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Programming ligatures are font glyphs designed to improve the readability of code. If you spend a lot of time staring at a terminals or text editors you might* find that ligatures can hugely decrease the time it takes you to read, understand and locate code, which if you’re doing any kind of maintenance work is awesome. (*I say “might” above because I’m not aware of evidence, but I’m also not aware of any studies.

This month saw the release of macOS Sierra, the one with the name change. Along with that came some pretty hefty changes to iTunes Music. Some of these changes are cute, like curated playlists, but others, like the removal of most lists of new music, are not so nice. I’m still trying to work out the best way to discover new music, now that I can’t view lists of all new albums, but I’m sure I’ll think of something.

Not long ago, I joined the O’Reilly Security Newsletter (which I highly recommend by the way), and was given the choice of one of several free eBooks. I went for Network Security Assessment (3rd edition) and wasn’t disappointed. This book is a short review, listing some of the things I enjoyed about it. Despite being unfinished, this is a mature and captivating book about examining networks for vulnerabilities. I work daily on the concepts covered in this book and I can imaging that when it’s finished it will be a go-to book on my shelf (yeah, I’ll probably buy a physical copy).

Music in August

I’ve seen a couple of miserable sounding posts suggesting that there’s not been much good dark music this month, and I have to say that I disagree! For me, the month started with Supernormal festival, where I saw some amazing bands, like Ashtray Navigations, The Cush, Tomaga and Heather Leigh, and then when I got back from that cool bands kept releasing cool albums. This post is about a few of them.

The ubiquitous git (no, not a person) provides several tools for managing repositories, but most of them operate at a fairly low-level.This means it’s often necessary to hack together quick scripts when there’s something you need to get done. I needed to remove a load of old, but merged, branches from some remote (centrally hosted) repositories, so (in the words of the slingshot channel) “Let me show you what I came up with!