There are many nice wallpapers around, but I often find them to be too impersonal and sterile. Unsplash for example has technically great images which don't inspire me. Over time, I've started collecting my favorite images of mostly public domain paintings and a few drawings. To vary the images from time to time I've created this script that chooses them randomly and assigns different ones to all my displays.
Being productive and efficient has been a personal goal for me for some time. I've tried out a couple of "hacks", but only some seemed to stick. What seems to work best for me is to figure out a convenient "setup" that is easy to get used to and form habits for that. One of these habits is "Inbox Zero" the practice to get all emails and messages answered or transformed into tasks every day. "Inbox Zero" is only one aspect of a method called "Getting Things Done" which I want to delve deeper into in this article and try in earnest in the next weeks.
Corona has made me realize the current confinement is going to take a while, so why not spend a bit of time and money optimizing my new work setup. Even though I cannot move *out* at least I can move *around* with my new fancy Bluetooth headphones. Still, it took me a bit of time to cobble together some scripts that help make them work the way I like them. To connect my devices I figured out specific quick solutions to connect/disconnect the headphones which reduces some of the headaches.
There seem to be two different kinds of people in the world, the ones for whom hardware just works, and the ones for who it breaks all the time. Over months my laptop worked alright, but under heavy load it became really slow. Usually one writes of these problems to some particularly badly programmed app, but this is the one case where it's really in the hardware (a welcome relief as a software developer). Diagnosing this problem has become quite difficult with our complicated dynamic processors and intelligent macOs magic that switches the real power of your machine as it sees fit.
Since the inception of the web as a non-commercial decentralized oasis of tiny custom sites, we've moved to a much more stream-lined, clean and ultimately commercial web. As with any trend there's also some resistance. In this case it's creatives that create small curated sites to keep the original idea of the web alive. Lately I've delved a bit into this world.