In this episode, Scott Nesbitt discovers why I love Typora so much.
Writing in Markdown with Typora | The Plain Text Project
The Markup set up a new Gmail account to find out how the company filters political email from candidates, think tanks, advocacy groups, and nonprofits.
We found that few of the emails we’d signed up to receive—11 percent—made it to the primary inbox, the first one a user sees when opening Gmail and the one the company says is “for the mail you really, really want.”
Half of all emails landed in a tab called “promotions,” which Gmail says is for “deals, offers, and other marketing emails.” Gmail sent another 40 percent to spam.
Nothing nefarious here. Just a company controlling access to information in an unknown way during an election. Super normal.
I wonder if there’s a setting for users who “really, really want” democracy. Maybe it’s called “another email service”?
Swinging the Vote? | The Markup
This was an interesting essay arguing that email is so inherently insecure, we should abandon the pretense that it can ever be made reliably private.
I’ve always loved the metaphor of email as a postcard. But any message, on any platform, is only as secure as the people who have access to it. If I have private documents in a safe, but let someone steal the key from me, the strength of the safe becomes moot.
Stop Using Encrypted Email | Latacora
Not to belabor the importance of owning your email account, but switching isn’t even as big a deal as it seems. Some bad habits last year had me wind up with important email conversations happening in a Gmail account that had originally been for junk. I set-up a second Fastmail account and the Gmail account is pretty much back to junk email. The process took a few days of updating email addresses with people, but it feels at least 90% done.
Start the switch and you’ll see it’s easy to finish.
Switch From Your Internet Provider’s Email to Something Better | The New York Times
I found Steve via this very thorough review of elementary. I played with elementary years and years ago and it didn’t feel right for my workflow, but it seems like it’s picking up more and more steam. I should probably give it another chance someday. And I definitely hear Steve on the pragmatism of Linux. There are philosophical reasons for choosing free and open source tools, but there are also practical ones. Neither is more valid than the other.
I’m Steve Best, and I have a site that is really more of a hobby than anything else called The Art Directed Journal. I use it to practice/experiment with HTML and CSS, as well as improve my writing skills. By profession, I’m in cyber security, and Linux does cross-over somewhat into my day-to-day.
Why do you use Linux?
I have used Linux in varying capacities since 2004. I use Linux for all the stereotypical reasons. It’s fast, secure, and free. I’m not against Microsoft or Apple, but I like to use what works. Right now desktop Linux is what works for me. I have found that with my current hardware set up, Windows is just a bit too much in terms of system requirements to be anything other than frustrating. This is an older piece I wrote, which explains my “why” for Linux more in-depth.
What distribution do you run on your main desktop/laptop?
I am currently using elementary OS (5.1).
What desktop environment do you use and why do you use it?
I use Pantheon, which comes default on elementary. It is actually one of the main reasons I use elementary. It is fast, fluid, and it makes my old hardware run like new.
What one piece of Linux software do you depend upon? Why is it so important?
I have come to rely greatly on Code, which is the default code editor on elementary. It is very lightweight, but yet extremely feature-filled. It is another of the main reasons I use elementary. Anything else I can do on my iPhone.
What kind of hardware do you run this setup on?
My personal laptop is a very old HP Pavilion with a dual core i5 and 4GB RAM. For a number of reasons, I have just never replaced it, nor do I have any plans to do so in the near future. I really need a new battery, more RAM, and a solid state drive. I’ll eventually get around to upgrading these things on it. However, my iPhone 11 is probably my most used “computer,” in terms of my personal use.
Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?
The wallpaper is from Windows 10x, which I downloaded off Twitter. 🙂
Interview conducted January 26, 2020
This is very sad.
Also, I had no idea Mozilla was working on subscription products.
“Upon a clean install of elementary OS, one is presented with all of the applications one needs to get stuff done, and all of those applications are well designed and really useful — sensible defaults, if you will.”
Defaults are complicated. They make things easier, but they can also limit possibilities. But it seems like elementary does a good job walking that line.
elementary OS | The Art Directed Journal
This is an interesting extension: it tiles, but in a line, so your windows are more like sliding doors. I’m a compulsive Alt-Tabber, thanks to this extension, but Julia’s workflow is interesting. It’s sort of like watching TV, but instead of channels going up and down, they go left and right.
PaperWM: tiled window management for GNOME | Julia Evans
I get Jeff’s point that the more pages are dependent upon external content and libraries, the more things get borked when said content disappears. But the nature of the web is linking. Things will always disappear. That’s why I PDF all of my writing and save it locally, so that when it disappears (not if…), I’ll have a copy, which I can put back online.
I agree it’s disruptive when links break. But the glass is already broken. The nature of the web is transitory. It’s like trying to make sure a tree won’t lose its leaves.
This post will be even funnier once the Kottke link breaks.
This Page is Designed to Last | Jeff Huang