Firefox Setup: 2019
Here's a quick post on how I use and configure Firefox on my Macs. The last time I posted
about any of this was in 2011, and things have
changed a fair bit since then. First, a screenshot (from my new iMac):
Key extensions for this setup:
- Vim Vixen
- Vim keybindings for Firefox. Not quite as good as Vimperator, but works with modern Firefox, and getting better
all the time. The only thing I really miss is macro recording, which I used all the time in Vimperator.
- Tree-Style Tabs
- Our monitors are widescreen; why would you try to stack tabs …
2019 iMac First Impressions
For the first time since early 2010, I have a desktop computer again!
It's a 2019 5K Retina iMac with an Intel Core i5-9600K (9th Generation, 6 physical cores), 16GB of RAM, AMD Radeon
Pro 580X, and a 1TB SSD. Geekbench isn't exactly scientific, but it reports this computer as 50% faster single-core,
150% faster multi-core than the computer it's replacing.
I don't know if you're aware of this, but Twitter hasn't been a very good
company in the last few years. Between the aiding and abetting of white supremacists,
the continued hosting of our obnoxious orange tweeter-in-chief, and the ongoing
user-hostile platform changes, it's just not
as fun of a place as it was when I joined on November 14,
2007. So, uh, I'm not there any more.
No, I didn't delete my Twitter account. However, I have started trying to use a new
microblogging system in its stead: Mastodon. Mastodon is an
interesting idea: it's a federated social network …
Amusing Siri Date Localization Bug
Here's an amusing iOS 11 bug:
If an iOS device is set to the en-US locale and Siri is set to a British voice, when reading dates aloud, Siri transposes months and days. For example, given the command
Remind me Wednesday Morning to buy milk, Siri responds with
OK, I added it for Wednesday at 10/11/17 7:00. When reading this aloud, Siri reads it as
OK, I added it for Wednesday the 10th of November two thousand and seventeen at seven o'clock.
It seems kind of crazy to me the Apple is parsing the raw text shown on screen rather than having some kind of machine-readable tagged data. So weird!
I reported this to Apple. I guess we'll see if it gets fixed in iOS 12.
I received an e-mail today at my work address with the subject
[Feature Ideas [Customers Only]] - [Survey] The G Suite Admin Experience team wants to learn your needs around data/resource access boundaries which looked like the following:
Quick — is this real or is this spam? What would you look for?
Pebble Time Steel Review
In February, I Kickstarted the Pebble Time. As soon as it was announced (March 3), I upgraded my Kickstarter pledge to the Pebble Time Steel. As you might remember from last year, I had Kickstarted the original Pebble ("Pebble Classic" now) and purchased the Pebble Steel as soon as it was released, so this was a no-brainer.
Well, it took a few months longer than expected, but my Time Steel arrived about a week ago, and here's my review.