duminică 17 ianuarie 2021

Alexandru Popescu

Week 2 of 2021

duminică 17 ianuarie 2021, 01:37

§ I finished listen-reading “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig. The premise of the book is fabulous.

“Between life and death there is a library”, she said. “And within that library, the shelves go on for ever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices… Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?”

§ Movie of the week: Ame agaru (After the Rain), directed by Takashi Koizumi with a screenplay by Akira Kurosawa. My favorite scene is the dinner at the inn.

§ I finished watching The Mandalorian. What I’d say about it? Baby Yoda is lovely.

§ TabFS is a plugin that exposes browser tabs mounted as file system in your file explorer. Sounds cool, but I couldn’t find a usage for it. The page lists some ideas though.

§ Timothy Snyder’s The American Abyss essay published by New York Times is a must read for everyone believing in democracy:

When Donald Trump stood before his followers on Jan. 6 and urged them to march on the United States Capitol, he was doing what he had always done. He never took electoral democracy seriously nor accepted the legitimacy of its American version.

§ WhatsApp announced some changes related to the service privacy polices. Then the company said the public got it all wrong. Then they delayed making those changes. WhatsApp is Facebook. Enough said.

§ The iMessage end-to-end encryption is a myth. There is no yes, but.


§ I got reading glasses. And I have no idea how to keep them clean. It drives me nuts. (There’s even a Wall Street Journal article on “The Best Way to Clean Your Glasses”, but it’s behind the paywall)

miercuri 13 ianuarie 2021

Marius - Adrian Popa

Firebird Embedded in a sandboxed MacOS App

miercuri 13 ianuarie 2021, 17:03

For those who might not be aware, Firebird on MacOS is now relocatable, in that you don't necessarily have to install it as a Framework, this also means that you can create an embedded version out of the current installer.The rest of article is here on Paul's blog

luni 11 ianuarie 2021

Alexandru Popescu

Week 1 of 2021

luni 11 ianuarie 2021, 07:02

  1. I’ve learned about this new weekly posts from Monica Dinculescu’s post. I don’t have a clear idea yet of what a weekly post will contain. My current intention is to have a combination of life updates with interesting (as in either smart or stupid or loved or hated) links with thoughts and commentary. Hopefully a good, relaxing weekend read. This being the 1st week of 2021, it’s perfect timing.
  2. This is not a new year resolution. I don’t do new year resolutions. I don’t believe that saying “I really really really (third one added for emphasis) want to get on K2” on January 1st increases the chances of it happening in any significant way.
  3. I’ve finished read-listening to “The Final Empire” by Brandon Sanderson. I’ve enjoyed it thoroughly: storyline, pacing, characters. I haven’t read a lot of fantasy novels and I can’t tell if my enjoyment can be explained by
  4. What is read-listening? Late last year, I’ve started to simultaneously read the book while listening to the audio book. Why? It helps me stay focused on the book.
  5. Now I’m read-listening to “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig. The first two paragraphs of the book got me hooked.
  6. The other day I have learned, first hand, that USB-C hubs with Ethernet might cause high CPU load. The good news is that updating the Realtek driver for macOS solves the issue.
  7. Phone addiction is one of the biggest non-drug addiction in human history. Finding an answer by using the phone has completely removed even the last trace of me trying to exercise my memory.
  8. Even if I was using it before, I got very deep into Karabiner Elements after watching John Lindquist’s Save Your Hands and Save Your Time: Rethinking How to Use a Keyboard from @johnlindquist on @eggheadio
  9. After changing jobs, Nick Heudecker posted how he ran 400 meetings a year. There are quite a few good ideas.
  10. I haven’t intended to have 10 items, but Marianne Bellotti’s Toxic and Woke Engineering Orgs. Why are organizations committed to… provided some good food for thought on corporate words vs facts.
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