Love NB’s reminder about productivity balance.

When you add regular events to your diary, ensure you subtract one or two.

The Simplest of Productivity Boosters 1-50: 12

Firefox 64 is here!

Am I the only one who had higher expectations for this release of Firefox? It is the 64-bit version after all. Multiple tab selections you say? I’ll take it!

A fascinating and in-depth look at the typesets and other inspirations for the WALL-E movie. This being a favourite movie of mine, I had to recommend this. A lengthy read, but definitely worth taking the time out for.

Voyager 2 has officially entered interstellar space. The distances still boggle my mind.

Putting the finishing touches on a new website I’ll be lauching during the week. Great to be using Jekyll and Netlify for this.

Can’t wait for Avengers: End Game.

A blogging style guide. Love. This. I can see me spending the weekend reading this and its suggested actions.

A $250 set of Star Wars keys for a keyboard. Yeah, I like Star Wars, but not that much.

The recruitment game in software development is similar to what Michael Wade posted today. The difference in my case is that I just want a developer role where I write code.

The finished Lego Winter Village Fire Station. Most of the work by Drew with me just stepping in a few times.

Trying to escape the Google monopoly on the web

I read today that Microsoft is reportedly throwing in the towel with their EdgeHTML browser engine and starting work on a new browser based on the Chromium engine.

My immediate thought was down-heartened. Another Google-backed browser to reinforce the popularity of Google’s own Chrome browser, but the problem may actually be worse than that (depending on your point of view of course).

Andre Alves Garzia explains more in his post:

We already lost the mobile world for a duopoly of Apple and Google, now we’re losing the desktop most used application, the Web Browser, to a monopoly from Google again, how much control do you want that company to have over the future of the Web? All this not counting the many Electron based apps we use in our daily lives such as VS Code, Atom, Slack, etc, which are all Chrome engine again.

While we Blink, we lose the Web by Andre Alves Garzia

Even though I’m against any one company having too much control over any part of the technology stack, I’m supporting the use of Google, by using some tools that include the Chrome engine. I use VS Code daily as a web developer and of course the company I work for uses Slack as a communication tool between teams. Is there any getting away from the Chrome engine? Perhaps not at work, but I can make a concise decision to use other applications when I’m not at work.

I’ve been using Firefox and Safari as my preferred browsers for the last few years. In fact, I haven’t looked at Chrome since I decided to go Google-free a few years ago. As for the Chrome-based tools, I don’t use Slack outside of work, but I do use VS Code as my preferred text editor.

Perhaps it’s time to look at Vim again?

Nicholas Bate’s simple productivity boosters continues with scheduling ahead.

It’s been two years since the first trailer for The Last of Use Part 2 dropped. Two years and we stil don’t have a release date for the game. Am I getting impatient? Definitely not.

I just think this makes the anticipation for the game even better now. 🎮

An electric bike with anti-theft features and rider recognition for the city. Cost? $4000.

I’ll gladly stick with my Langster fixie and a sturdy u-lock from Knog thank you very much.

Lately, I have been seeing web development articles with intriguing headlines that have me clicking with anticipation to read them. The article itself though usually ends up being a hastily written post that barely covers what I expected from the headline.

I’m getting good feedback on an idea for a new service and product.

The next step is to create a website and engage with a wider audience for the service and see what the feedback is from the market using a combination of content on the website and social media.

Drew made great progress on the Lego Winter Village Fire Station tonight. Just a wee bit of help by myself with the fire engine. Well done my boy!

Daredevil to cancel after three seasons as all good stories must come to a close

So it is official. No more Daredevil seasons on Netflix.

“We are tremendously proud of the show’s last and final season and although it’s painful for the fans, we feel it best to close this chapter on a high note,” the company said in a statement. “We’re thankful to showrunner Erik Oleson, the show’s writers, stellar crew and incredible cast including Charlie Cox as Daredevil himself, and we’re grateful to the fans who have supported the show over the years.

Netflix cancels Daredevil after three seasons by The Verge

I like to think that this is a good thing.

Daredevil has been my favourite of the Defender’s series on Netflix. I just like the characters and story that has been told in each of the seasons. Like any good story, it should come to a close. Yes, Daredevil could go on and on, but I think it would fall into the same problem that so many long-running series have at the moment and that’s fatigue.

You just can keep putting out season after season and expect to maintain a high degree of storytelling. The Walking Dead has suffered from this in the past. Episodes were strung out to tell part of a bigger story. There have been quite a few episodes over the last few seasons where I’ve wondered what the point of that episode is.

Sure we’ll no longer see new episodes of Daredevil on Netflix, but I like the fact that as a story it has a beginning, middle and end. It’s something I would like to see more of in television series instead of continually dragging them on.

Some advice from Michael Wade on doing the day.

How to back up your Bear notes. Good thing I do all three of these. Just to be safe.

Saturn in our sky and other planets.

I’ve always imagined what this would be like. Now I know!

Just learned that serverless computing isn’t about doing away with servers, it’s about hiding the servers you use for your platform.

That’s probably the ultimate example of the problem of naming things in computing.

That was probably one of the best Walking Dead episodes ever. Not thee best, but definitely up there. 📺

Kurt Harden knows the value of a plan.

This timelapse from the ISS is just amazing.