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As my 'long weekend followed by four days off work' plans to get away are obviously out of the window, so I have obviously started researching the current hardware market, because my gaming PC, which I built for a birthday a while back, is now pushing eleven years old, and I want something where the oculus software doesn't shout at me for having an unsupported CPU, or I can play Cities: Skylines and actually see things off on the horizon
This is getting pricey, and fast...

Bit of a rant about apple/dark sky, got longer than a short toot, so CW'd it 

Under a week since my annual subscription auto-renewed, and goes and sells themselves to Apple, gives a three month notice that they're pulling the android app, and kills the API too.

I hate acquihires. I doubly hate it when they come with blog posts which have clearly come from the new owner's PR department.

"Our goal has always been to provide the world with the best weather information possible, to help as many people as we can stay dry and safe"

Right, sure, to help as many people as possible, you're removing both the android app *AND* killing the API, so that's both my mobile phone _and_ various integrations/automations.

Gah, this is why we can't have nice things.

I mean, yes, I am well aware that this is me taking out other frustrations on a silly little problem, compared to everything going on right now, but urgh.

Yup, coping well with the UK's lockdown, not even slightly bored ;-)

If there's anything in particular that I'm learning about WFH with extensive video calls, it's that my ancient X220i laptop isn't quite machine enough for my green-screen adventures in making work video calls more entertaining.
And yes, I _am_ looking at small form factor/ultra small form factor refurb'd PCs on ebay, how did you guess?

OK, I'll admit it, the portable green-screen for the back of the chair has definitely made remote working more fun.
More than one colleague so far has been fooled for a moment by the youtube video of a coffee shop that I'm playing the the background, at least until they notice the green halo around me ;-)

Having had the "from Monday, it's mandatory WFH until further notice, please put your details on this spreadsheet so we can all contact each other if we need to" email, my current new number one priority is to get my VoIP number up and running again, so I don't have to give out my mobile number to $work

"I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of VPN endpoints suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced, followed by a shitload of sysadmins saying 'oh, sure, it's important *now*. Remember when we said it was? We told you so'"


It's probably just me, but the thought of a phone without any google apps is actually pretty appealing...

After a big tick against the weekend project of finally sorting out my nextcloud crons and news updater, I thought I'd have a look at seeing if I could make the social app work.
The answer is that "it is still very alpha", so I might come back to it at a later date ;-)

I had totally forgotten about , so with thanks to @ryen and for reminding me, and for for having their ready-to-roll images, I just spent under ten minutes and now have my photos directory syncing from the synology to both HC2s.
Tomorrow = set up the remainder of my "need to sync" directories, wait for "some time", and then take the designated "off-site" HC2 to $secretDestination

Currently looking for the easiest way to certain directories from my NAS to a pair of odroid HC2s, because this is digital data, where two is one, and one is none.

I'm torn between setting up everywhere and federating directories, using resilio sync and spending probably forever fixing up file permissions, and compiling minio on the odroids, and using the native synology cloud sync and use the "custom destination S3" endpoint.

Who has two thumbs and just wasted two and a half hours of his Saturday morning failing to connect to his instance of but only in firefox, not in chrome or safari?
Yup, this guy, who has the unfortunate combination of uBlock Origin, EasyList blocklist, and duckdns for his dynamic DNS.
Once I worked out that EasyList is blocking websockets to duckdns, it was easy enough to add a whitelist for my own hostname, but urgh, very annoying.

I was trying to find out when it was changed (I suspect in the last 12 hours, as this was working last night), but github is showing me unicorns instead of git blame for that particular file, and as I've fixed it, I don't care enough to dig more ;-)

Well damn. My favourite android app for the 'verse is showing an http/500 error for the "home" column here on

Anyone have any recommendations for shiny android apps for the fediverse? (because a change is always better than a fix, right? :blob_gnikniht:

I managed to turn off the computer before 3am!

This miracle brought to you by me installing a bad combination of C:S mods, causing the game to crash on start up, so instead of fixing that, I loaded up Rocksmith for the first time in almost five years, plugged in my bass, and tore my poor little fingers to shreds*

*or, you know, made them a little sore because it's almost five years since I played my bass...

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Me looking around my flat: "I should do some chores"
Also me: "I haven't played any Cities: Skylines for a couple of weeks, and there's an update to traffic manager: president edition" that I'd quite like to try out..."

Me in about six hours: "Oh crap, it's 3am, why am I still awake?"

Successfully moved "add camera, tell it to record a video clip when motion detected" from my to-do list to the done list.

And now I'm going to have to add "write a blog post so I can refer back to what I did when it inevitably breaks in the future"

I've arrived the "need to set up a newsletter" phase of the "replace kodi with plex, share with a friend, share with a couple of other friends, share with a couple more friends, realise that you need a newsletter, move to a massive beefy server in the cloud" process.
I'm hoping to avoid the final stage, if I'm being honest...

Oh dear someone probably needs lessons in how to break bad news via email...

They're making a whole bunch of devices be "legacy" at the end of May. Now, whilst I absolutely do not expect a company to support hardware forever, to make it so that having one device which no longer receives updates means that every device in your system no longer receives updates is, to put it mildly, shitty behaviour.

After the whole recycle-mode debacle, and them killing off Snips late last year ( ) they're really losing their shine to me.

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I've collected all your responses and here's my new preliminary .gitignore_global:

# File Managers

# Backup files

# Temporary files

# Logs

# Databases

# Binaries

# Generated files

## Java

## Python

## Javascript

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A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.