Sep 23 2014

Updates!

I know, it’s been forever since I’ve posted here and I know I’ve made unmet promises of regular posting, but alas, real life, a new job, family, etc. has kept me from publishing.

 

Fun things I’ve been up to include:

A new job!: I no longer work Technology Sales at the university bookstore!  I moved on up to a real IT Consultant position with a modest pay increase doing stuff with cool things and cool people that make me much happier.

Moving: I’ve moved in with my girlfriend and children and her sister and her sister’s young one.  A small house with 3 adults and 3 children under 10 is a very busy place.

New car!: When i got the new job, I needed to be able to get there, so after doing lots of research, I picked myself up a brand new 2014 Subaru Impreza Hatchback!  Lots of room for hauling gear, high safety marks, fun to drive… loving it.  Of course the other side of that coin is the newfound income from my aforementioned new employment quickly went directly into car payments, so i’m just slightly better off now than I was before financially, but hey, I’ve got a new ride, I’m doing what I like now with sweet new equipment and people who are totally rad!

Amateur (Ham) Radio: I’ve decided to step up and seriously take a close look at getting my amateur radio license so i can play with radio, meet some new nerd contacts, and get my feet wet.  I’ve been listening (totally legal so long as i don’t transmit) to the local 2 meter band around here for a while, finding repeaters, learning what i can, and it seems like fun.  I just ordered one of those infamous RTL-SDR dongles for use with gnu radio and SDR# which seems like it’ll be pretty fun. (hopefully I’ll be posting a short configuration tutorial and review when that comes in)

Project Gazelle: I’m still in the planning stages, but I’m hoping to use What.CD’s Gazelle Project to set up a sweet torrent tracker for amateur video sharing.  Unfortunately, because there are so many great features and they’ve made it extremely extensible, it’s become an extremely unruly beast (really big and complex) so wrapping my brain around it all before i get started is proving to be a bit of a nuisance.

NAS home server: (I’m going to do a full post about this next so I’ll just leave this here for a bit of a teaser)

New notebook: post to come soon… perhaps tonight…

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