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Colin Devroe

Reverse Engineer. Blogger.

Follow: @c2dev2, RSS, JSON, Feedly, Micro.blog.

My Feedbin trial has expired. I didn’t see any reason to use it over Feedly. If I’m missing anything, please let me know.

Every time I abbreviate Micro.blog as M.b I hear Regina George yell “Stop trying to make fetch happen!”

Forgot to post that I finished Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets to Being Productive in Life and Business ⭐⭐⭐ , Vertical: The Follow-up to Sideways ⭐ (didn’t finish), and Intensity by Dean Koontz ⭐⭐⭐⭐. 📚

Finished writing and editing (using paper!) my Google Pixel 2 XL and Android review. I just need to shoot a photo or two and I’ll publish it.

A few photos from Berwick, PA – January 2018

Eliza and I drove to a brewery and a few wineries a few weekends ago. We love to explore new areas and find places that are slightly off the beaten path – especially those somewhat close to home.

Gentle reminder to back up everything as often as you can. And don’t trust automation. Follow-up on it from time-to-time to be sure you have everything. This includes your computer, your mobile devices, music and photo libraries, web sites, uploads to those sites, etc.

Pretty upset with Dreamhost today. The Watercolor Gallery has been nearly unreachable all day today.

I have no desire to own a HomePod. I think Siri would drive me bananas.

Spent much of the day reading. 📚

If you’re on Micro.blog and into art, watercolor, and inspiring interviews and videos, you can follow @h2ocolor on Micro.blog. Also, of course, Twitter and Facebook. Oh, and RSS.

Super, super happy to have broken the 17-month hiatus of The Watercolor Gallery site with this featured portrait set of the cast of Hidden Figures by the crazy talented Stella Blu. Expect a lot more about The Watercolor Gallery in the coming weeks and months.

Cannot recommend.

Repost: Becky Hansmeyer on deleting blog posts

👉 Becky Hansmeyer:

Every once in awhile I have to fight off the urge to go through my blog and delete old posts that I consider stupid or poorly written. I have to remind myself that they’re all part of the journey; I’m a better writer now than I was four years ago, and a better programmer too.

Space X just did a static fire of Falcon Heavy. Fast-forward to 16 minutes.

The day I interviewed Manton Reece (audio)

Recorded January 19, 2018

A very short audio bit I recorded on my way out of work last Thursday, the day I interviewed Manton Reece.

I’m publishing this bit for no other reason than I need to publish more of these audio bits!

Download audio.

Podcatchers should be more interoperable like CMSs, feed readers, browsers already are. Tough to move from one to another. Perhaps we need a JSON Feed-like spec to be written to allow for this?

Trey Ratcliff switches to Windows 10

Trey Ratcliff, professional photographer (via the aforementioned Stammy):

I converted to Apple over 5 years ago when it was clear to me Apple made the best products for creative professionals. I loved Apple and became a hardcore fanboy. I was all-in. Now, I’m switching back to PCs. The new line of MacBook Pros are not-that-awesome. Apple has always been a company that makes beautiful, well-designed products (and still does), but they’ve started to put an emphasis on sleek design form over professional function.

Switch to Mac and away from Mac within 5 years (which is a typical upgrade cycle for a normal person). Not good.

Paul Stamatiou switches to Windows 10

Paul Stamatiou, long, long-time online friend, designer at Twitter, and a hobbyist photographer:

I decided it was time to upgrade to something a bit more powerful. This time I decided to build a PC and switch to Windows 10 for my heavy computing tasks. Yes, I switched to Windows.

The shift of professionals needing to switch to Windows started 20 months ago or so. It is slow, gradual. And even with the iMac Pro shipping, I think Apple’s eye (perhaps purposefully) is off of the professional market and focused mainly on the consumer market. There are far more consumers to sell to than professionals to sell to. I think now this shift has extended beyond just the full-time professional to the hobbyist.

Here are his thoughts on Windows + Linux with WSL:

It is now possible to run a full Linux environment right inside Windows. This means you can install Ubuntu or another distro and get access to the same bash prompt you’d expect inside Ubuntu. It was this new Linux functionality (that I read about on Owen’s blog several times) that was partially responsible for my initial curiosity in Windows 10 and building a new PC. It meant I could also easily carry out my basic web developement tasks to maintain and publish to this site. For me that means a simple Ruby and Node development environment.

Most blog posts, other than those by MSFT, gloss over how WSL works. WSL isn’t a virtual machine or some odd clunky way of running Linux on a PC that also has Windows installed. WSL is Linux running with Windows. I think WSL alone will pull a huge portion of the web development industry towards Windows 10 over the next 3 to 5 years. PC design has also caught up to Apple in many price points and that alone may turn a developer in need of an upgrade to at least try a Windows PC at their local store. Especially if Apple keeps stumbling on OS upgrades or the PR surrounding their bugs.

Stammy adds:

I really can’t understate the magnitude of this.

If you’ve read my blog for a little while you know I’ve been beating this drum for a while. Just over a year, in fact. Apple is less focused on the professional market than they have been in over a decade, Microsoft is more focused on it than ever, and because of that it is picking up tons of programmers and designers. I don’t think Apple is blind to this, they may not even care at the moment, but I think they should. Because where the nerds go the masses follow.

What will your next development computer be? Will you even entertain the idea of moving to Windows 10? Why not?

Jack Baty on follower counts

Jack Baty:

Years ago on Twitter, I would use follower counts as an indicator of authority or perhaps as a way to gauge someone’s impact on a community or topic. With so many followers, he or she must have useful or interesting things to say, right? That probably wasn’t a great way to think about follower counts even then, but it worked as often as not.

I quit Twitter with thousands of followers. Many of which I’d say were bots. Accounts with millions of followers also have a huge percentage of bots following them. I restarted my account from scratch and now only have dozens. Follower count means nothing about the person behind it.

Reminds me of this 2014 post.

I’ve decided to use all of my skills on a single project. This means making the hard decision to cut all other projects I have going currently and mentally put them in the garbage can. It won’t be easy, but I think it will be worth it. Stay tuned.