First Boot and Disassembly of my Compaq Portable
The NIKON COOLPIX 990, reviewed
A Portland Indie Folk show, recounted
As much as I am predisposed to contain all software-related Posts into long, well-considered reviews or comparisons, I’ve been discovering them and learning haphazardly and very quickly as of the past month, which has already lead to a long, fragmented list of stuff I’ll never ever get around to addressing if I don’t make some effort to chronicle the journey. If I’m going to continue spending all my time leaping from point to point like this, I think it’d be in my interest to write you a report card every month. Welcome, Open Source Moms & Dads.
My stated goal has been to find the “right” tools to make up my perfectly optimized writing workflow, but my ADD and my interest in comparing software/services/ products works directly against this. I spent way too much time shuffling text around a ridiculous array of web-based and local composing solutions: LibreOffice Writer, HTML Tidy, both classic and Gutenberg WordPress editors, ghostwriter, Calmy Writer, Simplenote, Vim, Kate, WPS Writer, Abi Word, and even the Markdown Writer package for Atom. Up until this month, I’ve been asking why word processors are always so complicated, but I now realize that the fundamental manipulation of both physical and digital text is drastically more complicated than I imagined.
Music & Streaming
Every conversation I’ve had with Portlanders about Portland music has been predominantly about what artists and their audiences wear and how they behave instead of what they’re trying to say.“Indie Folk Battery Burglary”
I actually took a much-needed break from the gargantuan Bandcamp essay (which has really become a semi-comprehensive history of streaming services,) but wrote about the missing pain and sincerity in Portland music. Perhaps most importantly, I discovered two ingenious tools that solve ancient problems: song.link,‘s excellent, Siri Shortcut-enabled, elegantly-embeddable solution that finally means one can confidently share a single link to a song or album with the confidence that the receiving party[ies] will be able to listen as quickly and simply as possible.
Incredibly, I was able to find an open web Apple Music player that allowed me to make use of my subscription to Walt Mossberg’s “best streaming service” despite running Linux. Of course, it’s absolutely absurd that young individual collegiate developers continue to usurp the richest company in the world at UX design for their own products.
- I “left” Twitter for Mastodon and began a comparison of its healthy iOS app bouquet.
- My “Disable Bluetooth and WiFi” shortcut on sharecuts.app.
- Firefox addons like Link Gopher, Web IDE, Multi-Account Containers, and NeatURL.
- Online digital text formatting cleanup tools like HTML Tidy and TextCleanr.
- I toyed around with the concept of a Screwston-exclusive internet radio station and tried out Facebook Live for the first time.