dev: Nice iTerm2 colors for bright sunlight and 24-bit color

Do you know how sometimes one thing leads to another? In my case, it started with climate change which leads to 90 degree plus days in Seattle which leads to wanted to sit outside instead of swelter indoors which leads to wanting to write some code outside which leads to trying to get better colors […]

review(home): HomeKit Light switches and water sensors

We have a WaterCop system at home from the ancient days before Apple HomeKit and also an old lighting system. The first one has false alarms and we can’t ever tell which sensor actually triggered since they all feed a single sensor into the alarm system. The lighting system has failing switches so things like […]

dev: submodule organization and dealing with private submodules in GitHub actions

One of the cool things that GitHub handles pretty well is changing your company’s organization. For instance, if you have a secret name, say Acme, then you create an organization and your main repo could be in, but what if you want to change your name? Then you just click at the top and […]

Roundup(dev, podcast): Commitlint for blogs, Using the Apple Globe Key, the history and usage of .profile and .rc files, and restarting podcasts

OK, inspired by the really cool Commitlint project which ensures you don’t just type “fix” when you do a git commit, I learned about a standard Conventional Commit format to make the lines useful. Basically, you can load into commitlint a standard set of rules for a pattern that looks like this: This seems silly, […]

LensRentals rocks on DSLR AF Microadjustment, Sensor cleaning, and buying cameras

Well for a variety of crazy reasons we just drove 11 hours to Montana. It was a great trip and an easy way to see some beautiful country (with suitably scary revelations), but one of the highlights was listening to the LensRentals Podcast. I first started using LensRentals an incredible 9 years ago and they […]

A quick review of the Apple Watch Series 7 from a Series 3 and Series 1 user

Well, I’ve been putting off buying a new Apple Watch for years. We got the first Series 1 and it was hard to figure out what to do with it (this was before it became more fitness-focused and was supposedly a general application and notification platform). Like all first versions, you could see the promise, […]

Using a Juno Neptune Pro with Ubuntu 22.04 for the first time in three years by a Mac geek

OK, it’s been three long years since I’ve used a dedicated bare-metal Ubuntu machine. The last time was with house-made machine learning machines when the Titan was a big system, but we were amongst the first to build quad GPU machines running the then very new Ubuntu 14.04. Now of course the world has matured […]

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