One week down, …

January 11, 2022

Well, I’m a bit late on this post, but better late than never. Managed to make it through the first week of 2022 in spite of being out of it due to 2 weeks off. Even going to the gym after work was a struggle! Thankfully, though, that’s in the past and this week has been much improved.

So, what have I been up to? Well, not too much until today. Sometime near the end of 2021’s days, I had posted on Mastodon that I was looking for a replacement keyboard for my Dell Latitude E6410 laptop which runs OpenBSD. This laptop used to belong to one of my sons when they were younger, and all three of them had one of the same model. Of course, kids being kids, they took quite an amount of abuse. After some years, they stopped using them because Windows 10 was just too slow on them (they each have a Core i5 M520 CPU).

At the time, I was still using my old Toshiba Portégé M400 that I’ve talked about in the past, but that was getting quite long in the tooth with pretty much any OS, so I decided to put one of the E6410s to use. I say one because I had to take two of the abused ones and create one somewhat-working one, meaning the final machine had a keyboard missing a “3” key. It still worked, but I had to make sure I pressed it correctly to generate either a “3” or an octothorpe (aka, the hash or pound sign). Anyway, once that was done, the SSD was moved from the Toshiba over to the Latitude and it’s been in use ever since. However, I did want to replace the keyboard at some point, but I was never compelled enough to spend money on one (plus the ones I’ve seen on eBay and Amazon were disappointing).

My black Dell Latitude E6410 with the missing "3/#" key on the keyboard sitting on my dining room table.
My Dell Latitude E6410 with the missing “3/#” key on the keyboard.

Fast forward to my Mastodon post about the keyboard, and a Masto friend was kind enough to offer me the keyboard from one of his Latitude E6500 laptops. Since mine and his are of the same series of Latitude (the E6410 being a 14″ model and the E6500 being a 15″ model), the keyboards are interchangeable. He sent me, free of charge, the replacement keyboard and the hinges from the E6500, the latter in the hopes that they will work with this one since the hinges on the E6410 are a little loose and the screen is a bit wobbly. I was ever so grateful for his gesture and waited patiently until it arrived yesterday.

After getting home from work today, I decided to tackle the replacement before heading off to the gym. Replacing it was easy-peasy thanks to the iFixit page for replacing the keyboard on the E6400 (again, they all fall under the E6000 series), and I now have a fully functional keyboard with all the keys in great shape!

Of course, I didn’t notice some other goodies until I unpacked everything from the box! This person was kind enough to also send a letter along with a sticker to use on something! What makes it even more special is that the letter was typed and printed on a VIC-20 and MPS-803 printer, respectively! And the sticker? It’s a Realms of Quest sticker from Psytronik Software (maker of new games for vintage computers)! So cool!

A letter from the sender with a Realms of Quest sticker with the words "Psytronik Software" on the bottom of the image. The letter behind it has printed text from what seems to be a dot matrix printer. It reads the following: "Hey Claudio, Hope this keyboard reaches you in one peice (sic) and works for you. Also hope the hinges are compatible. If you ever need other parts for this system please let me know I have many. I also included a nice sticker that I also hope you will like. Be safe always! [name redacted] PS: This was written on my VIC-20 and printed on my MPS-803 (ASCII image of a Christmas tree) MERRY CHRISTMAS!"
The letter addressed to me by the generous person who sent me the keyboard and hinges along with the Realms of Quest sticker.

A big THANK YOU goes out to this person for the wonderful Christmas gift and I wish him all the best in 2022. You’ve made this graybeard geek very happy. 😀

Until next time, y’all!

Hello from the End of 2021!

December 31, 2021

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged anything, and here I am at the end of 2021. It’s been quite a year, though nothing compared to 2020. Just thinking about 2020 gives me anxiety. 😅 Anyway, we made it through another 365 days and, hopefully, 2022 will bring some good news for all of us.

And speaking of good news, you might want to join in on the Hacker Public Radio NYE Show which runs for 26 hours. It’s already quite into it right now (10:48 AM EST, 15:48 UTC as I write this), but you still have time. All you need is a Mumble client and the information below to connect and participate:

Server: chatter.skyehaven.net
Port: 64738
Channel: HPR

More information on the NYE live show is available on the HPR page linked above. And if you can’t make it or missed it, fear not! You’ll be able to download the show in chunks as they’re released either from the HPR website or on your podcatcher of choice.

With that, I wish you all a safe, prosperous, and Happy New Year for 2022! 🎆

¿Que pasa?

May 22, 2021

So, it’s been roughly 7 months since I’ve posted on this blog. Thus, a Happy New Year is long overdue. Lots of changes since then, but thankfully, they’ve all been good. I just haven’t had the desire to blog about anything in all that time. Pandemic and all just kind of took a bit of the joy from a number of things, but that’s slowly changing for the better in every way conceivable.

In short, I’m still here, just lurking. Hopefully, I’ll have something interesting to talk about in the near future. 🙂

new main who dis?

May 18, 2020

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Screenshot of my new Mastodon account.

Hello everyone!  I thought I’d post an update after nearly 2 months since my last one (such is life in “the time of plague” 😛 ).

Well, everyone here is doing well and keeping safe as we continue with “safer at home” orders, though most of those orders have likely been lifted by now.  Things have somewhat returned to normal (which means I’m seeing more availability of toilet paper than before), but with a “new” normal.  People are still physically distancing and wearing masks, especially when going to stores where maintaining physical distance is difficult.  Some stores are doing their best to abide by the rules, others show that they obviously don’t care and just barely doing the minimum requirements so as not to get shut down.  I’m now working from home with occasional visits to my sites upon request to my supervisors, so that’s a good thing.  Once we get the green light to return to our sites, I’m sure I’ll have even more work to tend to.

Aside from that, the other new normal is that I’ve migrated from mastodon.xyz over to SDF’s Mastodon instance, mastodon.sdf.org.  I’ve got all the aliases squared away as of this morning and all my followers were migrated over successfully for the most part.  I’ve also updated the “About” page on my blog to reflect this change.  Really excited to be a part of the SDF Mastodon experience now that I’m quite active on SDF itself, and it really fits the kind of person I am.  Thus, mastodon.sdf.org is my new home. 🙂

In the spirit of SDF, I’ve also pulled out some old computers from storage and have revived one of them (you might notice it in the image above for this blog post).  It is now the computer I use to connect to the SDF Public Access UNIX System during certain DJ shows on aNONradio to chat with other SDFers.  I’ll detail my adventure with that computer in an upcoming blog post.

That’s going to be it for now.  Be well and stay safe!

…AND WASH YOUR HANDS! 😀

Greetings, one and all.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything to my blog. Not that I haven’t had anything to post about, but mainly because of this global pandemic crisis.  I’ve been keeping myself busy with personal tasks and this blog has taken a major backseat in my list of things to do, even for fun.  That said, I aim to change that and bring back some content in spite of this crisis.

As for all of us in this household, we are fine.  Dealing with a lack of toilet paper rolls, hand sanitizers, meat, eggs, and other items for the past two weeks like everyone else, but we’re all fine.  We’ve limited our outings to just riding bike and enjoying the outdoors near home as well as “grocery raids” (which is basically what it’s come to lately).  We don’t have any “shelter-in-place” orders in our county just yet, so we can still move about as needed.  I have been home for the past two weeks on paid leave as is everyone else, but this past week was meant to be Spring Break which was already covered. Teachers have been conducting distance-learning classes with students and will do so for the foreseeable time (April 15th, for now).  While most of us will be paid during this time out of work, not everyone is as lucky.  A few people I know are fine now, but they are depleting their financial reserves and while this relief package was passed into law, it may not be enough as we continue with this crisis.  Nevertheless, we are fine here.

The only positives are, as I briefly mentioned above, enjoying time outdoors nearby.  I’m also spending more time doing the things I love at home.  I actually have some time to catch up on some video games, neglected shows, and music, something that has been rather tough until this stay-home-from-work situation.  The only thing I haven’t done yet is pull out my vintage computers and do anything with them, something I hope to change in the near future depending on what happens with work.

I’ve also added my Fedora desktop to the Folding@home project in the fight against COVID-19.  It’s nice to know that you’re part of this monumentous project that has, in just a couple of weeks, become more powerful than the top 7 supercomputers combined!  If you can participate with your computer, please do so.

I’ll do my best to post my doings on here again.  The above is only some of what I’ve been up to, but I have a few more things to post about, like my Raspberry Pi 1 model B project I covered recently on HPR.

Until next time…

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2019

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas from UTC -5:00!

10 Cool Christmas Tree Lights (3)

Gone, but Not Forgotten

December 22, 2019

Five months ago, …

Yes, it’s been five months since my last blog post. Why? Well, sometimes, life gets in the way and those changes tend to make other things, sometimes even those things and hobbies that you love (unfortunately), take a backseat. Work also contributes to that, but not as much since that can sometimes bring material for a decent blog post. And then, there’s just the truth that sometimes I get a bit lazy.

Nevertheless, it is something that I usually bounce back from even if it does take a hiatus before it happens. So, fully dusted off and on my feet, I press on. Thus, you can look forward to some posts in the near future. I’ve got an interesting one waiting in the wings, but I just have to put the content together.

Anyway, if I don’t do so beforehand, have a very Merry Christmas if you celebrate it! 🙂

Post-Independence Post

July 5, 2019

A crowd of people facing the fireworks display. Tents, food trucks, and USA-themed flag posts are shown across the crowd along with palm trees and power lines on posts.

Crowds of people look onward beyond the tents and food trucks to enjoy the Independence Day fireworks festivities where we were in the US.

A day late but not a dollar short, I hope everyone in the United States had a safe and wonderful Independence Day on July 4th. Here I am, the day after with coffee in hand, recovering from a wonderful time with friends and family after enjoying the festivities and fireworks as you see in the image above that I took last night. Of course, this is while everyone is working while I enjoy my day off (or almost everyone, unless they’re like me). As a matter of fact, I’ll be enjoying three more days of R&R since I’ve also taken Monday off, and with my sons with me, it’s going to be filled with gaming and other fun.

I’ll be sure to keep things fresh here during this time, assuming I have content to post. 😀

Just a quick update to let you know that mastodon.xyz is back up now that the certificate has been renewed.  If you have an account on Mastodon or on an ActivityPub-compatible instance, be sure to follow me. Information is on the About page on this blog.

I’m on the Fediverse!

December 27, 2018

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Mastodon social network logo

 

Happy Holidays to everyone!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on here, so I thought post a quick update to let you know that I’m now on the Fediverse via Mastodon.  Check out my About page for more information.