Recently, I started using Anki, a spaced repetition scheduler1, a lot to learn French using the Fluent Forever method, and while there have been setbacks, it’s been a pretty great experience overall. It seems to be super useful for memorizing and retaining all sorts of information! Since I have to memorize all sorts of passwords (phone unlock code, laptop login password, gym locker combination), why not use 1Password to help me retain them?
Why not, indeed!
I use a Mac as my main typing/character-displaying computer, and on
macOS, iTerm2 is the best terminal emulator that I’ve found so
far. In addition to iTerm2, I also use
the mobile shell, to get a fast, interactive and
disconnection-resistant SSH-like connection to hosts on which I need
to use the commandline.
The first time had a painful RSI attack was in 2003. It was as if my world collapsed: I’d dealt with hand weirdness since the late 90s (twitches, tingles) but I didn’t recognize that as symptoms of RSI. When both my hands started hurting and even everyday chores like folding laundry turned painful, I started doubting whether I could continue my career in technology.
As it turns out, it is possible to deal with RSI, not be in pain and have a career that involves a lot of typing.
At my workplace, we use github pretty extensively, and with github, we use organization teams. They allow assigning permissions on different repos to groups of people, but, are a really great way of @-mentioning people. This is wonderful, but sadly, github doesn’t make it easy for gmail filters to tell the difference between an email notification that you got because it was interesting to you, or because somebody sent a heads-up @-mention to a team you’re on.
I thought that was impossible to solve, but I was so wrong!