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So yesterday I loaded up Sublime Text again to make some changes to a repository that I am fairly unfamiliar with a found myself much more comfortable. What was the difference?

I think it ultimately comes down to tabs per split (meaning I can have multiple files open in tabs, and that they can be in different groups using vertical or horizontal splits).

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I've been trying to convert to (neo)vim for the last three weeks, and I think I'm going to have to call it quits.

I've gotten to the point where I can use vim really effectively to edit files (in fact, I'm really enjoying the workflow in most cases!). However, I keep having trouble getting the mental model of a project loaded into my head. I wasn't sure what it was for a while - I kept trying to adjust the theme, font, etc. assuming that it was how I feel was parsing text.

Pop OS 21.04 Released!

More about the new COSMIC desktop here:

I'm going to have to wait for our Internet connection to be upgraded before I'll be able to upgrade (DSL makes it take too long to restore backups and get everything squared away).

Looking forward to seeing some reviews come in!

I used to value a lot of different parts of laptops - looking for one that had every feature exactly as I wanted it.

That entire laundry list is now basically reduced to:

- Matte Display
- Good Keyboard

I almost could care less about the rest as long as the Linux support was good.

When I'm out walking, I often have a short slope where I'd like a bit of extra stability. Rappelling is the answer, but it has to be very lightweight and very fast to deploy. If it isn't lightweight, I won't carry it. If it isn't fast, I won't use it.

This is my solution.

This is for stability and preventing slips, not for holding my full weight! My rope reel holds 100 feet of 2mm UHMWPE rated for 1000 pounds.

Found this on -

Avoiding complexity with systemd

It's a great intro to using systemd to manage web servers correctly and safely. I found myself cringing a bit when the author added code for systemd listeners to their app rather than an environment variable, but then I realized my bias was assuming the classic "containerize everything" approach. I think combining this with the ability to use env variables would be a nice way to provide features for both cases

I went to bed a normal human.

But I woke up and found that I've obtained the ability to downvote on HN.

This must have been how Peter Parker felt.

A walk at Kranji Marshes, Singapore, on 20 June 2021 give us this wonderful find: an Atlas Moth (Attacus atlas) spotted resting on a tree. Included here are shots showing its feathery antenna, it's 'snake head' wing and a size comparison with my hand.

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#iNaturalist #Nature #Singapore #Photography #Insects #Moths #Lepidoptera

Even if you pick the same "theme" for both, they're inherently not exactly identical and switching between tmux panes is a bit jarring.

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I'm pretty happy with Alacritty as a terminal emulator after using it for a day. I've done some basic configuration to get the theme to work for my eyes.

One frustrating part is that the theme I found for Alacritty feels much better on my eyes than the one I have for nvim. I'm trying to figure out if there's a way to have nvim just inherit a theme from the terminal - but it looks like that isn't quite possible.

We seem to have had a bit of a flurry of new users. Welcome, folks, what brought you here?

I switched to using nvim as an editor about two weeks ago - and with that I realized I essentially do all of my work in the terminal now. I use byobu to manage multiple windows (I might switch to plain tmux), but for now I'm pretty happy with my new workflow.

Now I'm starting to wonder if Gnome Terminal is still the best terminal emulator to use. Do any of you have suggestions to alternatives?

Well - I've been waiting and hoping the Pixel 5a would be announced soon - my phone now manages to swipe around to different apps while I'm typing due to the screen cracks.

Lucky for me - I found a NEW Pixel 3 on Woot for $160. I've never had a pink phone before.

And yes - I'm buying one of those overly robust Otter-Box cases and screen protectors. I don't deserve a slim phone anymore. 😂

Alright, I'll say it and see who wants to argue.

I don't hate the new Firefox UI.

For Google calendar and a few other applications, things feel cleaner and easier to parse.

Looks like @ddevault is back on the fediverse in case any of you followed him on his previous instance.

Well, I really feel like we accomplished something important for the world today.

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Do you use `git checkout` still? Stop.

Meet `git switch` and `git restore`.

I've totally switched (:blobcatfacepalm:) to `git switch`. If you want to incorporate it in your everyday routine, consider remembering useful `-c` and `-d` options.

My first, only, and final poll.

A warm pickle is just as good as a cold pickle.

If it involves a couple of hacky tricks, I don't care if your code solves the problem 6% faster.

Hardware scales and will improve over time. The human capacity of understanding and maintaining code does not.

There are always exceptions to the rule, but generally speaking:

clean code > performance.

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