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    Getting refamiliarized with the C64 and 6502. While I adore this machine, it is surprisingly challenging to have only 8 bits to play with. So, you want to move stufff past $ff? Prepare to calculate!

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      Watching Le Mans 24 while half repurposing, half upgrading my homelab. I’ve converted my 4th gen NUC vSphere 6.7 server to a Mint 20 linux box/media player, and upgraded the 6th gen NUC vSphere 6.7 to 7.0. Cramming in VCSA 7.0.0d as we speak, and man, what a resource hog it is. The drives in the 6th gen are a lot older than the NUC itself, and can’t have many months left, but I’m saving up for a completely fresh build.

      Eyeing the new Ryzen 7 4800U based Asus PN50. 8 cores/16 threads should be a real upgrade, but not sure if the Vega 7 graphics can be passed through. The RTL8168 based NIC won’t work on vSphere 7, so I have to get USB NICs, but it should still be faster than a similarly priced NUC.

      On a side note, I couldn’t get to my VMUG EVALExperience licenses. Looks like the multi year VMUG Advantage renewal isn’t automatically registered at onthehub.com after the first year, which I didn’t notice until I needed the software.

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        I stuck with Amiga from 1986/7 until Windows 95, and the 2 skills I should have picked up I did not. Instead of paying $500 at the time for a proper C compiler I spent it on an Epson 8-pin dot matrix printer. The ARexx language fulfilled all my hobby programming needs. For an editor I latched on early to UEdit, which was ahead of it’s time as a programmable editor. Unfortunately the author passed away too soon, before anyone really caught on to OSS (and before HTTP and the internet revolution), so when VIM was released on a Fred Fish disk it was just more noise to me.

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          proper C compiler

          Meant DiceC, back then. The author is Matthew Dillon, which later became Freebsd project lead, then forked it into Dragonfly as random committers insisted in moving forward the wrong way (copying Linux) regarding SMP, and he was ousted from the project for trying to hold that back and design SMP approach properly instead.

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            Was Dice $500 at the time?

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              IIRC, something like that

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                I don’t know, but it was supposedly a cheap (relatively) C compiler. Matt was apparently in high school at the time. Quite enterprising.

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              I’m already forgetting more than just the details from those days, but have a notion that I shared my happiness, anger and hearthache on BBSes using CygnusEd with Thor. Don’t know exactly when I met CygnusEd, nor Arexx or Thor for that matter, but they were all love at first sight. It lasted until summer ’98, when I my studies finished, and my free time vanished almost over night. Powered it on now and again after that, but in 2006 my 1084S monitor finally died, and that was it.

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                ARexx was just the cat’s meow for me at the time. I think in some ways it was a proto-functional language. My Amiga bbs hangout was FAUG, first amiga user’s group I think very early on (like 1987) Donald Knuth popped in on occasion, but I could be wrong. I didn’t know who he was at the time.

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                  Modern screens work well with the Amiga, with an OSSC in-between.

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                    Thanks, I suspected as much, but never really checked. Haven’t had time, money or room to do anything with my old A500 or A4000, only cleaned the motherboard of the latter after the battery had leaked out, have to check for damages.

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                We’ve been reading this book as a team at work. Contains some interesting ideas that one can apply for their daily work. However, I don’t think the price is justified. It was too expensive.

                More so, there are annoyances like typographical errors, typesetting errors, content flow inefficiencies etc that I feel don’t really justify the price point of this book. I’m all for supporting developers who write compelling books but these are some absolutely simple wins that the author could’ve addressed before publishing

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                  We’ve been reading this book as a team at work. Contains some interesting ideas that one can apply for their daily work. However, I don’t think the price is justified. It was too expensive.

                  It’s 229 for a team license. If it saves you two hours or work you already broke even. Doesn’t sound like a bad deal to me.

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                    Agreed. The team license isn’t as expensive especially if you can reimburse it.

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                      I wish I had a boss that counted expenses like that. Unfortunately, he is more of the “look how much your department has cost us this month” type of person.

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                    Rewriting a couple of older Ruby/Sinatra webapps in Go. I love writing Ruby, but it’s usually just a few days worth, followed by years of keeping things updated, fixing whatever breaks. One of the apps actually started as a Rails project running on 12.04, and the main logic hasn’t changed at all.

                    On my spare time I’m riding forest trails and picking (and dehydrating!) blueberries and raspberries, trying not to worry about the morons that aren’t taking COVID-19 seriously. If this continues, we’re either in for a second lockdown, or sacrificing those who aren’t able to work from home.

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                      Today I’m giving my carpal tunnel problems different challenges. Soon off the hills in the blazing sun, where we’re just walking, picking berries, getting mozziebites, and hopefully finding those real life hidden object mushrooms. Berries are no problem, but I just don’t have eyes for mushrooms.

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                        Why do they simply not listen to their userbase? They’ve lost vast majority of the market over time, and just commit mistakes. Last time megabar was extreme joke, and they still have not resolved it.

                        I seriously consider moving to a vulnerable mess that is palemoon, or just use chromium-like for webapps and links in graphical mode for most of text based content (which is more than you expected).

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                          Why do they simply not listen to their userbase?

                          Which part of the userbase? The silent majority? Those complaining about trivialities? The few niggled by any change?

                          Perfection is ultimately in the eye of the beholder. I’m content to have a real alternative to Chrome, that doesn’t suck, and can be configured to most people’s needs.

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                          I’m going on a nice long bike ride. That’s all I’ve got planned so far!

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                            Good idea! I’ve been holding back after a helmet breaking and clothes ruining asphalt crash while commuting, but a long forest ride sounds like the perfect medicine!

                            Other than that, I’m going to try to stay away from the keyboard, it’s been a hell of a week at work.

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                              It was a long ride, longer than anticipated, but very pretty. Still sore today!

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                                Oof, that sounds like an unpleasant crash. I hope you’ve recovered ok.

                                This will absolutely be a forest and ocean ride!

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                                  Black and blue all over my right hand side, which affects sleep, but no concussion and nothing broken, so I’m happy :)

                                  Will file an insurance claim, as I found out that it’s very expensive to rub asphalt, at least comparing to flying off track in the forest (where I also can’t blame anyone but myself).

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                              Getting into static site generators this weekend, landing on Hugo, with Jekyll as a close number two. Looking into site builders/themes now, where academic seems to stand out.

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                                This week I’m trying to keep the Carpal Tunnel Ghost at bay, so I cashed in some of my ubiquitous extra hours to extend the weekend. I’ve been baking long rise Emmer wheat rolls, riding my fatbike in the snowy forest, and listening to Galbraith/Rowling’s fourth Strike novel (after 35% I’ll be generous and say “OK minus”).

                                I’m always surprised at how many creative ideas I get when I just force myself to stay away from the computer, without having any other plans for the day. It’s a bit like spring cleaning, should really make a habit of it.

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                                  For personal gain - go through the rest of Advent of code in order get more familiar with go, and get back into to ruby (haven’t touched it since 1.8). For work - trying hard not to think about that now.