Cassidy’s Blog

A barebones place for my thoughts. Most of my writing is on the elementary blog.

Ephemeral 7 is Here Mon, Oct 5, 2020

Developer tools, hard refresh, latest WebKit updates, support for elementary OS 6, and new site suggestions

It’s been nearly two years since I first released Ephemeral—the always-incognito web browser for elementary OS—on AppCenter. In that time, I’ve added zoom, a…

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De-Googling: Chrome Fri, Aug 14, 2020

Probably the easiest migration

Moving away from Google Chrome was probably the easiest migration in my de-Googling efforts. I’m not a huge user of bookmarks, history, or extensions,…

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De-Googling Fri, Aug 14, 2020

…if only just a bit to start

I don’t believe corporations can be inherently “good” or “evil.” However, I believe it is important to consider the motivations behind companies’ business models,…

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Pinebook Pro Fri, Jul 24, 2020

Impressive hardware that gives a glimpse of a bright future

I recently got my hands on a Pinebook Pro from PINE64, and have spent the past couple of weeks using it—admittedly in rotation with…

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A Look at the Slimbook Pro X Sun, Jul 12, 2020

Not a review, but some thoughts

I was unable to get all of the photos I wanted before my baby had to go to bed—but for now I have included…

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The “Uncanny Valley” Curve Fri, Jun 5, 2020

How creepy robots relate to skeuomorphism and UX

The Uncanny Valley is the idea that there’s a curve related to a human-like object’s level of realism and how acceptable we perceive it…

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Flathub on elementary OS Tue, Apr 14, 2020

Note: this post contains some future-thinking from me, and doesn’t necessarily match up with any plans or thoughts of elementary as a whole. There’s…

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What is a Raspberry Pi? Sat, Apr 11, 2020

Answering a question I’ve been asked several times in the past week

Sometimes I forget how much of a bubble I’m in. Every day, I interact with Linux users and developers, fellow tech geeks, etc. online….

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Re: Email Thu, Feb 6, 2020

Hey, I loathe the experience of email. I have an unending, bottomless ocean of email. Inbox Zero is a myth that would require archiving…

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A New Chapter Wed, Aug 1, 2018

tl;dr I’m going full-time at elementary

My Career at System76 In 2013 I was looking for a new high end laptop to help with my elementary contributions—I wanted it to be…

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Dell Precision 5530 Impressions Wed, Jul 10, 2019

A beastly Linux laptop, with some caveats

I recently raised funds for a new beast of a development machine for my work on elementary OS. After receiving the laptop, installing elementary…

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