The week before last, I won the sbc lottery. I happened onto the allnet website during the brief moment when the Radxa Zero 2 Pro was available. I ordered 2. They arrived in record time, exceeding their estimated delivery by half a week.
It's not unimaginable to hypothesize that for many people, the number of hours spent typing is the largest percentage of time spent moving a part of their body. When put this way, it's surprising that we don't have typing networks where we watch people type as spectators like soccer or rugby. Maybe this is the true joy of gaming tournaments. As a middle-aged person, I will spend, on the low end, another 41,600 hours of my life typing should I live an average lifespan.
This summer, I overhauled my blinds, upgrading the nodemcus to Xiao esp32c3s so I could run the more modern version of Tasmota on them, and start testing out matter. It worked really well (I think I had procrastinated upgrading because of the costs of esp32, but it's gotten so much cheaper now than it was a couple of years ago). Which got me thinking: could I install a zigbee chip on one of my blinds and use zigbee2tasmota to expose them over matter, thus eliminating HomeAssistant? I installed z2t and was surprised at how well it worked with my lights, but the berry scripts to expose zigbee endpoints aren't done yet. (It is on the road map so I'll definitely keep an eye on it as the project develops.)
The world of single board computing is alive right now. Like Julie Andrews spinning on a grassy hilltop, if you're willing to go down the rabbit hole, you'll might come out singing. The 'chip shortage' of the past few years has left many people (myself included) a lot more willing to experiment than they might otherwise have been. Internet sentiment evidences a community that is a strange mix of excited, annoyed (the comments on this article), and somewhat unsettled. I can't wait to see what another year or two brings as people respond to what's going on in this space.
Exploring layouts for my new keyboard and decided to give the Engram Layout by Arno Klein a go.
Last week, I decided to have an affair with the text editor of my youth: Vim. No matter how thoroughly I work to assimilate a command's syntax, I always have to refresh after some time away.
When I used to use Atom, there was a great collaborative writing tool called Teletype. It allowed multiple people to be editing the same files at the same time. I've been working on a book lately and wanted to get another one in progress with a group of authors, so I tried to find something that would duplicate Teletype's functionality iThonically.