nine albums

My contribution to #ninealbums on Twitter. These don’t “define me” but they are important. I could come up with lots of nines though.

Joni Mitchell – Court and Spark
The High Llamas – Hawaii
The Beach Boys – Friends
Genesis – Seconds Out
Stephen Stills – Manassas
Yes _ The Yes Album
REM – Reckoning
Kate Bush – Hounds Of Love
Iron Maiden – Iron Maiden

TopElek Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Blue Switches and 6-color Backlight

I dumped the awful Apple keyboard at last and got a mechanical one. It’s not the Das Keyboard Professional I would have liked (too expensive) but this is a decent alternative.

It’s branded as TopElek Mechanical Gaming Keyboard and made in China but I’ve seen the same one with different brand names. Despite that it’s a solid keyboard with nice clicky keys. I had to make very few changes to mirror my Mac muscle memory and I can see a huge improvement in my typing speed and accuracy already. Happy.

It seems to me that if I want to get involved in the Indieweb I have to try and embrace the DIY side of things more. My technical knowledge is pretty basic so with that in mind I need to do the following things as a minimum:

  1. Learn more advanced CSS
  2. Learn more advanced HTML
  3. Learn PHP. I’d like to learn how to break WordPress apart and put it back together again so that I can add my own customisations.

I have a few courses in mind and a good bit of time off coming up so I’ll be diving into this.

Lots of people have become disenchanted with Twitter and it’s not hard to see why. The reasons are numerous. I still think it is what you make of it though. I’ve managed to keep out the rabble. My problem with Twitter is the same one I have with every other social media service.

I’m not very good at initiating conversations there and most of my activity is in reaction to other people’s contributions. As more and more of my timeline is filled with retweets my road in seems to be contracting. Hence my recent comment about a “no retweet” option.

I downloaded the Flickr photos that weren’t already in Photos and deleted my Yahoo account last night. It’s something I should have done a while ago in light of the big data breaches. The following statement didn’t inspire confidence either.

Flickr and Yahoo are now part of “Oath” and are members of the Verizon family of companies. Beginning 15 September 2017, we plan to share some user information within our new family

I didn’t use the email address at all and probably didn’t log into it more than five times in over ten years.

Apple iCloud Photo Library is working well for me now and I’m backing up in Dropbox. I wont miss any community aspects because I didn’t really use them.

It’s almost exactly two years since I bought the Apple Watch and I’m still wearing it every day. Same model (black Sports) and same strap. Same battery life. I have no intention of buying a newer version as this does everything I need.

It’s not an essential item and I’m still not convinced it has a future. I don’t know anyone else who has one or who even talks about them. Saying that it has become a part of my daily life and I’ll continue to wear this thing until the battery starts to fail. No sign of that yet.