Articles

Preventing a Windows PC from adjusting the screen’s brightness automatically

Mac changes the brightness of your screen automatically. It brightens up when you’re in a bright place. It dims when you’re in a dark place. They do it elegantly and slowly. Most of the time, their brightness adjustment is great.

The same cannot be said for Windows. I noticed huge changes in the screen’s brightness (which causes me to get distracted). I hated it, so I removed it.

Turns out, it’s not as easy as you think it should be.

Emulating Mac’s Dvorak-Qwerty-⌘ on Windows

I write A LOT. When I got my Windows PC, the first thing I did was to change the keyboard so it’s the same as my Mac’s keyboard.

I want to show you how to do this. It’ll help if you’re transitioning from Mac to Windows! (Or if you want to use both at the same time, like me).

Build Your Developer Brand post-mortem

I did a post-mortem for Build Your Developer Brand (which I gave last Friday). I wanted to share this review openly in case anyone is interested in my thoughts.

Setting up Windows for web development

After a horrible experience with my 2018 Macbook, I decided it was time to buy a Windows device as my backup machine. I chose to use Windows as a backup because:

  1. Mac is expensive!
  2. My old Mac is a goner
  3. I need a Windows computer for accessibility testing (NVDA + Firefox combination anyone?)

I ended up buying a Surface Laptop 3.

Setting up Windows was harder than I imagined. It was especially hard because I wanted this Windows machine to mirror everything I do on Mac.

In this series of articles, I’ll explain everything I did to configure my new Windows machine. This should help you out if you’re switching from Mac to Windows.

A Simple CLI for Convertkit

When I need to check a person’s details on Convertkit, I need to log in to Convertkit and search for the person’s email address. This process takes time, energy, and clicks.

I’m not in the state to check a website when I’m doing work. I want to find the person’s information quickly and get stuff done.

So I created a command line interface for Convertkit.

4 Design Courses

We’re back to the end of the month. Here’s more resources for you. This time, I want to send you some design courses.

Element.focus vs aria-activedescendant

When you build JavaScript components, you need to manage focus for both keyboard users and screen readers. The WAI-ARIA specs say there are two ways to manage focus:

  1. Using element.focus and tabindex
  2. Using aria-activedescendant

Which should you use and why?

I did in-depth research on these two methods and I’d like to share my findings in this article. Take a seat and grab some popcorn because it’s going to be a long article.

Overcoming my panic towards accessibility

Accessibility is a big part of JavaScript. If you build anything with JavaScript, you need to make them accessible.

I’ve been afraid of touching accessibility for a few years now. This fear magnified when I began writing the accessibility lessons for Learn JavaScript.

Today, I want to share with you why I became afraid of accessibility, and how I overcame this fear.

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