Five for Friday – May 3, 2024

Another week has flown by. This week, I have a mix of fun things I’ve found, plus just some random stuff I felt like telling you about.

  • I’m a long time ToDoist user. It’s the way I make sure my dumb brain doesn’t forget to do important things. I’ve tried a lot of the alternatives, but none work as well for me. On Tuesday, ToDoist showed me this message:
    5 years, 5 months, 3 weeks, 5 days after you first started your Todoist journey on Nov 3 2018, you’ve joined just 0.05% of all Todoist users to ever reach Todoist Karma Enlightenment.
    So now we can say that I’m Enlightened!
  • I bought another computer this week. I picked up a Lenovo X270 this week on ebay for about $200, and it’s remarkably beefy (i7, 16 gb ram, 512 SSD) for the price. I wanted a computer that I would feel comfortable bringing to the floor at DefCon, but fast enough to have fun and do some damage at CTF events, and it should be perfect.
  • As a long time linux (mostly Ubuntu) user, I wanted to try something different, so I loaded Fedora onto the X270, and it runs absolutely perfectly. Every device works, and it’s fast. While installing software, I came across GPU Screen Recorder – which may be the best screen recorder I’ve ever used.
  • I’m kind of not surprised with the stories in this article on how the rush to “do AI” is burning people out. I’ve seen it happen with a lot of the new things throughout my career.
  • On a much more sensible note, Ethan Mollick has an entire book of sensible advice on using AI (disclaimer – perhaps I see it as sensible because it aligns with the stories I’ve been telling about use and mis-use of AI). Definitely worth checking out – Co-Intelligence: Living and Working with AI.

And there we have it – another list of five things i thought were worth sharing this week.

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