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Stuart Langridge @sil@mastodon.social

Hey Internet Friends. I have a question - a bit of research. What "system" from the past had the best / coolest / most interesting boot sequence. Specifically what you got on screen. I mostly grew up on 8-bit micros and DOS PCs. Are there any other systems which evoke "feelings" when they boot?

"The most striking thing about Android Go is just how much of it runs on Web technology rather than the Android platform. […] The best example is Google Maps Go, which is built entirely with Web technology. On our ZTE phone, the full Android version of Google Maps would take up 80MB, while Google Maps Go is 250 times smaller: 309KB." arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/0

I have to admit, it's a bit bittersweet to see Google take the FirefoxOS playbook years later and actually succeed with it.

Bah. I have been updated by @popey and @JoeRessington. The Chromecast has to be on a wifi network, or it just sulks and won't let you cast to it. That's really annoying to have to set up at a meetup. So it doesn't do what I want after all. :( Looks like @craigmaloney was right and Google have indeed done something to break it.

Google Slides now allows presenting to a Chromecast, and saves presentations offline, and shows on the phone screen a presenter console with speaker notesm and a Chromecast can happily be powered by the slim external battery that I always have in my pocket anyway. Excellent. This is what I wanted to build Splinter for, and now I don't have to. Never need to take a laptop to a talk again, hooray.

Delightful evening at 1000 Trades in Birmingham. And including much interesting tech discussion about functional programming, PWAs, slack time in work and management acceptance, and snaps.

A little bit of a call for help, or maybe just a suggestion, for a quick thing that an open source graphic artists could do easily that would make graphviz nice for everyone
kryogenix.org/days/2018/03/25/

@sil wrote a nice piece talking about collecting machine data in Ubuntu: kryogenix.org/days/2018/02/20/

I have a very simple take from the perspective of previously helping make releases of Xubuntu. Without knowing who the users are yet getting machine date will allow targeting resources to the most common platforms and usage scenarios. We don't know what is "average" for an Ubuntu user in terms of hardware. Greater privacy is nice but developers need to know what they're building for.

Collecting useful user data without compromising our privacy: how carefully controlled lying could be the way forward.
kryogenix.org/days/2018/02/20/

Attempting to use DBus via the Gio/GLib bindings from Python 3 is close to impossible because it's so undocumented :( Frustrated.

Feeling happy and hungry in equal measures... @MeyerWeb is the latest person to contribute a favourite #recipe (Cinnamon chicken) tink.uk/eric-meyers-cinnamon-c to the Web Standards Food collection tink.uk/tag/web-standards-food Thanks Eric!

Privacy could be the next big thing. My talk from @hackferencebrum about privacy, and how people are uneasy about what's being done with their data. And how to explain that it doesn't have to be this way.
Also includes chocolate for the audience.
kryogenix.org/code/privacy-cou

There is no better way to make oneself feel heroic while eating a cheese sandwich than to play the Die Hard With A Vengeance version of When Johnny Comes Marching Home.

Fort Knox? Ha! It's for tourists.

youtube.com/watch?v=0X3Me_MVR9

Michael Kamen is a genius.

currently playing "After Midnight" by Patsy Cline :)

It's my birthday! I mean, only just, and I'm shortly going to bed, and tomorrow will be my actual birthday, but nonetheless it's after midnight :)

The tbh app basically has you add your friends and then asks you questions like: who's really good at being a friend? You choose someone, and it tells them someone said it about them, but not who did. Anonymous compliments. One of the few apps I know which actually tries to create a positive vibe. It has a network problem, though; most people aren't on it. I wonder if a similar thing could work where your friends are those you follow and are followed by on Mastodon? Could be lovely.

Random idea for an app: Tinder for cocktails. Show someone a cocktail -- nice picture, short description -- and then swipe left or right. Attempt to learn the sorts of things they like, and tune stuff you show so they'll like it more, and have a list of "stuff I swiped right" which you can try out in the next cocktail bar you're in.

@grumpygamer for "testing" real games (not pointless unit testing), Zarf's PlotEx (eblong.com/zarf/plotex/) and stuff like it is useful to me -- map out the decisions, rather than low-level boring detail

@si hey! how have you got a little raining circle on your avatar? are animated gifs allowed?

Ported canute to Qt/QML, so I can make it look pretty. Quite pleased. Now I can launch stuff again. mastodon.social/media/pe0WneWq

massively annoyed with Gtk. Why can't I put box-shadow on loads of things? ListBox: nope. EventBox: nope. TreeView: nope. Entry is fine. And CSS applies to these things; I can set borders and background colours, but if I set a box-shadow, it's just not there. There is no indication of why this is, or anything. I've got plenty of margin room for it to show up in.