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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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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.

Over the Memorial Day weekend, I came across the news that “Colossal Cave Adventure” was open-sourced.  If you have no idea what I’m talking about, click on the link below and come back when you’re done.  If you do, continue reading on…

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colossal_Cave_Adventure

According to Raymond (aka “esr”), he was encouraged by Crowther and Woods (the original authors of Adventure) to polish up the code and ship it under an open source license.  Esr gladly took on the task and, thus, Open Adventure was born.  I intend to download the source code and build it to test out.  As esr mentions, this isn’t the same version of Adventure that is provided in the bsdgames package available in basically all Unix-like operating system repositories.  This is the actual code from the very last version of Adventure that Crowther and Woods released in 1995, so it’s quite updated from the bsdgames version.

Nevertheless, I went ahead and installed bsdgames on my Fedora laptop this weekend with the intention of exposing my middle son to text adventure computer games.  Before I go into this, a little bit of history on my personal experience with text adventure games.

I grew up during the burgeoning home computer industry in the late 1970s and early 1980s.  My introduction to computer-based text adventure games was at a friend’s house on her Commodore VIC-20.  If I recall correctly, I believe it was called “Adventure 2: Pirate Cove”.  Below is a YouTube video of its gameplay.

Having been an Atari 2600 and Coleco-Vision kid (even though I did learn BASIC on a Commodore PET after school), I was quite intrigued by the gameplay.  No graphics whatsoever…the graphics were all in your mind.  Now, I was never one for reading, but this engaged me more than any book could.  I was a big fan of interactive books, but this took the concept to a more dynamic level.  I saw myself imagining what was being described in plain text and felt myself going through a range of emotions as my friend and I entered commands with unexpected results!  Since then, I delved into similar games from Infocom and the like.  I would be awake until the wee hours of the night engrossed in text adventure gameplay from when I had my Mattel Aquarius to when I upgraded to an Apple IIc.  No typical video game could come close to the experience of a really good text adventure computer game.

Time-hop forward to May 29, 2017:  I’ve just installed bsdgames on my Fedora laptop and invited my middle son to have a sit-down and play Adventure with me.  I even hit Alt-F2 to drop down to a console for the full text adventure experience!  At first, he was a bit hesitant.  However, as time passed and as I showed him how to navigate within the game, I could see him slip into the world of the Colossal Cave and text adventures in general just as I did when I was his age!  We both would go on this “adventure” and discover new ways of surpassing obstacles or die trying (a lot)….all the while having a great time together.  After some time, he even took the laptop away from me to input commands and wouldn’t give it back!  There was no doubt about it.  He was hooked!

That night, I had him install bsdgames on his laptop with a temporary Fedora installation and I’ve also installed it on the Fedora desktop at home.  As of this morning when I spoke with him on the way to work, he told me that he couldn’t go to sleep thinking of how to get past some of the obstacles in Adventure and he’s already installed the Android port on his phone.  I told him that I’d see about finding some other text adventure games like the Zork series from Infocom and others from that venerable company.  Frotz is already installed on the laptop, so it’s time to find me some story files and test them out before we embark on our next (text) adventure!

Oh, and I finally killed the Wumpus! 😀

Happy 2016!

January 12, 2016

Happy New Year to one and all!  Hope everyone’s 2016 is a great one.

So, thanks to a Hackaday article on the smallest MIDI synthesizer, I was reminded about my own personal blog here.  Yeah, I know it hasn’t gotten much love, but with my personal life taking priority over everything else, this and other things tend to fall in the backburner for a while until I remember them (darned old age 🙂 ).

Back to the Hackaday article, it’s about the smallest MIDI synthesizer (or so it’s claimed) by Mitxela.  I can’t help but be impressed!  A synth inside a MIDI DIN connector!  Combine this with one of those mini keyboard controllers from Monoprice and a decent netbook running an audio-centric Linux distribution and you’ve got a nice portable music setup IMO!

http://hackaday.com/2016/01/08/the-smallest-midi-synthesizer/

Another Year….

December 2, 2013

It has been a long, LONG time since I’ve posted anything on here. I know that I’ve said that I’d keep this up to date and I have failed, but not without a good excuse. That excuse is life and it always seems to be getting in the way. That said, it hasn’t been another year since this post, but it’s another year of life for me as of yesterday. Between that and Thanksgiving with my loved ones, less of my time has been dedicated to online, nevermind this blog.

But here I am again, so I’ll do my best to keep things up to date. I promise! <_<