When I was a student at UCSB, I worked in the Computer Support group for the Electrical and Computer Engineering department.
While I never met him personally, I passed by Nakamura’s office countless times when working. Every time I passed, I thought how amazing it was that the inventor of the blue LED was a professor at our university.
This week I started learning to write Sourcery stencils. I’ve never been a huge fan of writing code that generates other code, so this is new to me.
The interesting thing with Sourcery is how I felt like I was completely flailing on getting anything to work up until a point, and then something just clicked. After that, I became much more productive. It was surprising to me just how apparent the switch was while it was taking place.
I’m working on restoring files on a Linux server from a Synology Active Backup. It was going pretty quick for larger files, leading me to think it must check file checksums or something to make sure the file has changed before restoring it. However, once it got to the small files, the checksum checks take more bandwidth than just overwriting with the same file.
Currently 13 hours into the restore and have sent about twice as much data over the network than the original restore size.
Pascal was the first language I learned to code. I took a programming class in high school. The school computer lab had Mac Classics for each student. I remember every row of computers in the lab had an AppleTalk network to an inkjet printer at the end of the row.
My parents bought me a license of THINK Pascal so I could practice on my Mac II at home.
I sold my EOS R earlier this evening. I’m glad it’s going to be getting use instead of sitting on a shelf, and I couldn’t be happier with my R5, but it’s always sad to see a camera go. I imagine it has something to do with being the tool used to capture so many memories. So long, friend.
Purchased a Supermicro 2U server with a 14 core 2690 v4 CPU for barely more than the price of the chassis alone. Bumped the configuration to 256GB of RAM for just $125 more.
It should be a healthy upgrade from the 6 core 2013 Mac Pro it will replace. Eventually I’d like to upgrade to an Epyc Rome/Milan build in the same chassis, but I figured I might as well try this setup first. If it’s not quick enough, I’ll just buy the new motherboard/CPU and reuse the RAM.
This video finishes the series I started last year with getting a short-term rental property ready to rent. In this video I go over the networking equipment and the general setup we’re using to offer WiFi for our guests.
The UniFi Dream Machine has been working well for over a year now. Since recording this video, I’ve had to do one remote update of the firmware for a major vulnerability in October, 2023. The update worked without a hitch.
Even though there are a few head-scratchers with the M3 Pro, in general the new M3 MacBook Pros look like a nice update. The Max with 12 P cores and 4 E cores looks like an especially nice configuration, albeit at a price.
I’m still holding tight with my M1 Max (maybe an M4 will have my name on it), but it’s exciting to see the performance gains continuing to made with each generation.
Had a drive die in my TrueNAS SSD pool (8x 2TB in mirrored VDEVs) earlier this week.
Decided to order 2x 3.84TB replacements to swap the entire VDEV, because solid state prices have plummeted this past year. I’ll have an unbalanced pool, but thinking unbalanced SSDs shouldn’t have too big of a performance impact.
Will keep the good 2TB SSD as a cold spare for the next failure.