Brad Lucas

Programming, Clojure and other interests

Power Button On The New Macbook

September 19, 2017

Funny story...

My new MacBook froze on the train in to New York the other day. Arriving in Grand Central and in not much of a rush I decided to visit the Apple store and ask for a bit of help. I waited for a 'genius' and he asked if I'd try to restart it. At that moment I realized that I actually didn't know how to restart it. The power button, familiar on my previous generation's machine is absent with the new one. With the ribbon bar it appears to not have a power button.

I mentioned this and he says something to the effect that the button still exists but doubles as the finger print reader. He pushed that and the machine restarted.

I then said. "Oh, I didn't know you could restart it there because once I heard it was for the finger print reader I vowed to not touch it".

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Email Signature Template Generator

September 18, 2017

Found a nice email signature generator I think is worth mentioning.

See the following link if you are in the market for a new look for your email signature.

https://www.hubspot.com/email-signature-generator

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Turtles All The Way Down

September 17, 2017

A nice 5 minute lightening talk on why Clojure is great. Recomended.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=Gkwc3332L-0

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Open Workspaces

September 16, 2017

I've never been a fan of making offices more and more open for engineers. I find the more open the workplace becomes the less productive I've become due to distractions.

It appears that some Apple employees think along the same lines.

https://www.dezeen.com/2017/08/10/apple-park-campus-employees-rebel-over-open-plan-offices-architecture-news/

Search on "open workspaces" and see how many of the tops posts are negative on the idea.

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Music Theory For Hackers

September 15, 2017

Jordan has done a very nice job mapping the ideas of music theory to patterns that a programmer would understand.

https://medium.com/@alwaysbcoding/an-intro-to-music-theory-for-hackers-8969ad4c1231

If you've never explored music from a theory or analytic stand point I think Jordan's article is a very good place to start.

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