Sam's Blog

Moving Beyond Themes

Posted on 05 Aug 2018

FreeDesktop platforms have come a long way in terms of usability and as we strive to make them better platforms for application developers, I think it’s time to shed one more shackle that slows that down: themes.

Now, coming from me that view may be a surprise (because of all those themes that I call personal projects) but I do feel it’s necessary mainly because the level of visual customisation that is being done at the distribution level has led to widespread visual fragmentation which impacts both user- and developer-friendliness.

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Adorbs for Telegram!

Posted on 27 Jul 2018

Stickers are just glorified icons right??

Adorbs used to be an iMessage sticker pack that I maintained, but I let my Apple developer account lapse, so I made them into a Telegram sticker pack! Available now!

Adorbs for Telegram

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Joining the GNOME Foundation

Posted on 25 Jul 2018

I’d like to announce that I’m one of the newest members of the GNOME Foundation! So thanks to the foundation committee and to GNOME for having me!

GNOME Foundation Balloon

While I have been an on-and-off design contributor over the past few years, I’d thought I’d apply for membership (and a few of m’colleages around GNOME thought I ought to) as I’ve been looking to increasing my involvement in the GNOME community.

So I look forward to contributing more to the growth of the GNOME platform!

Time Machine-style Backups with rsync

Posted on 05 Jun 2018

Data Hoarding 101

I have digital backups of data, especially of my photos, going back almost a decade (I’m not that old) but it’s only recently that I got into creating time-snapshots of my backups, after I mistakenly deleted a bunch of (non-crucial) personal files with a stray rsync --delete on a directory I had not backed-up.

My home server used be compatible with macOS’s Time Machine and when I kept most things on my Mac that was useful, but I changed my data hoarding habits and that solution started to not be the optimal one.

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Linux Themes & Third-Party Icons

Posted on 26 Nov 2017

I’ve gotten this question several times since I started developing the Suru icon set: “why aren’t you including third-party application icons?”

I’m of the position that if you are a software vendor, you should not infringe on the brands of third-party software that may be installed on your platform for the simple reason that the developers of that software deserve to have their brands respected (regardless of whether or not it is open source).

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