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What are you doing this week? Feel free to share!

Keep in mind it’s OK to do nothing at all, too.

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    Trying to learn how to be more clean and organized. I find it hard to get rid of things which aren’t trash. I don’t often buy myself stuff, I have trouble dealing with the generous nature of some of my family members. e.g. I have 6 backpacks I’ve collected over the years.

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      I sympathize. My technique: Find a good cause to give away things to which will get them to people who need them; something more charitable than a for-profit second-hand store like Goodwill. Then have a Pile of Stuff, such as the 4-5 backpacks you don’t use. Then once a year you go through the Pile, look at each thing, and say either “I haven’t used this in a year, so I’m not going to need it” and give it away, or “I plan to use this for X in the next year” and keep it.

      That said, I’m still bad at this, and there’s endless “decluttering” books and such out there.

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        a for-profit second-hand store like Goodwill

        Do you have a source for that? To my knowledge Goodwill operates as a 501c3 at both the parent organization level, as well as the retail stores themselves.

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          Double-checked and shit you’re right. My memory was faulty. Thank you!

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            There have been stories that have come up questioning if Goodwill should be a 501c3.

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              Maybe it’s a relatively new development. I’ll have to do some research.

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      Finally getting around to finishing a PLC-to-Socket.IO project I’ve been procrastinating on. Dealing with concurrency between user, PLC, and Socket.IO event inputs in Python has given me anxiety from even starting.

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        On support call this week. Pretty low stress though, just means a very interrupted workweek for me, so probably not getting much done at $WORK

        At $HOME, I FINALLY got the requisite equipment to have a basic-ass hobbyist woodworking area in my garage. Built a workbench for myself (came out great), and now I am planning my next (and first real) project! Super stoked.

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          now I am planning my next (and first real) project!

          What have you got? That’s pretty cool. I used to do woodworking when I was still in primary school and always found it satisfying but circumstances changed my college major from some form of physical engineering/draftsman work to the technical subjects.

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            I have a LIST of projects, but I’m trying not to get too ambitious being a complete noob. First project is going to be to replace the step from our garage into our house. the one that’s there is a crappy pile of 2x4s and screws that was thrown together by the construction workers while the house was being built. Would like a nicer and wider one haha. After that, not sure yet!

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          Regular freelance work while staying in Limassol, Cyprus.

          Maybe possibly might make a release for a Cython plugin for Lark that makes parsing twice as fast on CPython.

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            $WORK: Updating/fixing setup and deployment scripts. Trying to figure out the best way to build a long-range communication stack around satellite radios. Whatever else needs to be handled.

            $NONWORK: Getting into Beat Saber. Dealing with taxes, car registration, etc. Maybe programming something interesting.

            Side rant: Wow, Iridium is heckin’ terrible. Iridium’s literal only advantage is it operates world-wide, including the poles, the middle of the ocean, etc. Want to go to Antarctica, you’ll need Iridium to talk to anyone. Their main products are voice, text, and a SMS-like “short burst data” (SBD) service that costs about $2-3/kilobyte. They do have an IP network data plan if you dig hard enough, but it’s about 2400 bps and is massively expensive, and AFAICT you have to use a special modem thingy that plugs into a computer or phone with proprietary drivers. The SBD service is more or less what I want, and writing software to actually talk to the modem isn’t too hard (your standard non-standard AT command set), but documentation on how to actually get a server able to talk to the modem seems basically non-existent. All I’ve found is that you literally email your packets as an attachment to a particular address, and get emailed the reply back. Fortunately we seem to be using a 3rd party service that has some extra transfer options, presumably written around Iridium’s heckin’ ethernet-over-email simulacra, so it’s time for me to dig into those and see what I can do with them.

            In contrast, Thuraya will give you an IP network with 15 kbps up/60 kbps down for about $2-3/megabyte, and you can buy a perfectly decent Android (7) phone with the satellite modem built in and set up to act like a normal cellular data plan. They look great in comparison. The only catch? It’s a UAE company whose satellites only cover Europe, Asia, and most of Africa and Australia. I need a solution that works in North America.

            This is exactly what it feels like to live in a 3rd world country, FYI.

            The only other solution is Inmarsat, which seems somewhere in between the two, and might honestly be my first choice if I was starting from scratch, but we’ve already bought all the Iridium hardware so I might as well try to make it work.

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              Preparing the next release of bupstash - I have recently added support for sparse files and zstd compression, so want to get that published.

              Next I want to plan is repository push/pull so you can move easily move backups between things like external drives and online hosting.

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                I was let go from my job on Friday so I spent today updating my resume and will be emailing every person in the whole world tomorrow about various job offers. “My new job is finding a job” I tell myself when I’m in this position but it’s always been my least favorite job lol.

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                  Probably gonna make a written form of a rant I had on stream about why the subscription business model exists and how it manifests with PC game launcher cancer, the steam deck and why the Aya Neo is a nice idea but doomed product.

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                    Regular work, doing daily work on Vectron (working on it first thing in the morning before my morning meeting has worked quite well), and trying to catch up on some medical calls.

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                      Fairly lengthy equipment install on site, as well as setting up some SCADA stuff at another location.

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                        Finally starting to make some waves on Zig game dev with SDL.

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                          I’ve been hacking on a wordle clone that uses functions & commands from POSIX as its dictionary. Mostly as an excuse to write a simple web app.

                          So far the whole game including the dictionary & all assets are in a single file that’s about 4.5k over gzip. All that’s really left is finishing the obligatory result sharing.

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                            creat will finally have a second reason to be 5 letters, heh

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                            @work Working through some bugs while I continue to get up to speed with the code base.

                            @home I’m looking at porting some older Qt OpenGL programs over to my GLFW OpenGL package.

                            And I need to tidy up my desk and clean up the living room and closet.

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                              I’m starting a new job as Lead DevOps at a bank! Exciting stuff but it’s gonna be a HUGE change from DevOps at a small start-up! Looking forward to a million change requests