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Daily Planner for eInk Devices

By Avonelle Lovhaug on 5/16/2021

I continue to love my Onyx Boox Nova 2 which features a convenient size for carrying in my purse, a fantastic battery life, and fairly decent note-taking features. One of the reasons I selected it were the superior reviews found at the My Deep Guide YouTube channel – Vojislav does a fantastic job of really digging into each device, so that you really understand what you are getting before you buy.

Reason #827 why Apple is awesome: iOS Quick Start

By Avonelle Lovhaug on 5/13/2021

I replaced my older iPad Mini this week with a fourth generation iPad Air, and was reminded of the fantastic way Apple makes the experience user friendly. Because I have other iOS devices like my iPhone 12 Mini, I just had to hold the phone over the new iPad, centering the animation that appeared on screen so that I could see it on the phone. Then I just had to enter my passcode and follow some prompts, and it setup everything on the new device, including WiFi, installed applications, and optionally restoring my older iPad’s backup. This support article describes the process, but honestly doesn’t do justice to the shear joy I felt during setup.

Mercury is released!

By Avonelle Lovhaug on 5/13/2021

RemObjects VB.NET compatible language was released last week, which is good news for those of us who want to use the language on previously unsupported platforms like iOS and ASP.NET Core. Visual Studio Magazine covered the release here.

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Onyx Boox Nova 2 Accidental Home Button Press Solution

By Avonelle Lovhaug on 4/29/2021

I’m a huge fan on the Onyx Boox devices – I use my Nova 2 almost every day for either note taking or reading. But one of the few issues I’ve had with it is that when I am taking notes, I often accidentally press the physical Home button when I rest my wrist. Then it pops me out of the Note application. Very annoying.

Brain Time vs Butt Time and Measuring Developer Productivity

By Avonelle Lovhaug on 4/23/2021

This post by Nick Hodges about Brain Time vs. Butt Time does a nice job of explaining the challenge in measuring developer productivity.

This is a very sad thread

By Avonelle Lovhaug on 4/19/2021

I’m not saying software is easy. In fact, I know I have some bad software too.

It is a mystery

By Avonelle Lovhaug on 4/9/2021

Lots of female programmers have suggested that they they don’t feel that the profession is very inclusive. Personally I’ve never had an issue as a woman, but I do run into this a lot:

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Yikes!

By Avonelle Lovhaug on 4/9/2021

Every time I see a story involving planes and “software mistake” I get nervous:

Features I want for Azure DevOps

By Avonelle Lovhaug on 4/3/2021

I use Azure DevOps for my freelance software development work. It is (relatively) affordable, and combines issue tracking with source control management and continuous integration. Previous issue tracking systems I used did not have these other features, which meant trying to isolate the code that was changed for particular bugs or enhancements was difficult. I like that Azure DevOps provides an integrated solution, but frankly the issue tracking part of it is not that great. Here are some of the things I wish it would do:

Make up your mind, developers!

By Avonelle Lovhaug on 3/25/2021

As is typical, industry news is filled with contradictions.

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