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Hi all!

I'm Tom (he/him), physicist/engineering/programmer currently working on instrumentation and data acquisition for marine energy projects.

Linux user (Fedora and Debian), programmer (Python, C and some C++), and electronics hacker/maker/breaker.

Based in Swansea on the slightly soggy south coast of Wales.

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I am alive today because I always wear a high quality full face helmet.

Never go cheap on safety gear.

You can't predict everything.

After a very hectic few weeks of work and moving house, I am very much looking forward to a fun weekend away at

Now sitting at the station with a coffee, waiting for train number 1 to arrive!

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It look's like you are building a dome! Would you like some help with that? 😅
#emfcamp #emf2022

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Any sufficiently advanced technology is insufficiently documented

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Canonical: You like snaps now

Snaps: I don't respect your system settings, themes or anything!

Me: Oh no

Snaps: My file chooser doesn't remember your sidebar folders in Nautilus like everything else, also, get used to navigating from / every single time, because I don't remember anything else either

Me: That's not what I—

Snaps: Also now you have to remember to update your software in yet another place

Me: Please stop

Snaps: Btw I take up way more resources too

Canonical: You're welcome

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Boss: your leave request broke the system
Me: uh sigh
Boss: why do you want to take the specific week off in 2038
Me: for this exact reason

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Outlook on the desktop is where hopes and dreams go to die.

I also need to work out who a bug report should be filed with for that one, but one step at a time...

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leftdiodes.co.uk/2021/12/22/if

Trying to get into the habit of putting more write ups online when I break/fix things in case they're useful for other people.

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Two days of debugging while adding IPv6 to a wireguard VPN ended up being due to two very daft errors on my part:
IPv6 forwarding and IPv4 forwarding are different settings (guess which wasn't enabled?)
Static route on my router set on the wrong interface

Happy new year! Starting as I suspect it will continue 🙂

I mean, I *could* have taken the pinephone out of the case, popped the back and removed the battery to get to the SD card.
Or I could export the SD card with NBD and write an image over the network from my laptop instead.

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Note to self: AWS t3.micro and t3a.micro reservations do not appear to be interchangeable. 🤫

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A "podcast" behind a paywall is not a podcast.

A "podcast" that only one app can receive is not a podcast.

A "podcast" without a public feed that can be freely pulled into any podcast client or RSS reader is not a damn podcast, don't let people get away with calling it that.

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