The first computer I met was in my school's computer lab. It was the only room in our school that was air conditioned and we were not allowed to wear our shoes inside the lab for whatever reason. To be honest, I am unable to recall my exact feeling when we were introduced to the black & white command prompt and taught to write our first program in LOGO. But I do remember feeling excited to be in the room because the lab was off limits until we were in class 4 or something. It was quiet and we were allowed to talk only in hushed tones. For me, the air conditioning was probably a bigger draw than the computers themselves.
It has been a while since I paid any attention at all to this site. My goal for this weekend is to finally remove the under construction banner and have a decent page up. This whole thing of designing in the browser is not working for me. I think I will try moving into a design tool to try some layouts before I get into code. I am also seriously considering moving to next.js from eleventy. Eleventy is great but I want a more familiar environment for data fetching etc. I am okay as long as I get to keep the posts in markdown so that I don't lose any of the content. Astro looks very interesting but it is too new and I am sure they will introduce breaking changes. So here we go. Consider this a 24 hours challenge if you will. Let us see how far I can get.
I am a big fan of the command palette UI pattern. So much so that I am sure
cmd+k in Slack,
cmd+p in Sublime text, and
cmd+space for Alfred are my three most used keyboard shortcuts on a daily basis. You can read more about this pattern in this nice blog post that describes it along with examples - Command Palette Interfaces
This year was supposed to be the year things got better. I don't want to sound all gloomy but I figured I should record my thoughts as I sit in the middle of the pandemic.
No matter how the last year treated you, this year will be better. Happy New Year!