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I (πŸ§“) live in South Jersey between Philly (πŸ₯¨) and the Pinelands/Shore (πŸŒ²πŸ–οΈ).

Perl is my weapon of choice but in my career I coded in weird stuff like Business Basic, RPG, Delphi, Alpha Four, and Lotus Symphony.

These days I've bailed on IT and I make plush sewing patterns and whatnot. I keep my nerd bona fides current by using Inkscape, plugging Raspberry Pi's into my embroidery machine, and writing Perl scripts to automate dumb Etsy stuff.

I mute reply-guys and block zealots.

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I think I'm going to start doing Kickstarters for imaginary products I want to exist, and set really high funding goals so the funding fails, and then wait for China to make the imaginary thing a reality.

If it wasn't a perfect (to my hearing anyhow) musical third it probably wouldn't have registered as music quite so much.

But now I can't unhear it and it also sings, particularly the space bar, while I type.

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So I have been trying to figure out the origin of the faint music I keep hearing. It sounded like something playing through headphones somewhere, that I was only hearing a few notes of now and then over the computer fan and whatnot.

Eventually figured out it's my keyboard. Any lateral motion, including brushing the side of a key with the mouse cable or just breathing while resting my hands on the keys, will trigger a very faint pinging tone. The space bar is tuned to E5, the letter keys to C5.

The latest in the part-time-dual-monitor saga: I moved the second monitor to the shelf above the main one, and adjusted the settings accordingly. I still overshoot the top of the main monitor occasionally, but less often than I overshot the right side of it.

Now my dilemma is convincing apps to only open windows in the primary monitor, because I'd like to keep the secondary powered off when I'm not actively using it. It works 90% of the time, but then Chrome goes "okay, Paypal pop-up UP TOP!" πŸ˜’

You know you're getting old when: you try to remember the term for when someone thinks they're better at something than they are and "Warnier/Orr" jumps into the front of your head and that's all you can think of.

(I mean, you know you're getting old when you know what Warnier/Orr *means*. I worked for the company that was what was left when Ken Orr & Associates just became the associates; somewhere I have a template to draw Warnier/Orr diagrams. Which I never did.)

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warnier/

Dear lazyweb: I've been pulling all my photos off GPhoto and iCloud for space reasons but I miss having them all searchable (well, semi-searchable what with Google ML's comical idea of what is a "cat" etc).

So it's probably time to get them all properly tagged and whatnot - what is a good Linux photo management package?

(Major bonus points if it can gather all the photos from the various directories they're in and leave symlinks so the various Inkscape files with embedded photos still work.)

@tildeclub You blocking all of Comcast or just me? 😒

(I'd also be perfectly fine with having to hit the keyboard to swap the mouse cursor between monitors.)

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Okay, here's a fun situation.

Deb10 with LXDE, and six days a week I run a single-monitor setup, so there's VERY MUCH muscle memory concerning just flicking the mouse over to the right and finding scroll bars, window close button, etc.

But on the seventh day, I turn on my old monitor as a second display, to the right of my main monitor. LXRandR works pretty well except: that muscle memory.

There seem to be Windows utils that do things like pause the mouse at the boundary - any for Linux?

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Perusing papers from the 2019 Internet Measurement Conference conferences.sigcomm.org/imc/20 I came across this, which might be interest here:

Challenges in the Web:
The Mastodon Case eecs.qmul.ac.uk/~tysong/files/

Which is an academic measurement oriented analysis of as it stood about 2 years ago, focusing in part on challenges that tend to drive things back to forms centralization

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@alienghic It means it doesn't show up in the public TL. It's a step above followers-only (i.e. if non-followers look at your profile they'll see them, or if people boost them) but isn't just out there like it's an important thought.

I set my mastosoc account to default to unlisted posts and just overrode when I used a hashtag (hashtags don't get searched; the web client will even warn you to properly set it) because no sane human reads the local TL there and it cut down on creepers/bots.

Not sure this site is gonna be a keeper. The point of moving from mastosoc was to have a place with a nice local timeline, and nobody here seems to know how to either use content warnings or set off-topic stuff to unlisted. πŸ˜’

(fast forward six months, Karen is surrounded by dozens of mechanical keyboard boxes spilling keycaps and switches, and is back to typing on the venerable beige M-type but with a trackball on the left of the keyboard)

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My TLs are full of people talking about their keycaps and switches and it is very dangerous. I resisted the modern mechanical keyboard trend for a long time because I have a perfectly serviceable 1994 M-type that is gonna outlive me... but then someone mentioned going tenkeyless to improve RSI (spoiler: IT REALLY DID) and I got Cherry MX Brown switches with just-slightly-less-dished-than-the-M-type keycaps and now I'm thinking maybe I should have gone Blue, noise and all, and more dishy caps. πŸ’Έ

Irrationally amused that I got a "Dear Karen" email from a store telling me my ship-to-store has arrived and that I should literally "At the store, ask to speak to the manager."

Just attempted to type Γ© and went "oh hey I finally have a keyboard with a command key!" (having replaced my vintage M-type) and excitedly held it down with my left hand, and sat there in confusion with my right hand hovering in the air over the absence of a ten-key (getting a TKL being the thing that finally drove me to replace the vintage M-type).

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Not enough space to add: the rest of my accounts are listed in my profile but:

@gamehawk is my OG account, which I now just use to aggregate.
@silverseams is my art account (Silver Seams is the business name; "Silver" was my handle back in my Tandy Coco days, short for Mercedes Silver, but these days that's insufficiently unique)
@gamehawk is my ttrpg account.
@gamehawk is my Philly-area instance account.
and
silverseams.com/ is my blog and business site.

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I (πŸ§“) live in South Jersey between Philly (πŸ₯¨) and the Pinelands/Shore (πŸŒ²πŸ–οΈ).

Perl is my weapon of choice but in my career I coded in weird stuff like Business Basic, RPG, Delphi, Alpha Four, and Lotus Symphony.

These days I've bailed on IT and I make plush sewing patterns and whatnot. I keep my nerd bona fides current by using Inkscape, plugging Raspberry Pi's into my embroidery machine, and writing Perl scripts to automate dumb Etsy stuff.

I mute reply-guys and block zealots.

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