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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 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.

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!

Nope, my code works perfectly, but I made an assumption about the meaning behind the data from an undocumented API call that was incorrect. So I just need to find a better method to perform the test I need and the rest should work fine. This is not how this stuff should happen.

After writing a few hundred lines of code over several hours in a language I barely know it looked like it was just going to work perfectly first time as it pumped out correct results again and again and again. Thankfully I kept testing it until I found a case that didn't come out right! annnnd the world is right again. 😀

More JS fun today. The more I learn, the more I realise Python does so much right and people who want to spread JS into every area of computing clearly hate the world and all of mankind.

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I started a new newsletter called the Public Service Internet monthly newsletter. Have a read of the first one (July 2019's edition)

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Hey, I was on the Steal This Show podcast to talk about the fediverse, free software, community management, and some of the complications from developing and distributing communication software that anyone can fork and run themselves.

Had a play with Postman for some devops API stuff, seems pretty good so far but it's highlighting a need for me to learn a bit of JavaScript after putting it off for so long

Now my repointing work is done it's time to remount the aerials on the house. After much deliberation we decided we couldn't justify the cost of a new satellite dish for our very occasional viewing of Freesat, the old dish is still working albeit very rusty. So I picked up a can of hammerite at our local Homebase closing down sale. Black was already gone so I went with silver. I'm quite excited to see how this comes out.

Was getting disappointed with a lot of the Markdown to PDF renderers I was finding, all just came out like ugly web 1.0 pages. Then I tried Pandoc and it spat one out via pdflatex and it suddenly looks shit hot, like a page from a university textbook! I want to learn Latex now and cut out the middle-man 👍

Parque de el Retiro is incredible. It's like a city within a city but everyone just does Yoga all the time and is so chill

Some observations about Madrid:-

Amazing architecture
Tobacconists, everywhere
Chatty Spanish people
Electric scooter things
Public art
Chorizo shops


38 packets transmitted, 28 packets received, 26.3% packet loss
round-trip min/avg/max/stddev = 218.708/2488.283/8288.446/2510.750 ms

The hotel WiFi is feeling the burden of an conference

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Opened my conservatory this afternoon to what can only be described as sweltering hell-like heat. The thermostat said 30C and now I'm worrying how I'll cope in Madrid next week where 30C will be the nice cool bit in the evening 🥵

First time installing a device, a POW R2 running . Bit cautious about it tbh but I would like to know where the missing 40 watts have gone?

Seeing the sun out so sporadically is confusing and maybe why I mildly baked myself before realising I really should put on some sunscreen yesterday, not today though! 🤠

after removing it though it looks like it's not the first time this part has been replaced either, reviews on the spare part are damning it's reliability. At best I can repair the old one with a bit of epoxy and maybe give it away to someone who might get some use from it

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