current job. Most of the coding work was finished about a week ago, and now …

2021-07-26: I don’t know if it’s a weird quirk of mine, but whenever I’m working on a software …

2021-07-22: Seeking Out Bad News Sometimes I wonder if I’m just going out of the way to seek bad news. Maybe it’s because I think …

2021-07-22: It seems like every time I’m working on something where time is of the essence, a device or …

2021-07-21: There’s exactly one week left in my current job before I leave. An email, which seems to have …

2021-07-20: I can’t understand how people post to Medium. I’m sure they have nice authoring tools, …

2021-07-17: Wow, fresh off the acquisition of Day One, it looks like Automattic is acquiring Pocket Casts. That …

2021-07-16: In today’s crazy ideas to get out of things I rather not do: as part of getting solar panels, …

2021-07-15: It seems to be that the general advice for those under 50 looking at the AstraZenica vaccine is to …

2021-07-13: There’s no worst combination that anxiety and boredom. Having something on your mind, while …

2021-07-12: Washing sheets in winter is the worst. You are so reliant on the forecast being perfect and you have …

2021-07-12: A Year On Micro.blog It’s been a year since I’ve signed up to Micro.blog and written my first post, and the …

2021-07-09: I’ve got to get into the habit of writing more about what I’m doing. I never think about …

2021-07-09: Trying my hand at logo design for something I’m working on. I’m aiming for something …

2021-07-08: Start of new project: organising solar panels for my house.

2021-07-06: Finished reading: The Sentinel by Lee Child (yep, I’m a Jack Reacher fan). 📚

2021-07-05: Genius me set myself a reminder on Friday to “update the doco”. The reminder has just …

2021-06-26: Why I like developing in Go vs. something like NodeJS: my development setup doesn’t randomly …

2021-06-24: Credit to Vic. DHHS for including more information about the origin of new Covid-19 cases alongside …

2021-06-23: I’m seeing more and more apps these days being designed as the software equivalent of catalogues, …

2021-06-21: When it comes to organising things, whether it’s a large transition or simply the events of my …

2021-06-19: I wonder if part of my indecisiveness in making large decisions, such as changing jobs, has a lot to …

2021-06-15: I was feeling a bit under the weather yesterday so I got a Covid-19 test. In July 2020, when I last …

2021-06-14: Working On The Weekend I’ve saw a Tweets last night saying that the best thing a young person can do to help their career …

2021-06-11: I’m wondering if Slack should add a feature which, on demand, will roll-up the last several …

2021-06-09: A walk in the rain, with no one else around other than the currawongs. Fair bit darker than what the …

2021-06-08: I feel like the only person in the world that prefers to catch up on the WWDC keynote by reading the …

2021-06-07: Only took 5 failed CI builds today before I realised that there may be something wrong with the code …

2021-06-05: For anyone who needs it, here’s a Tampermonkey script for hiding the trending topics and …

2021-06-04: Congratulations to Ben Thompson on the announcement of Passport. Looks to be a very promising tool …

2021-06-04: It’s a bit of a shame that we couldn’t be using something like NFC for checking in to …

2021-06-02: FastMail needs to steal more features from Hey. One thing that would be nice: the ability to …

2021-06-01: Stumbling Into the Concept of Narrating Your Work About a week ago, we had a retro. One of the things that was brought up was the sense that …

2021-05-31: Sheets in the washing machine. Estimated time remaining is 17 minutes. This means that they should …

2021-05-30: Argh, people really need to stop using Twitter threads as a substitute for blog posts. I don’t want …

2021-05-27: Interesting day in that I can legitimately say that the reason I’m watching YouTube videos of …

2021-05-27: As difficult as it is going through another lockdown here in Melbourne, it’s actually kind of …

2021-05-27: There seems to be lacking an emoji for expressing being in an agreement in something while also …

2021-05-25: If anyone is interested in watching the recorded sessions of Google I/O 2021, you can find the …

2021-05-21: Mozilla’s MDN web docs are pretty good at indicating which browser supports which web feature. …

2021-05-16: On the Souring Relationship Between Apple and its Developers Listening to episode #430 of ATP yesterday, it was kind of shocking to hear the loss of good will …

2021-05-11: Feature request for Fastmail: the ability to setup a private RSS feed for a folder, so that emails …

2021-05-08: Stephen Hackett on 🎙 Flashback #18: The Google Graveyard Draft: Never fall in love in a Google …

2021-05-08: Started working on a website for a project I’m hoping to eventually open source. Found it a …

2021-05-05: Podcast Roll 2021 Yesterday, @Munish had the courage to share his podcast subscriptions1. Sensing an opportunity to …

2021-05-02: I’m starting to get the emails from Hover warning me of auto-renew being turned off for domains I’ve …

2021-05-01: On Basecamp I’ve been thinking about the incident at Basecamp for most of the week. I wanted to write …

2021-04-30: Early coding session this morning for a side project. Woke up at 4:45 am to work on a feature I just …

2021-04-24: Visitor at the back door. 🦎

2021-04-24: I wish there was a song lyric website that’s not riddled with ads. I don’t know why all the right …

2021-04-22: Some thoughts on Apple Subscription Podcasts offering You’ve probably seen the blog post outlining the details of Apple’s new Podcast Subscription …

2021-04-19: I listened to a interesting podcast about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and how it could be used by police to …

2021-04-17: My current bookmarking scheme is all over the place so I’m giving Pinboard a try in an attempt …

2021-04-11: Nothing humbles someone who thinks they’re a reasonably good developer than picking up a brand …

2021-04-08: Today is one of those rarest of days: a day with no meetings. There’s not even a stand-up, at …

2021-04-08: Surmounting The Hill Sometimes adding features to software is like cycling on a hilly road. You start off at the bottom …

2021-04-07: I really have to stop getting distracted writing tools to “help” me with the less than …

2021-04-03: A thing about Clubhouse is that since it’s live audio, it requires listeners to be awake. Given that …

2021-03-29: Nearly every office I’ve been in that has a dishwasher have their own makeshift system for …

2021-03-26: I’ve been really enjoying the posts that Jason Fried and DHH are making on HEY World, …

2021-03-25: I think one reason why the autocorrect in iOS is so frustrating is that, not only is it aggressive …

2021-03-24: It took an hour navigating various Telstra phone trees, chat apps, and the website, but I’ve …

2021-03-23: One aspect of software development that I like is the research side of things: learning something …

2021-03-22: There are many people around where I work that like “loud cars” of some sort, but I most certainly …

2021-03-18: There was a massive spiral wheel-shaped spider web in my backyard that I thought was abandoned. It …

2021-03-16: I wish more podcasters realise that there are other podcasting players than just Spotify and Apple …

2021-03-15: Thank goodness Micro.blog offers the ability to edit replies. It seems like I’m constantly …

2021-03-13: Some photos of my time in Warburton yesterday, in the Yarra Valley. Went for a bike ride and a bit …

2021-03-12: A Year Under The Pandemic This was originally a journal entry but I thought I’d share it here as well. Today is the end of …

2021-03-10: I love the idea of HEY World, that you can publish a blog post simply by sending an email. They’ve …

2021-03-09: I’ve been writing a bit more on my development related blog recently so I’ve added the …

2021-03-08: It’s a public holiday today, meaning that instead of writing software for work, I could do …

2021-03-08: It’s funny how somtimes you make a mistake, then you make another mistake that relates to that …

2021-03-03: Request to all cafe owners: please ask the customer if they would like coriander in their sandwich …

2021-03-03: It’s the middle of week 2 back in the office, and I’ve found myself falling back on most of the old …

2021-03-01: I had a Blot.im account that I was paying for but not using, so I’ve started a digital garden …

2021-02-28: The interesting thing about technology breakthroughs is how quickly the shift from the impossible to …

2021-02-28: I’ll have to go clothes shopping today to get a new jumper. It’s hard to find them during summer, …

2021-02-25: Setting Package Variable When Building Go Project Here’s a technique for setting a variable in a Go project when building it. Say you have a global …

2021-02-25: Supporting HTTP/2 Without A tls.Conn In Go Go has support for both HTTP/1.x and HTTP/2 in the web server available in net/http. Unfortunately, …

2021-02-25: It’s amazing, and perhaps a little shocking when you think about it, how much time spent on planning …

2021-02-25: Feature needed for news sites: a mouse-over for names in an article that quickly shows you who they …

2021-02-25: Things I don’t miss about commuting to work: delays due to public transport interruptions. 😒

2021-02-24: I only just learnt today that NetNewsWire on the iPad does not require an internet connection in …

2021-02-23: I’m wondering if there should be a set of conventions for people on video calls to indicate …

2021-02-22: Returning to the office today. Not sure if it will be full time, hopefully there will be …

2021-02-20: Australia’s ABC News shot to the top of the App Store charts following Facebook’s news ban From the Verge: The Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s ABC News app shot to the top of Apple’s …

2021-02-19: Some uninformed thoughts about the ACCC Media Bargaining Code Yesterday, when the news about the news and Facebook was making the rounds in Australia, I have been …

2021-02-17: A $2000.00 Smartphone with Ads I just learnt today that the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has ads. I’m generally not that …

2021-02-16: On the Facebook Watch Ron Amadeo, from Ars Technica, on Facebook considering an Android Watch: The Information says …

2021-02-16: It only felt like a week ago when I saw the launch of NASA’s Perseverance rover. Yet here we …

2021-02-15: Viewing webpages with View Here’s a way to simplify the number of keystrokes when viewing things from the web using Vim. …

2021-02-14: Argh, stop with the popups for my email address while I’m trying to read your blog! How can I enjoy …

2021-02-14: Qualcomm unhappy with Nvidia wanting to buy Arm From Ars Technica: According to CNBC, Qualcomm is one of many Arm licensees who continues to object …

2021-02-14: Is there a way, in Android Studios, to configure the debugger so that pausing a Kotlin app at a …

2021-02-13: February Photoblogging Challenge. Day 12: Sporg. Mind turning slowly into sporg as I try to chase …

2021-02-13: Current status: looking at sqlite3 DBs of an Android app in development while waiting for XCode to …

2021-02-12: The interesting thing about the “out of date” messages from Google’s iOS apps is the fact that they …

2021-02-12: It’s a shame that we’ve had to go back into lockdown for 5 days, due to the highly …

2021-02-12: February Photoblogging Challenge. Day 11: Machine. My trusty Breezemaster has been pushing air for …

2021-02-12: That last post courtesy of “Random Thought”; a simple Mac app I’m working on to publish quick blog …

2021-02-12: We’re using Google Meet at work at the moment. Apart from the logo, which looks indistinguishable …

2021-02-10: Seth Godin on Rank Choice Voting Seth Godin on Rank Choice Voting: The surprising thing? In a recent primary in New York, some …

2021-02-10: February Photoblogging Challenge. Day 10: Energy.

2021-02-09: Twitter, Subscriptions and Tweetdeck So, Twitter is now considering subscriptions and charging apps like Tweetdeck. I’m guessing …

2021-02-09: Getting Public IP Address from the Command Line There is a website at ifconfig.co which can be used to get your public IP address. This is a …

2021-02-09: If someone has access to the AWS console, should it be right for them to also have access to the AWS …

2021-02-09: Empty HTTP Headers in Go Here is a technique for checking for the presence of a HTTP header in a Go request, even if the …

2021-02-09: February Photoblogging Challenge. Day 9: Muddy. It’s rare to find mud around here in February, …

2021-02-09: I have all these personal projects that I want to start, but I need to check myself as I’ve got a …

2021-02-08: I watched Spirited Away last night. I really enjoyed it: it’s certainly a beautiful film. …

2021-02-08: February Photoblogging Challenge. Day 8: Hope. My new, soon-to-be activated Internet setup, courtesy …

2021-02-08: February Photoblogging Challenge. Day 7: Craving. Unfortunately, it’s what you’d expect.

2021-02-07: February Photoblogging Challenge. Day 6: Sports. This is probably the closest thing to sports you’ll …

2021-02-06: February Photoblogging Challenge. Day 5: Pets Unfortunately no pets allowed on this walk.

2021-02-04: February Photoblogging Challenge. Day 4: Layers. This is a photo of the geological kind: an exposed …

2021-02-03: February Photoblogging Challenge. Day 3: Comfort. POV shot of me sitting in a comfortable chair …

2021-02-03: February Photoblogging Challenge. Day 2: Morning Beverage.

2021-02-01: Micro.blog Photo Challenge. Day 1: “Close Up”. Not the best close up but any closer and they would …

2021-01-31: Afternoon in the gardens just south of the Shrine Of Remembrance in Melbourne, taken yesterday.

2021-01-29: Well, that’s a little terrifying. Turns out that coronavirus was mutating during …

2021-01-28: I gave Glitch a go for the first time today. I was sceptical that I would find any value in it, but …

2021-01-26: I just spent an hour and a half building what I thought was a simplified version of the R-Tree …

2021-01-25: In the summer months, if the outside air temperature gets warmer than 40°C, I treat myself to an ice …

2021-01-25: I was having a discussion with people at work about the approval process of the Covid-19 vaccines …

2021-01-23: A Feature Request for Twitter, Free of Charge It looks like Twitter’s product design team need some help. Their recent ideas, …

2021-01-22: Adding Blog Posts to Day One using RSS Prior to joining Micro.blog, I had a journal in Day One, which was the sole destination for all my …

2021-01-22: It’s only just now that I realised I no longer need to brace myself whenever I see the …

2021-01-20: Published two tracks last night: Taxonomy and Hazard. Both of these were made during the depths of …

2021-01-19: It’s a little bit shocking, the minute you move to a position with a bit more leadership …

2021-01-19: That feeling you get when you see a class or struct that was defined in another library that …

2021-01-17: Working on an album cover for some music I’m hoping to publish soon. Who knew that one the …

2021-01-16: Apart from a small cluster that’s been contained a week ago, there’ve been zero locally …

2021-01-15: If you’re looking for a way to edit long-form articles, may I recommend this technique from …

2021-01-14: Some of these collaborative editing tools, like Google Docs or Atlassian Confluence, have a feature …

2021-01-13: It’s strange that the IETF, one of the principal foundations responsible for maintaining the …

2021-01-12: Some thoughts on app permissions in macOS It’s funny how the casual meandering of your mind can be a source of inspiration. This morning, my …

2021-01-12: Feedbin, the RSS reader I use, has the ability to add Twitter users as feeds. It works pretty well …

2021-01-11: First encounters with GitHub (and Substack) All these new Substack newsletters that I’m seeing reminds me of my first encounter with …

2021-01-10: My understanding is that in Australia the “official” start of the week is Monday, but …

2021-01-08: One thing that needs to be clearly disclosed when signing up to anything — be it software, an energy …

2021-01-06: Thank you to the person on Micro.blog that recommended Music For Programming. Working from home …

2021-01-05: The standard audio and video player controls that browsers use for pages that don’t have their …

2021-01-05: I should be writing. I would like to write. I would like to like writing. But every time I think …

2021-01-04: I have the impression that browser vendors are trying to encourage web developers to use the native …

2021-01-03: I really appreciate the amount of hard work put in by those that run the ABC News Coronavirus live …

2021-01-02: Train trip from Wangaratta to Melbourne. First time travelling down this line.

2021-01-01: A Quick Review of the Year Here are a few words about the year gone by, and what I’m hoping to focus on the year ahead. …

2020-12-31: I’m really liking Stimulus for JavaScript development. The fact that it gives me an easy way …

2020-12-30: Bocce in Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne

2020-12-28: I’m interested in starting a daily log, similar to what Dave Winer and a few others I follow …

2020-12-27: I subscribe to a few blogs that are well known for posting daily. Today, one of them is late. …

2020-12-26: I took the plunge and purchased Logic Pro today. Although the purchase itself is not super …

2020-12-25: Follow on from the last post, I also had the opportunity to spot a few trains. Here’s one on …

2020-12-25: Christmas Eve spent hiking around Macedon and Trentham in regional Victoria.

2020-12-23: Today is the last day of work for the year, and although I haven’t got much planned for the …

2020-12-22: I wonder if Tim Berners-Lee ever imagined that we would be using the web as a replacement for things …

2020-12-17: Follow up from yesterday’s post about my non-reading habits, a colleague of mine shared this …

2020-12-16: I don’t know if it’s just me, but I’ve got this annoying habit of seeing an …

2020-12-16: Vivaldi - My Recommended Alternative to Chrome I’m seeing a few people on Micro.blog post about how Chrome Is Bad. Instead of replying to …

2020-12-13: Revisiting the decision to build a CMS It’s been almost a month since I wrote about my decision to write a CMS for a blog that I was …

2020-12-08: It’s a shame that more and more bloggers are moving to email newsletters in leau of RSS. Even …

2020-12-02: Some uninformed thoughts about Salesforce acquiring Slack John Gruber raised an interesting point about the future of Slack after being purchased by …

2020-11-30: I love the idea of events like Microblogvember to help reinforce the act of writing frequently. I …

2020-11-29: It’s interesting how the activities that would have seen quite pedestrian before the …

2020-11-28: It’s surprising how quickly you can get use to a mask outside when you’re required to …

2020-11-27: My dilemma for today is whether to buy a blender, and which one would work for me. Something …

2020-11-26: Passed by what I think is a Norfolk Island Pine tree. Incidentally, Norfolk Island is one of the few …

2020-11-26: I’ve just setup a subscription to Climeworks, which is a startup building plants for capturing …

2020-11-25: Even in these Covid times when I’m home 95% of the time, deciding whether and when to go for a walk …

2020-11-24: Several years ago, I had the opportunity to work at a federal government agency. There was a lot to …

2020-11-23: Sunset over the suburbs, taken 2 weeks ago. You can get some pretty nice sunsets around this time of …

2020-11-22: During the second coronavirus wave in Melbourne, a “ring of steel” was imposed, …

2020-11-21: One feature of living in the Southern Hemisphere is that you get to see winter decorations in …

2020-11-20: It’s getting harder to go on lunchtime walks without having to slap on sunscreen or a hat. I …

2020-11-20: After dealing with Apple Developer Certificates and Provisioning Profiles for a single app for work, …

2020-11-19: I don’t know if it’s just me, but I find all these online services that push you these …

2020-11-19: Why I'm Considering Building A Blogging CMS I’m planning to start a new blog about Go development and one of the things that I’m …

2020-11-18: I have to keep reminding myself, when I’m building personal software projects, the costs of …

2020-11-17: There are people out there who love cars, boats and planes; but chalk me up as one who loves a good …

2020-11-16: Occasionally, when I go to the ABC News site, it stirs up the memory of the mid 90’s ad …

2020-11-15: It’s meant to be a warm, windy, 33°C day today, a perfect day for washing sheets. What …

2020-11-14: Today’s Microblogvember word is spooky. This is not something that I handle well. For example, …

2020-11-13: I’ve switched from a Lenovo laptop back to a MacBook Pro for work, which means I no longer …

2020-11-12: I was asked to come into the office for the first time since the start of the pandemic. It felt …

2020-11-11: While I did say that I might have gone Chromebook over iPad two days ago, I must also say that the …

2020-11-10: We’ve had zero new Covid-19 cases for several days now so I took a risked and visited my …

2020-11-09: The ads from Google are getting worse. I continue seeing an obviously fake one offering me advice on …

2020-11-09: An anecdote regarding the removal of iSH from the App Store Around April this year, my old Android Nexus 9 tablet was becoming unusable due to it’s age …

2020-11-08: If there’s something that I’ll take away from the events of this year, it’s that …

2020-11-07: I think my recent pattern of constantly refreshing web-pages is going to inflate my internet bill, …

2020-11-06: It’s puzzling but I’ve been finding myself having lunch earlier in the day than usual. I …

2020-11-05: It’s cold and wet today. The steps leading to my front door, which I think is called a stoop …

2020-11-04: Passed by a kangaroo during my evening walk a couple of days ago. I was surprised by how unphased he …

2020-11-03: Tracking Down a Lost Album Here’s a short story about my endeavours to find an album that seems to have disappeared from …

2020-11-03: The events of this year have been enough to astonish anyone. I can only speak for myself, but …

2020-11-02: I’ve had some difficulty coming up with today’s Microblogvember post. I’m finding …

2020-11-02: 📚 “Show Your Work” by Austin Kleon. A great read and one of those books that can be read …

2020-11-01: October has felt rather dreary this year. I know people that find this quite dissatisfactory, and …

2020-10-31: Offical support for file embedding coming to Go I’m excited to see, via Golang Weekly, that the official support for embedding static files in …

2020-10-29: Advice to those working with annotations in Preview For those of you using Preview in macOS for viewing an annotated PDF, if you need to move or delete …

2020-10-28: Seeing the photos in this article of an empty airport, especially one I’m familiar with, is …

2020-10-27: I’ve justed walked all the way to the shops before I realised I completely forgot my wallet. I …

2020-10-26: Doughnut Day 2020 Good day today. From a high of 725 Covid-19 cases in August 25, Victoria has just had 24 hours of …

2020-10-25: It’s coming to the point where I think I need a custom text entry control on all my devices that, …

2020-10-22: Over the last few weeks, while Melbourne has been under lock-down to drive the Covid-19 cases down, …

2020-10-22: Reflections On Writing On The Web I fell into a bit of a rabbit hole about writing and publishing online yesterday after reading this …

2020-10-20: It wasn’t until about a week ago, when I was looking very closely at the Robot Or Not show …

2020-10-15: I’ve removed Twitter my iPad and my phone. I’m starting to get a bit sick of it. It’s not doing …

2020-10-14: Daily walk after work, today through the forest reserve near my home. I didn’t think I had something …

2020-10-14: Unit Tests and Verifying Mocks I’m working with a unit test that uses mocks in which every method in the mock is verified …

2020-10-13: Looks like Google Play music is no longer letting me play the music I’ve got stored on the …

2020-10-13: After moving from Mac to Linux for work 1.5 months ago, I’ve lost the abiliy to be remember …

2020-10-12: Be forewarned: this might not be a happy post. I’m feeling a bit dispirited this morning …

2020-10-11: I don’t know how this keeps happening, but it feels like the Bluetooth stack on Android gets a …

2020-10-10: A Database Client Wishlist I’ve recently started a new job so I’ve been spending a bit of time trying to become …

2020-10-07: I’ve only just realised that the Victorian CHO Twitter account includes a daily Covid-19 case …

2020-10-06: Sharing links to private podcast episodes There have been times when I’ve wanted to share a link to an episode of a podcast that I pay …

2020-10-04: Friday evening walk. The photo does not do justice to how lovely the evening light can be during …

2020-10-04: We are potentially two weeks away from a significant reduction in restrictions, and this weekend is …

2020-10-01: A good way to be reminded of all the services you’re currently subscribed to is to have credit …

2020-09-25: After reading the recent news articles, along with hearing what the founder prioritises, it’s …

2020-09-23: Let's hold the line, Melbourne. We've got this. Today is a good day. Melbourne’s 14 day daily Covid-19 case average is now 29.4, which is …

2020-09-23: Ah, Day One. At least let me get through the day first.

2020-09-22: I wonder if it’s possible to develop something like ambidexterity for Mac and non-Mac keyboard …

2020-09-21: 📚 “The War of Art”, by Steven Pressfield. An excellent book about the creative process. …

2020-09-20: Good news is hard to come by recently, and the Stage 4 restrictions in Melbourne are anything but …

2020-09-18: I used iPad OS’s markup feature on a multi-page PDF for the first time this morning. It works …

2020-09-17: Getting screen capture working in Vivaldi on Fedora 32 Moving from a Mac Pro back to Linux for work, I’ve come to appreciate how well things just …

2020-09-16: Now that we’re allowed to venture outside a bit more, I’d like to start my lunchtime …

2020-09-15: First Foray Into Home Automation After recently changing jobs, I’ve received a brand new Lenovo work laptop. As good as the …

2020-09-09: I wonder if Oracle’s first change to TikTok, should they ever buy it, would be to add 5 …

2020-09-01: On Ordered Lists in Markdown One of the things I like about Markdown as a form of writing online, is that ordered lists can …

2020-08-26: If Google does this to the Pixel 4, just what do they expect for the Pixel 5? What is Google doing cancelling the Pixel 4 after 6 months? They spend $1.1 billion buying the HTC …

2020-08-26: John Gruber’s comments, after quoting a piece from Ars Technica on the Pixel 5 being slower than the …

2020-08-05: You can tell it’s August in Melbourne as the days start to get noticeably longer, the blossums …

2020-07-28: I’m beginning to wonder, after looking at all the services in IndieWeb Site Deaths page, if …

2020-07-24: Idea for MacOS: an option to install system updates on shutdown. This can replace the “in 1 …

2020-07-21: On Suppression vs. Elimination It was around the beginning of June, when the number of new Covid-19 cases for Victoria were around …

2020-07-14: Remarks on Go's Error Handling using Facebook's SDK Crashes As a Framing Device There are new reports of Facebook’s SDK crashing apps again due to server changes. The post …

2020-07-12: I’ve just realised the irony of posting a 624 word article about posting smaller articles. It …

2020-07-12: Signed Up To micro.blog I’ve signed up with micro.blog in an attempt to post to the blog more frequently than I have …

2020-06-26: Features From Android In iOS 14, and The Enthusiasm Gap John Gruber on Daring Fireball, commenting on an article about features in iOS 14 that Android had …

2020-06-25: On Go’s Type Parameters Proposal The developers of Go have release a new draft proposal for type parameters. The biggest change is …

2020-06-25: YouTube Music and Uploaded Music Libraries Ron Amado, from Ars Technica: YouTube Music is really only for The Music Renter—someone who wants …

2020-03-22: Don't Get it Now It’s scary times at the moment. The Corona Virus (SARS-CoV-2 and Covid-19) is raging through …

2020-02-29: Reflections On Virus Scanners on Windows I was listening to Episode 277 of The Talk Show in which John Gruber was discussing virus scanners …

2019-12-07: New Home of Steve Yegge's Rant About Google Services I’ve always enjoyed this rant from Steve Yegge about how Google differed from Amazon in how …

2019-10-28: Five Common Data Stores and When to Use Them Very interesting post on the Shopify Engineering Blog on the difference between 5 types of …