zstix

Beep Boop. Computer Stuff.

I use Github every day for work and I don't think that I could ever completely leave it. That said, I am not a fan of some of the moves that Microsoft has been making lately. When it was first announced that Microsoft was buying GitHub, I was pretty skeptical. Over time, they slowly won over my trust with decent features. And then they announced GitHub Copilot and I was reminded that Microsoft is a corporation and they want to turn a profit.

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Two #music posts in a row, but I'm just trying to get this project off the ground. Today's album is a vast (hah) departure from the smooth jazzy guitars into a realm of static, grinding, droning metal. I'm going to be reviewing Wolves in the Throne Room: Two Hunters.

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A few weeks ago I decided that I wanted to move away from a subscription-based #music streaming service to a self-hosted option that allows me to play my music files (funkwhale). Unfortunately, all of my physical CDs are gone and most of my digital copies are incomplete due to service-hoping in the early 2000s. I was able to scrape together about 2k tracks to get me started (down from roughly 15k).

In order to build up my library again, I wanted to do something good for a change: support the artist. Every week I plan on purchasing two albums (I'm not made of money) directly from the artist (if possible). As part of the process, I want to do a little write up of what I'm listening to. I'm hoping this process will help me connect more with my music library and make intentional decisions.

Enough preamble, let's get into a review of Infradig: Clinical Indifference / Psychology of Breathing.

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I just got back from traveling to the east coast. As much as I'd like to write about GitHub Copilot right now, I feel the need for a short #rant about flying on planes and following the rules.

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While in Zoom screen shares with my coworkers, I'm often surprised by how many browser tabs they have open. I tend to have 3 to 6 tabs open (7 right now), but I'm finding that most people have much much more. After reading some interesting posts about the new Apple Safari (more below) I decided to take a look at how other people use their browser.

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Like many in tech, I am currently working from home. From very early in the pandemic, my company mandated a work-from-home policy. It's been (surprisingly) great and we haven't noticed any impacts on our productivity (if anything, we're more efficient).

My home office is in a basement and (as Brad Pitt will tell you) that's not always ideal. The main thing I struggle with is thelack of sunlight.

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The other day I was thinking about the current video streaming landscape. It seems like a new service sprouts up every week: Peacock, Paramount+, HBO Max (and is that separate from regular HBO?).

I decided to do a little research into the subject and found some pretty fascinating insights.

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