Git Commands I Keep Forgetting

May 15, 2019
This is my Git cheat sheet. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My cheat sheet is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must manage my master. – The Repository Committer’s Creed

Best of Newly Heard in 2018

Dec 26, 2018
Best of Newly Heard in 2018
Becoming a parent means that 2018 has provided much less time to listen to music than what I would consider normal; which I suspect will become the new normal. (So much so that this review is not even being written in 2018, regardless of what the publish date says.) This means most of my choices this year come from a much smaller selection than usual, and contain fewer finds that seem to come out of the blue from hours of semi-random listening.

Backup Strategy

Sep 3, 2018
Backups are something that we’re all meant to do on a regular basis, but often don’t. Here I’ve collected how I currently do it, and what I think are the important things to remember when backing up. As always, any backup is better than nothing, so start if you haven’t, and then iterate and improve on it later.

Digital Independence

Jul 23, 2018
My recent experience made me look more closely at my backups, how I manage my data, and how much is locked away in places and formats that are hard to back-up and restore from. If I, or anyone else, wanted my data to be more digitally independent, what are the important points to consider?

Goodbye Time Machine, Hello Rsync

Jul 1, 2018
Last week the screen on my laptop went black, and stayed black. It’s at that point your blood runs cold as you start to think “When did I last back up?”.

Adding WiFi Network on Raspbian-Debian from the Command Line

May 3, 2018
If I’m taking my HP Stream 11 running Linux with me, it’s most useful when I can connect to WiFi. I keep forgetting how to do it Raspbian (which in this case is basically just Debian), as it’s one of those things I do just infrequently enough to forget.

Installing Linux on a HP Stream 11

Feb 12, 2018
Installing Linux on a HP Stream 11
The HP Stream 11 is “cloud ready” laptop with the appearance, feel and finish of a Fisher-Price toy. It’s also very cheap, or in this case free, from a relative, as it’d managed to Windows Update itself into a corner. So there’s only one option to revive it.

Best of Newly Heard in 2017

Dec 19, 2017
Best of Newly Heard in 2017
This year feels a bit more low key, perhaps because it’s been busy or because of the apprehension of what comes next, this means I’ve not been wanting to raise my blood pressure that much. As usual there’s a playlist of the top six with additional few songs that have also been on heavy rotation, but didn’t make it into the headlines. Public Service Broadcasting - The Pit Something about the way the ominous brass section drones pull you in really creates a great foreboding at the start of the album, even if the song ending gives you more hope.

Best of Newly Heard in 2016

Dec 27, 2016
Best of Newly Heard in 2016
This year’s list is surprisingly up to date, with four of the top six recommendations being released in the last twelve months. When looking for new music suggestions I often start unseasonably picking through the abandoned remains of the previous year’s ‘best of’ lists long after they’ve been published and forgotten. It feels slightly illicit, like finding a box of Christmas decorations on the hottest day of the year and deciding to hang them up, but they are still a good source for scavenging high quality recommendations.

The Craft of Writing Effectively

May 16, 2016
I admit that I don’t watch, or read, large amounts on improving my writing1, thinking that the most important factor is just doing more of it. This video by University of Chicago writing program leader Larry McEnerney, contains a few important lessons that I hadn’t even considered before, and are worth remembering, even if you’re not writing in academia.