musou

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musou wrote

more like the cult of buying the exact same mouse every 2 years cause they break for no reason!!

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musou wrote

here comes another xhtml earthquake <br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/>

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musou wrote

the original F.E.A.R. was really good and not too long. don't even bother with any of the sequels though they took the story in a gross and awful direction and the gameplay wasn't as good either, even though the graphics were shinier

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musou wrote

browser-based UI layers for desktop applications were a mistake

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musou wrote

it's so weird to see the name VIZ Media on that page

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musou wrote

HAPPY BIRTH DAY! we are all glad you're here.

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musou wrote

often i forget the discord exists i should read that more often

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musou wrote

thanks for reminding me of old hell, i'm very nostalgic for it now that we are living in new hell

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musou wrote

i feel like i should add that i don't recommend HostGator not just for technical reasons... but also because their parent company, Endurance International Group, is not trustworthy and they would absolutely screw their customers if it made them $1 more than keeping them.

EIG bought the company i worked for, said they were looking forward to growing our staff when the execs jointly announced it to both companies, then on the morning the purchase was finalized they laid off about 20% of the total workforce including many of my friends. people who worked at the company for 10+ years were crying at their desks as they waited their turn to be called into their boss's office to get individually sacked.

a bunch of the execs at both EIG and my company that arranged the buyout all got indicted for securities fraud for only partially related reasons some months later. they eventually settled the case by paying a measly fine.

it was a shitty time. as i talked with old timers from the other companies EIG bought before us, i came to understand that EIG's entire business model is to do exactly that. they find profitable SAAS companies whose leaders have no more ideas, give them a golden parachute out, gut the workforce, paint blood on the walls, and ride the remaining husk of the company til the wheels fall off, keeping only enough tech staff from the original company to keep the products in maintenance mode.

this is unfortunately a pretty common strategy, i think Yahoo does it even better than EIG does (and there is no ethical consumption under capitalism), but watching that whole thing play out from the inside was a really wild and terrible ride i couldn't get off of for almost a year until i found something else.

all that to say, just know that if you sign up for HostGator, you're signing up for the Flickr of web hosting.

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musou wrote

i buy my domains from namecheap because they are usually slightly cheaper than others. i would start with getting a domain and then decide what you want to put on it.

if you are looking to make a static site, i would recommend using Github Pages or something similar, because it basically amounts to free static site hosting. that's what teatimer.site uses and it's super nice because i only have to pay for the domain and not for any of the hosting costs.

if you need to have actual backend logic then i would recommend getting a cheap VPS from a place like Linode or DigitalOcean, i have one DigitalOcean box and it's fine if you are comfortable with the linux command line.

i also have a legacy mostly static site on DreamHost that i need to move over to my DO box, i'm just being lazy about it right now. i don't recommend shared hosts like DreamHost or HostGator because they only get you a little bit of functionality over what you could get from a free static site host, but they cost almost as much money as a VPS.

i especially don't recommend HostGator in particular, because i used to work for the company that owns them, and i know just how much their systems resemble ancient and tangled balls of twine.

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musou wrote

oh it's definitely possible to overconstantize too... things like @cents_in_a_dollar constants pop up sometimes when converting a price from integer cents to a display form with 2 decimal places, which i think is a value that is safe to assume most people know

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musou wrote

this is a good tip, one codebase i worked on actually had a whole module just dedicated to constants with beautiful names such as @largest_integer_that_can_be_represented_in_ten_digits_of_base36

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musou wrote (edited )

in honor of april fools i'm going to pretend to throw the tennis ball for my dog but not actually throw it and watch him run anyway but then he'll figure it out and i'll throw it for real. he loves that

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musou wrote

nothing i ever hear about these devices makes me sad i don't have one