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Long ago, I thought I was special, different than everyone else, and I was surrounded by adults who reinforced that thought daily.

Eventually, I realized that I was special, different than everyone else, and so was every other person in the world.

They left out the important bit. We're each special and different and that's what makes us awesome.

I celebrate your special difference, friends, each of you. May it bring you the joy in the coming years that it has brought me getting to know each of you during the last few.


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waxing nostalgic for the near future by way of the near past - 2000 chars, involves feels 

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this is my semi-regular yet aperiodic reminder that this place here is a distributed federated version of Callahan's as far as I can tell and that is one of the most bestest things that can be.

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Every one of you is precious and wonderful and unique and necessary and deserving of life and love and peace.

Anything your brain does to try to convince you otherwise is a mean trick.

Please try to remember this. Remember it unceasingly.

I need to track down the code mrfixit2001 added to this debian build to make the power led flash with drive access so it can be added to, say, manjaro-arm too

this nvme module might be power friendly enough for the pinebook pro for everyday use, but here is a pro tip:

do not expect it to also power a usb3-connected spinning rust hard drive because it will not do so for long. trust.

hi pls help

a friend needs to give a presentation of ~3 minutes for an interview. what tips to give?

boosts appreciate

With bs=1M, the transfer reading from emmc and writing to NVMe is averaging ~76 megabytes per second.

Now testing a Sabrent 256gb NVMe module, and have hopefully convinced it to go as easy on the amps as it can without just doing nothing.

Currently dd'ing the (unbooted) image on /dev/mmcblk1 (the 128gb emmc module) to /dev/nvme0n1 (the NVMe module) on battery power - so far so good

For interested parties, I followed these instructions:

using twrp and lineage 17.1 rom linked in that post, along with android-tools on manjaro-arm (yep, used a $99 laptop to re-flash what was a tablet costing twice that lol)

@djsundog Niiice, you've just saved mine from the stuff to ignore forever pile

All right - lineage 17.1, based on android 10, does indeed run on nexus 7 2013.

Another google device has been de-googled.

It sounds like @TheGibson is really sick. My best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who’s going with the girl who saw him pass out at 31 Flavors last night. I guess it’s pretty serious.

Thoughts and prayers.

The CPU on the left came from one of my first desktops, which had been doing its duty in my server for years. The CPU on the right replaced it -- first in my desktop, and now today in my server. 11 years was a long run for the Phenom. And now its watch has ended.

Just a reminder: taking care of (and repairing) your electronics is a great way of making them last longer.

Probably the most useful tool I've ever learned to tackle a structural group problem is to brainstorm all the things that could be done and then organize them in 'low effort / high effort', 'low impact / high impact'.

Then do the 'high impact / low effort' things first, followed by 'low impact / low effort'.
Use the energy and momentum from those small successes for the 'high impact / high effort' things and just skip the 'low impact high effort' pitfalls.

example in next post

Might also take side trip through trying to wedge lineageOS on one or more of the Nexus 7 (2013) tablets I have stacking up in the lab, in hopes it goes well this time and they become useful remote 1080p touchscreen terminals for other projects

on tap for my non-auditory activities today, I'll be disassembling and reassembling my pinebook pro again (to swap out NVMe modules and put a working u-boot back on the eMMC) and then probably poking at some electronics with a hot stick.

@djsundog Please fully enjoy that Sunday to the max. I’m already an hour into Monday and it’s not that great.

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