I'm learning only the most useful Icelandic phrases by reading Icelandic kids books!

I've been trying to force myself to study and improve my terrible Icelandic, after years of promising that I'd do it. But, in typical procrastinator fashion I have concluded that before I can *really* study Icelandic, I need to write my own flashcard application with a focus on Icelandic grammar and vocabulary (oh, and to make it handle Old Norse too, since they're so similar, right?)

Anyway that's how my life is going right now.

Now that many tech companies are moving a remote-based workforce, they're likely considering location-based pay.

The ridiculous thing is that the same companies would never, ever consider charging less for a product because you live in a community with an average lower income.

Can you imagine Netflix calling you up and saying "Oh, we noticed you live in a community with fewer opportunities, so we're going to allow you to pay less per month."

Yesterday I learned about Project Gemini, a project building a new Internet protocol to serve static hypertext documents. It lies somewhere in-between Gopher and HTTP, and reminds me of the World Wide Web circa 1992. (see: gemini.circumlunar.space/) Today, I have a gemini server up and running at gemini://loomcom.com/! You'll need a gemini browser (e.g. castor) to view it.

They say you should be the change you want to see in the world. That's why I'm backing the Reform open and repairable laptop, and why I think you should too! crowdsupply.com/mnt/reform

I think perhaps the biggest mistake made when creating the current fediverse was making instances culturally significant (i.e., making instances islands of users with a shared interest). It has led to the current arms race between instances blocking and canceling each other.

In my (correct) opinion, an instance of a distributed peer-to-peer messaging system should be nothing more than a dumb node that serves as a message source and sink.

Drat. The DEC GIGI terminal generates 15 kHz sync, which none of my LCD monitors can do.

Just arrived on my workbench: A DEC GIGI terminal! I never thought I'd own one of these.

The open source and free software movements need more nice, caring, kind people in them.

Actually, I'll amend that. The WORLD needs more nice, caring, kind people in it.

I found an awesome little treasure at Powell's Books today! Dated 1976, a short 64 page booklet.

Everything I know about software engineering I learned after I was 25 years old. Everything I know about electronics I learned after I was 30 years old. I plan to keep learning all kinds of fun shit now that I'm over 46 years old. It's never too late!

@twylo @twylo sdfarc participates in a weekly sked 10m SSB slow speed, straight key CW on 28.420 at 1800 PT

As far as I can tell DKIM is just a cryptographically secure way of telling a mail server that you're honestly repesenting yourself as a spammer.

In my ongoing quest to waste time on frivolous projects instead of actually studying Morse code, I have built a visual Farnsworth method CW trainer. I don't do JavaScript much so I had no idea what I was doing. It seems to work anyway! cwtrainer.loomcom.com/

Oh yeah, I should mention this here! Teensyduino 1.47 ships with a broken Makefile for the Teensy 4.0. It does not work at all. Here's how to fix it.

0. Edit ~/ardunio-1.8.9/hardware/teensy/avr/cores/teensy4/Makefile

1. Change -D__IMXRT1052__ to -D__IMXRT1062__ in DEFS.

2. Change -DF_CPU to 600000000

3. Remove -nostdlib and -nostartfiles from LDFLAGS

Yay, now it works! Use it as the basis for your next fun project.

What do fediverse HAMs think about MBITX? Would it be a good entry into HF QRP SSB world?
hfsignals.com/index.php/ubitx/
(Please boost, if you are followed by a HAM, thanks.)

Well, I am officially giving up on trying to set up a bare metal development environment for the Teensy 4.0, at least for now. I believe it is possible, but I'd rather not fight against the platform too hard. If I gave it some more time, I could probably reasonably set up and use NXP's MCUXpresso, but just using GNU Arm and Makefiles seems extra challenging.

As much as I hate the Arduino IDE, if it works, it works, and it's the path of least resistance.

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