Sam's notebook

Flickr to reduce their free plan to 1000 photos November 2nd, 2018, 6AM

Open content

I’m pleased to see Flickr is going do away with their massive free storage:

Beginning January 8, 2019, Free accounts will be limited to 1,000 photos and videos. If you need unlimited storage, you’ll need to upgrade to Flickr Pro.

This is annoying for people who rely on it, but if a service is good then it’s worth paying for.

That said, and even though I do have a paid Flickr account, I think I’m going to stick to using my own Piwigo installation from now on.

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Markdown, Alphasmart October 29th, 2018, 7AM


Over the past few years I have come to love an experience closer to what Ernie Smith calls “bare metal writing”. I use a program called Ulysses, which offers a simple, clean and logical design, and whose output is nothing but text.
Once you have mastered its version of the simple MarkDown format, you can produce documents that incorporate some light formatting. But my aim with Ulysses is to produce text. How it looks when it gets to you is way above my pay grade.
The program alienated some of its adherents by going to a subscription model last year. For me, the monthly fee for an app that gets out of the way seems a bargain.
Lately I’ve gone further in seeking an uncorrupted writing experience.
Right now I am typing on something called the AlphaSmart Neo2, which is as close to a pure writing machine as I have seen.

We’re winning the war on Word, fellow writers. Enjoy the freedom

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Personal Relationship Manager October 28th, 2018, 6PM


Monica allows people to keep track of everything that’s important about their friends and family. Like the activities done with them. When you last called someone. What you talked about. It will help you remember the name and the age of the kids. It can also remind you to call someone you haven’t talked to in a while.

It’s nice to see a new PHP app that (maybe?) still targets shared hosting as a realistic thing.

Will be interested to check it out.

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October 3rd, 2018, 9AM

Status updates

One of the things people like most about social media I think is the feedback that one gets when people like a post. That doesn’t happen on one’s own blog (or at least, very much less often), and actually I find it massively relaxing. I’m probably talking into a silent void here, and no one’s listening, but at least I’m not worried that people don’t like what I’m writing.

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What LGA is it in? August 31st, 2018, 9AM


I’ve been updating Wikidata items that are located in the administrative territorial entity of Fremantle (Q606212) because that isn’t actually an administrative territorial entity. Those items are actually in City of Fremantle (Q1455046), which is an LGA.

On which topic, I’ve also been trying to add LGA boundaries to OSM for Fremantle (relation 8617839), but haven’t finished yet.

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