@pratikbaid3@twtxt.net is looking for a few small projects to add to his contractor/freelance CV and has reached out to me to see if he could do a bit of work on the Yarn.social mobile app. He’s done work before in the past and has done a pretty decent job.

Two projects we’ve discussed:

  • Flutter upgrade and cleanup, ensuring the mobile app builds successfully with the latest Flutter (which breaks all the time 🤦‍♂️)
  • A UI/UX Redesign of the Mobile App with a Bottom Nav Bar layout. This would end up having something like Timeline | Mentioned | Profile – Maybe it could also have “Search” too if I somehow found the time to add an appropriate search endpoint to the API.

What do y’all think? 🤔

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In-reply-to » The switch to daylight saving time has really screwed me up this year. I’ve been tired for two weeks now. 😩

@movq@www.uninformativ.de Well it’s screwed with my working hours somewhat, but this year I’ve decided to just “not give a shit”™ and just get up at the normal time and start at the time I had been starting work the past 6 months, 8.30am. In practise it probably means I end up working a bit longer for ½ the year, but oh well, at least I don’t have to fiddle with my alarm clock ⏰

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In-reply-to » QOTD: Hello Linux users, what do you use to monitor your network traffic?

@movq@www.uninformativ.de Yeah I immediately thought of this when you asked, because we use eBPF-based tools in Kubernetes clusters. It’s very powerful stuff and you can do a lot very cheaply with it, including tying packets to processes.

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In-reply-to » After a bug in the Open Watcom OS/2 resource compiler has been fixed (imagine that – they still fix bugs related to OS/2! 🤯💚), I was able to make some more progress with the OS/2 GUI version of my little disk usage tool. It now has a menu bar and a dialog to open another directory:

@movq@www.uninformativ.de @prologic@twtxt.net The several megabytes of Go binaries always feel so wrong. Hello world is 1.8 MiB, with -ldflags '-w' still 1.3 MiB. Growing with each Go release.

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In-reply-to » @lyse War helicopters? Oof. 😳 Do you have an airbase nearby?

@movq@www.uninformativ.de No, at least not that I know of. The closest would be probably the one from the Americans in Stuttgart. No idea whose war machines these were, though.

The mountain is 684 meters above sea level, so this makes for a difference of about 350 meters in 5 kilometers (most direct trip). Plus a little bit up and down here and there, or more, depending on the selected route. But it’s not climbing stairs, so it’s much more pleasant I’d say. Kudos to you! The last section is the actually steep part. Each brown contour line marks an increase of 10 meters. Sure enough, I’m glad when I finally reach the summit and can pause for a breath. :-)

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QOTD: Hello Linux users, what do you use to monitor your network traffic?

As you can see in most of my screenshots, I have a widget at the top of my screen that shows the current bandwidth usage:

https://movq.de/v/303e1b1cad/a.jpg

But what does that tell me? What do I do when I see a sudden spike and I don’t know where it’s coming from? 🤔 I don’t have an answer for that. I’d like to have something like a summarized log of the recent network activity of all processes.

Something like tcpdump doesn’t help here, because the traffic is often already finished when I notice it.

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In-reply-to » After a bug in the Open Watcom OS/2 resource compiler has been fixed (imagine that – they still fix bugs related to OS/2! 🤯💚), I was able to make some more progress with the OS/2 GUI version of my little disk usage tool. It now has a menu bar and a dialog to open another directory:

@lyse@lyse.isobeef.org The magic of dynamic linking (and C). 😅 It has pros and cons, smaller binary size surely is one of the advantages. Go’s huge binary sizes is something that I’ve never gotten used to. 🫤 (Rust can be a little better at it, but they’re still very large as well.)

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In-reply-to » Hmm, three war helicopters clattered past today. It was (and still is) very sunny and there's just a little wind. The 21°C sun on the back felt pleasant. In the forest we encountered two dead mice on the paths, they might have been dropped by birds. https://lyse.isobeef.org/waldspaziergang-2024-04-12/

@lyse@lyse.isobeef.org War helicopters? Oof. 😳 Do you have an airbase nearby?

I only realized this now: Although I’m living quite high up in a tower building, your mountain/hill is probably higher, judging by the view that you get. That gives me a whole new appreciation for your hikes, taking the stairs to my appartment can be quite exhausting. 😅

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In-reply-to » After a bug in the Open Watcom OS/2 resource compiler has been fixed (imagine that – they still fix bugs related to OS/2! 🤯💚), I was able to make some more progress with the OS/2 GUI version of my little disk usage tool. It now has a menu bar and a dialog to open another directory:

@movq@www.uninformativ.de 50 kB executable sizes, nice! I can’t even recall when I came across one this small. The good old days.

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Just a few minutes into my walk I saw a raven chopping up a slow worm in three parts. :-( I rescued the reptile as best as what you can call rescue in that state. Crazy how the the tail and middle part kept on twisting hard for minutes. I didn’t see where the raven went hiding, so I can only hope it did not reattack after the slow worm went its way and I left the scene.

The small forest pond was covered in pollen, looked like a liming truck went by. And the other one with the duck was really oily. Way more than last time. Didn’t look healthy at all. :-(

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In-reply-to » After a bug in the Open Watcom OS/2 resource compiler has been fixed (imagine that – they still fix bugs related to OS/2! 🤯💚), I was able to make some more progress with the OS/2 GUI version of my little disk usage tool. It now has a menu bar and a dialog to open another directory:

And, of course, at some point the directory items should be clickable, so you can navigate the tree as usual. That’s much less interesting than delving into threading, though. 😅

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After a bug in the Open Watcom OS/2 resource compiler has been fixed (imagine that – they still fix bugs related to OS/2! 🤯💚), I was able to make some more progress with the OS/2 GUI version of my little disk usage tool. It now has a menu bar and a dialog to open another directory:

https://movq.de/v/2ea508ef9a/MVI_7479.MOV.mp4

The video includes the ZMODEM transfer process of the 50 kB .EXE file from my laptop. It’s a bit lengthy, but I kept it in for nostalgia. 😅

Next up is probably multithreading: Do the disk scanning in a background thread so the UI doesn’t freeze. (This is running on a Compact Flash card, a real hard disk would be much slower.)

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In-reply-to » @lyse Oh dear, going on a hike in that heat sounds a bit like suicide to me. 😅

@movq@www.uninformativ.de Being lazy is what I did today. :-)

That’s a bitter, but true résumé. I’m pretty sure that I first heard of the Saharan air layer only a few years ago. I would be very surprised if my knowledge is more than a decade old. This could have been a big enough topic to be covered in geography lessons, but it doesn’t ring a bell. Just like with everything, there is always something “new” to learn.

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In-reply-to » @lyse Oh dear, going on a hike in that heat sounds a bit like suicide to me. 😅

@lyse@lyse.isobeef.org You could be a lazy ass like me and stay at home. 😂 Just kidding, of course. If it’s fun and enjoyable, go for it. 👌

Wow, they already figured it out in 1901. 🤯 I don’t remember having seen this in the last few decades. Goes to show how little we cared about the planet in the past. 🙄

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In-reply-to » Wrote a little wrapper script that lets me use T in DOSBox as a generic editor. Works with twtxt, too! 😆 Only downside is that I can’t use X11’s copy-and-paste. 🤣

Proof! Irrefutable proof! 😂

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(This is silly without copy-and-paste. 🥴)

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In-reply-to » @lyse Oh dear, going on a hike in that heat sounds a bit like suicide to me. 😅

@movq@www.uninformativ.de You’re right, that was silly. But what do you gonna do? I could have picked bike, well.

At least it’s been a thing since July 1997. :-D I wouldn’t be surprised if this goes on for thousands of years. The German Wikipedia article on that matter doesn’t explicitly say anything about the time scale, but reading it my assertion corroborates. There is a recorded event in the year 1901.

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In-reply-to » Why don't more people borrow to invest and increase their portfolio and wealth? 🤔

The kick is, if you want to borrow money, all interests are super high (10%+). You can’t “borrow to invest ” in a savings account.

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In-reply-to » Why don't more people borrow to invest and increase their portfolio and wealth? 🤔

@prologic@twtxt.net Goldman Sachs, through Apple, is giving 4.4% on $100K (minimum). Four months rolling CDs in our bank are giving up to 5.10% on $50K, and up. Government treasure bills are around that, some a little less, some a little more.

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In-reply-to » @prologic well, when you buy property you are obtaining something tangible, guaranteed. When you bet on the market (I am assuming that's what you meant by investing), you are not guaranteed.

@bender@twtxt.net That’s precisely what I’m talking about. Investing in good businesses that are well established. If they also produce an income in the form of a distribution or dividend, that that’s even better. YOu can have some tax benefits too if you do it right. But the trap? (I think) is falling into this false sense of security of thinking you can leverage up to the bank’s LVR (Loan to Value Ratio) only to get caught up. Best to be conservative so you can take the wild swings and obviously diversity.

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In-reply-to » Why don't more people borrow to invest and increase their portfolio and wealth? 🤔

@bender@twtxt.net No I meant like a “savings account” 🤣 You guys (us) are lucky I guess? A savings account here in Oz barely gets you 0.35%pa to 1.5%pa depending on how much money you have in it (0-$10k, $10-20k, $20-$30k, up to $50k)

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In-reply-to » @prologic well, when you buy property you are obtaining something tangible, guaranteed. When you bet on the market (I am assuming that's what you meant by investing), you are not guaranteed.

@prologic@twtxt.net can you be more specific? Arguably, borrowing to buy real estate might be worth it. Buying a successful, established, business might be worth it. Both are incoming producing assets.

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In-reply-to » San Francisco's Light Rail To Upgrade From Floppy Disks Those taking public transport in the tech hub of San Francisco may be reassured to know that their rides will soon no longer be dependent on floppy disks. From a report: San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency's director of transportation Jeffrey Tumlin told ABC that the city's automatic light-rail control system is running on outdated tech and "relies on three ... ⌘ Read more

@slashdot@feeds.twtxt.net wut?!

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San Francisco’s Light Rail To Upgrade From Floppy Disks
Those taking public transport in the tech hub of San Francisco may be reassured to know that their rides will soon no longer be dependent on floppy disks. From a report: San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s director of transportation Jeffrey Tumlin told ABC that the city’s automatic light-rail control system is running on outdated tech and “relies on three … ⌘ Read more

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In-reply-to » @prologic well, when you buy property you are obtaining something tangible, guaranteed. When you bet on the market (I am assuming that's what you meant by investing), you are not guaranteed.

income producing assets 👌 The math works out if you’re conservative and don’t over leverage 😅

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In-reply-to » @prologic well, when you buy property you are obtaining something tangible, guaranteed. When you bet on the market (I am assuming that's what you meant by investing), you are not guaranteed.

Not betting on the market no.

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