I've gotten to where I use my browser bookmarks less and less. I just have a really deep history (months-long) and depend on the browser just remembering where I've been... if I haven't been there in a year and didn't make a bookmark, it probably isn't important.
This wasn't intentional, it just kind of happened. Would this work as an intentional strategy... just clean out all the old bookmarks and see how it goes? I have 3094 bookmarks, a huge number of which are dead or irrelevant.
Listening to Michael Crichton's _Prey_. Main character describes his recent job as a manager of a software development team. "At 40, I was too old to work as a programmer myself anymore. Writing code is a young person's job, so I manage the team."
Thank you, Mr Crichton, for contributing to ageism in software development. Younger developers don't have the experience to write critical applications. Between 30 and 40 is about the time they become experienced enough to be good at it.
I'm a systems engineer and developer with over 25 years experience. I find myself tempted to attend a coding boot camp just to learn how much they really prepare someone to be a developer.
(Been looking over the resume of someone trying to change careers after nearly 20 years in finance, and trying to figure out what his expectations should be.)
OMG, Popup Dungeon is finally going to release in August! This is one of those typical Kickstarter video games, where it funded May 2014, estimated delivery was Jan 2016. The demo videos looked like it was well into production. They've missed their target by over four years. I've been watching developer updates for 6 years. While I don't regret backing it, it is one of the projects that convinced me to stop backing video games. Every one of them takes years longer than advertised.
I'm a very reluctant adopter of systemd. I was okay with a new init system, but systemd wants to do everything... scheduling, name resolution, logging, time synchronization, etc. It hugely violates the core Unix principle of "do one thing really well". And then it does them kind of okay, and I find it a configuration nightmare. One service can be spread across multiple files, with override files masking other files, etc. It's a huge learning curve.
I have worked hard to convince all my colleagues of the past 15 years to put all system cron jobs in /etc/cron.d, so there is only one place to look for crons and they're easy to manage programmatically. Now they're starting to use systemd timers, and I gotta look in two places again. At least systemd has an easy way to list all timers, but when I want to see a job's schedule and what it does, it's spread across multiple files and multiple directories.
I'm sure this is related to these same kind of events keeping pieces of last year's info on the pages until the last minute. Start planning to attend and discover you're looking at last year's hotel and venue details, even though event registration is already open.
I know times are hard, but I wish conventions/festivals that are going entirely digital would fully update their web pages to reflect this, instead of keeping all of their "physical festival" information in place and just putting notes at the top, or changes in red, etc. I suspect the one I'm scouring for info is on the low end of "technical" and their only copy of the info is the webpage itself. So they don't want to lose any of it. Then I wonder about their ability to do an on-line festival.
Sometimes, haveibeenpwnd reports are just depressing because the breach actually happened 5 years ago, that account doesn't exist anymore, and there's nothing to do. But I then realize there's nothing to do because I don't reuse passwords, I don't use patterns that are recognizable when enough of my passwords are seen, and I use long, random passwords. So a breach there doesn't give any clues as to passwords elsewhere.
Shake Shack was... an adventure. Their mobile site is hot garbage; it literally took less time to drive to the restaurant than to place an order, and after it hung on the "processing; don't hit refresh" payment screen I gave up and installed the app (which I NEVER do). You can't order malts, only shakes. And they were out of Shroomburgers. 😢
But by golly we WENT TO A RESTAURANT.
(and ate in the car, we're not *idiots*)
Looking at electronic dartboards, so many reviews saying various boards don't count score correctly. And it makes me wonder... do these people know how to count score for the game they're playing? I mean, it's not that hard to program a computer to score the game, how could so many manufacturers get it wrong?
#covid, public contact, +
So I put on my mask and ventured out to a local pet supply store today for some aquarium supplies for my new planted tank. This was the first time being in a retail shop in 3 months. It felt both normal and extremely weird at the same time. But it was nice, getting to browse products directly, look at the fish and plants, etc.
Hardest part was the urge to go out for dinner afterward.