Things I learn: APFS encryption is not FileVault. The former asks for a password at a time when the iMac doesn’t recognise the Bluetooth keyboard! #

November 30, 2018 at 9:07 PM in Status

Protip: It turns out logrotate configuration files that are just using the rotate option do not delete older log files, only the logfile that is rotated out. This distinction matters when the rotate option is reduced and older log files are left around. #

November 13, 2018 at 2:51 PM in Status

Installed Mojave: kept light side, decluttered recent items from the dock. Unsure on stacks. Everything is faster, delay in spotlight is gone. No finder actions in list + icon view is a bummer for automation. Still, an improvement to High Sierra. Some memory pressure on 8GB. #

November 11, 2018 at 9:10 AM in Status

It turns out turning off all the retweets on Twitter improves my timeline massively: no longer does it get polluted by less relevant discussion and the tone is more balanced as well. I’ve also taken to replying instead of liking which is more meaningful. #

November 11, 2018 at 9:22 AM in Status

Transitioning to Gutenberg

The WordPress Project says:

The Classic Editor plugin will be officially supported until December 31, 2021.


Since the Classic Editor plugin is central in this transition, we are considering including it with upgrades to WordPress 5.0.

In the context of my professional work with WordPress it would be beneficial to see the Classic Editor plugin be included by default into the installation package. This would signal to plugin and theme developers that we are in a transition phase but supporting the existing installations, until Gutenberg is more fully accepted by the wider community. Not doing do could put pressure on smaller developers to just test their updates for Gutenberg only, resulting in a lot of broken sites or a security nightmare where people won’t be able to update to the latet versions of WordPress or their plugins until the teams and processes are ready.

November 8, 2018 at 9:31 AM in WordPress

Taking back control

Recently, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s the nature of realtime social media to cause drama and upset. In the search for ever increasing thirst for gossip, instant reactions are stimulated so heavily that  there is no time to research or read about the context of a story, and open discussion isn’t possible when group mentality means we must be outraged or be part of the problem.

At the same time, people have never engaged so little with web content, being the metaphorical frogs in the pressure cooker of Facebook and Twitter that is modern society. We are the product that is monetised by the advertising dollars that demand page views in a broken system of inflatable viewership figures.

In the music scene, the illusion of hyper promotion and like-networking results in a feed of people and content I have little interest in following, in the hope that they will listen to what I have to say.

Pointless and bad for my health. So therefore I’m distancing myself more from social media now.

If you want to follow what I have to say about technology, read If you are interested in my music visit They will soon have a mailinglist and RSS feeds without advertising and like buttons.

November 6, 2018 at 3:12 PM in Technology

For some reason OpenSUSE gave me a 25GB root logical volume, and left the other 150GB disk space unallocated. Partition Manager was happy to resize the volume while I was working on it. Thank you LVM. #

November 3, 2018 at 2:40 PM in Status