computers_are_awful

Matplotlib A way to draw things in python, which is better than no way to draw things in python 2014-10-07 – 2022-09-24
Making macOS behave itself Things I have to do to keep my laptop running so I can google how to fix other things 2015-04-27 – 2022-09-23
Terminals More realistically, terminal emulators, because anyone who owns an actual working VT102 these days is not using it to do work 2018-10-11 – 2022-09-06
Data sets Questions for answers looking for questions 2015-06-26 – 2022-08-24
Apptainer Containerized apps for research 2015-11-05 – 2022-08-22
Pytorch #torched 2018-05-04 – 2022-08-13
Python Syntactic saccharine for compiled code 2011-04-18 – 2022-08-12
Jax Julia for python 2020-09-15 – 2022-08-09
manim pedagogic animations for python 2018-10-07 – 2022-08-08
Code editors The best thing since punchcards 2014-11-11 – 2022-08-07
Editing images Chinks in my armour of learned Photoshop helplessness 2018-10-16 – 2022-08-06
Emoji 2019-01-03 – 2022-08-06
Zotero The adequate citation tool 2019-12-01 – 2022-08-01
Markdown An itemised list of the esoteric difficulties involved in bullet points 2019-07-17 – 2022-07-30
UIs in Python interacting with an app, a python app, without too much dicking about 2017-06-03 – 2022-07-28
Data dashboards and ML demos On assuring the client that you are doing something data-sciency because it looks like in the movies 2020-03-12 – 2022-07-28
Comfy GNOME shell Sparing thoughts for the desktop whatsit favoured by the thoughtless 2019-08-13 – 2022-07-03
IPython Jupyter’s forgotten uncle 2011-04-18 – 2022-07-01
Taking notes Notes on notes on notes 2020-02-17 – 2022-06-29
Privacy while web browsing Browsing the internet without giving corporations my personal information for free 2018-12-12 – 2022-06-09
HDF5 A data format I need to know about 2020-06-17 – 2022-06-08
ssh a.k.a. “Secure shell”, which is not actually a shell but an encrypted network protocol that people like to shell with 2014-12-27 – 2022-06-07
LaTeX …and ΤeΧ, and ConTeXt and XeTeX and TeXleMeElmo 2014-09-08 – 2022-05-30
Transcoding Digital recordings and converting between them. 2020-04-23 – 2022-05-30
PDF, Portable Document Format How we may use a thousand dollar computer to simulate a one cent piece of paper with zero day exploits 2018-06-03 – 2022-05-17
DNS On asking strangers for directions 2017-10-13 – 2022-05-10
Email Doing email better, or better, not doing email at all 2015-01-13 – 2022-05-10
Email hosts Who handles my mail? And what do they do with it? 2020-12-30 – 2022-05-10
Linux audio Making sound by banging rocks together 44 thousand times per second 2018-04-23 – 2022-05-01
Website cheat codes CSS, SCSS, SASS, HTML, UX, Web 2.0, RFC, Yeah you know me 2014-12-23 – 2022-03-06
Fish shell A command line shell that does not think that the problem is you 2019-03-30 – 2022-03-04
Academic reading workflow The continuing ascendancy of using piles of dead tree products for understanding cutting edge digital informatics 2016-04-11 – 2022-02-13
E-readers Very expensive paper substitute that breaks if I drop it 2016-04-11 – 2022-01-20
Comfy Ubuntu Now with added Pop!_OS 2014-10-14 – 2022-01-08
Email clients on linux The constant low-level grind of a long term co-dependent relationship 2020-04-21 – 2022-01-08
Backups Version control for horrible data 2015-01-02 – 2022-01-05
R The statistical programming language, not the letter 2011-08-07 – 2021-12-14
Bundled/ packaged apps for Linux On unifying the existing 3 app distribution stand ards by adding 3 additionll app distribution standards 12 2019-08-09 – 2021-12-02
Diagrams Of the kind I need, a practical guide to the creation thereof 2015-03-02 – 2021-11-11
Digital nostalgia Pixel art, geocities chic, cyberpunk retrofuturism 2020-05-15 – 2021-11-09
Tip me 2016-09-06 – 2021-11-04
(Geo)spatial data sets In which I complain about paying a nominal fee for giant rocket robots that scan the earth from space 2021-03-02 – 2021-10-13
GIFs 2019-11-11 – 2021-09-17
Cloud machine learning Cloudimificating my artificial data learning intelligence brain clever science analyticserisation 2016-08-23 – 2021-09-01
X11, Wayland etc The other antiquated windowing system 2019-08-13 – 2021-08-18
Hardened mobile Trusting the computer that follows you around all day 2015-02-15 – 2021-08-07
Contact tracing Reverse engineering social graphs for the control of contagions of pathogens, subversive ideology and other substances of interest 2020-03-21 – 2021-07-28
IDEs for R Friendly UIs for the almost-friendly statistical programming language 2011-08-07 – 2021-07-18
Tensorflow The framework to use for deep learning if you groupthink like Google 2016-07-11 – 2021-07-07
Python CLIs Putting the “argument” in “command-line argument” 2021-07-02
DJing On encouraging people to listen to your living room playlist by demanding that they pay for it 2015-02-02 – 2021-06-14
Secure chat systems Optimising back channel interjections into other people’s meetings 2015-02-15 – 2021-04-19
BibLaTeX Also BibTeX if you must 2020-09-29 – 2021-03-18
Shells That alternative to GUIs by which you replace clicking-on-the-wrong-thing errors with typing-the-wrong-thing errors 2014-10-03 – 2021-03-05
pandoc An itemised list of the esoteric difficulties involved in bullet points 2019-07-17 – 2021-03-03
Office software A short note to remind myself how to communicate with people who are compelled to use word processors 2021-02-12
Auditory features descriptors, maps, representations for audio 2019-11-13 – 2021-01-14
Audiovisuals Synesthetic and other cross-media audio stunts 2020-10-26
Remote Desktop Business model: Uber for pixels 2019-11-18 – 2020-07-31
Naming things Hashes, UUIDs, haecceities, deep and inscrutable singular Names 2016-06-07 – 2020-05-21
MAPLE An OK computer algebra system 2020-05-19
C++ 2011-04-06 – 2020-04-27
Visualising data Philosophy and psychology of good plots 2016-07-04 – 2020-03-19
Tool discovery Settling upon an adequate gizmo to identify other adequate gizmos 2020-02-19 – 2020-03-12
Asynchronous Python It can’t be premature optimisation if it took 20 years to start 2018-03-24 – 2020-02-17
PDF viewers On turning texts into font rendering errors 2020-02-11
R Shiny Statistics through the internet 2020-02-11
Wikis plus also CMSs 2020-01-03 – 2020-01-02
FFMPEG 2019-11-11 – 2019-12-23
Bitwig The DAW I hate least 2016-11-26 – 2019-11-22
ISMIR 2019 Music Nerds in Delft 2019-11-04 – 2019-11-09
Javascript audio Every program will expand until the point that it can generate cheezy techno 2011-11-25 – 2019-11-08
Ableton Live The de facto standard for techno 2015-01-06 – 2019-10-24
Sandboxing apps Upon letting strangers into your house, just so long as they don’t open the door to that one forbidden room 2019-08-09 – 2019-08-18
Csound a less irritating audio programming language 2017-03-06 – 2019-03-07
3d data A grab bag of point clouds, volumetric data and photogrammetry 2019-02-15
Atom A text editor I seemed to be using 2017-06-19 – 2018-11-06
Surviving bash The flagship product of modern unix is certainly better than any other 80s shell 2018-08-10 – 2018-10-19
Python caches The fastest code is the code you don’t run 2018-07-02
Matlab A method of charging you licensing fees to use the CPU you already bought 2016-06-13 – 2017-12-13
Scala 2017-02-11 – 2017-02-28
Lua 2014-07-25 – 2016-08-12