Check-in 2022-Q4

2022 is drawing to a close, and I have been bad about updating this blog. Maybe next year will be better for me. :)


Since all the changes on Twitter, I am now active on Fosstodon, which is a Mastodon. I joined back in 2018, but I just started using it more. My #introduction toot:

Hello, my name is Don, and I am a recovering twitter user....
I also to Linux stuff for a living, take pictures on the side, and some of them are even good. And I have been even known to send in a detailed bug report with a patch.

On the home network front, I finally retired the big server as the drivers were failing. I decided to move the containers running there to my old desktop which was not doing anything. Some new disks, and life is better there.

One of the other things I have been looking into is NixOS which is a declarative Linux distribution. What does that mean? By describing the machine in a single file (or multiple for readability), you can have a easily reproducible install. After a little research and testing, I was able to install two separate machines which are identically configured expect for the host name. Pretty cool. And since installing a new program is done in this file, you always have a complete record of what is installed and you get OS versioning as an added feature. I am going to flip my main machine over during the holiday break.


2022 P52 Collage

I am still doing my P52 project (posting a new photo every week) over on my photo blog. I had gotten out of the habit of carrying my camera with me, so I am trying to get back into it. Sometimes, it is not with my main rig, but with smaller point-n-shoot cameras which I can keep in a pocket. I have also switched my phone case so taking pictures with my phone is easier.


Looking back, I realize that during this whole plague thing, I switched teams three times, finally going back to a position which I held last time I worked for my employer. I also have been working here for 6 years last month this time. Is this my final or dream job? I do not think so, but it is interesting and stable, so there is that.


Everybody is doing fine, and thankfully this year has been free of any major illness or injury, so that is a win in my book!