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Notification Levels

Notifications (“notifs”) are out of control these days. Apps are desperate for attention and notifs are how they compete for it. Apps have started fighting dirty in this attention arena. These days they’ll use any excuse to raise a notif. But notifs have different importance, so some are low-signal and some are high-signal, but there’s…

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AliExpress is Way Cheaper than Amazon

It used to be that if Amazon.com sold something, it had the best price in the market. Those days are over. Amazon is great, but AliExpress is the new king of cheap stuff (electronics, at least). Here’s an example from tonight. I wanted a spare HDMI cable. So I went to Amazon. For a work…

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How to Disable Spellcheck on macOS

macOS spellcheck is not good enough. I was trying to type the word “notif”, which is shorthand lingo for “notifications” in a company I used to work at. In that context, “notif” is the correct spelling. If you write “notif”, you are one of us. If you write “notifications”… it’s obvious you’re not from around…

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Quantifying Graph Paper Quality: Revisited

Previously, I ran a quantitative analysis of graph paper quality on 6 gridded notebooks I had handy. I scanned samples of paper from each notebook, used a computational method (K-means clustering) to compare the relative darkness of the paper’s background, the printed gridlines, and a dot of ink I drew. On a recent trip to…

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3D Printing for Programmers

Lately, I’ve begun making my own hardware. When I went browsing Amazon for project boxes to contain all the wires and circuitry, $5-10 for a plastic box that wouldn’t be an exact fit, plus tools to put cuts in the right places, all the time trying to get it right, … got me wondering if…

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Pixel Resolution of Pen & Paper

When I need full access to my creativity, I work with a Pigma Micron 005 on 8.5×11” card stock. The pen writes at 0.2mm stroke width. There are 60,322.5mm² per sheet and 25 dots per mm². That is over 1.5 million dots (pixels) per sheet. I have 8 sheets on my desk now. That is…

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