Do I Keep Going With This Blog?

This blog’s been going for a while now and I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching. It’s not really making me money, it’s more of a… release of emotion sometimes? I think Twitter might do this better (although I might quit Twitter soon). At the moment I’m leaning towards simply not renewing the WordPress payments and just going along with starting a different blog, maybe about writing or studying Raspberry Pi’s. I still am not sure what I’m going to do, but I’ve got a few months to decide. I’m in no immediate rush. And I still may keep going. If I do I’m going to transform it into something better instead of a bunch of half-thoughts and whatnot. Pretty sure my last post could have been read as: “Star Wars was bad. The end.” Or perhaps not quite like that but at the moment it feels like a really expensive social media tool.

What I’m saying is that WordPress gives me more control over my media creations than Facebook or Twitter, but it also is costing me money. I keep teeter-tottering between just deleting the thing and continuing with the status quo. At the moment I’m in the zone of “not-quite-yet”.

So for now, I’m continuing down my blogging journey.

Writing A Book

This Christmas season has been great. Last week was mostly about exchanging presents and spending time with family. This week looks to be mostly about resting up.

During this time I’ve been thinking about what I’m going to do next year, and I’ve decided I’m going to go for writing a book again. Last time I tried writing under a pen name, so I’m not sure if I’m going to try that again or not. It seems like a lot of effort. This will be the big dream this year. I’ve been looking to write one for years and if I don’t do it now I don’t know if I ever will.

 

Happy Holidays Everyone!

I just wanted to say it’s been a great year everyone. Still a few more days to go until the new year but so far things have looked up this year more than others. There are a few things I want to say about what happened today but I think that I will let it rest for now and talk about them Friday. I’m pooped and need to go in to work tomorrow.

My New Linux Workstation

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This Thanksgiving break I’ve set up my desktop computer to have both a Windows and a Linux OS. I couldn’t get it to dual boot as I couldn’t get GRUB to find the the Windows OS but Windows and Linux are on separate drives and going to the boot menu it is easy to switch between the one I want to open at startup. That being said I wanted to prove the point that Linux is desktop-ready as far as I can tell. I’ve even gotten my XP-Pen drawing tablet and Epson scanner to work with it. Now three of my computers have Linux Mint on them.

Would I still need Windows for a small business or something that requires it like Photoshop? Well, yeah. But if the goal programming or doing small-time projects, Linux is the go-to system of choice for me.

Monday Night Pizza

I’ve decided to give myself one cheat meal per week on Monday nights. Typically this will probably consist of pizza. I can’t help myself. I need something to stave myself over every so often. I haven’t been following my diet as much as I should, so I’m going to also start keeping a food diary in OneNote.

Did I write this blog post after wolfing down most of a pizza? Haha yes I did.

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Installing And Configuring MotionEyeOS

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Today I wanted to go over installing and configuring MotionEyeOS using a PC with Linux Mint, an SD card, and a Raspberry Pi. You will also need a camera to use for motion detection, a display of some kind for the Raspberry Pi, an ethernet cable connected to your router, a way to read the SD card on your PC, and a power adapter for the Raspberry Pi (obviously). Let’s begin.

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Programming Station Setup

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The corner of the living room has now been reserved for “tinkering”. From left to right: the workstation table in front of the window is where I set up the Raspberry Pi and play with it.

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To the left of this table is my television set with the router underneath, so if for some reason the wireless doesn’t work I can still grab an ethernet cable and move my Raspberry Pi to the end of it. It’s also in front of a window to get as much daylight as I can while working.

To the right of this is my new shelf.

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Shortly after I ordered this shelf I realized I would need to label all these spots. The bottom middle has nothing in it (yet). I still have four more shelf spaces to attach if I want I just didn’t feel the need to yet. It’s also already a tight squeeze along my wall.

To the right of this is my programming computer.

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This computer is running Linux Mint with Atom and Jupyter Notebook for programming C++ and Python respectively.

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Programming Python

I’ve been thinking about moving to Visual Studio Code but I’m going to get used to this for a while for now. Everything is all ready for me to go except I’m still waiting on the new Raspberry Pi camera to come in. When it does I’ll probably create a home security camera this weekend.