I’ve spent most of this last week being forced to work in a Windows 10 VM and coming to grips with it as a temporary dev env so it’s quite apt this came onto my radar today. Gonna tinker with these tips next week. ://
I made a new thing today: GitHub Linguist Free Colour Picker to make it easier to find a free colour when adding a language to Linguist.
Listened to one of the best keynotes I’ve ever heard at a tech conference this morning. As soon as the recordings are released, schedule 50min to watch Sandi Metz’s keynote. Factual, moving & inline with a lot of my thoughts as an outsider looking at the US.
The early part of this Twitter thread brings back so many fond memories & frustrations from when I worked at Sun Microsystems on a SunRay everyday. Peeps often say Sun was so far ahead of the time they couldn’t sell it so I wasn’t expecting the Google Stadia turn.

Teeny Tiny Icons

Yay! Worked out what was killing my Firefox 58 & 59 performance, especially on GitHub.com pages for some reason… the @okta Secure Web Authentication Plug-in. Disabled it and now I see the pref everyone is talking about.
Jeez, I've written some hacky code in the past. Just had my attention to something I wrote three years ago which is clearly a hack that doesn't work as I intended. It appears I realised this at the time but only half-backed out the changes 😊. Interestingly, that hacky code...
Forcing myself to use the new, and apparently super-speedy, Firefox for all my desktop browsing starting today to see for myself just how quick it is. I'm also interested to see what the memory and power consumption is like now.
You know you've been on call too many times when your wife's SMS tone is the same as your Pagerduty tone and your heart skips a beat every time you hear it.

Using Lava Lamps for Security

If you use the internet, you've almost certainly traversed through Cloudflare's servers at some point in your daily travels. I know I certainly have. What I didn't know, and have since learnt, is they use one of the coolest and most ingenious methods of generating entropy: the wall of lava...

'git bisect' is Such a Timesaver

Today I finally took the time to learn and use git bisect to find the commit that introduced a change in behaviour I wasn't expecting. Oh man, what a timesaver. I had my bad commit within ten steps out of a possible 89 commits. The offending commit wasn't obviously the...

Jekyll JSON Feed Plugin

Friday afternoon, whilst waiting for some really slow tests and builds to finish, I made a thing. I took the Jekyll Feed Plugin, mangled it and produced the Jekyll JSON Feed plugin so you too can have all the awesomeness of JSON feed on your Jekyll site.

Sort an Array of Strings by Severity in Ruby

I'm a bit of a pedant when it comes to ordering things and today I had the need to sort an array of strings that contain severity levels, in descending order of severity, that is in the order "CRITICAL", "HIGH", "MEDIUM", "LOW".

Using `<details>` on GitHub

This is a cool and incredibly useful little trick I discovered I could use on GitHub today.

My First Pair Programming Session

I've just finished my first pair programming session and I'm really surprised how useful it was and how well it went. With the help of ScreenHero my mentor - who I might add is in the US 🇺🇸 whilst I'm in the UK 🇬🇧 - was instantly seeing my code...

Time to Activate POWER MODE

Nothing says Friday afternoon like activating POWER MODE in Atom and plowing through your last minute commits like you do critters in the RPG game du jour (I'm not a gamer so I have no idea what is on trend at the moment) before the day's out…

@lildude is No Longer a GitHub Enterprise Support Engineer

… cos now I'm an Enterprise Systems Engineer!!!

Cool Weather Report in Your Terminal

I spend so much of my life in my terminal (iTerm2) and have become quite the CLI nerd. Imagine my delight when I discovered I can get a pretty cool looking weather forecast with a single command: curl wttr.in:

Switching to Email-only GitHub Notifications

Before joining GitHub, I'd configured all my GitHub notifications to be email-only. I then joined GitHub and was instantly drowned in notifications. Partly because I now have a lot more GitHub repositories to watch and participate it, but mostly because my on-boarding buddy accidentally set me up watching every single...

Python Moves to GitHub

Great news: another major project - Python - is moving to GitHub!! Not so great news: the substantiation for picking GitHub over GitLab, particularly the first point 😞

Pridify Your GitHub Contributions Graph

I saw this Tweet…

lildude is Now On Jekyll

Just a quicky to say this site is still alive and well. I've just moved it from Habari to Jekyll and will be ironing out a few things over the next few days. Once we're all set I plan to publish details on how I've done it and why.

Octocat Primed

<tap> <tap> <tap> This thing still on? Yup, it is. I know, I've been slacking but joining GitHub has been a whole new adventure I most certainly couldn't have anticipated before joining. One thing is for sure... this past year's work is just about to kick off big time... Watch...

Learning FreeIPA

This afternoon I shall mostly be teaching myself FreeIPA.

How the Guardian uses GitHub to audit GitHub

Consequently, let’s build a bot to audit the membership of our GitHub organisation. But let’s do away with a backing store, because with a little thought GitHub can be our backing store - and let’s build only the most minimal interface, because GitHub can be our interface too. This means...
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