About the Author
I'm Stephan, a Linux user with a passion for open-source, UI/UX design, and exploring what makes fiction work.
In my spare time, I focus on (and write about):
- Programming (mainly in Python and Rust)
- Retrocomputing (mostly DOS)
- Reading and Reviewing Fiction
- The odd bit of UI/UX design or literary theory
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Author Archives: Stephan Sokolow
Now another note that’s been sitting in my bin of writing advice drafts for a while, that should really be on this blog instead. When you’re writing a character and they get angry, it’s very important to understand the root … Continue reading
Changeling by GoWithTheFlo20 This is an interesting case. It’s a Harry Potter – Star Trek: Deep Space 9 crossover that’s quite early in its arc, and has a lot of potential, but it’s also a bit of an “OC named … Continue reading
This morning, I found a message in my comment moderation queue which I thought I should warn people about. Like most comment spam these days, it listed a genuine-looking e-mail address at a big-name provider, but instead of trying to … Continue reading
If you’re like me, you probably like to launch your GUI applications from the terminal at least occasionally… or from scripts… or from a quick launcher which doesn’t search .desktop names because you find it annoying to have your intent … Continue reading
Quick question. How many people realized that it’s legally impossible to create a RAR file without using WinRAR, RAR for Linux, etc., all of which are shareware? At first, that might seem like no big deal, given that we have … Continue reading
There’s an annoying little problem that happens sometimes when you save stuff off the web, which the popularity of emoji has brought into the spotlight: Some tools still assume Unicode code points will fit within 16 bits and break with … Continue reading