I’ve been using Tiny Tiny RSS since Google Reader shut down. It’s self-hosted, which I like and I’ve been pretty happy with it.
But I looked at the code the other day.
It was originally written in 2005, and it shows. This is before the PHP Standards Group (now PHP-FIG) was even formed. This was the early, Wild Wild West, WordPress-era days of PHP.
As a modern PHP developer who works hard to write clean code that follows best practices, it’s hard for me to read this kind of code. Reminds me of my early days. And this is exactly the kind of code that makes other devs besmirch PHP, because they think it’s all like that.
So, I’m thinking about writing my own RSS reader that’s API-compatible with TT-RSS, so I can continue to use the same mobile app.
I probably won’t do it, because I don’t really have the time to devote to that kind of project. But I’d really like to.
My wife and I have been talking about emigrating from the US recently.
I’m a web developer who works from home. My wife is a homemaker. Our four kids have been doing remote school or homeschool since the pandemic began. We don’t have much tying us down.
We’d like suggestions on countries which might be good options for us.
Here’s the main things we’re looking for.
easily available good Internet access (required for my work)
temperate to warm climate. Mediterranean would be good, but a little warmer is fine
access to the general conveniences that we are used to (somewhat flexible on this)
cost of living not too outrageous (probably excludes most of Europe)
has had a good pandemic response
we are willing to learn a new language, so reasonable access to stuff as English speakers while we learn would be good
safe (this is somewhat subjective and intentionally broad, as it could encompass both local crime and political stability)
Places we’ve considered:
New Zealand (probably too expensive)
Now, as to why we’re considering this:
We live in Houston, Texas. We both were born and grew up in the US, her in Pennsylvania, me in Washington and Texas.
We really like Texas, but the pandemic has really brought out the worst parts of many people here. The sense of individualism and entitlement over the needs of the community has made life pretty awful. We’ve been trying to do our best to follow medical guidelines, masking around others, social distancing, getting the vaccine, but so many people just don’t care.
We had to take the kids to the dentist for their regular checkup yesterday, and despite the meant signs telling people to wear a mask, one lady ans her four-year-old are just sitting there maskless. Meanwhile, ICUs (including pediatric) are completely full throughout the city because of COVID cases.
We’ve talked about moving to another state, but don’t think it would be enough of a change.
So, we’re thinking about leaving the country. We want to live somewhere where people care about other people, not just themselves.
Honestly, this is probably not going to happen, but we’re considering it.
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I once spent most of a day writing methods for determining the sunrise and sunset time for a given location and date, because we switched weather data providers and the new one didn’t include it.
I don’t know who needs to see this, but if you’d like to see pictures of anime girls (safe for work) with programming books, there’s apparently a git repo for that.
Hey, by the way, a couple years ago, one of my coworkers was named Ramsey. While a was code reviewing one of his PRs, I noticed he added ramsey/uuid to our composer.json, and I thought he was adding something he wrote, which seemed weird to me.
It wasn’t until a few months later when I saw it in Laravel’s composer.json and thought, “there’s no way that Taylor Otwell let in a package that Ramsey wrote.” So, I had to look you up to realize that you were not the Ramsey I knew.
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