They were good tech at the time, but they didn't stand the test of time. I'm sure this board's hardware is still functional. It's of great build quality. But I can't even seem to find an OS build for it anymore.

I'll be staying away from maker electronics boards from the big tech companies from now on.

Microsoft sent out sample boards built on Intel Galileo for a pre-production build of Windows for IoT a number of years ago.

Microsoft dropped support for the board apparently before it ever went to production, and Intel doesn't seem to support the Galileo anymore.

Meanwhile my Arduino Uno that's much older than that works just fine.

Work-in-progress robot character. I kinda like it.

I’m thinking the dial might switch him between Red Team and Blue Team, and he’ll go on little InfoSec adventures.

I was thinking of taking a build-your-own laboratory approach to fostering my 6-year-old daughter's love of science.

My first thought was to build a balance, and then if she likes that we could build a calibrated version like a beam balance.

Does anyone have other suggestions for kids' science experiments to teach the foundations in a DIY way?

I have most probably gone insane.

Debian Package Maintenance has reached the topic of my "things to learn later" list.

I'm probably not going to go as far as becoming an official maintainer, but my goal for this learning task is to at least figure out how to build someone else's package, and maybe try to pull in upstream changes for an outdated package.

We'll see how this goes... so far my impressions are that this is a very complex ecosystem.

My boss is asking for input on what laptops we want for work machines. I’ve been on Mac for a while but am willing to try something else. Windows is probably not happened though it wouldn’t be the end of the world if that’s where we go.

Any suggestions that laptops that pair well with Linux distros? I really don’t want to be fighting drivers all the time. Good video call experience is a must.

I don’t mind going to Toronto for meetings as much as I used to, but the transit time makes me really appreciate working remote. 2.5-3 hours by 🚌➡️🚌➡️🚌➡️🚊➡️🚶‍♂️➡️🚃.

We were supposed to get rail service to Toronto direct from my city in a few years, but the political party changed and one of the most beneficial public projects proposed in a long time got delayed indefinitely.

One of the reasons I cancelled my iTunes Music subscription last year was that I just listened to the same set of songs over-and-over again. I figured I'd buy them piece meal instead, but never did.

Ironic that the first thing I did when I signed up was rejoice at the joy of listening to those songs again that I hadn't listened to all year.

As a bit of an experiment, I cancelled my iTunes Music subscription last year about this time. I've finally caved and signed back up. I've just been starved for listening to whatever I want.

I considered Spotify and Google Play Music... but there's just something I like about iTunes Music.

I keep separate notebooks for my engineering notes and daily scribblings for personal and work projects.

I have 2 pages left in my personal book, and 5 pages left in my work book.

The odds of filling both up on the same day were astronomically low (since it takes me years to fill a personal notebook), but now it actually seems likely.

I'm thinking if the Glue doesn't hold, I'll look for something creative to use as a zipper pull.

Something like... maybe one of those tamper-proof seals they use on transport trucks that need to go through customs.

I got some heavy-duty Super Glue and reattached the pull. I filled the plastic part with glue and re-attached it. There's lots of surface-area for the glue to hold onto... but now I'm basically just pulling on glue when I zip up my bag.

Fingers cross that it holds a little longer. I love this bag, but having a missing pull on the main compartment is a little bit maddening.

I have a Thule laptop backpack that has gone everywhere with me for over 2 years. I took my time in choosing it and I think I chose well.. it has endured my abuses very well.

Except for one tiny detail. The zipper pull broke on me about a month ago. They're actually built really sturdy, except that - for the sake of vanity - the pull has the brand name THULE cut out of the metal tab. This left only a little metal holding on each side, and this is where it broke.

Unbroken pull pictured.

Ugh, typo. Size. I'm sure you know what I meant.

Umm... WTF?

My normal package maintenance routine for homebrew is:

brew update && brew upgrade && brewcleanup

Couldn't complete the upgrade this time because multiple versions of llvm, which were already big... all installed upgrades that doubled in side from the last versions.

My daughter’s reading is definitely improving with the more challenging books.

To now, she had settled with the early learning readers and refused to take on the challenge of something harder. There’s only so many times she could read the easy stuff before she stopped getting anything out of them.

But she has a tendency to look at the page and then shut down before she even starts. The little readers are still a good ice breaker for those moments.

Of all the languages I’ve learned so far, almost none of them have as awesome a story for testing as Go. There’s usually too much tooling and library setup to figure out. Building testing into the same CLI you use to invoke the compiler is very handy.

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