Cassidy’s Blog

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

Google’s polishing up its emoji—probably for Android 12 Thu, Jul 15, 2021

Nearly everything outside of faces has been tweaked or entirely redrawn

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Ephemeral 7.1 is Out Now Thu, Mar 25, 2021

Introducing “Automatically Open Site Externally”

There’s a new update for the always-incognito web browser for elementary OS! Ephemeral 7.1 integrates even better into your workflow by introducing a new…

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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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Shortlist (June 2015) Tue, Jun 2, 2015

A year ago I explained what my personal shortlist is. It’s time to update it! To quote myself, a shortlist is: …a list of…

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My elementary Wishlist x2 Wed, Apr 29, 2015

About a year ago I posted a list of four random apps or utilities that I’d love to be able to use on elementary…

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Misuse of Terms in UIs Wed, Jul 23, 2014

Throughout the years, I’ve noticed several recurring misuses of terms in user interfaces. Designers or developers often don’t know when to use one term…

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Shortlist: July 2014 Mon, Jul 7, 2014

I hate wishlists. Making a big long list of all the things you want just seems both tedious and selfish for some reason. I…

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Life Changes Thu, Apr 24, 2014

There comes a time when you want a change in your life. After dating my girlfriend Katie for nearly six years, I asked her…

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My elementary Wishlist Sun, Apr 20, 2014

Occasionally I think of random apps or utilities that I’d love to be able to use on elementary OS. I jot them down and…

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Why a music app shouldn’t be a podcast app Mon, Apr 7, 2014

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5 Myths About elementary Mon, Mar 31, 2014

Whether I’m browsing Google+, responding to tweets from @elementary, or telling friends about elementary in the flesh, I’m bound to hear some random myth…

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Random Music: Mystery Love Tue, Mar 25, 2014

Daniel Foré shared this song with me and I thought it was pretty groovy/funky. It’s by +Hugo Millwood’s band Galaxy Cat over on Bandcamp….

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New New Blog Tue, Mar 25, 2014

That was short-lived. If you follow me on social media (or just randomly visit my website), you may have noticed I said I was…

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