Johnathan Lyman

My name is Johnathan Lyman. I'm an engineer at Papertrail, a huge Apple nerd and semi-regular blogger. I enjoy bubble tea way too much and find Farming Simulator relaxing.

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2014 – 2018 Johnathan Lyman. All 339 posts and 12 pages were made with and in Seattle.

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I’m a couple weeks into using the Ergo Sculpt keyboard regularly. I’ve grown accustomed to its ways and it has definitely solved my wrist pain problem. 8/10 would recommend.
Switched to a Microsoft Ergo Sculpt (the one with the open space in the middle) keyboard, today. So far my biggest two issues have been debating remapping Ctrl+Windows+Alt keys back to the layout on a mac and the extra key travel (needing to type with more force).

Forcing HTTPS is Good… Or is it Bad?

There’s a bit of a debate in various corners of the Internet about how Google’s adding of Not SecureΒ to HTTP-only sites as an indicator in the address bar is somehow bad for the Internet.

This tweet sums up both sides nicely:

I have mixed feelings. I get where folks are coming from when they say that Google shouldn’t be doing this carte blanche, but it also seems like a petty hill to die on. Google is a shit company but HTTPS is easy, free, and at least does some stuff to ensure the content you’re accessing is the content that was served. The barrier for entry into an HTTPS-enabled Web site is super low and we should be making these migrations independently of what Google is pushing.

Sure, adding that indicator is a scare tactic, and I’d bet it’ll be a good one. We should also be cautious that anywhere between your site and your visitor, there’s the very real possibility someone could very well take over that connection and replace the site or inject code on a whim. ISPs are for the most part shitty companies all around. Does moving to HTTPS only solve that problem? No, but it does provide piece of mind.

If folks are worried about their sites that have 15 years worth of content and haven’t been largely updated since 2004 all of a sudden becoming irrelevant or the “Independent” web being silenced… fine. We need to start somewhere in setting the benchmark for the Internet to be above plaintext HTTP. I don’t see other alternatives that don’t make things more complicated.

There’s really no reason why the Internet can’t be secure everywhere at this point.

When it comes to making sure “old content” is still accessible by all, as someone who jumped on the HTTPS train as soon as they could, it would stand to reason that means for accessing this “old content” should be updated as well. Analog media is digitized to keep it accessible.

New Old

To say I’m never content with the way my blog looks is an understatement. I resurfaced the old 2-column layout I was using and tweaked it, cleaned it up. I got to thinking that big images isn’t really a part of my brand and I’ve always been partial to simple and clean.

Let’s see how long that lasts…

Apple Park visitor center

The Paramount is such a good looking theatre.

Seeing Hamilton this evening at The Paramount Theatre in Seattle.

While I love watching snowboarding πŸ‚ and curling πŸ₯Œ I’m excited for the Olympics to end.
Debugging Windows crash issues is reminding me why I moved to macOS in 2011 and never looked back.
@brentsimmons I didn’t notice that Evergreen had a blue tint in the source list until I updated. Blew my mind.

Where Work Happens

In reading Remote: Office Not Required, I had my first revelation moment right in the first chapter of the book. Remote is broken up into parts and each part covers a specific meta-topic related to working remotely with mini-chapters within each part drilling down and covering individual points about the larger topic. In the first part, Jason Fried and DHH discuss how right now is the best time to consider and even make the transition to leaving the office behind in a traditional sense and embrace working from wherever. The very first chapter: “Why work doesn’t happen at work” made a lot of sense. I didn’t realize how right they were until I started reflecting on my past office experiences and how often I struggled to be productive.


For Micro Monday: @brentsimmons. I’m really enjoying his latest masterpiece, Evergreen (an open-source macOS RSS reader) A LOT.

Remote Work

Sometime in the next couple weeks I’ll be starting the first book discussion of 2018. I’ve been wanting to discuss this topic for a long time. I want to talk about the topic of remote work and address some of the stigma behind it, along with some tips and stories from my own experiences working remotely 100% for the last two years.

The companion book is Remote: Office Not Required from 37Signals founders David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried. I highly recommend picking it up and following along as each post will use parts from the book as their base for discussion.

Stay tuned for the first post.

From Mic: β€œβ€¦ canceling all student debt would likely lead to an increase in U.S. GDP between $861 billion and $1,083 billion over the course of 10 years.”
I use Markdown headers in my ruby arrays to break up the data by section. Don’t @ me.
I’d love to get some feedback from the community. I’m considering starting an aggregator of indie publishers, content creators, bloggers, etc; a search engine for just the indie web. Is this something you’ve wished existed or wished it existed in a better form than it does today?
Trying to set up a Gitlab instance tonight to toy with the idea of owning my own version control instead of using GitHub. It’s surprisingly memory hungry. 4GB is the minimum. That’s $20 a month right from the start for most hosting providers.
The opening of the IMSA season is today and before the Rolex 24, there’s the BMW Endurance Challenge, starting at 9:50am Pacific, 12:50PM Eastern on The Rolex 24 starts at 2PM Eastern on Saturday on FOX.

Johnathan Lyman
Kenmore, WA,
United States
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