Today I accidentally confirmed that my home desktop still locks up if it's too cold. 'Too cold' seems to be around 60F (at floor level).
(What can I say, I was taking the chance to thoroughly ventilate my work area for once.)
I feel like I should have opinions on (mechanical) keyboards, but I lack the passion to explore the space thoroughly. My current one with Cherry MX Blues feels nice and right (and sounds right). Maybe another keyboard with different switches would be an incremental improvement, but I don't know and it feels like a lot of work.
(Part of me thinks I would like a slightly smaller layout, like my old BTC-5100Cs had, while another part thinks the extra keys and so on are handy.)
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life with the virus
Given that Ontario's current official expectation for when broad covid-19 vaccination will start is August, I now think we're going to be working from home until next fall at the earliest.
This almost certainly changes yet more plans for upgrades and deployments. In a nice world it would change hardware purchase plans too, but we don't have that sort of money.
It probably doesn't do any harm to restart my Firefox every so often, but I do wish I wouldn't do it by hitting Ctrl-Q instead of Ctrl-W by accident.
(No big harm done because I have Firefox set to remember all my windows/tabs and recreate them on restart, plus I have a script to reposition all the windows in the right place.)
Blog post: SMART's 'threshold' numbers turn out not to be useful for us in practice https://utcc.utoronto.ca/~cks/space/blog/tech/SMARTThresholdNotUseful
As usual with SMART it's a data quality issue. Too many drives do too many weird things with their normalized SMART values, both the 'current value' and the 'threshold value for problems' ones.
One nice thing about having a blog is that I have some use for negative results. I can recycle them into blog posts, instead of at most writing an email to co-workers saying 'I looked at this and it's useless for us'.
(Today's negative results are about potentially using SMART vendor-supplied 'threshold' information to drive alerts.)
It's Miyazaki's 80th birthday and because he loves us and wants us to be happy, Ghibli just release almost 2,000 hi-res images from their films for reasonable use. So get on that.
In April and May, it was possible to believe that people in Toronto were scared. Now, I think we're just numb and going to go through the motions. Maybe that will be enough.
(Intellectually, I know that people can only stay scared and adrenalized for so long. It's another thing to see and feel it in applied form.)
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