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I don't think I ever did a proper . I'm a 34yo British bloke, married to a wonderful woman and we have a 14 day old baby boy, a 9yo pupper and a 5yo cat. I'm a Network engineer scratching my way further into network security. I've been been on the Fediverse since identi.ca ran on Laconica (a long time ago). I'm a licenced op and I dabble in hobby electronics and photography. I am also slowly learning German and getting into gardening to keep these bones moving.

Perhaps it's that most shops seem to prefer Euros over Lira, or that signs are in German first, but a hell of a lot of people seem to be very confused to find out that Turkey is not actually in the EU when asking why their roaming data tarrif is so obscenely expensive.

Sometimes when I conference call with a customer and a 3rd party network engineer, I feel quiet self-concious that the our mutual customer probably hears us speaking what sounds like some exotic foreign language.

My powr2 relay appears to have died closed-circuit after only 4 months. Bit annoying but the rest of it seems to be working ok. Will need to source a replacement relay and swap it out.

The cat dropped off a rather large dead rat in the garden. Unusually in-tact. Always have to ponder whether it's a present, or a threat.

Pretty impressed booting a server 18.04 VM with 256MB RAM triggers a OOM kernel panic before it even gets to init! wtf have they got loading in that kernel!?

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Exam passed, hardest of the 3 this year but only mildly so. Thankfully it is also the last until next March, so unless I get bored and find some new cert I want to chase, I can put my feet up when I go on my jollies next month yippee!

I have an exam in 2 hours, could the news go back to being boring until later this afternoon, please!

Just burned the new Rasbian image to the new 128GB SD card at 83MB/s. I think I'll just have to accept my mind being forevermore blown by the capacity and performance of a card smaller than my thumbnail. Kids these days will never understand the how this shit is impossible alien technology of the future having never waited for DOS to boot from a 32MB hard drive that reads at KILOBYTES per second. And that's kind of sad

Seems a shame to destroy an apparently functional 64GB SD card, but the kernel panic don't lie, nor the SHA-1 checksum failure when trying to verify a newly burnt image to it. It's no good no more 😞

Very lucky catch last week when I accidentally charged the wrong debit card twice, withdrawing from an unused account with a residual amount of money in it. I only realised a few days later and saw that I would've gone overdrawn but for the fact I won on the premium bonds for the first time this year and the money was deposited in that account that same day. I wonder if I'm out of luck now 🤔

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I just learnt about plus codes as a free and open alternative to What3Words. Plus codes are built into Google Maps too.

plus.codes

#pluscodes #w3w #what3words #location #waystofindyourfriendsatfestivals #googlemaps #maps

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Been busy converting a large, growing and already very unweildly Word Doc into files, presented as a static HTML site using .
The end result is actually excellent and far more readable and navigable as a technical reference.
$employer probably won't like it as a presentation format but they can the .md files into whatever they like to inevitable realisation that this is the right way to go about it.

Reading the Miliverse Twitter account gives me a strange sense of peace and calm. Like I'm tapping into the energy of that parallel universe...

Been thinking for a while about retiring or replacing my personal blog. Thought I was getting close to doing something about it but then randomly came across a Redditor referencing one of my posts so I guess there's still something of value worth salvaging. Now I've no idea what to do with it.

Illegally smoking in a work van showing flammable gas hazard symbols on the rear, is a whole other level of stupid.

Spent the entire weekend decorating my son's bedroom. Looking forward to work tomorrow for a nice relaxing break

It might be nice to outsource my social media to India, they can filter out the low quality memes, the hate and shitposts, then send me a weekly summary to my email. If that works it then they can interact with my friends pretending to be me, wish then happy birthday and congratulations for major life events. If I get invited to something they can let me know and book it into my calendar. If that works out then maybe one of them can come over here and do all that irl too. Living the dream then

Finished converting a very laborious manual process with an assocated spreadsheet calculator that I made 2 years ago into an automated script that makes API calls to gather the values it needs for the calculation which should reduce the 3 hours/week manual job into a button click and 5 min wait.
The calculation needed translating into JavaScript which wasn't hard but I really wish I knew how it works. I wrote the thing so I really should know but I must've been deep in the zone that day!

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