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Lifehacker Download of the Day: GridMoveI work on a 21" widescreen monitor, so I rarely maximize windows to cover my full desktop. In fact, I find that working with two windows side-by-side is a major productivity boon for me. As such, I'm loving GridMove, which makes it easy for me to snap windows into clean, pre-defined spaces so that I don't have to resize them and drag them around to make the most of my screen real estate.
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I've started reading an incredible book, The Secret of Our Success: How Culture Is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smarter by Joseph Henrich
It's a science book meant for lay readers, full of fascinating anecdotes.
I've only just started it, but it's compelling and important. It makes a pretty convincing case that the secret to human evolution is not that we evolved to be smarter or better at tools or language, as some have theorized, but rather that our species has evolved to become, essentially, machines specialized for passing on culture. It's our skill and obsession at passing on cultural information and knowledge, rather than some qualitatively different level of intelligence, that makes us so special and so successful. And that seen from this light, many otherwise odd behaviors and tendencies make more sense.
Very thought-provoking stuff, and completely accessible with no background knowledge required. Highly recommended.
I've been having a ton of fun learning new stuff. There's a ton left to be done -- another couple of months worth I think.
But I wanted to give an update so you guys wouldn't think I've been AWOL
A little about the project:
So, what is this project? Well it's essentially a server and library api for coordinating communication (and data storage) from many users, organized by virtual apps and rooms, with functions specialized for data synchronization and simple non-realtime multi-player games. One example use would be as a synchronization back-end, so that you could synchronize the data from one of my mobile apps across all your family devices (without needing to share dropbox logins as is required now when I used dropbox as my synchronization backend). Another, very different example, would be to provide the back-end lobby services and communication support functions for JackBox party style games, where players gather around in front of a tv, each with their own mobile phone device, and play a game together where they input their actions into their phone, and the centralized game asks questions, etc.
In the coming month or two I'll be posting more about the project and sharing a github link to the source code. If you are a nodejs person, I'd love to have some assistance on the project.
From an interesting article:
Most people believe that open source sustainability is a difficult problem to solve. As an open source developer myself, my own perspective to this problem was more optimistic: I believe in the donation model, for its simplicity and possibility to scale.
Got myself a new wireless headset for the computer.
It's a logitech G533:
purchased from Amazon for about $75 (https://www.amazon.c...dset-x/dp/B01MXE0FKC)
I like it. It has good range, feels comfortable, has no leather/pleather but fabric instead (this is important because the older pleahter headsets I have had have all disintegrated over time). Nice physical on off switch on the headset, along with a swivel down microphone for chat/gaming.
It is *NOT* bluetooth. I actually have a different bluetooth headset and transmitter for my stereo, and don't have serious complaints about it, but it IS a bit more fussy in terms of connecting between the base and headset whenever you turn it on. For my pc, I wanted something that was easier.
This is a nice small usb stick I just plug in when I want to use the headset and it instantly connects, no muss no fuss. Unplug the usb stick to disconnect.
Overall, I'm quite happy with it.
A couple more neat features: Compact mic folds up out of the way and when it's up it automatically mutes.
2 seasons (over 20 episodes) about an orthodox jewish family. Subtitled.
It takes an episode or two before you get absorbed into the world, but after that it's extremely compelling, sweet, fascinating. For most of us, a view into a very different culture.
If you have a dell laptop you need to make sure you are up to date.
A vulnerability in the Dell SupportAssist utility exposes Dell laptops and personal computers to a remote attack that can allow hackers to execute code with admin privileges on devices using an older version of this tool and take over users' systems.