Arden

Likes synthwave, goth, postpunk, industrial music.

Embedded hardware developer - Python, C/C++, Typescript. Learning others along the way.

Other aspects: @arden@pixelfed.social (Pixelfed aspect) @arden@octodon.social (Mastadon aspect)

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Cake day: Jan 29, 2020

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I have totally drunk the JetBrains kool-aid since $JOB pays for the all products pack license. Regular user of Pycharm, Webstorm, CLion, and occasional user of Resharper for C# and Datagrip. Makes it easy to jump to Android Studio since it’s the same base IDE. What language should the next $job project be in? ;)



Can't wait for your favourite artist to release a new album? OpenAI's Jukebox has been making music "in the style of" your favourite artist. I looked up Nine In Nails and the OpenAI jukebox came up with a little diddy called "What do your nipples look like?"

I’m going to try to get involved in some of the more complicated 4X games like Stellaris or Distant Worlds since I can sink some time into it.


“There are two main types of emails on the internet: plaintext and HTML. The former is strongly preferred…”

I would really like to fax you my reply to this post, but I remembered it’s 2020.


When is it time to upgrade? When efficiency and portability matters… My Ryzen5 laptop has enough power and battery to last the day. The previous laptop was a corei7 gaming laptop with sub 5 hour battery and weighed 4kg while the new one will get 8+ hours and is < 2kg.

USB-C charging - THIS… I can plug in a spare 20AH battery and recharge if I’m away from power for even longer or quick charge using my 65W USB-C charger, both of which can also charge my phone, tablet, etc…

Bandwidth - newer devices will have 802.11ac dual band dual antenna, up to 860Mbps or even WiFi6. They will have super fast NVME storage. Even old school 600MB/sec SSDs do not stack up against 2GB/sec NVME storage. They will have USB 3.2 Gen2 for 10Gbps bandwidth - I recently got a NVME to USB3.2 external drive, so I can transfer between old USB2 (40MB/sec), USB3 (480MB/sec) and new Gen2 devices at 980MB/sec. Unless you prefer watching progress bars…

Graphics - I was using a (very) old-but-beefy Radeon 7990 GPU from 2013 for home gaming on a PC, but when it came to encoding x265 video it could not do it. My Ryzen5 laptop with it’s built in Vega8 GPU, not a beefy GPU by any means could do hardware encoding of X265 when editing and transcoding video from my action camera.

Gaming - I even dual-boot to an M$ os so I can take my gaming to friend’s LAN parties. Sure, when in a Zerg rush it starts to get choppy… but it’s Vega8 gfx handles the games I want to play good enough.

My laptop is a Huawei Magicbook and cost me about $1k, but there are other Ryzen laptops around for reasonable $ such as Lenovo, which I recently got suggested for a friend who is also super happy with her purchase


Captain Hindsight would like a few words with BoJo


When Atlassian Hipchat shutdown/moved everyone to slack, I evaluated Matrix and Mattermost. I did prefer Matrix because of Federation, but Mattermost won out because it had more out of the box integration with our dev tooling - Jira, Gitlab, CI, etc…

I don’t think Mattermost has E2E encryption, only “encryption in transit” and “encryption at rest”, would probably make it difficult for public room search/indexing etc so maybe outside it’s use case?


difference here is i can run KDE apps on Gnome and vice versa.


I moved from a small city apartment (maybe 50sqm) to an old country house, about 240sqm. I’ve had partners here and there but mostly it’s me and my cat.

I was inspired by the Solarians from Asimov’s Foundation series - currently working on the fleets of robots to cater to my whims.

Certainly came in useful during 2020 with the pandemic and lockdowns, with the nearest neighbours being 500m away as well.


Interesting this didn’t come about until after FB starts to look at integrating the different messenger platforms with E2E encryption. “Give us a backdoor or we’ll break you up”


OK i got lost in the Eve Echoes universe for the past week or two just climbed out of the hole to check other socials.

I like that apart from the beta players we’re all about similar tech levels being early in the universe. I play on my 10in Xiaomi MiPad4 plus which is 10in and it’s a good game for that. Sometimes I also use Bluestacks on my PC because i can keep discord open in another window. So many options.

I do like that you have to pay attention in game… so many ‘strategy’ mobile games are build and wait, there always seems like things to do in this game so far.


You say asset safety, Eve developers say Garbage Collection…

I’ll keep it in mind but the game is so new at the moment I don’t think they’re doing that in the Eve Echoes universe until there’s more garbage littered around to clean up.

It’s quite thematically sound I’ve read a bunch of sci-fi where old station junk is the prize. I’ve only invested $5 for a month of one of my clones to be an Omega clone instead of Alpha, I quite like the free-to-play bits, and I’m even finally getting the scavenging and crafting things bit of the game instead of just PVE


These are all the reasons why I use Joplin, and it’s synced via my Nextcloud so notes appear on all of my devices almost instantly.


I do remember playing Even Online on PC many many years ago. I didn't have time for it and it seemed quite complicated. Eve Echoes for mobile came out of beta last week. I've been playing for a few days now and quite impressed. It's a huge universe, there are many aspects to the game I haven't even gotten around to exploring yet. I haven't moved to a paid "Omega Clone" account, but apart from not all markets being open to me (need to be on one of the major trading hubs to trade with an "Alpha Clone" ) I haven't felt restricted I've also played many similar empire/universe/base building mobile games. Most recently Star Trek Fleet Command was ok but once you're over level 20 it's pretty much Pay to Win, and I dropped out after my base and all resources got plundered while I was away for a weekend. I play it on my 10in tablet when on the go, and sometimes on BlueStacks for PC so I can partipate in my corporation's Discord server more easily. I can play for just a little here and there, doesn't feel like a huge time sink. Graphics and mechanics are very nice and definitely scratches the sci-fi gaming itch. Anyone else tried it out?

Yes, and I really struggled with the electronics and RF theory until I got a decent ‘aha!’ moment with complex numbers



Gaarrrr, now to look for a bunch of pre-dumped keys and torrents! </pirate voice>



omg this list just saved me $89USD I was about to fork out for a hardware license for the VirtualDJ software I normally run to interface with the Hercules DJ control deck I just got from Amazon. Turns out the Mixxx software listed on this list supports my deck!


More info about the release: https://lesdisquesducrepuscule.com/from_brussels_with_love_twi007.html.html Recent Facebook post showed a proof copy of this upcoming reissue of an cool and important 80s post-punk and electronics compilation of the time. Maybe not household-name tracks but a good sample of what the genre was coming up with. So my problem was deciding which edition I should buy.. I normally collect vinyl, the prospect of having the collection in a facsimile of it's original cassette form also appealed to me (although I don't have a player anymore). Couldn't quite justify the cost of getting all of them In the end, I decided to get the CD edition, as it has a bonus disc of extra tracks and a gorgeous 60 page earbook, because the reason I like vinyl is more so the accompanying large format artwork that comes with the music. You can find the tracks from this on YouTube - here's a playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJqOpAp7DIJRn7BfADu58cmQ_RRSRHm2T I'm excited to expect this in my mailbox sometime in the future!

Excellent news. I’m going to give the P2P Riot thing a go that was mentioned near the end of the article.


I’m a bit meh on this one, I’d much prefer fewer more active communities, new posts and comments rather than 1000 communities with hundreds of them having 0-2 posts.


My arms, shoulder and back feel cooked after giving these a good go today. Ready for any future lockdowns! Still need to get some weights for the barbell but it's 20kg unloaded so good for some HIIT sets

Can't be in EU hunting down new vinyl in stores, consoling myself with online purchases on Discogs. I'm having them shipped to a friend's parents house in EU until postage to Australia starts back up again in ernest. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjDXmv8hURw (video is NSFW) Looking forward to singing some national anthems along with Laibach :upside-down face:

I previously posted a dark synth coding playlist, but I actually like this one better. Enjoy!

Why is i rotated 90 degrees from the real axis? Heavy on the maths.

I love listening to the awesome and weird subjects these guys talk about during my daily commute. Now I'm work from home I have a few episodes in the backlog to catch up on.

Your home gym (pics?)
I have an elliptical machine I use every day for cardio but with gyms closed during lockdown I've been limited to bodyweight exercises which I'm getting a bit bored of. Fortunately some new stock has landed in stores in my area and I just ordered a pair of adjustable dumbells. Can't wait for them to arrive. Anyone else got a nice little home gym setup they want to share?

Anyone make some interesting purchases on Bandcamp today?
Bandcamp is donating 100% of their fees today to the NAACP, so today, along with the first Friday of the month I try to get my wishlist down to a managable level. Unfortunately a lot of European artists cant send me physical merchandise at the moment due to the plague, so I have to be content with digital downloads instead of vinyl. My favourites purchases from today are: - Twin Tribes - Live at Fascination Street - IV Horsement - Dies Irae - Carpenter Brut - Blood Machines OST

Recently picked this up on vinyl at my local record store.

May lockdown fitness challenges
Gyms have been closed for more than a month and I miss my weekly boxfit and HIIT classes to work up a sweat. I decided to mix it up a bit and I registered for the May50k MS challenge and the Headspace 3046 pushup challenge. I raised about $600 between the two challenges to worthy causes but it also meant that last month I did 3046 pushups in 21 days and ran over 150km. OK I might have hobbled the last 20km as my ankle was a bit shot and it's getting a bit cold outside. The challenge kept me interested and got me out of the house for the runs. At the same time I wonder if I lived in the city or a place in total lockdown like Wuhan if I could have run around a tiny apartment for 150km worth?! Some days I like the routine but other days you HAVE to mix it up to keep it interesting and get out of your comfort zone. I'm hibernating for the winter to weigh up my options, but what are you going to do to get out of your comfort zone post lockdown?

Iso Recovery Goals
Not sure about everyone else here, but I've switched from a 4-6 gym session week and a decent eating schedule, to working from home with some home gym equipment but unfortunately cupboards and fridge full of food to graze on all day. Snacking it turns out is my arch nemesis. So I have about 10kg I want to drop as I fell back into some bad habits. Kept a decent workout schedule, an hour on most days. Combination of bodyweight, elliptical and/or rowing machine, a run or a long 10km walk. Got back on track at the start of the week and I'm down 1kg. Anyone else got lock down fails or success stories?