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Elmer de Looff
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How asteroid mining may actually be something we see happen during our lifetimes.

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Reading up on good practices for software deployment I came across this today. Instead of managing software configuration on servers using one of many available DevOps tools, the good people over at Netflix create whole server images with exactly the configuration they need, straight from dynamic specifications.

It looks like a development pipeline that takes a good amount of work to set up, but it certainly looks like a solid design. It protects against the blind spots in configuration management, where configuration not explicitly managed by your tools slowly deviate and create a collection of snowflakes.

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Of all the things that can go wrong when using non-threadsafe structures in a threaded situation without proper manual locking, this is quite an amazing (I'm not sure about beautiful) error situation.

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Absolutely gorgeous stuff this. It makes me wonder what technology from our age we'll come to find visually appealing in 30 years time.

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"Hackerspace" added to the Oxford English Dictionary. I can now point to a 'proper definition' if people ask what this thing is I spend a good bit of time at.

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Finally got around to play with CR-JR ARM7 LPC2368 I got to borrow. Didn't get anything done just yet other than loading a simple blinking light demo on it. While it blows the Arduino platform out of the water on the specs front (ARM7, 72MHz, 32-bit, 56k RAM vs 16MHz, 8-bit on 2k RAM) it's in no way as easy to get going.

Maybe it's the Linux environment that's limiting, but so far the "easy get going" process includes hooking up an external power supply (it's not USB powered), attaching the supplied rs232 adapter cable to a USB serial adapter (it has USB on the board, but it's not used for uploading new firmware) and putting the device in programming mode using the "isp load" and "reset" buttons. The software part was the easiest to be honest, Wine runs NXP FlashMagic without a problem.

Hopefully, this week I'll be able to improve the workflow and get some of my code on there. Getting things to compile is going to be a small challenge I suspect, wish me luck. Also, if you have any good IDE advice, let me know.

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DIY SMT soldering. Magic trick seems to be using appropriate amounts of flux and relying on surface tension to move things into place.

Seems to work amazingly well. I'll have to try this for the current electronics project which involves a good number of QFN packaged chips. Especially since we're likely to only to make one or two boards initially.

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"96 percent of human subjects in these [psychological] studies came from countries that represent only 12 percent of the world’s population." - a 12% slice that turns out to be not the mainstream but a group of outliers.

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Writing good code is hard, but the process of getting there is very many tiny steps, all of which force you to think and consider. Valuable skills we should be teaching the next generation.
Inspiring video on the best reasons to learn how to code

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Home after 12 hours of travel. Where from? Cambridge, which is not at all that far. Traveling to and from the airport, always a joy.
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