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Hi, I'm Jan, also known as halfbyte on the internet. Together with Florian, who's not on the Fediverse, I run, your friendly dependency update robot factory. I'm interested in weird and odd uses of ruby. I occasionally speak at conferences. I co-run the Hamburg Ruby Usergroup.

A few days into WSL2 on Windows 10 2004 and it is almost there. Native X11 support will be greatly appreciated (I got it to work but it was a hassle) and (disk) speed can still be improved, I hope/think.

I hate to say it but Linux Audio is such a pain in the arse with these 20 layers of abstractions and possible failures on every level.

Today, out of the blue, my headset stopped outputting sound. Somewhere in some low level mixer the volume was set to zero and it took me an hour to find the setting.

Which painfully reminds me of how far away that summer home in sweden with the Gigabit fiber line seems to be right now...My original plan for the year was to spend the early summer there 😥

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Pro tip: If you replace the old fossil of an ethernet switch with a brand new one, chances are that your bandwidth will increase.

Without me noticing much we now crossed the threshold of 100 Mbps not being able to carry the full load of a DSL connection.

It's not exactly Gigabits, but 230Mbits measured speed isn't too shabby, even if ftth is obviously what we really want.

"Cerebral" from FSOL's "Lifeforms", from 1994, still one of my favourite tracks ever. The great Robert Fripp reduced to a five second tape loop.

But that whole album is still such a milestone in my musical awakening. In fact, the whole FSOL backcatalogue is pure gold.

3D printer is printing, monitor speakers are on the wall, the new electric height adjustable desk is working, blasting some smooth D&B through my studio. Window wide open. Life is surprisingly good given the circumstances.

I feel blessed.

Also, while I enjoyed the more manual and hands on approach of arch/manjaro, I think I’m quite happy with Ubuntu and the more managed approach long term. We‘ll see.

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Im pretty sure this is not Manjaro‘s fault, but somewhere between my slightly odd laptop, XFCE and the Manjaro environment mouse and touchpad often stop working and that is, as you can imagine, unacceptable and I am not able or willing to spend more time debugging this.

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On a quick ride on an electronics shop to acquire a couple of USB sticks to be able to replace my manjaro Installation with something that does not actively tries to keep me from working. How’s your evening?

I finally managed to get my website's dependencies updated and trimmed down (no more compass!) - I even managed to write a new blog post:

Hopefully, I will manage to get back to a regular blogging schedule, there's so many things I want to write about.

A word that regularly dominates my brain recently is "Synthesis". Not as in Audio Synthesis but in "How can I combine my strengths from my professional career with what's going to be needed in the coming years". There must be overlap somewhere, but if you skip past the tech bro "I will change the world with this exploitative startup idea", these things become much less obvious.

Pointers and discussions welcome.

And I seem to be asleep already. Read only mode I mean.

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Wow, Birdsite seems to be in temporary write only mode.

I am a bit late to the party but what a great track: "Dancers" by Plaid.

100x better with volume on 11. Trust me.

You know you have a problem when you're trying to make a Heap Snapshot in Chrome and while taking the snapshop Chrome crashes...

Music helps. Blasting some uplifting dub techno with a proper noise floor.

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My mental state is a complete shipwreck. Currently on a high, but the mood swings are hitting me hard these days.

Probably inevitable when you're both super excited for your immediate personal future and super worried for your species as a whole in the not so immediate future.

The fact that on iOS 13, old 32 bit apps simply crash the phone when launched, with no visual indication that the app is 32bits and no way of automatically remove these apps sums up my Apple mood quite perfectly.

Been staring at the spinner a lot because the only way to test is to actually launch.

(And yes I know I should have pruned my Apps a couple of years earlier but hey)

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