We’ve been using our phones to ask for information for almost as long as there have been phones. Modern phones have taken this to a new level by having automated assistants answer our questions and even anticipate our needs. The problem so far has been that these assistants don’t necessarily respect our privacy when they’re telling us the weather.
A long, long time ago on an operating system that resembled Linux but wasn’t, I used to use emacs. In the years since, I’ve migrated away to several different editors, but I’ve never really spent much time in emacs since. I’m thinking of giving it another go.
In June, I ordered myself a brand new PineTab from Pine64. Tablets are interesting devices, and really the only one that's been moderately successful over the years has been the iPad. I've been using my trusty old Pixel Cfor the last four years. Can the PineTab replace it?
On March 24, 2001 Apple released Mac OS X (pronounced “ten”, not “ex”). It introduced a “unixy” foundation to Apple's vaulted GUI. At the time, I thought to myself, “If Apple is basing their new OS on Unix/BSD, now would be a perfect time for Microsoft to redo Windows to be based on Linux!” Obviously, that didn't happen, but is it about to?
Most people who spend any quality time a *nix command line are at least passingly familiar with the cat utility. cat is straight forward and simple, and it's pretty much on every *nix system that exists. Still, if you're looking to extend it's capabilities, I highly suggest replacing it with bat.
Everybody has opinions that may be controversial, and I'm no exception. This opinion used to be more controversial when the memory of Clippy was fresh in the mind of nerds everywhere, but now there are probably some reading this that only know Clippy by reputation.