Graduate recruitment, level playing field 

T, our eldest, is applying for graduate jobs. Several firms he’s applied for have a “blind application” process – no CV, just a standard test – so they can’t discriminate based on which university you went to, supposedly. But one of them then asked for the *exact date* his summer term ends. Fun fact: Oxford and Cambridge terms end a week earlier than other universities’… 🤔

I have been driving my daughter to her new school and picking her up. I unwittingly used a street that has restrictions on it, until I got the first 2 PCN notices, and realised my error. Unfortunately the first PCNs did not arrive until 10 days after I started using the road. I have now received 8 PCNs totalling £1040 in fines, probably more to come. 😑😑

I met someone today who has to break up the ice outside her flat and take it down in buckets to dump on the garden because the drainpipe meets the floor of her balcony. She's 96. This country.

I have been using Git a long, long time. I have worked on Git clients and libraries. At some places I've worked, I am the person folks go to when they need Git help.

And yet, only today I learned you can pass -m to commit twice (or more) and it will do the right thing of making each successive message a new paragraph (which is useful for the convention of a short summary as a single first line and following paragraphs as a more detailed message).

Dentist: So, do you floss?
Me: Do you use a unique password for every account?

THERAPIST: How did you feel when you first realized you had a Gloria Gaynor obsession?

ME: First I was afraid. I was petrified.

Don't miss our Black Friday deals! Once they're gone, THEY'RE GONE! Well, at least until Monday, when our Cyber Monday deals will be basically the same thing. But once *those* deals are gone, that's it, no more deals. EVER. Well, until we extend our Cyber Monday sales for the rest of the week. But once that's over, seriously, no more! Until mid-December, when we launch our big pre-Christmas sale. But if you miss that, you're out of luck, because we'll never have a sale again. Well, not until...

Just a reminder to not buy a commercial VPN on Black Friday unless you’re a corporate IT admin buying a concentrator, or you’re trying to watch geolocked kdramas. They provide you no added security. You’re welcome! #cybersecurity

Code editor advice 

I am struggling with the fact that VS Code inherits so many Chromium bugs on MacOS. Specifically, selecting text is a real pain in the neck. Instead of only incrementally speaking the text that is newly selected, all previously selected text gets deselected and spoken, and then the whole text including the new selection gets spoken afterwards. This makes efficient editing impossible.
Are there any code editors people use with #VoiceOver on #MacOS that you are really happy with?

If you haven't yet, please consider signing the Overlay Factsheet
#a11y #overlays

Last year I had this idea of creating an #HTMHell advent calendar for 2022. 24 blog posts about HTML. I'm not one of the authors, but reviewing, editing, etc. is eating up sooo much time nonetheless.

Anyways, having read most of the posts already, I can tell you that it's absolutely worth the effort. So many outstanding contributions about a11y, security, usability, performance, and UX.

Look out for the first article on Thursday!


You just pin your last tweet, Pete,
Request your archive, Clive,
You don’t need a blue tick, Vic,
Just get yourself free.

Hop on the tusk, Gus,
You don’t need to delete much,
Except your DMs, Jen,
And get yourself free.

Use Debirdify, Di,
Provide some alt tags, Mags,
Add a content warning, Tim,
To post sensitively.

Remember to boost, Ruth
You don't need to deny truth,
Just drop off the perch, Dirk,
And get yourself free.
#VerseThurday #TwitterMigration #FediTips

Software development grumble 

Time taken to write fix: ~5 minutes. Time taken to get Android build environment and emulator working and to get the test working to verify the fix: more than half a day. 😩

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@jscholes Sympathies! I think I can even tell how that might have happened, too. The WPS labels on the routers I've seen are ambiguous, relying on a specific made-up symbol that does not seem to have been standardised across different manufacturers. So the printer manual, for example, might say "press the [strange shape here] button on your router" and the router has a totally different strange shape that you are just meant to understand as being the same thing.

Poor design choices annoy me, in case you can't tell.

I wish you good fortune in dealing with them. Though your personal situation may be different in ways I don't know, I find it helps me, when I'm dealing with my parents and their IT problems, to remember that even though I keep having to remind them how to use a particular piece of hardware or software, they did in fact teach me how to use a spoon. So I force myself to give them extra leeway.

My parents managed to reset their router while trying to connect a printer via WPS. Later today I'll be attempting to set things back up, from over 5,000 miles away, with the device not currently establishing an Internet connection. How's your Thursday going?

PSA: If you have,, and/or (which all do the same as www these days) bookmarked or in scripts etc. please update them to (UK folks) or (everyone else) as I'm going to turn off m. and ssl. in the new year. Tech debt which serves no purpose.
Boosts would be appreciated 🙌🏻

Speaking of #Pinafore, based on a blog post from Nolan Lawson, it looks like it might not be maintained too much into the future. That's sad, but I totally respect that. I just contributed some a11y pull requests, but I'm now wondering whether I need to focus on the official UI instead. Hmm.

In software engineering, around 50% of your time is spent getting a feature to work, and the other 99% of your time is spent making it work on everyone else's machine.

on one hand you can have a complicated state-driven experience, but on the other good fucking luck using the back button

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