From Safari (15) to Vivaldi

I’m sorry, Safari, but until you reconsider the completely and objectively1 terrible changes made in version 15, I’ll be using Vivaldi. I never thought I’d end up back in a Chromium based browser, but Vivaldi is quite nice. It packs a lot of capabilities into a small space. This, as opposed to Safari 15, which ruined an already smaller set of capabilities in the unnecessary quest to take up less space.


  1. You could argue about “objectively” but I’m sticking with it. ↩︎

Forced Social Engagement - Macdrifter

Gabe, Macdrifter:

Am I the only one that’s noticed a rise in app developers pushing customers into mandated relationships through Discord and Slack as “support” channels? It feels like a trend and I am not onboard with this investment in other people’s business. Sure, I love a good user forum, but Slack and Discord are garbage user forums.

Strong agree.

Safari 15 on Mac OS, a user interface mess - Riccardo Mori

The utter user-interface butchery happening to Safari on the Mac is once again the work of people who put iOS first. People who by now think in iOS terms. People who view the venerable Mac OS user interface as an older person whose traits must be experimented upon, plastic surgery after plastic surgery, until this person looks younger.

It’s almost as if the Mac team within Apple has been replaced by a bunch of kids who grew up on iOS.

"Just Link" - no don't

In his post “Just Link”, Robin Sloan (whom I love), suggests that, instead of sending newsletter content in an email, publishers send an email with only a link to the actual content.

But, weighing all these considerations, if it’s possible for you, as a newsletter-er, to rescue the meat of your dispatches from the inbox: I recommend it!

That’s not an email newsletter, that’s spam. What you’re doing is blogging and emailing me a link to new posts. If all I wanted was to be notified that you posted something on your blog, there’s RSS.

Unsubscribed1


  1. Ok, not really, but still. ↩︎

I'm basically blogging with TiddlyWiki at this point

I’m not sure why I still have this blog. I write nearly everything over at the Rudimentary Lathe wiki. Photography posts go on Copingmechanism.com.

It’s just that TiddlyWiki doesn’t make a great blogging platform. Plus, mine has too much noise to be useful to anyone other than myself. But boy howdy is it ever useful to me. I think I should continue focusing on its usefulness to me, and if others are sufficiently motivated they can figure out how to follow along. I’m still thinking about how to make that easier, though.

I just can't get into Obsidian

I want to put all my long-term thinking into a nice, future-proof, private-first folder full of text files, I really do.

Obsidian should be ideal for this, but I just can’t get into it. I’ve tried so many times.

  • CTRL-n and CTRL-p (Emacs) bindings don’t work in lists (such as the switcher and command palettes) like they do in nearly every other app on my Mac
  • I don’t like how it looks
  • I don’t like how it feels (it’s no real Mac app, that’s for sure)
  • The Daily Notes feature is not as smooth or useful

This is disappointing for me, because Obsidian otherwise ticks all the right boxes. Unfortunately, if I’m not feeling it, I won’t be using it.

Bitcoin, Currencies, and Bubbles - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

From the paper Bitcoin, Currencies, and Bubbles:

In its current version, in spite of the hype, bitcoin failed to satisfy the notion of “currency without government” (it proved to not even be a currency at all), can be neither a short nor long term store of value (its expected value is no higher than 0), cannot operate as a reliableinflation hedge, and, worst of all, does not constitute, not even remotely, a safe haven for one’s investments, a shield against government tyranny, nor a tail protection vehicle for catastrophic episodes.

And later:

The customary standard argument is “bitcoin has its flaws but we are getting a great technology, we will do wonders with the blockchain”. No, there is noevidence that we are getting a great technology — unless"great technology" doesn’t mean “useful”. And we have done at the time of writing—in spite of all the fanfare—still close to nothing with the blockchain. So we close with a Damascus joke. One vendor was sellingthe exact same variety of cucumbers at two different prices.“Why is this one twice the price?”, the merchant was asked." They came on higher quality mules" was the answer. We only judge a technology by how it solves problems, not in what technological attributes it has.

Domain change - We're now at baty.blog

I’ve concluded that the v6.baty.net domain was a dumb idea and I’m retiring it. To kill two birds with one stone, I’m also retiring my blot.im blog and commandeering that domain for use here. So we’re now at baty.blog.

I’m sorry if this breaks things. I’ll move the original Blot content here as time allows.

surge.sh

I tried Surge.sh and it’s pretty slick.

Static web publishing for Front-End Developers

Simple, single-command web publishing. Publish HTML, CSS, and JS for free, without leaving the command line.

It’s great that there’s a generous free tier, but it comes with a couple limitations.

  • The free tier does not support redirects
  • The free tier does not automatically redirect http->https
  • Deployment is not based on diffs. The entire app is re-uploaded each time.

I tried it with baty.net and was able to create my account and deploy the site to a .surge.sh subdomain in just a few lines in the terminal. That was neat. I may try it for smaller or infrequently-deployed static sites.

The iPad is a wonderful peripheral

The iPad may be the greatest computer peripheral ever made. As a main device for me, though, it’s once again been a spectacular failure.

I recently made yet another attempt at living on the iPad as my main device. It lasted less than a week. Going all-in on the iPad feels so nice and simple and liberating…for a day or two. After that, the constant reminders of its limitations quickly go from minor nuisance to deal-breaking irritation.

I’ve tucked my tail between my legs and scurried back into the arms of my Mac.

For my purposes, a computer needs fast, deep access to clipboard history, universal complex text expansion, reasonable window management, and a much larger screen. iOS can be coerced to do some of these, but doesn’t do any of them as well.

And the elephant in the room? Emacs and Org mode. I cannot seem to detach myself from Org mode. I’ve tried. In fact this latest move to using an iPad was really just another thinly-veiled attempt to leave Org mode behind. And once again the effort failed because Org mode is just too good at too many things.

So the iPad is once again relegated to it’s rightful place as a peripheral device. I love using it for browsing, watching stuff, writing journal entries in Day One, minor photo editing, and drawing. For everything else, I prefer the Mac.