@Gargron Hello! Just curious here: Does the official mastodon web client regularly ping the server through the socket to make sure the socket is up? If so how often?

@mdszy Got myself a cradle for my simple iron (good enough for now) and an alligator clip holder thing with a fan.

Also! I figured the main reason why I was having trouble using my iron was because the tip was just very dirty. Once I cleaned it up with some steel wool, it got much easier to use.

I’ve started experimenting with reading IR signals using my raspberry pi. After fiddling a lot I managed to start reading consistent signals.

Now I just need to make some sense of it. Since I don’t want to parse the signal, only memorize it and replay it later, I don’t think my code will need to be extra accurate.

@thomasfuchs Oh well that’s disappointing to hear.

At least flat ethernet cables are a thing (to run them under rugs).

I just realized that those Ethernet-over-Power-line adapters would likely not work back at my mom’s apartment. It has a three-phase delivery panel, and if the in/out sockets are on different phases, they wouldn’t see each other.

@mdszy I buy decaf coffee for this specific purpose. It most lightly wouldn’t affect me, but I drink decaf at night anyway just to avoid the mental toll if I can’t fall asleep later.

@mdszy BTW I just ordered a solder pump, a stand with wick, and a soldering hand base. This should keep me going. I’ll get the rest as I need them. πŸ˜„

Believe it or not, there isn’t a single device out on the market that does just that…

So here’s the project I’m working on: I wanna use my raspberry pi to control my IR devices (stereo, RGB lighting) using HomeKit. The idea is to write my own IR decoder and beamer (to memorize and replay signals), and then have that operate by receiving HomeKit commands.


@mdszy Yes, I’m definitely getting the hang of it. The first time I saw the solder getting sucked into the pin hole, I let out a quick β€œooh!” πŸ˜„

@mdszy (I don’t think I need to point out with solder points are mine - but they do look like Hershey’s Kisses)

@mdszy Thank you so much! Yes there’s plenty of fumes coming out! 😷

I definitely should get a temp controlled iron. I have a simple plug to the wall one, and although it’s nice, I definitely don’t have enough experience to know when it is getting too hot.

And sure! There are these spots I highlighted on the board, which are hard transparent blobs. I can get them out with a spudger. Also, please notice this is the first time I soldered stuff to a board, so it looks disturbingly bad. 😰

@mdszy Yo, I have a question. I’m soldering some stuff and sometimes I hear fizzing noises from the cooling solder, as if it had water on it or something. What the hell am I doing wrong? 😬

(It’s a solder roll from 2-3 years ago, but I don’t think it should be bad because of that?) (Also, I should probably not use that thing since it has Lead holy shit lmao)


@steveroy Thanks! I believe I also caught that crash, and if so it should be fixed in the next release. 😊

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