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 21 
 on: January 11, 2021, 08:05:48 pm 
Started by Bonker Gudd - Last post by simmo
I've been pretty active, at least I've been trying to actively level. I'm getting close to 50 which I should hit sometime soon.

I kind of want to do the next ascension (I've completed 1 & 2 (didn't even know they had a 4)) but that takes time and IRL money...


I've been pretty active, at least I've been trying to actively level. I'm getting close to 50 which I should hit sometime soon. I left the PUG! fleet as they were looking to slim down and have more war fighters. I was never much for war fighting as I find it a waste of resources. I do kind of miss the fleet bosses dunno . Was surprised to see a fleet invite thrown my way today. I'm not sure if I'll take it, or if I'll just let it sit there. I'm busy enough with trying to get 50 Grin

Yeah, I was never fan of wars either, when I lived in VA I was more active and participated in quite a few. I've a few fleet invites hanging out as well (don't even know who from lol), I don't see a point in being in one though.


We had the very typical, eating Fondue with the kids, and watching Dinner for One which is a yearly thing on German TV. It's pretty funny especially since it is nearly all done in English. It's been around since the mid to late 60's. It's a German tradition and the kids like it Grin

I believe you posted a link here back in 07 or 08, that is a quirky tradition lol.


Nope it just has a big hopper to dump beans into and they get shaken down into the grinder, which makes things good for me. I only have to worry about cleaning out the basket every so often.

Ah, so it only grinds what it needs at the time, that sounds awesome!


Well good luck on updating your skill set. I've been pretty lax about that too, but I've been given some work at the office where I have to learn Node.js and Angular. This opens a bit of new stuff for me. The mostly how the languages are used. Javascript as a server side language? Crazy Wink

Thanks, I think my first step will be C#, which should be an easy enough transition since it's the same ide and whatnot. So far I've been doing some "challenges" on microsoft.com but since I'm starting at the beginning, it's too easy (like, I already know the difference in declaring variables between the two languages). After that I plan to look into Angular & React, since I see those two pop up in a lot of job postings. I looked at Node.js when I was in VA, it was really new, and my server guys were unsure about being able to run it, so I didn't go much further.
I need to figure out git too... I do have an actual work project in mind that I can use C# for, it's just an internal log reader (vs me running queries in the database directly) so nothing too fancy though.


So all our kids are in home school for the next couple of weeks in an attempt to bring the Corona infections down. So we've spent plenty of money on cameras, and headphones. My wife will have to start giving classes online too, so that means she also needs a new camera as the one built into her laptop is pretty weak, only 420p which makes it very grainy. We tested it tonight. So she'll probably need a camera like the one our sons are using which will give her a 1080p video. It's all just getting confusing.

heh, so glad I don't have to deal with all of that!


It's also pretty bad that my eldest (only 16) is getting better than I am with technology. I'm beginning to feel like a 12 o'clock flasher in my own home sofa
rofl_yello I don't think I've ever heard that label before but I instantly knew what you meant!

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 on: January 11, 2021, 07:40:31 pm 
Started by Bonker Gudd - Last post by Jason Reed
Thanks! They finally added more commissions (I think they're called) in the 50+ range so I was looking forward to that next ding so I could do some. Going to make the journey to lvl 55 feel longer though. I mostly just pop in to do my dailies, and research/belt when I think about it these days.

I've been pretty active, at least I've been trying to actively level. I'm getting close to 50 which I should hit sometime soon. I left the PUG! fleet as they were looking to slim down and have more war fighters. I was never much for war fighting as I find it a waste of resources. I do kind of miss the fleet bosses dunno . Was surprised to see a fleet invite thrown my way today. I'm not sure if I'll take it, or if I'll just let it sit there. I'm busy enough with trying to get 50 Grin



Nothing exciting here, but I typically don't go out for NYE anyway.

We had the very typical, eating Fondue with the kids, and watching Dinner for One which is a yearly thing on German TV. It's pretty funny especially since it is nearly all done in English. It's been around since the mid to late 60's. It's a German tradition and the kids like it Grin


That sounds pretty awesome! I have a separate grinder and can never seem to get the amt of beans to equal the amt of scoops (at this point I quit trying, I just put the excess in a container each morning and once or twice a week I use that instead of grinding), does your machine require you to be accurate on the bean count?

Nope it just has a big hopper to dump beans into and they get shaken down into the grinder, which makes things good for me. I only have to worry about cleaning out the basket every so often.

Nothing new here... did have the first rehearsal since catching the rona last week, I still remember how to play laugh1

I signed up for linked in the other day, haven't added anyone to my network though. My initial intention was to find two developers I worked with (at different times/companies) but that's proven more difficult than I thought it would be (granted, I didn't try that hard Another Tounge ). I am realizing that if I do want to find work elsewhere I need to update my skillset...  sofa

Well good luck on updating your skill set. I've been pretty lax about that too, but I've been given some work at the office where I have to learn Node.js and Angular. This opens a bit of new stuff for me. The mostly how the languages are used. Javascript as a server side language? Crazy Wink

So all our kids are in home school for the next couple of weeks in an attempt to bring the Corona infections down. So we've spent plenty of money on cameras, and headphones. My wife will have to start giving classes online too, so that means she also needs a new camera as the one built into her laptop is pretty weak, only 420p which makes it very grainy. We tested it tonight. So she'll probably need a camera like the one our sons are using which will give her a 1080p video. It's all just getting confusing. It's also pretty bad that my eldest (only 16) is getting better than I am with technology. I'm beginning to feel like a 12 o'clock flasher in my own home sofa

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 on: January 09, 2021, 09:18:00 pm 
Started by Bonker Gudd - Last post by simmo
Hey we made it through the new year, then insanity happened Grin
Par for the course.
 

Congrats on your level 54 in StarPirates. I'm working my way to 50 hope to be there soon.
Thanks! They finally added more commissions (I think they're called) in the 50+ range so I was looking forward to that next ding so I could do some. Going to make the journey to lvl 55 feel longer though. I mostly just pop in to do my dailies, and research/belt when I think about it these days.


How did everything go for you over the new year?
Nothing exciting here, but I typically don't go out for NYE anyway.


We did our usual, and it went well enough. For Christmas I got a new Coffee Maker. A fully automatic one, I just dump beans in and fill the tank, push a couple of buttons and boom. Coffee, or espresso. It even has a milk steamer which is nice when I want a capaccino. Grin
That sounds pretty awesome! I have a separate grinder and can never seem to get the amt of beans to equal the amt of scoops (at this point I quit trying, I just put the excess in a container each morning and once or twice a week I use that instead of grinding), does your machine require you to be accurate on the bean count?

Nothing new here... did have the first rehearsal since catching the rona last week, I still remember how to play laugh1

I signed up for linked in the other day, haven't added anyone to my network though. My initial intention was to find two developers I worked with (at different times/companies) but that's proven more difficult than I thought it would be (granted, I didn't try that hard Another Tounge ). I am realizing that if I do want to find work elsewhere I need to update my skillset...  sofa

 24 
 on: January 09, 2021, 08:38:02 pm 
Started by Bonker Gudd - Last post by Jason Reed
Hey we made it through the new year, then insanity happened Grin

Congrats on your level 54 in StarPirates. I'm working my way to 50 hope to be there soon.

How did everything go for you over the new year? We did our usual, and it went well enough. For Christmas I got a new Coffee Maker. A fully automatic one, I just dump beans in and fill the tank, push a couple of buttons and boom. Coffee, or espresso. It even has a milk steamer which is nice when I want a capaccino. Grin

 25 
 on: December 14, 2020, 06:50:53 pm 
Started by Bonker Gudd - Last post by simmo
DUDE!

Glad to hear you made it through without serious damage. Seriously the US needs a tracking system like we have here in Germany. All app based, with privacy type things. If you test positive you are given a code to enter and your uuid is placed in the database, and when others download the database, the app checks against its internal database of contacts you've been near enough to catch it from and if the uuid on the central database matches an entry in your local apps database then you are given a warning that you should go get tested. Basically it dominoes through everyone in the chain.
Yeah, I notified the people (like my vet & dentist) that I came in contact with, but there are others (like fastfood workers and laundry dropoff/pickup) that I couldn't. Except the people mentioned in the previous post, everyone was masked and distanced.


I hope you don't get it again. Research has found that people who had a mild case are susceptible to catch it again and the second time is worse.
dang! I thought this meant I was free to go party! laugh1 (joking of course)


Well heal up and hopefully ol' dude didn't kill his business Grin
thanks and yes!

 26 
 on: December 14, 2020, 06:42:23 pm 
Started by Bonker Gudd - Last post by Jason Reed
Well my life had some excitement since my last post :o

Regarding the client with the host, his outlook started prompting for a password (live site & email still on my servers) and he kinda flipped out and took took the site down (I have a "maintenance mode" ability built into his site)... Technically it's not my business (no pun intended) but I really felt that was the wrong thing to do. I'm 99% certain the issue is/was on his end, especially being that webmail, and all my emails (including one under his domain) worked fine for me, but "it's all ducked!!" was pretty much where I left it. I suggested he move his email elsewhere since I obviously can't help with that.

Then... I got the rona...

I thought I was feeling like crap from having a restless night (stressing about someone tanking their own business for no good reason) but when I kept feeling worse I took my temp and... 101.7 ill

That was Friday the 4th, Saturday & Sunday my temp was between 100-101, and then all last week it would be ok during the day, but get to 100.5. Sat & Sun stayed below 99. I didn't have any shortness of breath (I didn't do anything very strenuous) nor did i lose my sense of smell or taste, in fact, I would have assumed it was flu or really sinus infection, since my symptoms were really just aches and headache but... one of my bandmates reported that he got a positive test...
He's the one that's been pretty adamant about not catching it, so I assume he's been pretty safe... but so had I! I hadn't seen my other band in close to a month so I could rule that out. A few family members met for Thanksgiving, but we were in a very well ventilated, open, garage with masks and fairly distanced (we didn't eat together, my niece cooked and packaged to go containers). None of them had/have any symptoms. So the only other person I was around was my lady friend (who I hadn't seen since the day before my last band rehearsal) and she tested negative... so my thought is I either got it from aforementioned bandmate (who I'm pretty sure is blaming me) or from getting fast food at a drive through the night before last rehearsal (or we both got it from the rehearsal space).

But today I feel much better, first time drinking coffee in 10 days! Kinda feel like I have a head cold, but otherwise not bad at all.

DUDE!

Glad to hear you made it through without serious damage. Seriously the US needs a tracking system like we have here in Germany. All app based, with privacy type things. If you test positive you are given a code to enter and your uuid is placed in the database, and when others download the database, the app checks against its internal database of contacts you've been near enough to catch it from and if the uuid on the central database matches an entry in your local apps database then you are given a warning that you should go get tested. Basically it dominoes through everyone in the chain.

I hope you don't get it again. Research has found that people who had a mild case are susceptible to catch it again and the second time is worse. Well heal up and hopefully ol' dude didn't kill his business Grin
 

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 on: December 14, 2020, 05:12:17 pm 
Started by Bonker Gudd - Last post by simmo
Well my life had some excitement since my last post :o

Regarding the client with the host, his outlook started prompting for a password (live site & email still on my servers) and he kinda flipped out and took took the site down (I have a "maintenance mode" ability built into his site)... Technically it's not my business (no pun intended) but I really felt that was the wrong thing to do. I'm 99% certain the issue is/was on his end, especially being that webmail, and all my emails (including one under his domain) worked fine for me, but "it's all ducked!!" was pretty much where I left it. I suggested he move his email elsewhere since I obviously can't help with that.

Then... I got the rona...

I thought I was feeling like crap from having a restless night (stressing about someone tanking their own business for no good reason) but when I kept feeling worse I took my temp and... 101.7 ill

That was Friday the 4th, Saturday & Sunday my temp was between 100-101, and then all last week it would be ok during the day, but get to 100.5. Sat & Sun stayed below 99. I didn't have any shortness of breath (I didn't do anything very strenuous) nor did i lose my sense of smell or taste, in fact, I would have assumed it was flu or really sinus infection, since my symptoms were really just aches and headache but... one of my bandmates reported that he got a positive test...
He's the one that's been pretty adamant about not catching it, so I assume he's been pretty safe... but so had I! I hadn't seen my other band in close to a month so I could rule that out. A few family members met for Thanksgiving, but we were in a very well ventilated, open, garage with masks and fairly distanced (we didn't eat together, my niece cooked and packaged to go containers). None of them had/have any symptoms. So the only other person I was around was my lady friend (who I hadn't seen since the day before my last band rehearsal) and she tested negative... so my thought is I either got it from aforementioned bandmate (who I'm pretty sure is blaming me) or from getting fast food at a drive through the night before last rehearsal (or we both got it from the rehearsal space).

But today I feel much better, first time drinking coffee in 10 days! Kinda feel like I have a head cold, but otherwise not bad at all.

 28 
 on: November 25, 2020, 12:43:38 am 
Started by Bonker Gudd - Last post by simmo
Well it wasn't easy. I didn't quite think the whole process through when I started, and I had to fight to get the eggs to stay on top of the flour mountain. My arms were really tired afterwards but it was completely kneaded.
lol I bet! that's too funny laugh1


Actually wasn't too bad. It was mostly just comparing dialects between MySQL and MSSQL and adjusting the scripts. The data abstraction layer makes it easy to switch between.
Yeah, I imagine they're quite similar, just weird things like instr or index of, probably easier going mysql ~> mssql than the other way around too.


Hey having your own albums can't be bad. So will you be on Spotify?
Yeah, this record label is supposedly pretty good at "the algorithms" for the different streaming sites. Still working out finding someone with some legal knowledge to let us know if we're signing our lives away though lol (not like we're planning to get rich, but would sting if someone wants to put a song in a movie or something and we get nothing).


Cloud pricing is insane to figure out. I've tried a few times and can't get it sorted. We do have customers with cloud installations, but they pay for the server and we just help them set it up with our software. My main customer has a AWS instance that only runs during office hours, which is fine for their needs. I have no idea what they are paying but I know that they are trying to keep the costs down and were happy that my software could run in a small memory footprint Grin
Man, I just cancelled another host... they would have been perfect if they only had the option to back up daily... and their answer to that was virtual private server (which I wasn't too thrilled about having to admin yet another server) but the minimum required to run things was their 4th step up in the pricing chart... so, currently looking for another...
(turns out, GT is on a pretty good host... if it wasn't for the 48hr outtage + 24hr dataloss)

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 on: November 24, 2020, 08:31:41 pm 
Started by Bonker Gudd - Last post by Jason Reed

Things are uncertain here. I mean, work wise, we have no intention on going back anytime soon that I know of, but as far as live music... there's still a gig or two happening but the scene is split on "y'all need to stop so this thing can be over" and "we're social distancing." None of the bands have been anything I'm bothered about seeing, so I've been erring on the side of caution Another Tounge
No "official" orders to stay in, and I'm fine with that, I'm grown and can "govern" myself, and well, the ones that cant... that situation should fix itself Wink
Yeah I can understand that. Let's just hope nothing else major happens.

lol, I don't know how you even managed that! Hopefully it was thoroughly kneaded laugh1
Well it wasn't easy. I didn't quite think the whole process through when I started, and I had to fight to get the eggs to stay on top of the flour mountain. My arms were really tired afterwards but it was completely kneaded.

I would offer my expertise if you have any questions, but bing/google would probably be just as fast and more accurate sofa
Actually wasn't too bad. It was mostly just comparing dialects between MySQL and MSSQL and adjusting the scripts. The data abstraction layer makes it easy to switch between.

So far so good... I was starting to worry about my full time job, being hotel related and all, but then news of the vaccine hit and things started looking up. Hopefully that changes things soon. Still not leaving the apartment much, or seeing people other than my bandmates. I find myself talking to my cats more often :nuts: My mother is really pining to see me, according to my sisters, so I may visit her on thanksgiving... One of my nieces was planning to make Thanksgiving dinner, then package it in to go containers, and have people pick them up. 45 min (each way) drive for me though Another Tounge they all have families except my mom & I and I figure she's willing to take the risk, so...
We're supposed to celebrate my in-laws 50th anniversary this year between Christmas and New Years. We're still hopeful but it could be that we have to cancel. In the end we have to weigh the risks.

My main band is wrapping up recording of 11 songs and are in process of signing contracts with a company that will distribute. Right now will be digital only, but supposedly (I need to go over that part of the contract) creating physical media if/when we're ever able to play live shows again. My other band had some songs that we were going to publish ourselves (very pricy, harder to recoup on our own, much smaller demographic...) but we are probably going to be picked up by that same company.
Hey having your own albums can't be bad. So will you be on Spotify?

Other than that, still working my 3 jobs lol... I might have said this before, but supposedly I'm on the final to do list for one of them... On the other, that's hosted on my servers (same as GT), after the site was down for 48 hrs we decided to move to a different server... normally, my freelance clients have their own accommodations. I come in, fix what they need, or build from scratch, give them the code and move on... but this client has definitely blurred that line.
So anyway, I found them a server to move to, migrated all the code/database, and we were testing it over a week or so, and discovered it was soooo sloooow... This time they found one (not sure where/how, maybe just googled "fast server") so I migrated again, things definitely seemed fast and smooth (and they use plesk which I've gotten used to). I was going to pull the trigger on a final data migration & domain cutover... then I realized backups were weekly... This whole ordeal was because the site was down 48hrs and 24hrs of work lost (our servers have nightly backups but everything crashed right before they fired) so I put my foot down there... I asked the company what we can do about it and they said we'd have to go with a VPS. I did the math and it's looking like $30 month (which is about what I pay here). The "cheap" account we were using was fast, and tech support has been responsive, so just waiting for the client to make the needed cancel/purchase and I'll be migrating for the 3rd time lol.
(I wish I had the time/energy to go with Azure/AWS since that seems to be the wave of the future, but I can't even get my head around pricing)

Cloud pricing is insane to figure out. I've tried a few times and can't get it sorted. We do have customers with cloud installations, but they pay for the server and we just help them set it up with our software. My main customer has a AWS instance that only runs during office hours, which is fine for their needs. I have no idea what they are paying but I know that they are trying to keep the costs down and were happy that my software could run in a small memory footprint Grin

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 on: November 22, 2020, 02:14:57 pm 
Started by Bonker Gudd - Last post by simmo
Looks like I'll be back in strictly home office for a while. Since the beginning of November they have been tightening things in Bavaria again, and that looks like it will extend through December now.
Things are uncertain here. I mean, work wise, we have no intention on going back anytime soon that I know of, but as far as live music... there's still a gig or two happening but the scene is split on "y'all need to stop so this thing can be over" and "we're social distancing." None of the bands have been anything I'm bothered about seeing, so I've been erring on the side of caution Another Tounge
No "official" orders to stay in, and I'm fine with that, I'm grown and can "govern" myself, and well, the ones that cant... that situation should fix itself Wink


Been busy this weekend making Christmas cookies with my wife. I ended up hand kneading 4 kg of dough (think over 8 pounds) in one attempt to speed things along. Next time I'll make the dough in smaller batches Wink
lol, I don't know how you even managed that! Hopefully it was thoroughly kneaded laugh1


At work we were just about to drop support for MSSQL when a new customer came around and said they would prefer to use it for their deployment. SO I've been tasked to make sure our initialization script is updated, and that the service can work with the newer SQL Server database version (2019). This should prove to be fun yay
I would offer my expertise if you have any questions, but bing/google would probably be just as fast and more accurate sofa


Hope everything is still good on your end, and that you are still safe.
So far so good... I was starting to worry about my full time job, being hotel related and all, but then news of the vaccine hit and things started looking up. Hopefully that changes things soon. Still not leaving the apartment much, or seeing people other than my bandmates. I find myself talking to my cats more often :nuts: My mother is really pining to see me, according to my sisters, so I may visit her on thanksgiving... One of my nieces was planning to make Thanksgiving dinner, then package it in to go containers, and have people pick them up. 45 min (each way) drive for me though Another Tounge they all have families except my mom & I and I figure she's willing to take the risk, so...

My main band is wrapping up recording of 11 songs and are in process of signing contracts with a company that will distribute. Right now will be digital only, but supposedly (I need to go over that part of the contract) creating physical media if/when we're ever able to play live shows again. My other band had some songs that we were going to publish ourselves (very pricy, harder to recoup on our own, much smaller demographic...) but we are probably going to be picked up by that same company.

Other than that, still working my 3 jobs lol... I might have said this before, but supposedly I'm on the final to do list for one of them... On the other, that's hosted on my servers (same as GT), after the site was down for 48 hrs we decided to move to a different server... normally, my freelance clients have their own accommodations. I come in, fix what they need, or build from scratch, give them the code and move on... but this client has definitely blurred that line.
So anyway, I found them a server to move to, migrated all the code/database, and we were testing it over a week or so, and discovered it was soooo sloooow... This time they found one (not sure where/how, maybe just googled "fast server") so I migrated again, things definitely seemed fast and smooth (and they use plesk which I've gotten used to). I was going to pull the trigger on a final data migration & domain cutover... then I realized backups were weekly... This whole ordeal was because the site was down 48hrs and 24hrs of work lost (our servers have nightly backups but everything crashed right before they fired) so I put my foot down there... I asked the company what we can do about it and they said we'd have to go with a VPS. I did the math and it's looking like $30 month (which is about what I pay here). The "cheap" account we were using was fast, and tech support has been responsive, so just waiting for the client to make the needed cancel/purchase and I'll be migrating for the 3rd time lol.
(I wish I had the time/energy to go with Azure/AWS since that seems to be the wave of the future, but I can't even get my head around pricing)


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