Cannot compute (a life update of sorts)

March 21, 2017 09:12:11PM

Okay, so another long while has passed. It is quite unfortunate. I wish I could say I've been legitimately busy, but you know that's really not the case. Here's a really quick update, regardless.

Neato backlighting
Neato backlighting!

Neato backlighting I did buy a new laptop. It was kind of exciting! Admittedly, I do have a bit of buyer's remorse, but I think it should serve me well. I opted to not go with an Apple to save some money (which would, ironically, partly alleviate the impact when buying a new iPhone). I did have a small list of requirements—quad-core (probably more power than I actually need), 14"-15", full-HD resolution, 16GB RAM (happy to upgrade myself), 512GB SDD (also happy to do it myself), and Thunderbolt 3 (really, just for future-proofing). All of that led me to a nice Acer V Nitro. If I had to do it all over again, I would definitely pay more attention to the size and weight. An ultrabook is probably what I really wanted. (Let's be honest, a MacBook Pro is what I *wanted*.) It's a bit heavier and larger than I expected, but it's not entirely unwieldy.

Luckily, the computer did fulfill the RAM requirement out of the box. It came with a 1TB hard drive. I need dat SSD action doe! I fitted it with an M.2 SATA drive; I momentarily considered going PCIe, but that seemed too extravagant. Then there was a nice adventure wrangling UEFI and partition tables and other things I don't really know about, but it boots and it's speedy. My ultimate goal was to dual-boot with Linux, which I would use as my primary. That was another whole thing with secure boot and other thingamajigs. So then I got that working! Then I spent about a week or so trying to pick out what distro I wanted to use. Ubuntu just seemed to n00bish. I am too B). Thinking back on it, I guess I didn't really test drive very many. I remember getting ISOs for Fedora, OpenSUSE, and Arch Linux (Antergos). Anyway, I'm currently running Antergos (first with Cinnamon, now using GNOME). After a few go arounds, I finally realized the usefulness of putting the home directory on its own partition, so should I want to try Solus next month, I can do that without too much hassle. I feel so h@x0r.

Next-level Vim Anyway, I think that is a somewhat legitimate reason for not blogging. You can't blog without a computer, right? I've also been keeping busy working on my personal projects. I finally got my old website migrated, so that's a nice checkbox that took a while to check. I'm also working on a simple catalogging website which will end up being for my own personal use, so, of course, I'm making it as complicated as possible. I'm using Node.js and Express, and I'm also taking a test-driven(ish) approach. Sometimes, I think writing the tests take longer than the implementation. If this were actually what I worked on full-time, I'm not sure what kind of time impact TDD would have, but it's nice to have a test suite and all that stuff. I've also eschewed modern technology and have been developing using Vim. So l33t. I have plenty of plugins loaded up to make it very IDE-like. There are probably some things that I'm missing, but so far, it's working out quite well.

Next-level Vim
Next-level Vim

Well, I guess that was really an update on my computer relationship. Otherwise, that part about being legitimately busy was a lie. A lie. (<-"bold-faced" lie, some subtle pun action). I do still want to chronicle my adventures in Canada. As it gets further away, it gets a bit more hazy, which is unfortunate, so I should do that right away. I don't really know what else to blog about these days. If I do get start writing more, I imagine it will be as random as this.

That's all I got for now.

thanks.
.mike

blog computers laptops linux arch linux ubuntu antergos fedora opensuse vim node.js javascript random

Dear diary...

None shall pass...!