Github Not-So-Reusable Actions

Github Actions is a “BYOBE” (Bring Your Own Bloody Everything) offering that provides basic CI with surprisingly convoluted configuration to Github. The product as a whole is an exercise in frustration, one of the worst parts is the lack of reusability and the complexity required to achieve it. Github’s concept of reusable workflows on Github Actions is clearly a cobbled together afterthought. ...

November 6, 2022 · 3 min · 615 words · Sam McLeod

YAML Anchors and Aliases

The YAML Spec defined a simple way to reuse values in YAML documents by means of Anchors and Aliases. ...

November 6, 2022 · 2 min · 305 words · Sam McLeod

The Best Of - 2022 Edition

Near the end of each year I note down a summary of the best apps I’ve enjoyed using throughout the year, here’s 2022. ...

October 19, 2022 · 2 min · 340 words · Sam McLeod

Firefox Addons for 2022

Firefox Addons - 2022 Edition My list of must-have Firefox addons - 2022 edition Updated: 2022-11-07 Privacy and Security Firstly - you should have Firefox’s Enhanced Tracking Protection enabled. Don’t Track Me Google LocalCDN UTM Tracking Token Stripper Note: You can accomplish some of what this does by setting up the removeparam uBlock origin rules I’ve listed below. Multi-Account Containers Useful for setting sites such as Amazon, eBay, Twitter, LinkedIn, Banking etc… each to always open in their own isolated container....

May 17, 2022 · 3 min · 442 words · Sam McLeod

Goodbye Evernote, Hello Bear

Until recently I used Evernote for my notes, web clippings and document drafts, I was a subscriber going on 14 years and had over 3000 notes. However in recent years Evernote has gone downhill to the point it could be considered hostile to it’s users. The native macOS app was replaced with an Electron Javascript webframe and like almost all Electron apps I’ve tried it was plagued by poor performance, memory leaks and aggressive idle CPU utilisation and above all else it now lacks the low latency feeling the native application had....

July 22, 2021 · 2 min · 277 words · Sam McLeod

The Best Of - 2020 Edition

Near the end of every year I note down a summary of the best apps, hardware & podcasts I’ve enjoyed throughout the year (and often for some time before). This post has been superseded. You can find the latest version of this post here. Software and Services Plex Things Pixelmator Pro Reeder NextMeeting Bumpr Fastmail 1Password Calibre Backblaze iTerm Gitlab PFsense Stay Onyx Evernote Handbrake Amphetamine Firefox Software - Mobile Plex Things Reeder Overcast Evernote MiniHack Alien Blue Singal Prompt Browser Addons uBlock Origin Dencentraleyes Hardware LG C9 OLED TV Das Ultimate 4 Logitech MX Master 3 16’’ Macbook Pro iPhone 12 Pro AppleTV 4K Audioquest DragonFly Red USB DAC Ultrasone Signature Pro Headphones Kindle Paperwhite All Day Socks Bellroy Wallets Podcasts The Skeptics Guide To The Universion (SGU) You Are Not So Smart Risky....

October 10, 2020 · 1 min · 213 words · Sam McLeod

The Best Of - 2014 Edition

At the end of every year I note down a summary of the best applications, hardware & websites I’ve enjoyed & depended on throughout the year (and often for some time before). This post has long since been superseded. You can find the latest version of this post here. Software / General Use Fastmail - https://www.fastmail.com Evernote - https://evernote.com Reeder - http://reederapp.com Keynote - https://www.apple.com/au/mac/keynote Lastpass - https://lastpass.com Plex - https://plex....

February 15, 2015 · 2 min · 426 words · Sam McLeod