Weeknotes #4

It’s been a few weeks since my last weeknotes due to being on holiday and attending some conferences. I didn’t want to give up on what I started with these short weekly updates so getting back into the swing of things this week with an update on what I’ve been up to the past few weeks and what I’ve been reading.

The last couple of weeks have been mostly conference based for me, with Velocity Conf in Amsterdam (where I also took a much-needed holiday), and FFConf last Friday. Both were immensely enjoyable, with some brilliant speakers. They make it three conferences I’ve attended recently, so the plan is to write up a short post on all three with highlights from the days.

Here are the things I’ve been reading in the last few weeks:

Lastly, I’ve been planning on buying a new laptop recently. But with my disappointment of the MacBook Pro release and subsequent price-hike due to Brexit (the gift that keeps on giving), I’ve been looking at alternative options. One of my favourite bloggers and authors Matt Gemmell has equally been exploring an alternative and has dived straight into an iPad only workflow and has been writing about his experiences so far.

For me, I’ve decided to take a punt on the new MacBook and see how that goes in the next few weeks, I’ve been lucky enough to hit the extended returns period so I’ve got until the new year to decide if it’s right for me. I’ve just set up a Node dev environment on it for my next project and installed a couple of photo editors to trial over the next couple of weeks to see how the lower-powered machine handles it. I’m hoping to write about some of my experiences too. So far, after writing most of this post with it, the keyboard which I was slightly hesitant over is feeling pretty great, so I’m looking forward to writing a bit more with this as the weeks go on.