Interesting discoveries #08

Less busy this month.

1. Discovering Dev Tools

Google Chrome has one of the best debugging and development tools for the web development. Learn more by trying out the tutorials here. It’s really well down.

2. The Stockdale Paradox

Haven’t heard of this paradox till my director made a brief mention of it. The paradox states that while you must have faith that you will prevail in the end you must also act in a manner where you are aware of the current situation. In times of trouble, it can seem like being in denial while confronting the reality of things.

3. Stephen Fry

This statement makes me feel like tearing:

The strange thing is, if you see me in the street and engage in conversation I will probably freeze into polite fear and smile inanely until I can get away to be on my lonely ownsome. Make of that what you will.
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4. Optimism being just as dangerous as pessimism

There’s no difference between a pessimist who says, “Oh, it’s hopeless, so don’t bother doing anything,” and an optimist who says, “Don’t bother doing anything, it’s going to turn out fine anyway.” Either way, nothing happens. –- Yvon Chouinard

This could go real wrong either ways. The key is not to be too extreme in either ends. Know the types but don’t bother too much with the definition for you can’t categorically decide where a person fits.

5. Grunt.js

I’m using more of Grunt.js at work and there’s been a huge gain in productivity. These grunt processes are a little troublesome to set up but once they are there they made web development so much saner.

6. Our broken web development flow

And about sane web development, Kenneth Auchenberg articulated this situation well.

I can’t agree more to that, I’m using a combination of LiveReload, Sublime Text and Grunt’s JSHint plugin to make improve web development process. It is not perfect and there’s some resistance to introducing these workflow to my colleagues at first but they’re seeing the benefits gradually.

7. Shortcat app for Mac

Shortcat’s pretty cool. Get it here. I’ll leave you with a video to look at:

What is Shortcat? from chendo on Vimeo.

8. Dash app for Mac

I’ve been using Dash for Mac. It’s basically offline documentation. It’s great for people who are on the go. How many times do you need to check on something and the internet connection is just horrible or non-existent? This is a life saver for me. It’s a free app but the paid version removes the nag screens.

Phone applications fatigue

I’m having a bit of fatigue on phone applications, especially those phone applications that work well as mere web applications. Some web sites would prompt you to get the iPhone version of their website. That just serves very little benefit to me as a consumer. In fact it breaks the flow of things! Worse, you keep having to upgrade it on your phones to get new features for an application that you probably use once a week. One day my phone might feature a whole directory of websites. Things have to change, people will realize the problems with this soon. And stop of the apps. Enough is enough.

Faster Ubuntu source in Singapore

Just realized this is a faster Ubuntu aptitude source in Singapore:

You can change the source using:

[code lang=”bash”]sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list[/code]

This is now my /etc/apt/sources.list:

[code lang=”bash”]deb lucid main restricted
deb-src lucid main restricted

deb lucid universe
deb-src lucid universe
deb lucid-updates universe
deb-src lucid-updates universe

deb lucid multiverse
deb-src lucid multiverse
deb lucid-updates multiverse
deb-src lucid-updates multiverse

deb lucid-security main restricted
deb-src lucid-security main restricted
deb lucid-security universe
deb-src lucid-security universe
deb lucid-security multiverse
deb-src lucid-security multiverse[/code]