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My New 16-inch Macbook Pro: Initial Thoughts

In my previous post, I mentioned that I had purchased a new 2019 16” Macbook Pro by the end of my macOS challenge. I have had the laptop for over a month now, but I made sure to take notes on some of my initial thoughts during the first few days. Here are those thoughts.


Challenge - 30 Days with macOS

I have used many operating systems on my computers over the years, including decades worth of Windows versions, tons of Linux distros, several BSDs, iOS, Android, and even chromeOS. While I am familiar with using macOS (I often used the school Macs in college, and my wife had a Macbook Air throughout medical school), it is the one OS I have never tried as my personal daily driver. After switching to an iPhone and getting an iPad this year… I decided to give macOS a spin.


Resolving Issue #26

While working on a post a couple of weeks ago, I noticed that for some unknown reason, my website wasn’t rendering correctly. After some back-tracking, I remembered that I had updated the container I work in to a Fedora 31 base image, which has a newer version of hugo. So, I filed the problem as issue #26, and finished my post in a Fedora 30 container for the time being. Here is a quick explanation of how I eventually came back and resolved issue #26.


Setup Mosh

Since builing my desktop, whenever I work on another machine, I usually end up ssh’ing back to it to work remotely. It has my files, more power, and much of my work flow is done from a terminal window anyway, so why not? The only issue I have with ssh is that if I have a spotty internet connection, or if I sleep/suspend my laptop while moving around, the ssh session will occasionally time out. Tmux and tmuxinator make this less of an issue, since I can re-attach my session, but I still wish my remote sessions were a bit more seamless. They can be… using mosh.


All Things Open 2019

Two weeks ago, I attended All Things Open (2019) for the second year in a row. ATO is an annual conference that explores and celebrates… well, all things open. Open source, open tech, and open government are all main topics at the conference. Best of all, it’s right here in the triangle (Raleigh NC). Here are some of my overall take-aways from this year.


My Experience with the Large Display Paradox

About a year ago, I switched to the LG ud4379b, a 42.5” 4k IPS monitor. My initial motivation for upgrading was to convert to an IPS panel. However, my selection of monitor was an attempt to simplify my hardware, by pairing down my dual 1080p setup. While I wanted a single monitor, I didn’t want to drop my total resolution because everyone knows that multiple monitors are required to get any real work done, especially programming. Although, after a year of using my massive display, I started to tire from the large display paradox.


Switching to Bitwarden

After years of using pass as my password manager, I am mixing things up. Over vacation, I started importing all of my passwords into Bitwarden. With all my passwords finally transferred, I have now switched to using Bitwarden full-time. Here are my thoughts so far.


Setup a Runner VM for Gitlab

I play around with CI/CD pipelines quite a bit, both at home and at work. I have mostly used Jenkins, but I wanted to see how Gitlab’s CI/CD tooling has progressed over the last year. So, I decided to try to use Gitlab to manage the automated build and deployments of a personal project I’ve been working on. The first step of the process was to setup a runner my Gitlab instance could use for the builds.


Back On org-mode For Work

Last month, I wrote about my switch to Joplin for both my personal and work notes. While I enjoyed many features in Joplin, I also had a few concerns about using the system long-term for all my notes. As of last week, I am still using Joplin for all of my personal notes, but have switched back to org-mode for my notes at work. Why?


New LG-32QK500-w Monitor

At the beginning of summer, I was entertaining the idea of improving my wife’s computer setup by adding a new external monitor. She agreed. As a result, we have purchased, recieved, and even mounted, the LG 32QK500w monitor. Here are my thoughts.