Bye Twitter

I’ve deactivated my Twitter account.

Twitter didn’t like it, you get unceremoniously dumped out of the service with an error message. All your tweets disappear. Like you weren’t welcome anyway, social media with a nasty streak.

The problem with Twitter is that there’s only space for black/white arguments and replies. It harms compassion and collaboration. It’s algorithms are optimised for making money, not your wellbeing.

Let’s go make something beautiful instead with all the time saved!

Added a little timestamp to my zsh prompt and it makes all the difference. Open ~/.zshrc and add:

# prompt time
preexec () {
  DATE=$(date +"%H:%M:%S")
  C=$(($COLUMNS-10))
  echo -e "\033[1A\033[${C}C ${DATE} "
}

VVV utility for ElasticSeach / ElasticPress

I’ve been switching my local WordPress sideprojects development setup to VVV and one thing I couldn’t find documented is how to setup ElasticSearch and ElasticPress.

There’s a VVV-ElasticSearch plugin on GitHub but it is missing documentation and it’s not been updated for 6 years :D), so I made my own:

There are no app stores and streaming services, only content marketplaces.

elementaryOS 6 refresh

default elementaryOS desktop

I refreshed the olde Thinkpad to elementaryOS 6, and thought it would be useful to me and others to document the process.

As they don’t support an upgrade from elementaryOS 5, I backed up my repositories using repoman and paved the rest, as I use this laptop for side-projects and have a sync solution in place.

The first install resulted in a black screen (perhaps it went into standby and did not respond to mouse or keyboard presses), but a restart continued the installation successfully. Further OS setup was straightforward and simple. I thought about creating a /home partition but as I was happy with my migration process I decided to go with the convenient default.

The first app to install I had to get from FlatHub, which is nicely integrated. This first flatpakref loaded on the second try and installed using the integration included in the OS.

Syncthing’s introducer feature allows a device to introduce shares to connected devices and this helps setting up the shared folder containing my new-device scripts. It’s important to untick “Receive only” so that it’s a two way sync.

This post will be updated as more thoughts become available.

Today I’m trying to send my posts to Twitter, directly via WordPress. Let’s see if this works.

Perhaps people use the Desktop for their files because of applications using the Documents folder.

Today, I setup my Xbox 360 in order to play some audio cds 🙈😂

It’s not asynchronous communication when you sit around waiting for the answer.

So I spent most of the evening adding drag and drop physics to a card sprite and moving it around. I fairly underestimated the amount of learning required to use this game engine!

I think giving him minutes would do the trick, yes. (See image)

Screenshot of player demands minutes miscalculation bug

GPG failed to sign the data

  • Follow https://www.git-tower.com/help/guides/integration/gpg/mac
  • If everything fails, use GIT_TRACE=1 prefixed to the git commit command to try and see what git is actually doing
  • Key might have expired, run the GPG Keychain application to check, it offers to extend the key.
    • You must then export the new key, delete the expired key in your GitHub account, and upload the new key to GitHub. Unverified past commits then become verified.

Hot take: I feel the web needs an improved markup + styling system, but more practical and reduced in functionality. This way more browsers can participate. Web pages don’t need a realistic ray casting rendering system for CSS, despite of how nice this would look — it has zero business benefits and discriminates against low performing devices. Instead, have a look at a video game engine with html5 output, if that’s what you want.

Found a cool resource, WP Kama notes on Sitemap on the WordPress sitemap feature I helped create, including many scenarios and a performance optimisation! It’s really satisfying to see the care given to something they find has usefulness. 👍

Really like the site as well, it has more reference information than the official codex.

I was using macOS mail rules to sort mail into “Feed” and “Papertrail” inbox subfolders but iOS mail badges are frequently incorrect or delayed. Does it work better when using server rules?

If you want the best tasting beer, do some gardening beforehand !

What was a sensible precaution yesterday remains the same today.