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  • ThomasPowell 3:15 pm on December 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: development, ,   

    Reviews of M1 Macs for Development 

    So far, the key interest for me have been the potential drastic improvement in battery life. I’m almost willing to sacrifice a bit of short term productivity to get there. I don’t know that the experiences sound any worse that trying to get my favorite development environments productive on Windows or a non-Debian flavor of Linux:

    JetBrains and Xcode-centric perspective (11/23/2020):

    Rubyist perspective (11/25/2020):


    macOS 11 Big Sur compatibility on Apple Silicon · Issue #7857 · Homebrew/brew · GitHub (closed as of 12/26/2020):


    TypeScript/JavaScript/Rust (12/3/2020):


    Rails’ DHH’s own experience (12/28/2020):

    DriftingRuby tweet:

  • ThomasPowell 10:30 am on December 26, 2020 Permalink
    Tags: cancel, humble bundle, humble choice, money   

    How to Cancel Humble Choice 

    I tried to cancel Humble Choice a couple of months ago, after getting sucked in to a membership a few months ago, but either I didn’t complete the cancellation, or I didn’t have enough time to completely follow-through. I had a little bit of a challenge finding the cancellation link this time, so I wrote it up here just in case anyone else experienced the frustration. No idea if it works on mobile, I went to the desktop this time to make sure that I could see the entire menu.

    • Manage Your Plan
    • Scroll down to [Cancel Your Subscription] button
    • Scroll down to [Cancel My Membership]
    • Select a reason and [Cancel My Membership]
    • Click [Cancel My Membership] on the popup.
  • ThomasPowell 11:51 am on December 22, 2020 Permalink
    Tags: batteries   

    Fuji EnviroMAX AA vs. Sunbeam Batteries 

    So we have a battery hungry front door lock that requires 4-AA batteries to power. I noticed that the Sunbeam batteries purchased from Dollar Tree (3 pack for $1, or $1.33 per replacement) were getting replaced every month or so, so I was curious if that was normal as well as how much I was really paying for them.

    Tracking in a spreadsheet, the Sunbeam batteries lasted from 23 to 36 days, with an average of 28.8 days. At $1.33 per replacement / 28.8 days… that door cost 4.61¢ per day with the Sunbeam batteries.

    Thinking maybe I could do better, I bought a 96 pack of EnviroMAX Batteries (affiliate link) on Woot (but for 25¢ each instead of being similar in price to the Sunbeam… so it was $1 per replacement instead of the $1.42 at the current moment for that link.) The batteries lasted 13-25 days, with a generous average of 21 days, or about 4.7¢ per day… The last replacements were more like 2 weeks and I stopped tracking them, but there were sets in the middle that made it 3 weeks or better, but it was horribly inconsistent.

    I just bought a large pack of Kirkland batteries, so I’ll be sure to track the performance of those and see how it lines up with the other batteries.

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