Cassidy’s Blog

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

There’s No Good Replacement for Simple Thu, Feb 11, 2021

Alternatives exist, but they’re all lacking in one or more critical ways

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Estimating “Read Time” in Jekyll Tue, Jan 12, 2021

See it in use right here on the blog!

I’m a huge fan of static site generators like Jekyll, which I’m using for my website and various elementary sites like the elementary Blog….

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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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