My May New Years Resolution Post

This has been a kind of crazy month. I’ve been working on unpacking, preparing for my new work permit and trying to adapt to the current restrictions here. Toughest restrictions I’ve experienced since Covid-19 started, but not the toughest Nova Scotia has had.

I’ve slacked on posts here this month, haven’t even really touched the drafts even. Same for my journal too.
I’ve done more tinkering with digital modes on Amateur Radio and studying to upgrade my license. Honestly I’ve done more with the former.

This is the first post written with a new Surface Pro. I must say it was nice setting up outside, feeling the breeze and sun while typing on something that can run for a day on it’s batteries and waiting for the sunset.

Lastly, learning (read: playing) with my camera settings and figuring out how to take better shots. Here’s one from the new place.

My April New Years Resolution Post

When I originally set up this blog, I imagined having having several blogs going with different topics. This one would be my personal space & also cover personal technical projects. In the end I sat on this for months before I launched it. I kept wanting to tweak the theme, adjust settings on the backend to make it lighter & load faster. Then I wound up moving to another country and decided I needed to launch it and quit nitpicking on little details or it’d never happen.

In the end I scrapped the plans for most of the other blogs in order to really focus on this main one. I can’t really travel now, so why launch a travel blog? That’s oversimplifying the thought process involved a bit, but this is kind of what played out in my mind for every topic. I recognized there’s enough to justify posts about my Immigration here, but I’m no expert and not enough content to justify a blog dedicated to it. Finance, well I’m sure I can share what not to do, cause I’ve probably made the mistake at some point. Amateur Radio, Linux, Networking and similar can go here, personal projects for a personal blog.

One thing I’ve tried (and in one post already, failed) to do is avoid politics of all kinds, domestic (Canadian or US) foreign, office, tech community and (I imagine) more. I’ve already been too vocal on social media (and I do feel like I’m mild when compared to my friends) and at the same time I’m debating internally exactly how much I should keep to myself or when I should speak up.

I think all sides can agree that there’s too much crisis (even if there’s disagreements on whether certain events are a crisis and on knowing people on different sides of it too.) and for me that’s part of the problem I have trying to be silent, it’s become painful. That said I’m definitely going to be careful, as I don’t want to cause more hurt either.

My March New Years Resolution Post

I swear I’m trying to get to a point where I’ve got more content here than just monthly personal updates and one paragraph tech tips. I don’t like giving out teasers but I’m making an exception today for a few that I intend to have out over the next month.

After a lot of trial and error, I finally have a working APRS and Winlink station. I think I had at least three different things working against me, I’m still not sure what some of the issues were but in the end I switched the cable and USB soundcard out for a Signalink USB & 20 minutes to tweak audio levels. I’ll go into more details on this in a later post. I was delaying my March update just for this, after three months of this I really wanted to be able to say it’s working! (In fairness, a lot of that time was waiting on shipping parts, trying out the parts, ordering another little trinket & waiting on shipping again)

I’ve been working on creating my own little Debian software repository & I’ve started to learn how do make Debian packages. I’m slowly learning docker, which seems like something I should have done a long time ago. Alongside this I’ve been studying for various certifications & licenses. Thanks to my employer I expect to be a Splunk Core Certified User before summer.

I still wish there were things I could do in-person again, Covid-19 has made that a real challenge & I get it, I want everyone to be safe but zoom calls, social media posts, online chats, mailing lists & instant messages just aren’t the same. I haven’t been able to see the Halifax Mooseheads play in person, they’re playing three more games (two at home, then heading to PEI for a third, which I can’t go to due to the current covid-19 rules) and then I don’t know (every game after that is on June 24th, which just isn’t possible, I’m guessing they are just doing a few at a time until vaccines are out and/or guidance from various local authorities across the league are clarified, using that date as a placeholder)

Don’t get me wrong, it could be worse. My hometown team the Erie Otters have 5 postponed games from the 2019-2020 season and they’ve not played a game since March 8th 2020. I could be working somewhere with others, worrying about each wave again too.

Last thing for the month, I’ve been going back over past projects and catching up on documenting what works so I don’t have to go through so much trial and error if I ever rebuild them. Some of these I’ll share on the blog, so that it may help everyone.

A Useful Git Tip.

Last night a work tool received an update that my team wasn’t ready for. I was able to run git log and git checkout to go back to a working state.

I’ve since found a quicker way, which just goes back one commit, without looking at the log. (We check for updates once a day, and on average seems to be an update or two a week. So even the most detailed changelog wouldn’t have helped too much here.)

git reset HEAD~1

Maybe someone else can use this tidbit too!

New Years Resolution Month 2

We’re finally getting some snow to stay for a week here. We had freezing rain yesterday and it’s still below freezing. Hopefully I can get some ice skates and take advantage of this soon.

Surprisingly it looks like Texas is having more winter weather than we are, even Mexico is having some cold days. I can’t say I was expecting that.
I’m hoping my friends in the affected areas are staying warm and safe.

I’ve got a few Amateur Radio parts I’m still waiting on, so I’ve not been able to start writing those posts yet. I at least am able to study for upcoming exams to upgrade my license class.

I’m a little over halfway through my current work permit in Canada, admittedly this is making me very nervous for what’s next. It’s truly too soon to say, so I’m trying to remind myself to have patience.

This past weekend My girlfriend and I volunteered to help with a Pop-Up Covid-19 Rapid Testing centre, I didn’t expect to be putting on all that PPE and actually running the tests myself. I also took a swab to the nose, it’s discomforting but not really painful.