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    We’re in the process of transferring the of leadership for KISS Linux to the community-elected Benevolent Dictator For Now. The old BDFL, Dylan Araps (@dyl) had vanished without a trace ~4 months ago, and despite our attempts to reach out to him we were unable to ascertain what could have happened. When February arrived and the old website’s domain expired, the community decided it was time to move on, and we began the process of getting control of KISS’s infra (GitHub, freenode org, website, etc). All that’s left right now(?) is buying the old domain back when it goes up for auction in March.

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      Reminds me of Void Linux and the situation with Juan RP.

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        Damn, remember him from r/unixporn, hope he’s good.

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        Just bought SSD which I want to put into my librebooted X200, it will be my 3rd attempt to install OpenBSD on this machine, but i guess libreboot doesn’t like it.

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          • Ends of vacations, so going back to work: goodbye sun :’(
          • Starting to work again on requestz (Zig HTTP client): I want to finish the interface for request/response streaming.
          • Buying a car, and then looking to buy a smol house in the countryside
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            Buying a car, and then looking to buy a smol house in the countryside

            mondays, right? damn, I wish my todo lists look like that :P

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              Ahah, actually it took me time ! It was in the back of my head for 2/3 years but with all the bloody lockdowns in my country I just could’nt stand being in a city with all these restrictions; I take the opportunity and see where it leads :)

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            For me it feels like a hack to give yourself permit for bad behavior.

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              A quite interesting idea. I find it quite aesthetically pleasing that this whole 3x3 block of keys gets used with AltGr now. Personally I have no issue with AltGr+{n,l,o} as my keyboard (Planck) has its AltGr in a very comfortable place but I know some keyboards—especially in laptops—have it MUCH worse and I struggle with entering Ł or Ń when I need to work with them.

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                I am also Planck user and what I have done is to make space key behave like AltGr on hold while still working as space on tap. It makes working with Polish text much nicer.

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                  Can you share where do you have your AltGr key? :D I just bought Planck and I set it in place where left arrow is in default layer, but it’s not ideal for me.

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                    Two keys to the right of the spacebar, so probably the same place as you now.

                    In general you can find my config here: https://github.com/vifon/qmk_firmware/blob/personal/keyboards/planck/keymaps/vifon/keymap.c

                    Feel free to snatch some ideas.

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                  Opening up my old T430 to figure out why it constantly beeps on boot. I’ve tried re-seating the RAM and even replacing it, but nada! nothing worked. If anyone has had any experience with this before and could guide me about it, that would be pretty helpful!

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                    Maybe this list of beep codes could help you isolate the problem: https://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Error_Codes_and_Beep_Codes

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                      Very helpful! Thanks a lot.

                      Hm, according to the list, it says that the laptop’s motherboard is dead. What I find amusing is that while I hear a continuous beep, I can also see the laptop’s boot-up screen; which kind of means that the motherboard isn’t really dead. I think the only way to find out is to reseat all of the laptop’s internals and see where it takes me.

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                        Can you test the voltage on the bios battery while it’s open?

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                            Unfortunately I don’t have a multimeter with me. Could a bios battery failure be the cause for “Unable to detect boot disk”? If so, then I can try getting a replacement battery for this.

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                              I wouldn’t be surprised! And it’s a very cheap battery available everywhere.

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                                Alright, I’ll try that as well and let you know how it goes. Thanks a lot for the help!

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                        I have x200, it beeps on low battery, maybe you have some issue with power measurements during boot? I guess you can turn off beeping on low battery in BIOS.

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                          Could be, although the thing is that you could run this laptop without a battery—by directly connecting it to a power source—and it still keeps beeping constantly. I doubt some connector inside the laptop has run loose.

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                        Working out whether or not to quit my job and start hacking on small software businesses.

                        pros:

                        • i have enough savings to not have any income for at least six months
                        • i can fall back to part time remote contracting
                        • i can finally spend time with my partner who works nights
                        • constantly stressed and anxious in my current job

                        cons:

                        • leaving behind 3/4ths of a potentially very lucrative options package
                        • it might take me a very long time before i equalise income with where i am now
                        • there is a lot of opportunity for growth where i am now
                        • it’s objectively the best job i’ve had
                        • i’m wondering whether this is just due to SAD and i might regret this in a few months when i’m feeling better

                        I’ve been wanting to do this for so long, but it’s a big leap to make, especially without having established a viable business on the side before making the leap. I’m also seriously concerned about regretting this and being bitter down the line.

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                          Maybe ask if working part-time in current job is an option, and try to hack something without quitting.

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                            Before you quit your job, I recommend checking out Growing Gills, by Jessica Abel. It might give you a tool set to start the side business before you quit your day job.

                            Also, is the anxiety internal or external? Is it related to deadlines/your boss etc? Or is it hard to pin down, or internal? If it’s internal, it might be worth looking into counseling, since going solo won’t fix that.

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                              I suggest don’t quit. Work on modifying the current work conditions.

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                                Ouch. FWIW I’ve told my boss at the company that there’s a good chance of mms leaving (back to freelancing) due to some potential family developments. And a day doesn’t go by without questioning of I should do it or not.

                                But I’ve been here before: did I leave a really great job to something I’m not certain is good for me. And i know it’ll end up well no matter what. We’re lucky to be in well paid line of work and can risk things - even with less then 6 months worth of stash and with kids.

                                What I’m trying to say is that you shouldn’t worry, whichever you choose it’ll most likely turn out just fine.

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                                  6 months seems like a very short runway, I’ll have to make the go/no go decision for putting your project aside with enough time to find and start a job, then make it to the first payday. If you plan on at least 2 months for that process, and another 2 months buffer in case something goes wrong and you have to start over, then you have two months to make that business bring in enough income to sustain yourself.

                                  I’d recommend a) reading around the FIRE community for a little while to get a sense for sustaining yourself on investments and safe withdraw rates. Then b) reading about how long it usually takes for a small software business to start generating enough income to cover your expenses. From there you need to get a larger than b with enough of a buffer in case something goes wrong, say like the stock markets dropping 5% in two days.

                                  edit: also really dig into what’s wrong with your current job, and talk to your boss about fixing it. They’d probably rather smooth things out than have to replace you.

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                                    Can I have your old job? Sounds great :) I really think you should stay, for what it’s worth.

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                                    I’m not familiar with books mentioned in the article, but personally I find http://learnyouahaskell.com easy and funny to use.

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                                      mcksp.com - static jekyll website with custom theme.

                                      I have to finally produce some new posts :)