The dragon roared, spitting rings of fire, scales shimmering vibrant warning colors.
Undeterred, the tiny princess strode forward, dark tight curls bouncing about her head.
The dragon snapped at her.
"Enough!" she commanded.
The dragon's growls softened to a whine.
"Be nice to the healer and take your medicine."
The dragon complied dourly.
"Good, now we can go walkies."
The dragon perked up and followed after the princess gleefully.
The first ZX Spectrum prototype. This is what stuff looks like while being developed. Don’t forget that or fear it. It’s easy to forget in an age when we only ever see the shiny façades of technology – whether that’s hardware or software. No one gets it right from the start, it’s always messy, always iterative and you never have all the answers and, heck, half the challenge is figuring out whether you’re even asking the right questions to begin with.
Here's my new portable computer. The case was finally printed successfully so I was able to make sure all the electronics actually fit. The cables need a lot of wrangling so I might look for some shorter ones. The list of components is on my blog:
This was a fun custom deck to make. I'm happy to have a sturdy little computer with a mechanical keyboard that I can take with me.
My wider keys for the edges of my keyboard arrived! They're a slight but noticeable improvement over the square keycaps with gaps.
One thing I found was that I kept putting my hands on the keyboard offset by a key, so I've now added little nubs on the F and J keys. To do that I drilled a 2mm hole through the keycap, superglued in a length of 1.75mm 3D printer filament, and cut it off almost flush. They're a little rough right now but will hopefully smooth out over time!
I wanted a self-hosted Confluence-like wiki type software to keep track of my projects. It looks like Bookstack is a nice one, and I managed to get it deployed on a spare laptop yesterday! It took a lot of switching between different wikis and guides, because I've never used nginx or laravel before, but I did it!
The GNOME 3.32 icon theme looks awesome.
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Also while I'm on my soapbox, Dragonair to Dragonite has got to be the worst second-to-third evolution ever, right? You go from beautiful blue water lizard to a golden puff the magic dragon. Total change in aesthetic.
So far I've found that my symbol and function keys need to be swapped, and backspace needs to be more accessible. Not super happy with the position of shift either - might move that to the conventional position.
Overall though I'm really liking the Gateron Browns. The Blues at the edges are interesting and I *think* I like them.
Just bought an Audioquest Dragonfly DAC. First thought is holy hell this is loud compared to my motherboard's built-in output.
I think to appreciate this, I'm going to need some slightly nicer headphones than my current Sennheiser HD201s. Any recommendations for something cheapish, over ear and closed back with fairly good isolation?
I'm going to work full-time on free software
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