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Hello all! I'm a software engineer from the US, specializing primarily in C for microcontrollers, with some dabbling in C++ and Go.

Outside of software development, I enjoy reading, music, and all things tech-related. I'm slowly moving into the Linux/FOSS world, one step (or app) at a time.

Anyone else here on Fosstodon use Nextcloud News as their RSS feed reader? Been running into a few weird issues of late where a feed will suddenly show 10+ new articles, when only the latest post is new. It’s starting to get aggravating enough that I’m wondering if it’s time for me to look at other solutions...

I normally operate all of my devices/apps in light mode, unless it's after dusk (I use auto switching where possible). However, every once in a while, I use dark mode during the day too, for specific circumstances where for some reason the normal mode is hurting my head.

Today is one of those days. And I'm VERY thankful for the desktop environments and applications that make it easy to switch back and forth (esp. XFCE, Sublime Text/Merge, Firefox w/Dark Reader, Todoist, & Slack today 🙂 )

It's New Years Eve, already? Well, I guess it's time for my annual year in review post... or as I frequently think of it, my yearly State of the Vollmer update 😂

Enjoy!

justinvollmer.com/posts/2020-y

Saturday mornings are for...

a) workouts.
b) coffee.
c) upgrading DigitalOcean droplets.
d) all of the above.

If you selected d) all of the above, you are correct.

😁

<attempts to install app on MacBook Pro>

Sorry, that app only works on the latest version of the OS.

Apparently I have to update Mac OS now. 😕

Sometimes I wish everything worked like Linux. It feels “simpler” in many respects...

For some reason this THROUGHLY amused me. Probably because it’s so true... 😂

Spent part of the afternoon rebuilding my little Z-Wave network with a new Zooz USB Stick and my Home Assistant running on a Raspberry Pi 4. I'd been having issues with my old Z-Wave stick not being detected properly (ever since migrating to the RPi4), and after reading through the workaround/"fix" over the weekend, I decided to just upgrade to a better-supported adapter.

Now I can once again reliably control my lights (including Christmas lights) from my phone, as expected! 🎉

Listening to GregKH's keynote from the recent Linux App Summit while I work this morning.

I've heard bits and pieces of this content before, but this is by far one of the most concise presentations of it in recent memory. The biggest takeaway? "Don't break userspace - we want users to upgrade without worry".

Definitely worth checking out, both for Linux fans, and even more importantly for software developers.

youtube.com/watch?v=CUifDVMHUX

Has anyone here on Fosstodon gotten their hands on a Raspberry Pi 400 yet? I've been keeping an eye on U.S. purchasing options, but so far they've all either been out of stock, or are allowing pre-orders/backorders, but won't be shipping for weeks. 🙁

I'm always on the lookout for interesting Tech, Linux, and FOSS-related podcasts. Today I ran across "How to Fix the Internet" from the EFF, a mini-series that examines solutions to issues facing the modern web.

So far, it's been very informative, even for someone who tries to stay abreast of these types of topics. I definitely recommend checking it out!

eff.org/how-to-fix-the-interne

Stage 2 of my website redesign complete!

After migrating to Hugo, my next goal was to replace Google Analytics with a more privacy-respecting alternative. And so, in my usual style, I've written up a short blog post about it... 🙂

justinvollmer.com/blog/removin

After MANY months of consideration, and many MORE hours of work, I've finally migrated my website from WordPress to Hugo!

I'm still playing with settings, themes, etc, but so far I'm pretty happy with it. What finally pushed me to make the change was the new DigitalOcean App Platform, which was a breeze to use.

Check it out! (Website link + blog post about the change below)

justinvollmer.com/blog/migrati

@Vollmer I much prefer it. Obviously a derivative, but my go-to OS these days 🙂

I should note: what I’m looking for in an optimal Linux distro for this laptop is one that is relatively easy to use, and has the ability to install recent software releases easily if desired. I like Arch, and continue to use it with KDE on my main desktop. However, I don’t use my laptop as much, nor do I want to have to troubleshoot things if a new software release breaks expected behavior, if I can help it. I want to just grab it and go 🤷‍♂️

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My Fedora install lasted all of a few hours. Didn't like it. This morning, I've installed two different operating systems already. OpenSUSE looked promising, but the default install didn't get my mouse/keyboard to work right under X. I don't feel like troubleshooting, so... now I'm playing with a stock Ubuntu installation. So far, working pretty well. I'm normally a KDE fan, but I'll give Gnome a go for a bit at least. 😃

I had some free time this weekend, so what did I do? Being me, I opted to move one of my laptops from Arch to Fedora, to see what the user experience is like. :fedora:

Been a while since I posted one of these to Fosstodon again...

Post 70 of is up! Today I wrote up a few thoughts on Google Stadia, after using it for a few hours today. TL:DR? It's pretty amazing, honestly!

justinvollmer.com/2020/07/03/i

Day 53 of !

Today's post is effectively just a repost of a Twitter thread from the CEO of Cloudflare that I ran across today. Interesting read, if you haven't already seen it.

justinvollmer.com/2020/06/16/s

Wow. Already Day 51 of !

For today's post, I went back to the topic of Things That Work, and talk a little about a service I ran across recently that has proven quite useful: Soundiiz.

Check it out!

justinvollmer.com/2020/06/14/t

Slowly converting family to Linux... my dad has been tinkering with it for a few years on some of his computers, and has come to appreciate it, at least for certain tasks.

And now, I’ve not only convinced my sister to give it a go, but to also pick up a custom desktop build from System76! She blogged a little about it yesterday as part of - check it out at 100daysofhannah.hannahvollmer. 🙂

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