I got my hands on a 2012 Mac Mini, nobody was really doing work with anymore, today. To prevent it from getting covered in dust and living a hardware afterlife in a drawer of a Berlin office building, I asked if I am allowed to take it home with me. I initially thought of replacing my rather beefy home server (I have radius, a VPN and a media centre running amongst a 3D printing interface and some render applications) with it.
So, one of my first smartphones was the Samsung B3410. It hasn’t had Android, though there was this horrible TouchWiz 1.0 user interface, a 2.6-inch display, and, that’s the reason why I miss that device from time to time, a physical keyboard. Alongside the optical trackpad my HTC Desire had, a physical keyboard is something I really am missing from this early era of smartphones. I know that devices like the GDP Pocket have both, a trackpoint as well as a physical keyboard and are probably close to the device I am trying to build and describe in this blogpost.
A few month ago I wrote a piece on what it feels like being introvert and polyamorous. As of now I feel like I’ve missed a crucial point about this, I haven’t talked about back then, since it simply wasn’t that present in my life as it is now: Polyloneliness. Lately I started to have a lot of lonely weeks and started to somehow grasp why I don’t feel polysaturated anymore, because, I am in the lucky position of calling some of the most amazing human beings I have ever met my partners (<3).
When I went on job hunting adventures in Dec. 2018, I decided to take a break from IT. I worked as a Software and System Engineer for quite some time then, and wanted to take a break from the industry to reassess my longterm goals and readjust my focus in 2019. I eventually joined Wikimedia Deutschland in early 2019 and worked as a part of their Event Team for about half a year.
Finally, after all this time, I went to the Kulturbrauerei Cinema to see the finale of the Infinity Saga, the widely anticipated Avengers: Endgame. One could argue that it wasn’t the best idea by 2009 teenage me to get that emotionally invested in the cinematic universe, so I had mixed feelings going into, and cried a lot, during that flic. One day after having seen Endgame, and after having talked with my close friends about what we liked, disliked, about it and how we all are emotional wrecks because of some scenes, I decided to write a rambling review here on huffleclaw.
The month of March was pretty busy and wild because of the Wikimedia Summit and the ongoing policy process of the EU copyright law, so this blog went more silent than usual for a few weeks. Since April will not only be my birthday month, but also it is, because of CampNaNo, the first month in a year, where I try to focus on my writings, I want to share my writing set-up on this blog.
The bad news is: I have a cold and still feel a bit sick today. The good news is: it’s Open Data Day and as I am writing this I am helping making that event happen in Berlin as a part of my new Job. Though I’ll be more taking care of the organizational tasks, I will probably contribute to that day with a small open data project as well; though I am still unsure about what it’ll be.
After having used Arch Linux for quite some times, I finally decided to give NixOS a try. I already knew that distribution from being involved in DevOps things, having tried to replace the common $distribution + Python3 + Ansible Stack with something more lightweight, so I had a reason to mess around with NixOS. While it may look like an uncommon choice for work laptops, I’ll try to give my reason of using this in the following post.