Man I really need to write on this blog more, it’s been far too long. Heroku has made some questionable business choices recently, but the one thing they got dead-right straight out of the gate was ease of setup. With very little work, you could go from a working thing locally, add a couple files, and git push your way to a deployed environment. That simple interaction made so much complexity go away, I think many hosting services are still after the bar that Heroku set so early.
Oh mixpanel. After looking for far too long for a way in the Mixpanel docs to find a way to track session-end events with the Mixpanel JS library, I tried all the usual tricks to get the tracking event to fire correctly, beforeunload, unload and similar. Nothing was firing correctly. Having heard fairly recently about the beacon API, I thought “Yeah, there’s no way there’s support for that in recent stuff yet”.
I’ve added a uses page to this site so it could be submitted to the totally excellent (and super fascinating) uses.tech. I’m fascinated with the tools that people use to do their job, and it was pretty interesting to collect a list of all the crazy stuff I use to get my job done. I spend a lot of time at my desk, and seeing how other people set up their spaces and what they use has been cool
Every once in a while I build a new theme for Alfred because I use it so much, and I do enjoy having nice looking UI around. This one is different than the last few I’ve done, and this one I think will last a bit longer because it’s using such simple typesetting, I think it’s likely to age well. Anyway, I hope you use it and enjoy it, if you do, please do share it around.
You may have noticed a new obnoxious behavior in the JetBrains/IntelliJ series of editors when invoking the actions menu ⌘+shift+A. Instead of the normal actions menu rendered by the editor, you get this menu explaining something unrelated. Being someone who hits this menu many times per day, this really jammed up my shit. To disable this, and save your sanity, go into System Preferences > Shortcuts > Services > Developer and uncheck the Search man Page index in Terminal shortcut.