Rick Cogley's Tech Logr

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Here be my pithy, short, technical nuggets. Maybe I’m the only one who cares. Who says Hugo can’t be used for microblogging‽

01 Jan 2020

🗓 "New Year Holiday" in Japan

«09:52:46»

Happy New Year, lovely nerds: may your 2020 be as crash free as possible. Heard of «Zeit»? Seems like an interesting service for static websites. 🤖

RC Logr 20200101 095245 - Happy New Year, lovely nerds: … Rick Cogley

31 Dec 2019

🗓 "Year End Holiday" in Japan

«19:19:50»

There are about 31,557,600 seconds in a year, with about 16,500 of those left in this year, in Japan anyway. May everyone have a peaceful and prosperous 2020! 🎍

RC Logr 20191231 191950 - There are about 31,557,600 … Rick Cogley

27 Dec 2019

«17:00:49»

Demolishing a 60-year old wooden house requires a team of 3 people 4 weeks, a backhoe, and diligence to keep grandma out of the demo site! 🚧

RC Logr 20191227 170048 - Demolishing a 60-year old … Rick Cogley

09 Dec 2019

«09:54:04»

My «Pinebook Pro» came finally. It is a $200 linux/BSD laptop with great specs for the money: 64-bit ARM CPU, 14in IPS 1080p panel, 64GB eMMC, USB-C, Mg body, privacy switches. And a decent keyboard! 🔥💻

RC Logr 20191209 095404 - My «Pinebook Pro» came … Rick Cogley

08 Dec 2019

«19:14:42»

Looking at task management apps lately, I noticed that many have a wiki-like trust of users in the original sense of a wiki, in that they allow most roles to delete anything. 🤷‍♂️

By the way I am finally done with all the house planning. It has been a real ordeal!

RC Logr 20191208 191442 - Looking at task management … Rick Cogley

02 Oct 2019

«20:17:59»

If you need to test webhooks, just make a PostBin for it. You get a unique URL to post to, and you can easily see what the payload content is by entering the proffered URL as the webhook URL. Then you trigger your webhook, and you’ll see the payload show up in the web UI. Slick. 😍

RC Logr 20191002 201759 - If you need to test webhooks, … Rick Cogley

01 Oct 2019

«10:06:53»

Today is the 1st of Oct, which marks the increase of VAT tax from 8% to 10% (an easier calculation, at least), and the end of the Japan «pocketbell» pager network. 🇯🇵🗣 In the 90s, you could (and droves of Japanese High School girls did) make use of the interesting «goroawase» or number play system in Japanese right from your pokeberu.

Here are some examples:

  • 4649 Yoroshiku (Thank you in advance)
  • 33414 Samishiiyo (I am lonely)
  • 39 or 999 Sankyu (Thank you)
  • 0906 Okureru (Will be late)
  • 0840 Ohayo (Good morning)

RC Logr 20191001 100653 - Today is the 1st of Oct, which … Rick Cogley

30 Sep 2019

«08:33:59»

I usually use the static site generator called Hugo, but I am interested in this SSG called «elm-pages», which is a smart collection of elm scripts with sane defaults for site generation. 🤖

RC Logr 20190930 083359 - I usually use the static site … Rick Cogley

29 Aug 2019

«15:28:13»

Will try a «Pinebook Pro», a $200 linux laptop with a 14 inch IPS 1080p panel, magnesium body and decent specs, and even has privacy switches. Nifty. 💻

RC Logr 20190829 152813 - Will try a «Pinebook Pro», a … Rick Cogley

06 Aug 2019

«15:56:23»

Learned about «Typeform» for forms and surveys for the people. Easy to use, and works with keyboard shortcuts, which is always nice. ✅

RC Logr 20190806 155623 - Learned about «Typeform» for … Rick Cogley

05 Aug 2019

«20:06:30»

Here we are in August in Japan, and the heat is here with a vengeance. To top it off, the building has replaced our restroom lights with LED ones, which burn with the LIGHT OF 1000 SUNS. 🔆

The site color palette was selected thinking of blue «月草 tsukikusa», or the asiatic dayflower, and as always I am using Hugo Pipes to automatically generate the css from sass code with color variables that define the color palette for the month.

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{{ else if eq $mnth "July" }}
$textHilite: #327997 !default;
$codeBgColor: #f6eae5 !default;
$one: #975032 !default;
$two: #bd643f !default;
$three: #629A59 !default;
$four: #21120b !default;
$topbannerimage: "Cogley-Banner-Bletchley_Park_Bombe_by_Antoine_Taveneaux-1400x450-mono2.jpg";

{{ else if eq $mnth "August" }}
$textHilite: #0399e0 !default;
$codeBgColor: #fde8e0 !default;
$one: #1D90C6 !default;
$two: #4E7EA6 !default;
$three: #F7B197 !default;
$four: #092c3d !default;
$topbannerimage: "Cogley-Banner-Switch-2.jpg";
...

RC Logr 20190805 200629 - Here we are in August in … Rick Cogley

30 Jul 2019

«19:12:56»

Java runtime got upgraded today, and I notice that Oracle will start charging a license fee for non-personal use. Facts are fuzzy and FUD-filled, but Minecraft fans might e.g. look into «OpenJDK»? Anyone got the facts? 💸

RC Logr 20190730 191256 - Java runtime got upgraded … Rick Cogley

25 Jul 2019

«17:26:14»

Panic «Nova» beta was announced. Yes, it is yet another text editor, but, this is Panic. ❤️ And, they are namedropping @GoHugoIO in their screenshots and showing a remote terminal feature.

RC Logr 20190725 172614 - Panic «Nova» beta was … Rick Cogley

«17:18:50»

I use straight git from the terminal or SmartGit, but today I learned about git client «Fork.dev», developed by a pair since 2016. Anyone use it? 🤖

RC Logr 20190725 171849 - I use straight git from the … Rick Cogley

19 Jul 2019

«12:30:55»

Today I learned about «Heart Rate Variability» as a general indicator of fitness, after seeing it in Apple Health. If you think about an EKG chart, it is the variability in the time between your heart beats. Higher HRV generally means you can switch from rest to exercise in, a heartbeat. 💓

What is interesting looking at the data over a year, is that for me HRV was generally lower when I was sick, and higher when I was exercising regularly. YMMV.

RC Logr 20190719 123054 - Today I learned about «Heart … Rick Cogley

18 Jul 2019

«17:50:35»

Have you ever heard of a «Pasigraphy», where written symbols refer to concepts rather than words or sounds? ࿊ Examples are emoji or, a symbolic language like Bliss symbols. We sometimes use it to indicate meaning or usage in database fields.

For example, fields used for ordering data might use omega Ω:

Symbol StringMeaningNotes
ΩPPick order.Order of records displayed in a record picker.
Ω☼Calendar order.Order for display on calendar views. Orders within a day.
Ω○Select order.Order for index column item selection.

You can go crazy with it, but, sometimes might drive yourself crazy trying to remember what they mean, if you use it too much.

RC Logr 20190718 175035 - Have you ever heard of a … Rick Cogley

01 Jul 2019

«12:54:51»

It is July already, and this month on «Tanabata» on the 7th, my company eSolia turns 20! 🎊🎋

We are not out of the tsuyu rainy season yet, which is ironic since July is known as the waterless month by the old calendar. This month, I set the color palette on my Logr site thinking of cicadas or «semi no ha» color. When it stops raining, the birds and insects will come out in force.

Technically speaking, I am using Hugo Pipes to automatically generate the css from sass code with color variables that define the color palette for the month.

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{{ else if eq $mnth "June" }}
$textHilite: #31bdfb !default;
$codeBgColor: #def4fe !default;
$one: #dbb204 !default;
$two: #f4c605 !default;
$three: #A0CF89 !default;
$four: #2c2401 !default;
$topbannerimage: "Cogley-Banner-Electrics-1170x350-007.JPG";

{{ else if eq $mnth "July" }}
$textHilite: #327997 !default;
$codeBgColor: #f6eae5 !default;
$one: #975032 !default;
$two: #bd643f !default;
$three: #629A59 !default;
$four: #21120b !default;
$topbannerimage: "Cogley-Banner-Bletchley_Park_Bombe_by_Antoine_Taveneaux-1400x450-mono2.jpg";
...

RC Logr 20190701 125451 - It is July already, and this … Rick Cogley

19 Jun 2019

«15:18:08»

There is a new service to automate outgoing webmentions by Remy Sharp @rem. Check it out at https://webmention.app/

RC Logr 20190619 151808 - There is a new service to … Rick Cogley

16 Jun 2019

«08:05:09»

Troy Hunt talks about the future of Have I Been Pwned, «Project Svalbard», after the seeds bank in the Arctic Circle. This effort is so important, and I hope he finds it a good home. 🌱

RC Logr 20190616 080509 - Troy Hunt talks about the … Rick Cogley

15 Jun 2019

«18:11:07»

According to an ad I saw, now «Chromium-based preview builds» of Microsoft Edge are available. Anyone tried it? 🚀

RC Logr 20190615 181107 - According to an ad I saw, now … Rick Cogley