Bye GitHub Pages, and hello… WordPress.com?

Hi all – it’s been while, hasn’t it? Since we last spoke, I’ve made another revolution on the computing merry-go-round, finding myself using my old 2015 MacBook Pro again. Amongst other reasons, I’m (again) seeking simplicity in my computing, with the aim of being able to focus more on what really matters in life. And with that, out goes Windows, and in comes macOS. To be honest, it feels like I never left – this is a good thing.

Following this philosophy, I took a look at the blogging situation. To be honest, blogging felt like a chore; my last post was over a year ago. How can I make this easier for myself, hopefully to entice myself to blog more? Firstly, I’d like an app to blog, a dedicated editor in which to author my posts (Open Live Writer doesn’t exist on macOS). And secondly, I’d like to move away from static site blogging–as much as I appreciate the flexibility and customisability–running a git push every time I wanted to publish a post felt like setting the barrier too high. So the answer was simple in this case, find a hosted blogging service that doesn’t suck (WordPress.com) and an app to publish to it (MarsEdit 4.) And so far, so good.

Switching back to Mac has also caused me to pick up some new productivity tools, which have had a major positive improvement on my workflows and productivity levels. I stumbled across OmniFocus whilst browsing the App Store one evening, and before I knew it I had ordered a copy of David Allen’s Getting Things Done off of Amazon. Just a few days ago I finished reading it, and I hope to blog soon about it. It’s been immensely helpful with getting my education, work, and other projects in order, and with focusing adequate time on each without worrying about the ‘other things I should be doing’. Overall, it was a very good read–one I can see myself coming back to every view months.

The last day of the 1194 time service and 1196 weather service

Tonight, Monday the 30th of September, will be the very last evening one can dial ‘1194’ or ‘1196’ from any Australian mobile or landline phone to receive the current time read continuously, or a spoken weather forecast for their nearest major capital city, respectively. Dial either of these numbers, and you would’ve heard an old-timely British male broadcaster voice that easily sounded like it could’ve been recorded in the 1950s or 60s. You can see below a video of both numbers in action on their last day of operation, recorded by ThebusofdoomFSX on YouTube.

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An afternoon wasted and an exercise in partition frustration

…or “What to do if you lose Mac OS after resizing your Windows Bootcamp partition”

TLDR; Scroll to the bottom of the post where I outline the steps I took to make my Mac partition bootable again without any data loss.

I was meant to spend this afternoon completing an assignment for my course due Thursday. Instead, I nearly lost all of my programming projects dating back to when I began to take programming seriously at age twelve. This is your typical “always have and check backups story”; something I thought I was immune to – until now, at least.

It began when I decided I needed to expand my Mac’s Windows 10 Bootcamp partition. I thought this would be an easy task; I’d shrink my APFS partition from Mac OS, as Disk Utility would be the beast utility to accomplish that task, and then expand my Windows partition from Windows, as I don’t trust Mac OS to expand NTFS. Shrinking the APFS partition went swimmingly, it took about 15 minutes and apart from Disk Utility freezing, seemed to complete without a hitch.

The next step was to expand my Bootcamp NTFS partition to fill the unallocated space on the SSD. I decided to undertake this task in Windows, rather than booting a Linux live USB. The first tool I tried was the built-in Windows Disk Management, however it quickly became apparent that it cannot resize a currently mounted partition, like the Windows C: drive. So off to the internet I went, in search of a partitioning tool that could somehow accomplish this task. I landed on EaseUS Partition Master, it was a program I had heard of before and it seemed to be fairly reputable. It advertised itself as a safe way to manage partitions. This turned out, in my case, to be false.

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