I chose “offlinemark” as a handle for a few reasons:
I didn’t want to use my real full name as the handle because of privacy and because I don’t consider my last name a 100% stable API. Ideally this username would last a long time.
I like adjectives as usernames, but also including my first name makes it feel a bit personal.
It’s highly unique. There’s a strong chance I can always get this username.
It’s a bit techy, which is on brand.
Aesthetics. I dislike numbers in usernames. I like the visual appearance of the text (all on one line, no underhanging characters).
It’s an aspirational reminder. A lot of the best things in life are offline.
It appeals to my ironic and quirky sense of humor.
Assuming you’re using the “CMake Tools” VSCode extension, here’s what works for me.
1 – Set
CMAKE_COLOR_DIAGNOSTICS to ON in your environment
This makes CMake pass -fcolor-diagnostics to clang. If you build on the command line, you’ll now have color. But the VSCode “output” pane will still be non-colored.
2 – Install the “Output Colorizer” extension from IBM.
This adds color to the Output pane.
It looks like this:
I’ve been a regular attendee at the Indie Hackers Berlin meetup lately. I’m not particularly an entrepreneur myself, but I love hanging out with them because they generally have many of the following qualities:
Smart/Clever (to be successfull, you kind of have to be)
Into self development
All of which make them very fun and interesting to be around!
Note to self. I write because:
Improved clarity of thought
Archive of thought
Improves writing skills
In addition, I write
in public because:
It reinforces a mindset of speaking my mind in public (i.e. courage)
Receive valuable feedback and external perspectives
Furthermore, I’ve found that it’s addicting to write in public.
It feels good to look back on writing and realize you’ve expressed yourself clear and well. And that you understand the topic well know.
It feels good to develop a voice.
It feels good to watch yourself improve. You can write better, faster with practice.
You become more self-observant of your thoughts, and realize that there are so many interesting things to write about.
It feels good to get positive feedback on your writing.