@anna I would probably say that powerful hardware isn't very important for developers in general. I think the exception is RAM, especially for virtual machines and IDEs. If I was buying a computer today I'd probably want one that supports 32 GB to be future-proof.

I mostly write Ruby, so a powerful CPU is nice to have, but not required.

The Galaxy Tree

Image Credit & Copyright: César Vega Toledano ; Rollover Annotation: Judy Schmidt

apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap210523.ht #APoD

From last summer: a sleepy owl watching as I ate lunch at a picnic table under its tree.

I'm really fond of flickers. Here's a cute one resting on a branch last spring.

@VickyRampin Signal recently added custom backgrounds. No custom fonts.

@KelsonV I think one of them is a "Spectral + flicker sensor" and the other is a microphone. I haven't seen it labeled either, but the former is mentioned in the tech specs and the latter was mentioned on the Pixel 4 hardware diagram, so I'm guessing it's the same.

@geckzilla That's one of the things I love about fungi. You can go a lifetime without hardly noticing them, but if you pay attention you start seeing them everywhere and wonder how you could have missed such interesting and diverse lifeforms that were right in front of your eyes. Like nature in general I suppose.

@walruslifestyle I don't disagree about the high cost of letting Google (or some other big corporation) censor your emails. That doesn't mean it's less secure though. It's not an easy choice, but we should take it seriously and realize that different people have different threat models.

And as someone who has run their own mail system, I still assert that it's difficult to set up and maintain. Particularly to the level of security and reliability that Google can. I wish it wasn't the case!

@chris As much as I love self-hosting, I think for most users this isn't the case. Google blocks a lot of spam and phishing/malware that gets through almost any other setup. And securely hosting web software is very easy to mess up. Whether or not G Suite is safer than a standard Google account depends a lot on the admins. If they have good security practices, block all apps, and require 2-factor, G Suite is probably better.

@nolan Have you checked out dev containers for VS Code? It's the smoothest way of getting relatively sandboxed dev environments I've used.

code.visualstudio.com/docs/rem

@bonzoesc eBay probably uses the additional interaction to fingerprint you. (joking. kind of)

@bonzoesc My guess is that they have different login flows, depending on the user. Single sign-on redirecting to a third party login page, for example. It's annoying for folks with passwords, but I also suspect it works more consistently than asking users that use SSO to click a different button, which I feel like was the old paradigm.

Possible solution: get rid of passwords. Use an email with a login link, webauthn, or SSO. The initial form field just has email, but webauthn is fast at least.

@anna I'm pretty happy with it. I've also got one of these thumb roller style mice which I liked when I was younger, but it irritates my thumb these days.

I've never tried the ones with the big ball though.

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