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I've not been sure what to write for an , but:

I have a couple of young kids, born right before and right after the pandemic started. That's most of what I do now.

Professionally, I'm a software engineer working at a bigtech. Before that, a "research scientist" in various ML/NLP things.

I enjoy learning languages (natural and computer), personal computer programming, reading, PC gaming on Linux, , and hiking in New Hampshire's White Mountains. I once played a lot of cello.

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What profiterole, if it gains the dessert, only to lose the entree?

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Don't regret failure. Regret not trying.

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...this resolved itself when I tried plugging the dead-seeming router into a different outlet. Turns out there were some issues with the GFCI outlet getting tripped by the power blink and not resetting properly. Seems like this has been resolved, so we're going to postpone a new home network for another day.

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My favourite swipe typo of the day: "Norse cancelling headphones". Presumably that means Bluetooth is turned off.

Day 18 since I tested positive, and I'm still getting a positive result on a rapid antigen test.

At this point, I'm just going to resume contact with people and continue masking.

Doesn't look like the local Microcenter has routers that WRT54G-descended firmwares can run on, so a same-day purchase of new home equipment isn't in the cards. Time to figure out what's actually going to work if I order it online. The R7000 changed sometime between when I first bought one and when I bought two others for other family members. The newer ones have cheaper connectors for the external antennas and have a different internal layout with no pins for hooking up a serial console.

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It'll probably be a much more effective use of time and money to upgrade our R7000 into a pair of newer commercial routers that I can throw an OSS firmware onto and deploy with one as a repeater bridge.

IOW, there's definitely a right way to do this in hardware, but I can do it more cheaply by deploying more complex hardware with the right software. Famous last words.

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Now I remember why I didn't do this sooner. Either I need to run conduit+Ethernet through a bunch of external wall, or I need to pull down a bunch of molding, cut a groove through it, and then cleverly put as little cable as possible into the wall, thread it through the molding, and run it through the wall on the other end.

Totally doable. Not a one-afternoon project. Especially not for me. I've never pulled down or installed molding before. And I don't own any woodworking tools.

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Welp, the router wasn't powering up after a blink in the mains last night. Looks like the two outlets closest to it, which are both GFCI outlets, aren't working. Guess I finally have a reason to move it! I've always meant to, and we've been here for over six months now, so maybe this is an excuse for spending the day running cable and maybe installing conduit. I'll have to go to the hardware store to get new outlets anyway...

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I'm taking a lot of words to say "Stay at home or wear a (surgical, N-95, or P-100) mask, ya dingus," but that's what it boils down to. Take measures to do good for the people around you.

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My spouse is also getting positive test results, but she's also feeling a lot worse than I am.

I'm going to continue acting like I may be contagious. I hate what my experience may indicate. If even 10% of people taking Paxlovid also see a cessation of symptoms and have enough virus in their system to flag positive on a test, but they're past the 14-day mark, I expect that most will not be masking anymore. So there are going to be a lot more people spewing virus in public.

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I'm on day 15 since I first tested positive, and I'm flagging positive on both antigen tests and NAAT, even though I don't have serious symptoms of illness.

If you look for it, there's discussion on the Web about how you can have a viral rebound after taking Paxlovid (which is only a 5-day course).

The medical consensus appears to be "IDK my bff Jill".

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Since so many people said this should be multiple choice.
What fediverse software(s) do you use, please boost for scale.

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Okay, I'm curious, when did you guys first hear about/join Linux? Please boost for a wider data pool. :boost_love:

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Which fediverse software do you use, boost for scale.

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If possible, try taking the long way today. Read a longer piece; no TL;DR today. Find the longer, quieter way home.

Breathe in. Breathe out.

Let... It... Go...

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Maybe I haven't been paying enough attention to the Russian anti-war shitposting scene, but I am a little disappointed that I haven't seen any photoshops of Операция "ы" that make fun of the ongoing "special military operation."

I was thinking yesterday that it would be fun and useful to have a HUD in the kitchen, projected onto the ceiling or a wall, for things like cooking timers and little passive reminders/tasks (shopping lists, to-do lists, etc). Anyone here know anything about this?

I had thought that there might be cheap monochrome laser projectors. Not so, AFAICT. There are laser light show projectors, which are more expensive. laseros.com/lasercube/ looks like it might be one of my best bets.

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Youse all. You really should wear your masks again if you're not. Everyone I know who has gotten COVID lately either has been not wearing a mask or is in close contact with someone who isn't a mask wearer. And they're pretty sick this time.

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From where I'm standing, it seems like we're in another wave. In addition to us, Three of my cousins and their families (two local to Boston, one closer to DC) all got COVID in the past couple of weeks. And the Boston sewage numbers keep climbing.

We're all far from out of the woods on this, particularly since workplaces are tripping over themselves to get people back in the office and daycares and schools are clearly not sufficiently resourced to keep the virus from spreading.

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