Oct 18, 2020


This week I massively upgraded my work-from-home set-up. For months now I’ve been using my work-issued laptop, occasionally plugging it into my external monitors. I’ve been grumbling about performance (particularly when using docker-for-mac, which is a slow unstable resource hog), but this week a really obvious idea hit me: I have a far more powerful Linux machine right there which I’m not using during the working day! Why don’t I… work from a proper computer, rather than a laptop?

So now my daily work machine has a Ryzen 7 2700X with 8 cores, 64 GB RAM, two Dell UltraSharp U2717D 27” monitors, and a nice mouse and mechanical keyboard. Far better than a Macbook Pro. And it’s running Linux, so even if the hardware were exactly the same, docker would still perform better.

I also got to do a lot of programming this week, which was nice. Somehow the stars aligned and there was a dearth of meetings in the same week that there were a variety of clear tasks to work on, so I got stuck into one stream of work while two other devs on the team focussed on another.


This week I read:


My Call of Cthulhu game has now reached what I consider the real beginning of the Masks of Nyarlathotep campaign1, after 5 sessions. Things are already going a little differently to when I last ran this, so I’m looking forward to seeing how things turn out.

Network rebuild

The saga of the missing UPS package continues.

The last I heard from Ubiquiti support, on Wednesday, was that UPS needed to get in touch with me and wanted to confirm my phone number was correct. I confirmed it. UPS didn’t ring me on Thursday or Friday. If it gets to noon on Monday without a call, I’ll contact Ubiquiti again.

I’m not sure why UPS needs to contact me. The tracking information still says they’re doing an investigation, so it’s probably not to arrange delivery. If they’re certain it’s lost for good, I don’t know why they would let me know rather than Ubiquiti. The only thing I can think of is if the driver says he did deliver it and they want to check my story; I hope that’s not the case, because then this will just turn into my word against theirs, and it could drag on for even longer…


This week I set up automatic tagging for podcast episodes I download and CDs I rip, using systemd and inotify.

  1. The player characters attending the reading of Jackson Elias’ will and agreeing to continue his investigation and try to bring his killers to justice.↩︎