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 was a fascinating story of how the blue LED was invented: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AF8d72mA41M

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.

My first Mac was a Mac 512k that my parents brought home one day when I was 7. I can’t count the number of hours I spent in MacPaint on that 9” screen.

The first Mac I personally purchased was a PowerBook 5300 (the grayscale one), which I bought for college.

Happy 40th, Mac.

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.

RIP.

https://bnnbreaking.com/world/switzerland/niklaus-wirth-pioneer-of-programming-languages-passes-away-at-89/

I came across my grandfather’s Canon AE-1 a few days ago. I got the shutter to trigger one time, then it didn’t work.

The internet says a non-functioning shutter could be due to a dead battery. The camera hasn’t been used in years (decades?). On a whim I ordered a new battery.

It arrived today and the shutter is working great! I’m guessing it triggered once before the battery swap due to a remaining charge in a capacitor, which amazes me thinking about it.

Time to buy some film…

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.

That wraps up the car maintenance this week.

On Tuesday I took it in for new summer tries (Continental ExtremeContact Sport O2’s…so far they have been super-sticky). Then yesterday it had an oil change.

Feels pretty smooth after everything’s been done.

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.

Today was a perfect day to go mountain biking. Hit up a relatively new trail called Michigan’s Dragon and had a great time. Biked about 17 miles of rolling single track along a lake.

Can’t wait to go back, though I’d probably pick a slightly shorter section next time. I’m definitely going to be feeling this tomorrow…

Damn…two desktop UPSes dead in as many weeks. One little power blip and it just gave up.

I could probably just replace the battery, but the screen backlight has been out for awhile now too, which is a hassle, so I’ll probably just replace the whole thing.

Here’s one of the original App Store screenshots for MyWeather Mobile. We’ve come a long way…

Seasonality Go was just a glint in my eye, and wasn’t available until day 1 of the iPad App Store a few years later.

I’m a little surprised the Apple silicon Mac Pro didn’t go directly to PCIe 5 support. That’s been standard on desktop and server PC hardware for months now.

One of the nicer places I’ve had the privilege to eat lunch.

This morning I took the path less traveled (it’s not even on most maps), and it paid off big time.

Sitting on a boulder near some rapids, looking across a valley with granite mountains in the distance.