You Can Skip This Post

If your time and attention is limited, this is one you can ignore. It’s just a few personal items that I feel the need to share with those who can take a moment, who feel a need to know.

I’m on a roll here, writing a lot and several posts ahead. I don’t want to pile up too much for anyone to read in too short of a time. But right now my heart is full and the rest of me is trying to keep up.

Part of what tripped the floodgates was stumbling across a new text editor that makes it easier for me to write like I think. Would you believe it’s Visual Studio Code? Made by Microsoft to run on Linux, it’s not that easy to tweak the preferences, but I figured it out and I really like it. It runs on Mono libraries, the Open Source implementation of .Net. So this is not really efficient, and does require a little extra computing power. However, it’s still less than Notepad++ under WINE, and it works a lot better. It takes a bit of reading to discern how to code your user preferences file; most of the instructions assume too much of ordinary users because it’s written for developers. However, it’s a dandy blog post editor. Somehow it encourages my writing, in part because of some nifty features, like using native Linux user interface features (mouse-paste works).

My spirit tells me that my mission adventure has been delayed yet again. Near as I can tell, someone on the other end of this deal has missed a window. That happened once before back when I had my bike crash. Someone connected with city government was supposed to work with me, but it didn’t happen. Something like that has happened again, so I’m continuing to march with the current mission that offers darn little adventure. Please don’t ask me how I know this is what happened; it’s just something I perceived in my heart with sufficient shape to make sense of it. I’m not angry, just a little disappointed. I’m a good soldier and I’ll find ways to train up a little more for whatever comes later. Meanwhile, a couple of people out there somewhere are missing out on some powerful blessings from God.

As part of my preparation for the next mission opportunity, I’m praying for a Google Pixelbook. (Nope; the keyboard is missing too many word processing keys. I’ll be going for a Dell XPS with Ubuntu.) That’s pretty expensive, I know, but that’s something I’m saving up for. Don’t feel like I’m asking for contributions or anything; that’s between you and God. Just pray with me. Rather, I’m suggesting with this that I don’t fear Google. I don’t trust it in the least, but I am confident that whatever evil comes out of that monster, I can obey the Lord working with it. Electronic snooping is no threat to me; I know how to live with that. The biggest danger is that someone would put out a false message in my name. Right now, that strikes me as highly unlikely. I’m well under the radar, and I sense that I’ll stay that way a very long time.

However, I still refuse to use Android phones (or any other smart phone) or a lot of other Google products. Only what coincides with my mission, and that’s rather limited. The same goes with Microsoft and other Big Tech companies. Just because it’s everywhere doesn’t mean it’s any good.

About Ed Hurst

Disabled Veteran, prophet of God's Laws, Bible History teacher, wannabe writer, volunteer computer technician, cyclist, Social Science researcher
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5 Responses to You Can Skip This Post

  1. Jay DiNitto says:

    I just looked up VSC…really quick, looks similar to Sublime text. If you haven’t you may want to check that out, too.


  2. Ed Hurst says:

    I dunno Jay, $80 is a little steep. VSC is free and has dozens of plugins, to include multiple spellcheckers to catch my numerous typos.


  3. Jay DiNitto says:

    I get that. I have the paid version at work and the trial version at home. The trial version is free….there’s a popup every dozen saves or so, asking you to buy. I’m fine with that sort of intrusion so it’s worth it.


  4. Ed Hurst says:

    Something told me you had used it yourself. Right now I’m pleased with getting spellcheck to work on VSCode; it took three different plugins before I got one that actually did what the developer claimed.


  5. Jay DiNitto says:

    It’s a good editor for web developers, since so many IDEs have too many visual distractions. Sublime is easy on the eyes and doesn’t require a lot of concentration to navigate.


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