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Uber PWA

Well today was my first time trying the Uber PWA instead of the full Android app. The map was a little laggy and only updated about one every 30 second, but other than that I found it a perfectly acceptable experience. For now, I think I’m going to continue using it.

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Switching to FastMail

I’ve decided to switch over to FastMail since GSuite is raising their prices next month.

Their SMTP migration tool worked well for moving all of my emails, and I was able to import my Google Calendars/Contacts.

Everything is set up and seems to be working with my email client (Mailspring) and Kontact for CalDav/CardDav. I also got myself DAVx⁵ for my Android phone, which works nicely.

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Firefox PWA

I’ve been trying to get progressive web apps to work on my phone. Have got to say Chrome is way ahead of Firefox in this department.

The Firefox PWA implementation is just full of bugs. For example, I’m trying to use the Google Maps PWA but it won’t load unless I also open the full Google Maps website in Firefox at the same time. I was also trying to use the Uber PWA but it can’t access location services even if I grant it the permission.

All of this works fine in the Chrome implementation.

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Grammarly vs. LanguageTool

I’ve decided that I’m going to switch from Grammarly to LanguageTool as my full-time grammar checker.

Not only is LanguageTool open source, but it supports more of the software I use like LibreOffice and Firefox.

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Southwest Boarding Procedure

The Southwest Airlines boarding system is very strange. They line you up so that every passenger is in order according to a number on your boarding pass. Then you board the plane and pick whatever seat you want.

Personally, I’m not sure how I feel about it. I think maybe it’s more comforting to just have an assigned seat, so I where I’ll sit before boarding.

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Syncthing v1.1.0

Gotta say I’ve been upgrading all of my Syncthing installs to v1.1.0 and it’s a big improvement. Syncing happens way faster now.

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pacapt

Check out pacapt which is a wrapper for various Linux package managers (pacman, zypper, yum, etc) that allows you to use apt syntax.

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Social Media Sign in

I really dislike those sites that only allow you to sign in with your social media accounts.

I use a password manager so it’s way more convenient for me to just use an email and generated password for each site. Plus that way I don’t have to worry about having a hundred different apps all connected to my Google account with questionable permissions.

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Debian CUT

I wonder what happened to Debian CUT. On its official web page it says “Paused until Debian Wheezy is released.” but that was years ago.

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Matplotlib xkcd Style

XKCD graph made using Matplotlib

TIL that Matplotlib natively supports xkcd style graphs.