“Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.”
— Pablo Picasso
“Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.”
— Pablo Picasso
They haven’t re-created the git CLI tool in a GUI, they’ve created something different. They’ve created a tool that makes Git more accessible. Little things like auto-stashing when you switch branches will confuse git veterans, but it will make Git much easier to grok for newcomers because of the assumptions it makes about your Git workflow. Why not bring this innovation back to the command line?
Why not bring this innovation back to the command line?
I can’t help but feel that the project would be more useful as a set of scripts to be integrated with git itself. This would allow for the use of a single command instead of using legit for local/remote interaction but relying on git itself for committing.
Representing oneself online can be problematic. In a forum where you are forced to be known by often vague, handles identifying yourself as a real person can be challenging. Do you use your real name or pseudonym? What if your name is taken? What if your second or even third choices are taken? What if a service wants to simply use your email address? Do you use a personal address or work address? Which are you better recognized by? In essence, how do you craft your digital persona?
Lately, I’ve been struggling with this issue. I recently attempted to move away from my previous high school nickname (DarthNerdus). While it was a unique username, it was often looked upon as childish. Sure, I could use it anywhere. Yes, it was always available, and always me. When I tried using my real name though, that was no longer the case.
Now obviously, I’m not the only Jesse Read in the world. There are a lot of people in the world, and a growing number use the internet. I’d be willing to bet that there are numerous other Jesse Reads here in New York area. So, naturally, I didn’t find the availability of “jesseread” to be anywhere near ubiquitous. I even struggled to create a suitable email address. Nearly every combination of my name and initials were either too short or already claimed for Gmail (and I’m not about to go shopping for other free email providers)1. In the end, I settled on “jessereadd” (Davis being my middle name, to explain the second d). Still, I was left wondering what if I had a more common name like Mike? I can only conclude that while using just your name is favorable, it’s not always an option. So what are acceptable alternatives?
An even bigger issue was my desire to have a single username. I would like to be known by the same name everywhere. When I go attempt to sign up for a service and my chosen name is already taken, it feels like digital identity theft. Even though there are probably hundreds of other people who share my name, and I’m probably not the first person to coin “Darth Nerdus”, it’s still horribly off-putting when you’re told you already exist and are taken.
I decided to switch anyways. I wrote up a blog post about why and took the plunge. I changed my name on all the services I use, contacting the every-helpful support people where needed. At first, I was fine with it. Over time though, not so much. It really, really bugged me that I couldn’t just use my name. To an admittedly unreasonable extent. That second d just clawed at my eyes every time I saw it. And not just that, but I started to think about how many people I admire are doing just fine using their not-quite-right names. Daniel Jalkut (@danielpunkass), Dan Cederholm (@simplebits), Mike Lee (@bmf – which I might add left me in a fit of laughter when I realized what it meant), and not to be forgotten Michael Lopp (@rands/Rands In Repose). So why can’t I?
Well, there’s no reason I can’t. I’m putting an end to this tomfoolery. I went ahead and nabbed the domain name, dropping the old one I’d grown tired of, and have begun switching everything back to the username I’ve had for years. Oh, and that little avatar I’ve grown so fond of over the past couple years.
Already though, I’ve got a nagging feeling I’ll change this all again in a few months.
I’ve already reserved email@example.com for when iCloud is released, though!↩
I didn’t always hate GoDaddy, but it didn’t take long. I think the second (of many, many, many) renewal notification emails was all it took. And, finally, the bulk of the domains I host there are coming up for renewal this month. I figured this would be a prime opportunity to transfer to the domains rather than renew them at GoDaddy. I did a little research, and based on a recommendation from Marco Arment I decided to transfer to Hover1.
Hover has extremely simple offerings, and an equally simple (but easy to use) control panel. They don’t pass the All Under One Roof test (they don’t offer SSL certificates, which isn’t too big of a deal), but they do what they do well. I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a domain registrar.
Yes, this is an affiliate link.↩
No matter how you explain the world around you, your explanation is the nucleus and kernel of how you explain yourself.
It’s also very ugly, using some kind of horrible Java swing UI framework, but with features like these, I couldn’t care less.
It really is ugly. But he’s right, it sports some amazing features that Xcode could use.
Today I made the decision to drop my previous internet handle (DarthNerdus) and pick up one based on my actual name (jessereadd). The change is prompted by a recent episode of Dan Benjamin’s The Daily Edition entitled “Avatar”1. To paraphrase the gist of the conversation, Dan and Jen lament the fact that too many people use fake avatars and handles. Dan refers to a blog post he wrote explaining how an avatar is a very key part of a person’s online identity. Our brains are hard-wired to recognize faces, even through age. Jen explains how seeing someone with a fictional picture and name reminds her of a 15 year old, hiding their identity because they’re too young. While they acknowledge the desire for some to remain anonymous, they question the benefit of using a fake avatar for those who publish their real name anyways. That struck a chord a for me.
DarthNerdus is a handle that I started using in high-school. I’ve never really thought about changing it, or the associated Vader-esque avatar I’ve been using. There are times where I honestly feel awkward handing out my email address. Spelling it out for someone (even an Apple Store employee) can result in odd looks or confusion. I normally shrug this off, telling myself their email address is probably firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s not always like that though. Some got the joke, and we can share a genuine laugh over it. Or it sparks a conversation.
It’s worse in a professional setting. Though I haven’t actually started freelancing, I do occasionally work for friends, friends of friends, or other contacts who would like me to do something for them. In those situations, handing them my email address of email@example.com can be touchy. They expect something, well, more professional.
Now, in almost every situation I’ve been hard set in my ways. If anyone wanting me to do casual work for them is going to raise eyebrows just because I use a humorous email address, I probably should just move along. Listening to Dan’s podcast really started to change my opinion though. I’m not here to say that everyone should drop their old handles and avatars and get on the bandwagon of using personal identities on Twitter and the like, but personally I feel I’ve reached the point where I’m better off representing who I actually am rather than some unknown figure on the internet.
I will admit though, I am still on the fence about all of this. I’ve given it a few days of thought, and while I think I’ve made the right decision for me, I’m still very partial to my old pseudonym. I started using it when I was younger and have kept using it for nearly 5 years. It’s a pain (and sometimes impossible without contacting support) to change my username everywhere I use it. In some cases, I won’t be able to. Such is the price of change.
For now, I think I’m going to stick to it and have already changed my Twitter, picked up the Gmail address (though as always, all of my old address will work) and started changing my username on sites I frequent.
Good bye, @DarthNerdus. Hello, @jessereadd.
The relevant conversation starts at the 1:15:30 mark.↩
QuickPick is being kicked out of the App Store.
It doesn’t matter that QuickPick existed years before Launchpad.
This is upsetting.
While I personally don’t like it, I can understand Apple’s stance on rejecting applications that too closely mirror built-in functionality. But to approve an app and then pull it later is ludicrous. It doesn’t help the fact that the MAS opened just a short while ago. If they wanted to reject it, they should have done so then.
I feel that, while far from optimal, rejecting applications at the time of submission is far more acceptable than removing them after the fact. If Apple wants to Sherlock someone, fine. But at least let them continue to sell their product to those who find the built-in functionality less satisfying.
As I’ve increased usage of my MarsEdit-Jekyll static blog system I’ve started to flush out certain areas more to my liking. Here’s a few of the things I’ve done since I first posted about it:
Little things that add up to a workable system for me. Again, feel free to fork it and make it better.