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Colin Devroe

Reverse Engineer. Blogger.

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DJI just sent out an email with the tagline: Unleash Your Other Side. It includes a reflective photo of a woman underwater. My guess is May 15 will bring a new underwater product but I don’t understand the tagline.

My favorite video on YouTube so far this year

The Creek, by Rolf Nylinder is my favorite video on YouTube so far this year.

The techniques and tools are all invisible lending way to only the story. I try to explain this to those whose videos I respect but that could be improved. So typically on YouTube it is about the gear. The drone shot looks like a drone shot. In this video, the drone is yet a tool that helps to tell the story. You hardly notice it is a drone shot.

The sound editing is also so, so good.

There is no greater compliment I can pay Rolf Nylinder except to say that I wish I had made this video. And that this video now sits directly next to another favorite of mine, The Arctic by Tim Kellner.

I see cries that the upcoming Android Q copies iOS’s gestures from the iPhone X. It definitely does. However, this copy began in Android P. In fact, short of the back button the gestures are entirely the same.

Bokeh: Private, independent, and user-funded photo sharing

Timothy Smith, on trying to promote his Kickstarter for Bokeh:

I hate doing this type of stuff, but I feel like this idea is so important it’d be foolish of me not to try. Even if this Kickstarter ends up being unsuccessful, I won’t be able to live with myself if I didn’t do everything in my power.

We can help him. We have blogs, accounts on Twitter, Micro.blog, Mastodon etc. Take two minutes to review Bokeh’s Kickstarter, back it if you’d like, but please write a short post to help him spread the word. And perhaps directly message a few people you know that could help as well.

As a community we can all help each other with our audiences – even if they are tiny. I always try to promote things people are building with my blog and even if I only help move the needle a very small amount – together perhaps we can make a difference for Tim and Bokeh and for others in our community building things and putting them out into the world.

Microsoft releases WSL 2

Lots of Microsoft developer related announcements over the last few days. Since I use WSL every single day I am really looking forward to this WSL 2 release.

Initial tests that we’ve run have WSL 2 running up to 20x faster compared to WSL 1 when unpacking a zipped tarball, and around 2-5x faster when using git clone, npm install and cmake on various projects.

Significant speed improvements. But this bit really takes the cake:

WSL 2 uses an entirely new architecture that uses a real Linux kernel.

WSL 1 used an entirely different approach. They described it like this:

It is the space between the user mode Linux binaries and the Windows kernel components where the magic happens. By placing unmodified Linux binaries in Pico processes we enable Linux system calls to be directed into the Windows kernel. The lxss.sys and lxcore.sys drivers translate the Linux system calls into NT APIs and emulate the Linux kernel.

WSL 1 is a light-weight emulated Linux experience that allows us to use things like Bash commands within Windows without a full VM. WSL 2 is full Linux kernel properly piped to use the Windows stack.

I’m no expert in these sorts of things but this work seems pretty amazing on the surface and using it every day has been great and it has gotten better very rapidly.

I’m giving Microsoft’s new Chromium-based Edge Insider browser a week of being my default. Immediately miss Firefox’s Containers feature. It may be a feature I simply can’t live without.

Gurman’s scoops, like this one, are always so full of cruft in the style of writing. I wish they were just bulleted-lists of what’s to come.

The WordPress iOS app is still quite terrible. Then again, most of the alternatives are too. I think someone needs to start completely fresh on how to tackle this on touch devices.

This time of year is always good for developers with Microsoft’s Build, Google I/O and Apple’s WWDC happening within the span of a few months. This week is Microsoft Build and I’m looking forward to seeing some great announcements.

Speaking of amazing space images, this amateur image of the Large Magellanic Cloud is so cool. Go here and use scroll-wheel to zoooooom in. Or download it. /via samgrover on Micro.blog