Archives For August 2016

lime fresh no more

August 21, 2016

This used to be a Lime Fresh Mexican Grill here at Phillips Landing. My wife and I made it a regular eating out habit, especially on Taco Tuesdays. Lime Fresh had the best fish tacos in Orlando, if not the whole world. All the food was good as was the staff. We literally started eating there when that Lime Fresh first opened. We built up a lot of good memories around the excellent food and staff.

But nothing lasts forever, especially something good like Lime Fresh. For whatever reason the place closed down late last year. Then about a month ago construction began on the empty store, and today I discovered it’s going to become a Five Guys Burger joint.

I’ve been to Five Guys. There’s one over near UCF where I work. Five Guys makes a decent burger, better than McDonalds and Burger King to be sure. But as good asFive Guys is, it isn’t as good as Lime Fresh. Not by any stretch. Not only is Lime Fresh food outstanding, it’s a lot healthier than a burger and fries from anybody, including Five Guys.

Before they tore out the Lime Fresh interior I got a few photos to remember the place. The photos below were taken at the same approximate positions as the photos above. You can see how different the new restaurant is laid out. Lime Fresh was a lot more open.

I’m sure the Five Guys will be successful. But not because of me and my wife. We won’t eat there; the food isn’t to our liking and we’ll have too sad memories of the restaurant that was there before.

Visual Studio Code in PowerShell Git Repository

Visual Studio Code in PowerShell Git Repository

While taking breaks during the day (and later this evening) I pulled the PowerShell source from Github. I got it to build, after a fashion, but the build process wants to run a series of tests, and the tests are failing a bit. Considering this is alpha code, I’m not that concerned, and consider this to be a learning opportunity.

I will clarify this about the build directions on OS X;

  1. install a PowerShell pre-built binary as Microsoft recommends and start that up;
  2. go down into the PowerShell top Git directory (in my case it was ~/Git/PowerShell);
  3. execute ‘Import-Module ./build.psm1’ within PowerShell.

That will define the PowerShell function Start-PSBootstrap that you need to execute in order to set up the PowerShell build environment. That little detail about sourcing build.psm1 is missing in the OS X directions, although it’s there in the Linux directions. Good thing I read around a bit…

GitHub Desktop with PowerShell Repository

GitHub Desktop with PowerShell Repository

I am pleased with the tools I have installed on the MBP. Visual Studio Code seems to be a rather decent editor (and debugger with the right extensions installed). I’m using it so far for Rust, Go and Python, and tonight I got it set up for C# editing. It comes with the ability to navigate a local Git repository copy out-of-the-box. All on a MBP under Mac OS X 10.11.6. I’m also pleased with GitHub Desktop. I can browse the repository metadata and the diff tool is again pretty decent. My only problem is I couldn’t use the Desktop to do the pull; I had to use the command line tool. I’m no git expert, and my understanding of the Desktop is even more limited. But again, it’s an opportunity to learn.

I’m something of a tool packrat, having installed a fair number of editors and IDEs over the years. For example I’ve purchased a license for Sublime Text, I’ve got Komodo Edit 9 installed, and I even have a copy of Atom installed. About the only editor I don’t have on OS X is Notepad++ (unfortunately, only available on Windows), an editor I use on Windows when I need to get serious about text and code editing without the bloat of a full-up IDE.

So, new tools, new code, a new(ish) shell to spark some interest. I’m looking for a full-up replacement for Java, so maybe I need to give C# another look. PowerShell is written in C#, so there’s that. I know that the cool kids look askance at C#, and I know that Java is still considered the #1 language for making a living. But Oracle has made using Java hellish, and I have no desire to use the language any more. C++, C#, Python, Rust, Go, Javascript; there are so many other good alternatives and what I listed doesn’t scratch the surface of computer languages. It’s such a rich development environment these days.

powershell on a mac

August 19, 2016
Powershell on a Mac

Powershell on a Mac

tl;dr – Microsoft open sourced Powershell. Source, installable packages, and instructions for installing it or building the repository are on Github.

In case you missed it, Microsoft has open sourced its Powershell “super” shell. Right now it’s an alpha release, with all that that implies. And for those who care about such things, it’s released with the MIT open source license, not GNU. You can either grab the sources via git and built it yourself or you can download pre-built installation binaries. I chose to the pre-built Mac installation package to quickly get something up and running. I don’t have a lot to add to the conversation at this point as I’m certainly no Powershell guru. But from what little I do know about Powershell, it all appears to work on my Mac. In the example shown here I’m running Powershell in iTerm2, a better alternative to Apple’s Terminal. Perhaps future releases will be able to create a shell without this intermediate step; it would be nice.

Since upgrading to Windows 10 it’s a tiny bit ironic that I’ve been spending a lot more time in Powershell than I have in prior versions of Windows. What probably pushed me towards Powershell was my eventual dissatisfaction with the Windows Linux Subsystem and its inclusion of bash. I am not a bash fan, and find little to like with any of the other Unix-like shells (csh, tcsh, ksh, zsh, etc, etc). I’ve used all those other shells because that’s all you’ve got. I haven’t gotten excited about a shell since my days of using 4Dos on MSDOS and OS/2. I personally would like a common powerful shell environment across all my various operating systems, but somehow bash and its ilk are not it for me. Since source and instructions for building the repository are available, I’m toying with the idea of building Powershell on Arch Linux ARM for the Raspberry Pi. More to come on that, perhaps…

it’s still too expensive

August 16, 2016
Owner: Olympus

Olympus OM-D E-M1

I like to keep abreast of what’s current in photography. That’s one reason I read websites such as The Phoblographer. Not only do I get to view vicariously the latest in equipment, but I also get to see excellent photographer by photographers young and old. The design of the site is also very easy on my eyes as well. So there’s a lot to keep my interest and to keep me coming back repeatedly.

But that doesn’t mean I find everything to my satisfaction. The Phoblographer will on a regular basis write-up articles with the phrase “cheap photo” in the title. The article is about equipment from various manufacturers that has been discounted, usually around $100 to $200, sometimes more, sometimes less. The problem is that a camera that is seriously expensive that’s $200 off is still seriously expensive. An excellent example of this is the Olympus OM-D E-M1. Today, on their website, they’ve announced that the camera is $200 off its regular selling price of $1,099, or $899. It’s a great camera and I’m an Olympus user myself. But $899 isn’t, practically speaking, any less expensive than $1,o99.

I’ve always compared prices of items to one another in order to determine if it’s practical or not. For example, for what I’d spend on the E-M1 on sale, I just spent on a pair of new cherry vanities with tops and sinks. I’m at that point in my life that, after having lived in my first and only house since 1985, I feel it’s time to fix the place up and replace all the really worn items, such as the bathroom vanities and sinks. And there are (lots of) other projects around the house needing to be fixed/replaced. This isn’t my wife speaking through me, this is me looking around and realizing I need to paint, wallpaper, and in general make the house look a lot better after having lived here over 30 years. And the original kitchen cabinets are something atrocious that absolutely needs to be replaced…

The price of current equipment is off the charts. So high that it’s insane to keep buying more, even more insane just to keep replacing for marginal improvements. I’ve known this for quite some time, and tried to use that to motivate me to purchase on the trailing edge of the tech, picking up heavily discounted gear. But I can’t even justify that any more. Recently I’ve used my camera gear less and less, partially because of my work, and partially because I’ve lost the desire. I now carry just one camera and one lens, the E-M10 and the 12-40mm PRO. That’s all I truly need, if even that much. So I carry around just that camera, and keep my money in my pocket to put towards something more practical, like the house. And when that’s done, then on to something else equally practical. Just no more camera gear.

File_000This was updated less than an hour ago. Hillary has added 0.8% to her lead. Just another 0.4% and she’ll be at 90%.

My only concern is making sure not to get cocky. I’m voting early next week for the Florida local primary, and I intend to vote for November as well. I’m exercising my right to vote this year, and I’m voting a straight Democratic ticket. The Republicans are totally dead to me after allowing Trump to claim the nomination. Who did they think the were fooling by letting him clinch the nomination?

I can’t believe I grew up Republican. I can’t believe there are folks who still claim to be Republicans. My advice to everyone is build a new party around Gary Johnson and the Libertarian Party. There’s nothing left to reclaim out of the wreckage of the Republican Party. But whatever you do, stay away from the crazies in the Green Party.