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Web developer with a preference for Ruby on Rails.
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Working from the garden this afternoon was somewhat more productive than I thought. Fresh air, a single screen, and only enough space on the table for my laptop, mug, and notebook. I think I’ll be doing this more often!

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Coding by candlelight.

A candle sitting next to a laptop
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@danalcantara If you're into putting a lot on a page like an artistic bullet journalist, these might not be for you. As a general log book with just writing, it would do just fine. I myself have been using them mostly with pencil for sketching and writing.

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@danalcantara The paper in these notebooks is quite good. It feels slightly thicker than the paper you'll find in a moleskine. I have had cases of some bleed through from highlighters and fountain pens where I have scribbled something out.

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Managed to snag a couple of notebooks from Atoms to Astronauts. These were discounted as they had “build imperfections” but I can’t tell the difference from the first notebook I got from them.

Two notebooks on a desk
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@jsonbecker @benedwards Thanks for reaching out! Until co-pilot is available to switch accounts, I have decided to use the VS Code Insiders edition for the second account.

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I have a second Github account that I wish to use with co-pilot in VS Code, but it seems that VS Code does not allow multiple accounts when using this extension. Considering a second text editor now as the only option to do this. Does anyone know if Nova has extensions for GitHub and co-pilot?

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@ross We were just about to head to bed when our oldest’s phone started going notification crazy. Quickly threw on some clothes and headed to the end of the street for a better look. Amazing!

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Some wonderful colours over the skies of Paisley tonight.

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Back at Blairgowrie for Ethan to compete in the second round of the SGF Foundations Trophy. He’s tied for second place, so he’s looking good to qualify for tomorrow’s final two rounds.

A lavender shrub with a golf course in the background.
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With the big yin at Blaigowrie today for the SGF Foundations Trophy.

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Ordered the Boarding the Tantive IV set for the wee yin and picked up the Tales of Space Age set and the Mos Espa Podrace Diorama for myself. The Lego budget is blown for the next few months!

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@ChrisJWilson I sprung for a paid Basecamp account. Use it for just about everything! I used the free account for a while but the limit in projects was too restrictive so I upgraded to a paid plan.

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Spent the day updating a Bash script at work for one of our deployment processes. A nice change of pace from what I’ve been doing through the week, but also a great chance to learn something a bit different from the regular list of programming languages I use.

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If there’s one timeline I love scrolling through, it’s Elk, the Mastodon web client. A timeline focused on the centre of the screen with additional options to change its appearance and navigation. I love the Zen Mode toggle as well. Perfect for quickly zoning out the rest of the UI. ❤️

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@ChrisJWilson I have tried both Obsidian and Foam in the last year, and I couldn't stick with either of them. In Obsidian's case, having a dedicated app didn't win me over. It's the same reason I gave up on using Bear for notes.

Foam didn't work for me because I didn't like constantly being in my text editor. Coding and note-taking in the same environment made me feel like I was always writing code.

I've settled on Basecamp as a knowledge management tool for the last few months and find that having different projects for different collections of notes is much better for me. Also, I don't living mind living in my browser!

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Feedbin has added a few new changes if you consume newsletters using Feedbin including customisable newsletter email addresses and a whole new domain for these email addresses. Nice!

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Back to mid-week golf with the boys! Big yin is studying for an exam tomorrow so it’s just me and the wee guy out on the course tonight.

Boy playing golf with trees in the background.
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Is it Friday yet?

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The Airshow integration with Feedbin might just be the nudge I need to move from Overcast to Airshow. There’s nothing wrong with either app, but the ability to listen to podcasts in my feed reader might just be the game changer.

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I can’t remember a wetter, colder, greyer and more miserable spring than the one we’re having right now in the west of Scotland.

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@ross A perfectly acceptable time to be breaking open that jar of instant that you might be hiding somewhere! 😆

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Just finished watching The Flash. I don’t get why it got the negative response that it did when it was released. I thought it was really good.

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Trying to add a change of scenery to my work week.

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@skoobz I need to do a check with what's running in the background. I have Docker running with a couple of instances running, but I usually power those down when I no longer need them.

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My MacBook Air’s battery life is starting to wane when it’s unplugged for most of the day. I didn’t think I would notice it this quickly. It is over a year old now, but I really thought the performance of the battery would have been better for longer than this.

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My early morning walk finally yielded a wee photo opportunity.

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I really like the re-design of kottke.org.

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@manton If you are looking for a short book, I recommend Legends and Lattes by Travis Baldree. Short, fun and a nice twist on the fantasy genre.

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I finished flooring the last of the rooms yesterday. The wee yin is chuffed to bits with his bigger room. No more major home projects now until late autumn. Weekends are for golf now!

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Back to Ikea this afternoon for the second time in a month. Picking up some furniture for the big yin’s room.

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I like the Basecamp home screen updates, but it would nice to see logos on individual projects as well.

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This post by Nikita Prokopov on JavaScript bloat in 2024 is interesting. Here are a few others that can be added to the list - Hey’s Imbox page (744 KB), Feedbin’s Unread page (1.67 MB), Basecamp’s logged-in home page (1.16 MB) and my own homepage (1.17 MB). Clearly, I can do better.

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I picked the wrong time of year to do a major home project. I had to rest for a few days between flooring our three rooms as the lurgy had taken old. I returned to it last night and almost finished the second and largest of the three rooms. The final room will be done at the weekend.

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@patrickrhone Pass on our birthday wishes please to Beatrix, age 16! Celebrating Jen’s birthday today with the boys. Have a great day!

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@cheesemaker Nice! Good to see a bit of old school tech amongst the tidal wave of Apple goggle posts I've seen over the weekend.

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@pimoore Not a huge fan of the platform, but the RSS feeds was a great way of staying up to date with specific channels. After this, my time spent following certain channels will probably whittle away to nothing.

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@ross I'd be up for that! What a great idea as well.

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@BestofTimes I don't have any grumbles with Overcast, it's a good app. However, I am starting to find that Airshow is a little bit simpler and easier to navigate about.

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@ner3y IconFactory's Wallaroo should fall into this category. I'm not a subscriber, but I am considering it.

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@maique Thanks! The day started with bright sunshine but as we got round the course, the sky got moodier and darker. The frost did provide some unique opportunities for taking some different photos.

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@maique Will do. I'm already finding that it has enough features to get me started.

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@patrickrhone I have to say, I loved having a physical keyboard on my Google G1 back in the day.

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@maique Merry Christmas sir! All the best to you and your family!

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@leeperry I would guess you need to get the screen size right. My current 24" monitors are probably too wide to be flipped to vertical, but I think with the right screen size it could work.

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@patrickrhone I've seen setups using portrait screens before, but it tends to work best when you screen isn't on the wider side. A 32" might be a bit too tall when flipped.

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@maique Thanks for the reminder. That is tonight's entertainment sorted!

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@Annie Beautiful! A touch of blue sky and sunshine definitely helps when you're outside. It's been too drab and grey in Scotland now for too long!

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@maique Wonderful photos you are sharing sir! It looks an amazing part of the world.