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I think it can work well as a demo, but I wouldn't call that documentation.

If you need to find something out, having to wait or randomly click through a video is extremely frustrating.


If it's a video, it does noe exist for me. I could watch them, but I have better things to watch if I want to watch something. So I move on to something else.

Most of us read far faster than someone umming and ahing through a presentation in a monotone can speak.

At the very least, give us a frigging transcript.


A transcript would be great, but it struck me in these days of deep learning it's just a question of time before someone does a "speedup" option for videos that instead of just increasing the speed of the video, combines that with "smart" cuts like removing umming and ahing and unnecessary dead space, and tries to apply other simplifications as well (I'd still prefer text, but I'm sure there'd be an upside for people who like video).

And imagine even a more aggressive "video summarizer" generating articles from videos with interspersed screenshots or brief video segments where they matter for the understanding...


Ew, people are using it for docs? It always seemed clearly to be for those quick-look demos on projects' home pages, and it's fantastic for that.

Asciinema is used for docs-ish in git-branchless's readme: https://github.com/arxanas/git-branchless/blob/master/README...

It does have formal docs, but I didn't fully understand the program after reading them. I didn't enjoy sitting through branchless's videos or clicking around for the right point in time.


What exactly is the advantage of asciinema over a video or a GIF if you're just showing something? If I don't need to copy text out of it, it has the same function as a video.

It's rendered by your browser so you get properly subpixel-hinted text instead of the horrible, blurry, compressed screenshot effect a video or gif gives. Also it's more convenient to generate than faffing around with screencasting software.

Edit: well, not (lossily) compressed in the case of a gif but not as nice as text properly rendered for your display.


I'd guess it's the bandwidth and compared to a GIF, you can pause them. While it's not usual to copy text from it, I've done that once this month and thought it was neat to be able to do that. I do believe that they have an advantage over video/GIF.

It's definitely better than a GIF because you can seek forward. You never know when a GIF ends, and if you're distracted, you have to wait for it to loop back again.

Note that this is a function of the GIF viewer. An image / video viewer that can play GIFs with length, speed, and movement controls would afford this.

vlc seems to do this (Android version).

I'll grant that the usual methods of interacting with GIFs don't do this, and am not arguing that they do. But if you really want a specific functionality, you can look for a tool which might provide that.


> When compared to VS Code and its remote editing over SSH, IntelliJ was really lacking. I know of a couple of people who went away from PyCharm just because of this.

What issues did they have?

PyCharm in particular has had a "remote interpreter" feature for a while which works quite well. The text is edited locally but the interpreter and libraries are installed on the remote end. It then brings back whatever it needs for code analysis, so performance when editing is the same as local dev.

The story isn't so great for other languages, though.


> What issues did they have?

The ability to run extensions remotely is really nice. Sometimes I like to develop in my personal environment and running extensions remotely keeps my extensions' NPM dependencies sandboxed from my personal environment.

I might be a little paranoid.


I have used both for this purpose. The setup in pycharm/intellij is about 100x more work so if you don’t plan on working alot on a particular project, in remote mode, it’s just too convenient to use vscode. It parses your .ssh/config so there’s no manual setup, or at least close to 0. In intellij you have to set up folder sync, remote interpreters, , +++. It works great but it’s just a huge hassle in comparison.

It's a very complex environment, where the Python code is widely spread, and also lots of other configuration files are involved. It's not realistic or possible to have a local copy of all of it in our case.

> The text is edited locally

This was the pain point. My local machine didn't have source code locally.

Maybe I was too lazy, but syncing code on both local machine and remote machine was painful.


If you enable auto sync, it’s not much work. The setup is annoying though.

I tried on pycharm which I still pay for. Remote setup was painful especially as it would be MOST useful for new users

> Are you willing to pay for it? A lot of manufacturers make displays intended for digital signage, which under the hood are basically just a TV with different software

According to your link (and to what I've seen at work) that's not entirlely correct. One of the differences they give:

> Built to run from 16/7 to 24/7 hours per day, have better cooling for longer runtimes

I bet this alone increases the price but quite a hefty amount.

I'm not the GP, but if they're anything like me, they just want the "dumb" part, not the "runs 24/7/365 at blindingly high levels of brightness".


Tastes and colors, right?

I'm one of those people, and I'm not even a Windows user. What I like about them is that on crappy low resolution displays they are sharp. This seems less the case with Win10 though.

Yes, I know about the whole font shape debate in Windows vs Mac rendering. And I don't care one bit.

When I'm using the computer as a tool to read text all day, I want sharpness above all else. I don't care if the letters aren't exactly as their designer wanted them to be.


Have to agree. Font rendering is one of the top reasons I don't favor the Mac experience at all. At least Windows and Linux give me options, and honestly Windows is the only one so far I believe gets the fluctuation in DPIs 'right' by giving me some control over it. I love being able to use a 4K TV as an extra monitor, regardless of size.

Macs? Sorry; Apple says one size fits all these days, and you will likely have to shell out money to get it looking 'right' on an external display (i.e. higher dpi). Normally, this means just embracing the full Apple ecosystem of peripherals, which is only complicated further given Apple appears to have stopped producing external displays years ago.


> Macs? Sorry; Apple says one size fits all these days, and you will likely have to shell out money to get it looking 'right' on an external display (i.e. higher dpi). Normally, this means just embracing the full Apple ecosystem of peripherals, which is only complicated further given Apple appears to have stopped producing external displays years ago.

You can use any 4k screen with a Mac, and it will work well. Before I switched to Linux full-time, I used to use a 24", 4K Dell on my MBP, and it was glorious. The screen wasn't even all that expensive, around €300 3 years ago, if memory serves.


That puts you at roughly 180 dpi, which isn't that far from the 'retina' standard of roughly 220 dpi. But I imagine I can get you sharp text on a lowly 1080p 20 inch display with Windows or Linux at only 110 dpi (or worse) for roughly half the cost at today's prices.

I don't care if they're "exactly as their designer wanted them to be" — I don't want them to look weak and pixelated. I want my screen to appear as close as possible to print, with text equally easy to read. Windows does not provide such an experience.

Point is we both want different things, and doing something "in between" would look terrible for both. A choice has to be made.

The issue is that you cannot obtain rendering on a low resolution grid that is both sharp and close to the shape on print [0]. As such, given this constraint, I prefer sharpness rather than fidelity.

In my personal case, I actually use Linux on a high dpi display, so I can get both.

But when I have to use a low resolution screen, like at work, I would actually prefer a font that is designed with these constraints in mind, such that it looks both good and sharp. For this I like bitmap fonts, but they seem to be few and far between these days. Overly fancy fonts need to be beat into shape with hinting, but then the flow looks all broken. Or else, they're a blurry mess.

Terminus works great for my monospaced needs and Calibri (from Windows) seems to have bitmaps for low size fonts that look fairly pleasant.

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[0] I'm talking mostly of small-sized text, like for interface widgets. For larger font sizes, it seems easier to get a decent result even with fancier fonts.


> Would be able to dissipate 180W probably without even throttling up the fans that much.

That's very likely. I have an NH-D14 with only the center 140 mm fan installed on an i7-3930k overclocked to 4.3 GHz, and it barely ramps up the fan. The loudest fan in my computer is the PSU (an old 600 or 650 W Seasonic). It runs in a "silence-oriented" Define R3 case with closed door.

Intel announces 135 W TDP for that CPU. Under load, OCCT says 160 W.


Ahaha yeah I have a Define S case. Unfortunately my current Noctua NH-U9S is not up to the task posed by the new processor, as my temps are now in the high 80s/low 90s while doing CPU-intensive gaming. So I've ordered a U14S which should be nice.

I only have one GPU and not a particularly hot one (rx5600) at that, but I've found that moving it to a lower slot helped a bit. On the first slot it practically touched the CPU's heatsink.

In most cases the lower slots are not electrically PCIe 16x, only 4x or 8x at max, so you lose performance by moving down.

That's definitely something that should be taken into account, especially on newer "consumer" CPUs which may actually not even have enough lanes for a GPU and NVMe drive [0].

In my case, the CPU has 40 PCIe lanes, and all PCIe 16x slots on the motherboard are electrically 16x.

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[0] For example, the i5-8500 only has 16 lanes total: https://ark.intel.com/content/www/fr/fr/ark/products/129939/...


I am also doubling the number of case fans I have installed, which should help a lot.

Is this behavior on a particular platform? I've never encountered this behavior and don't particularly pay attention to what I click. I sometimes tried using shuffle on some playlists, but that's extremely rare, and when I go to another playlist or album shuffle seems disabled.

On the desktop I don't have the big "play shuffled" button at all. I only see it on the iphone for playlists. I've checked a few albums, and they had the regular play button.


Would you mind giving some details on your issues?

As a French user of Amazon, I've always watched these topics with a bit of concern, but never had myself any issues. I figured their practices might be different for whatever reason in the EU as compared to the US / Canada. Even deliveries fulfilled by Amazon have been great experiences, with the people coming to my door (I live in an apartment building with a concierge not accepting packages).


Il y a quelques années j'avais commandé des livres sur Amazon pour des cadeaux, à différents moments si je me souviens bien. Un gros livre de cuisine d'un cuisinier célèbre : les bords étaient abîmés. Je demande un changement, le nouvel exemplaire est abîmé aussi. Du coup, demande de remboursement et j'ai fini par l'acheter à la Fnac... C'était embêtant d'avoir à faire ça et la personne a eu son cadeau en retard. Un autre livre, moins sensible au niveau de la couverture, là aussi pour un cadeau est arrivé abîmé. Donc voilà, surtout pour des cadeaux c'est vraiment la loterie et ça ne vaut pas le risque. Autant payer quelques euros plus chers et acheter un exemplaire sans défaut à la librairie du coin.

> I live in an apartment building with a concierge not accepting packages

What kind of a concierge is this? How do you not get into fights over this?


> What kind of a concierge is this?

Apparently they only take care of the building. "Public hours" are very restrained, so basically the delivery guy has next to no chance of finding it open.

> How do you not get into fights over this?

I rent, so I can't really complain about it effectively. But I was surprised to find this was the case, since I was looking for a building with a concierge for this exact reason, and it's the first time I've seen this. Guess I'll know for the next time...


Oh, so it’s the same scam as in Spain where they like to refer to the security guy as “the concierge”.

I rent too, I’d just print out some flyers about the subject and drop them in all the neighbours mailboxes. This kind of stuff is just petty.


There are HP laptops with user-replaceable RAM, such as the Pro and Elite Books. The 13" ones are comparable to the XPS line in terms of size / weight / performance. I don't have experience with the other sizes.

The top panel being metal is also nicer in my opinion than the weird sticky thing on the XPS.

The company I work for uses those, and they don't seem to have any issues with them.


> The dexterity required to only press the key (roughly) half way to the actuation point is just as strenuous

You don't have to only press the key to the actuation point, you have to press it at least to it. You can then stop anywhere between that point and the bottom, which is easier to do with long travel keys.

In my experience this works best with lighter keys (requiring less force). I found this out when messing around with a cheaper mechanical keyboard[0] by realising that I had just stopped pressing the keys all the way. I wasn't even looking to "type better" or whatever, I was just curious about all the mech hype and was trying one out.

Getting back to membrane keyboards, in my case a 2013 MBP, was actually painful because the keys actually require more force to move past the rest position, but they then become very soft, so all the force becomes speed which then stops all of a sudden when I hit the bottom. To me, it's practically impossible to not bottom out the MBP keyboard because of the short travel. Also, since I got used to pressing the keys with too little force, I find I actually miss a lot of the keys, which had never happened before.

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[0] Drevo Gramr with Outemu Brown switches


I sometimes get the feeling it's an issue of projection, as in people think others have the same values / priorities as them.


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