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Tidying Up Digitally

Originally published as Tidying Up Digitally at www.mcneill.io. Marie Kondo is an expert on tidying a house. Her Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and two books (both of which are worth reading, best in chronological order) are best-sellers: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (The Life […]

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Generic Roadmap

This is meant to be a reminder of important issues/decisions that already have some thought put in them (usually by others). Automatic categorization of text is a core tool now Instead of offering advice, rank priorities Build a website first (before an app), some forgotten article but the point is: faster, and desktop users expect […]

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Artistic Creation Endeavors

Back in the early stages of adulthood, I had at times contact with, interest in, and time spent doing art. This was mainly poetry, short fiction, and painting. Giving it up because of a statement of Baudelaire, and psychic exhaustion, was not the best idea, but it is where I have been with this. It […]

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Software Development Resources

This is a set of resources to help myself track specific projects. The thing to focus on is: rapid development, cross-platform (desktop, mobile, web), and ai/ml/dl. Other Related Issues Nextgen Personal Technology Stack Progressive Web Apps (PWA) Kivy Qpython Tesseract OCR DeepSpeech Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Artificial Intelligence

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Xiaomi Mi Pad 4

Google Play Store on Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 While the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 ships with Google Play installed, if one does a factory reset, then the resulting MIUI 9.x does not bundle with Google Play Store or the GBoard keyboard. There are several steps needed to get it set up, including: - Find, download, […]

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Kindle Paperwhite 4th Gen

I've used a Kindle since the Kindle Keyboard (3rd gen), and since then purchased and used the DX for a while (the much larger model). On 06 September 2012 the Kindle Paperwhite was released and I registered mine on 10 September. I broke that model within six months by wedging it in a bag that […]

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Octavo Touch-Type Form Factor

In this post I outline what I would consider a compelling form factor, one which existed for a while, but which may be is returning for certain niche uses. Usability and Useful Form Factors While the term notebook has been taken over to mean a laptop computer that is much larger on average than a […]

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LMDE3 Cinnamon Modifications

Here are some ways of getting things tweaked. Your mileage may vary. Mint-Y-Dark This theme has some hardcoded colors in PNG files. Grayscale them with ImageMagick, as follows: for file in /usr/share/themes/Mint-Y-Dark/gtk-2.0/assets/*.png; do convert "$file" -colorspace Gray "$file"; done for file in /usr/share/themes/Mint-Y-Dark/gtk-3.0/assets/*.png; do convert "$file" -colorspace Gray "$file"; done Edit the /usr/share/themes/Mint-Y-Dark/gtk-2.0/gtkrc file for […]

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Scrollbars in Atom, Firefox, Cinnamon

Scrollbar usability is shoddy and slipping across wide swaths of the web and software in general. Of course I am getting older, which means this is more and more of an annoyance. We know already, and for some time, how to do scrollbar usability and accessibility. Putting aside voice commands, just the bare minimum of […]

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Xiaomi – Brand on the Rise

In my household we have been introducing Xiaomi products for the past six months. Overwhelmingly positive, but not without a hiccup here and there. In general, there is an odd mixture of: quality, design, and value. I say odd because generally those things don't go together. Great price, good looks, and works well. Not perfect, […]

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