Twitter: @ewenmcneill -- March 2022

Mon Feb 28 20:45:06 +0000 2022 (#)

RT @TubeTimeUS: here's a rare early 3 1/2" floppy diskette. there are some notable differences when compared to a note modern disk such as…

Tue Mar 01 08:23:51 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @nye_nicola

I’ve had machines collocated (at various ISPs, etc) for over 20 years; most simple file sharing can just be upload to /tmp on website.

For documents, I use Libre Office, or a blog, or GitHub gists (or a git repo / Markdown). Maybe depends on what your Google Docs use case is 🤔

Tue Mar 01 09:42:43 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @pjf

A back quiver?

Possibly improvised from a long mailing tube and twine you have on your person? 🤔

Tue Mar 01 23:03:11 +0000 2022 (#)

Protip: don’t let someone set a crontab PATH without /bin in it on a Linux system that hasn’t been usr-merged (ie all binaries moved to /usr/bin).

Many shell scripts assume that, eg “grep”, “rm”, “mv”, “sleep”, “[“ are “always there” and behave badly if those are “missing” 😢

Thu Mar 03 03:13:03 +0000 2022 (#)

If only Python had any simpler way to find out if a file exists in a directory… 🤦🏻‍♂️

(The whole Very Enterprise vendor install “Python” script is filled with this kind of “what if we inefficiently wrote a shell script in Python to support installing on Linux” 😢)

Thu Mar 03 03:22:30 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @ewenmcneill

Ironically the second stage installer (which is basically “uname-m” / “wget”), and the third stage installer are pretty competently written Bourne shell scripts.

(No, I don’t know why the “Python” subprocess shell script couldn’t run “uname -m” itself; Conway’s Law maybe? 🤔)

Thu Mar 03 05:08:57 +0000 2022 (#)

RT @rachelz: @LisaTeMorenga I don't think people get that the medical profession's definition of "mild" is not the same as the butter chick…

Fri Mar 04 22:16:45 +0000 2022 (#)

RT @drjulie_b: Wow I’m sure this is surprising to anyone who saw the effects of the pandemic literally anywhere else

Sat Mar 05 01:17:51 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @joncruz and @slyall

From what I read this week RATs are most likely to detect a true positive (Omicron) about 48 hours after onset of symptoms; advice here (NZ) seems to be “RAT then RAT again in 2 days if symptoms persist”.

NZ is… understocked on RATs (only just approved for consumer purchase 😢)

Sat Mar 05 01:21:07 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @joncruz and @slyall

Simon: you can get RAT for free (eg from GP) if you “have symptoms”. They do have stock.

Unfortunately due to the NZ semi-controlled Omicron outbreak at present PCR testing is basically unavailable except by medical recommendation for other complications (eg pregnancy).

Sat Mar 05 08:45:25 +0000 2022 (#)

“Lemmings: Can You Dig It?” is a nicely made indie (2 hour) documentary about the creation of the original game 3 years ago, featuring many interviews with the original developers and artists.

Mon Mar 07 05:42:58 +0000 2022 (#)

Wrote a hacky Ansible stdout callback wrapper around “default” that collects names of changed tasks/items per host & prints the changed names (per host) out at the end.

Instead of just “ok=218 changed=2” there’s now also a handy quick reference of what those 2 changed tasks are.

Mon Mar 07 05:45:37 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @ewenmcneill

I’ve been meaning to improve the Ansible output for ages but finally got a free hour to figure out how to do it.

(Yes I know there’s dozens of Ansible stdout callback options: but it’s non obvious if any have “default” progress output and a useful summary at the end.)

Wed Mar 09 05:41:21 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @lizthegrey

Yes. But some did an automatic degauss cycle at power on by the time I was regularly using monitors large enough to need it frequently. Which sounded quite dramatic.

Wed Mar 09 07:42:44 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @BR3NDA

Provisional tax has two estimate modes: IRD formula which is 1.0x times last year’s non-PAYE income, and “I estimated myself”. For “estimated myself” there are penalty fees for getting the estimate too far off actual tax due at end of year; IIRC “IRD formula” has fewer penalties.

Wed Mar 09 07:45:29 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @BR3NDA

If you didn’t have non-PAYE income the previous tax year, formula can work out to $0 provisional tax due (in which case you’ll have a large end of year balance).

Otherwise from memory it depends on provisional tax choice with previous year’s IR3 filing.

(I do IRD formula.)

Thu Mar 10 01:56:14 +0000 2022 (#)

RT @eey0re: I feel bad for the public servants still doing their best to keep people safe within the confines of increasingly daft policy d…

Thu Mar 10 06:58:19 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @tveastman

From the study of one RAT I looked into it seemed like there was about a 50% chance, at best, of an asymptomatic true positive (compared with about 90% chance of true positive about two days into symptoms).

(That test was aiming for ~0% chance of false positive.)

Thu Mar 10 07:07:58 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @aurynn

Yes, you should. It makes modern web things much easier to stop fighting “be HTTPS”.

There’s some DIY ACME CAs around (eg on Raspberry Pi), which is probably the path of least resistance these days 🤔

Thu Mar 10 07:28:31 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @ExcitedLeigh

What comes to mind is if you knew the commit of the pre-rebase branch (eg had a tag for it, or could find it by date in your other branch) then you could use that in a commit range/filtering query (there’s definitely a “not in” syntax, not sure if it’ll do two levels).

Thu Mar 10 07:29:38 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @ExcitedLeigh

(Rebasing a branch others are pulling is generally not recommended in git; so I’d that’s happening maybe the could be persuaded to rebase topic branches before merge instead?)

Thu Mar 10 07:32:08 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @ExcitedLeigh

Also if you care only about commits (not code difference) then strategic use of “git log” with relevant ranges to get commit ids and “grep -v” might be a brute force solution to find other commits (assuming original / rebase have identical file contents, but not commits).

Thu Mar 10 09:14:00 +0000 2022 (#)

“Hello Mr Jellybean / Sudoku book I haven’t seen”

Vocals / Guitar: Simon Anthony from @crypticcracking; Lyrics: J S Hedgegard.

(Cropped, and some reverb added in DaVinci Resolve, because the performance deserves sharing.)

Thu Mar 10 09:18:34 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @crypticcracking

Source video, which ends with the great outro sampled above.

(It’s also a fantastic sudoku, and a great solve, if you enjoy puzzles and have a spare hour to watch. Outro starts at 50m58.)

Fri Mar 11 06:35:19 +0000 2022 (#)

RT @world_epidemic: We tested how long would take Omicron to loss it infectiousness when it sits on a surface at room temp. To our surprise…

Sat Mar 12 06:28:39 +0000 2022 (#)

RT @RealSexyCyborg: HK's medical system is well ahead of the Mainland average. We're in the thick of the fight against BA.2, and I still th…

Sat Mar 12 06:29:54 +0000 2022 (#)

RT @chrisedwards_au: So... massive announcement in every district of #Shenzhen today, or at least overnight.

Restaurants can only provide…

Sat Mar 12 07:59:32 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @cr1901

Yes timing to know what is “part of digit” and what is “next digit will becoming after this”: it’s part of the reason for winding dial to a position then it ratchets back (ie consistent inter pulse timing, mechanically faster than can get ready to send next digit).

Sat Mar 12 08:02:33 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @cr1901

For “end of whole dial sequence”: early systems were fixed length (eg 4 or 5 digits); anything else required human operator.

With Subscriber Trunk Dialing, numbering plan was designed to be a prefix code, so each digit determined how many more consumed (total / at that step).

Sun Mar 13 23:54:17 +0000 2022 (#)

RT @RealSexyCyborg: Twitter needs to chill out. Folks are absolutely losing their mind over this while everyone here is super relaxed🙄 We…

Mon Mar 14 00:21:53 +0000 2022 (#)

RT @lithohedron: "living with cholera" meant changing the sewage system in every city in the world.

If you think "living with COVID" means…

Mon Mar 14 00:25:41 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @tveastman

… and HEPA filtration and/or anti-viral treatment in the air conditioning hasn’t been required to be installed. Let alone monitoring of the efficiency of air turnover/filtering.

(Sadly, yes, I would have imagined. “Can only see as far as the next reporting cycle” and all that.)

Mon Mar 14 08:54:11 +0000 2022 (#)

RT @ComfyConAU: It's pretty much two years to the day that ComfyCon was devised by a jet lag addled man. AND IT'S LESS THAN A MONTH TO THE…

Tue Mar 15 06:09:43 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @TProphet

I know at least one other person with a locked account and a USER4all public account, where the public account gets occasional tweets entirely for wider distribution (retweets or linking to), as you’re suggesting.

Seems to work okay when needed (they rarely use the public one).

Tue Mar 15 06:12:13 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @TProphet

With a suitable bio explaining that’s why the account exists, the public account doesn’t need followers. Anyone who follows you here can know any “feel free to RT this” thread can be found duplicated on that account to do so.

(The public echo version could be “no replies” too.)

Tue Mar 15 06:31:36 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @kiwitoa

If I’m understanding the analogy correctly, “need intestinal fortitude” aka “need guts” is the closest English saying. (It seems the Maori version is more… descriptive.)

Tue Mar 15 06:45:19 +0000 2022 (#)

RT @PyConAU: Hello Pythonistas.

We will not be running PyCon AU in 2022. We’ll see you, in person, in 2023.

See our full statement at htt…

Tue Mar 15 06:57:37 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @crypticcracking

There’s more great outro music on today’s puzzle, from 39m21 onwards, titled “A Maximum of 5 Colors” with music by Pim Schreurs and vocals by Simon Anthony (of Cracking the Cryptic).

(This is also a fantastic sudoku and solve.)

Tue Mar 15 08:35:53 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @slyall

TBH I think one of the better solutions is to have a daily cap on amount paid for public transport (~~ 2-3 journey fares, maybe lower for low income).

So once you start using it on a day, it rapidly becomes free to use more that day. But there’s still minimum service revenue.

Tue Mar 15 08:54:14 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @katie_panda and @xssfox

Wow, so it is. 😮

1 inch * 2.54 cm / inch * 2 Pi is 15.959 ish cm. Which makes 15.3 off by about .6; probably just another hemisphere season thing… 🤔

Tue Mar 15 08:57:46 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @slyall

Yes, a bunch of cities with good public transport have daily (or weekly) payment caps. And/or various other “free transfers within N hours” to encourage use.

(I think it’s important to encourage those who “could afford a car” to use PT, to help get social buy in for good PT.)

Tue Mar 15 20:25:07 +0000 2022 (#)

RT @GeekyFayeArt: I am thrilled to finally introduce the Clean Air Necklace; a brilliant blend of modular design, 3D printing, electronics…

Wed Mar 16 06:43:47 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @mairesmith and @hroethgar

In case it helps: Zoom dancing is a pretty good substitute given a good sound system, someone else doing all the music DJing with danceable music, and dancers showing up.

(One of my dance “classes” has been online off and on for the last 2 years; currently only weekly now.)

Wed Mar 16 06:45:31 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @hroethgar

Hope y’all are doing okay: “suspected heart attack” Isn’t fun at the best of times. (And this definitely isn’t the best of times.)

Wed Mar 16 21:09:35 +0000 2022 (#)

RT @RealSexyCyborg: Shenzhen Lockdown & Mass Testing Vlog!

I take a walk around my community, show the anti-pandemic measures that are in…

Thu Mar 17 05:25:28 +0000 2022 (#)

desidulate: a “decompiler” for C64 SID music by decoding SID register dumps from a C64 emulator (eg VICE). Written by a friend of mine.

Makes me wonder if the output could be meaningfully used with inSIDious (SID virtual synth) 🤔

Fri Mar 18 22:50:20 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @mairesmith and @hroethgar

The one I’m currently doing is “Open Floor”, run by Ingrid Kölle via Zoom from Wellington (Tuesday 7pm-about 8:15pm). Open Floor is basically music inspired free dancing, usually with a theme for the evening.

Fri Mar 18 22:53:40 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @mairesmith and @hroethgar

But one of the benefits of Zoom dance is that you don’t need to be in the same place: there’s dance classes (and music DJs where people routinely turn up and dance) around NZ/the world regularly.

At least for me “danceable music” and others dancing matters more than any “class”.

Fri Mar 18 23:27:35 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @BR3NDA and @tveastman

The couriers are… rather behind at present. Because of the barely controlled Omicron outbreak, both reducing drivers available and increasing the number of deliveries.

“Next day” for “same day requested” is about what I’d expect right now (2-3 days minimum for “overnight”).

Fri Mar 18 23:30:52 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @tveastman and @BR3NDA

The short version seems to be a bunch of courier firms gave big volume senders locked in discounts (for many years), then volumes increased. Which made being a franchise courier barely profitable and especially hard work as volumes increased. Thus market failure 😢

Sat Mar 19 00:24:09 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @BR3NDA and @tveastman

At present, yes, because our government decided to let The Pandemic run free :-/

Random facts: one courier company was limiting to 50% “normal volume” recently (now back up to 80%); and my local courier told me several WLG couriers off with the pandemic as of ~1 week ago.

Sat Mar 19 00:26:25 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @BR3NDA and @tveastman

Sorry your delivery was inconveniently delayed; but I think the drivers are doing the best they can with an impossible situation.

If you absolutely must have same day for emergency, local retailer stock ordered for “click and collect” is possibly fastest “safeish” option.

Sat Mar 19 23:30:29 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @tveastman

That “trust the venue to be safe” is an ongoing process of eg regular checks/certifications, complaints process (eg food poisoning investigations).

We trust that Government process to keep the food system safe; if the Government joins team “open anyway” there’ll be less trust 😢

Sun Mar 20 07:10:27 +0000 2022 (#)

RT @voltagex: Huh, cool:

Mon Mar 21 01:37:12 +0000 2022 (#)

What I’d like to see the Government do for cafes/restaurants is: (a) require “minimum air turnover per person” (eg L/min), (b) require meters displayed to confirm that airflow (eg CO2 level as a proxy), and (c) ideally require anti-viral air filtering and/or air treatment.

Mon Mar 21 01:40:21 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @ewenmcneill

Outdoor (not excessively crowded) dining is a useful option on warmer / calmer / sunnier days. But in some parts of the country that’s only a few months a year, especially in the evening. So we need a well managed safe indoor dining solution too (not just YOLO).

Mon Mar 21 06:32:17 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @mjg59

FWIW KawaiiCon going ahead relies on the current 100 person event limit (Covid-19 “Red”) being raised (considerably at least, eg 500-1000+; “Orange” is unlimited event size w/ proof of vaccination”).

Could happen in time, but I wouldn’t book non-cancellable anything just yet!

Tue Mar 22 03:39:58 +0000 2022 (#)

RT @__vlqc: normal app execution breakpoint freeze stack frame rr: yup, thats your code. youre probably wondering how you got into th…

Tue Mar 22 22:58:32 +0000 2022 (#)

Oh, yeah, now you mention it someone did own a support person’s workstation a couple of months back. Pretty sure nothing happened. It’s probably fine. 😬

(Did they not know until now? Or just decide not to disclose until forced? 🤔 Neither is great.)

Tue Mar 22 23:04:02 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @ewenmcneill

In other news Okta bought Auth0 (back in 2021), so if (like me) you were thinking “phew, none of my clients use Okta”… maybe they do, indirectly (eg shared internal services and/or support team).

Wed Mar 23 02:23:47 +0000 2022 (#)

Disappointing, but unsurprising, to see NZ Government relaxing #Covid19NZ restrictions soon after the first city (Auckland) passes its first peak (other areas are still rising).

Wed Mar 23 02:31:20 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @ewenmcneill

#Covid19NZ “Red” Phase 4 will raise indoor limits to 200 (was 100), and outdoors to “unlimited”. (Mask requirements indoors remain.)

Vaccine Passes not required in ~2 weeks to use full gathering limits; contact tracing QR codes can be removed in ~2 weeks.

Wed Mar 23 02:36:30 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @ewenmcneill

There appears to be nothing at all about indoor ventilation requirements changing, or much other than “vaccines and masks” 😢

So in ~2 weeks indoor gatherings of up to 200, with unknown ventilation, and unknown vaccination status.

Wed Mar 23 02:49:28 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @ewenmcneill

PM: “If you have only had two doses, I don’t consider you to be fully vaccinated, we don’t consider you to be fully vaccinated.” (27m30s in today’s press conference.)

There we go, “fully” vaccinated redefined: was 2, now 3 doses.

Wed Mar 23 04:10:38 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @ewenmcneill

Oh look, an update on the Okta situation: “a small percentage of customers — approximately 2.5% — have potentially been impacted” 😬

(Bonus points for at least retaining the old — ~8 hours earlier — text in their updated version: transparency matters.)

Wed Mar 23 04:58:38 +0000 2022 (#)

RT @attacus_au: Cloudflare is walking all over Okta in this regard, showing us exactly how a company trusted with a large amount of the Wes…

Wed Mar 23 09:40:50 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @__fincham

Some of the op shops will collect if you have a non-trivial volume of stuff to donate (I’m guessing maybe you do, if it won’t fit on a bicycle / bus easily).

Not sure about “better” opshops on that front, but I’ve heard of at least two around here with weekly pickup routes.

Wed Mar 23 19:47:48 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @ewenmcneill

From Okta’s own timeline seems they knew of a security incident for 2 months (from 2022-01-20) before disclosure, and had a summary IR report for a week (from 2022-03-17) before third party disclosure forced them to admit something happened 😮

Wed Mar 23 19:55:25 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @ewenmcneill

Okta CISO: “Over the past 24 hours we have analyzed more than 125,000 log entries to ascertain what actions were performed by Sitel during the relevant period.” 😮

I guess it’s good they looked. Possibly that could have happened a wee bit earlier in the timeline… 🤔

Thu Mar 24 06:13:11 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @hroethgar

At this point it feels like a fairly safe prediction that there’ll be 1-2 new wide spread Covid-19 variants every year, for the foreseeable future.

(Just as there was with influenza circulating around the world, but some will be more deadly as there’s less variant immunity.)

Thu Mar 24 06:21:16 +0000 2022 (#)

RT @GaryPayinda: Sorry to hear that. Coronaviruses, and Covid is one of them, do not produce long term immunity. Herd immunity and long-ter…

Thu Mar 24 09:29:29 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @__fincham

Are the unquoted, in commented (parens) spaces permitted by RFC822? Or just a typed for Twitter artifact?

(The rest looks legit, although only exercising about 50% of the expressiveness permitted by RFC822. Early Internet email addressing was wild.)

Thu Mar 24 09:33:04 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @puck_ and @__fincham

My first Internet reachable email address was a bang path. From memory my second Internet reachable email address was a bang path that ultimately reached an 8-bit computer.

(I had a bunch of earlier email via BBSes, including routed via FIDOnet.)

Thu Mar 24 20:13:40 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @puck_ and @__fincham

I didn’t have a Unix system at home until the late 1990s (a while after having Linux at home); before that it was mostly OS/2 (and before that one 8-bit machine and then some DOS).

Unix at home early on was the Big Leagues :-)

Fri Mar 25 00:17:22 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @ewenmcneill

Great 🧵on Okta’s disclosed timeline and the odd delay from Okta declaring a security incident (January) to actually doing their own investigation (late March 😮).

Fri Mar 25 00:23:40 +0000 2022 (#)

RT @LarsJohanL: National Geographic Picture of The Year. Black images are shadows of zebras. Zoom in and you will see zebras.…

Fri Mar 25 05:55:24 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @puck_

Yes I’m fairly sure I did see it.

Having a parent working in the industry makes access a bit easier :-)

And yes Linux on x86 performance increased very rapidly on the 1990s. (I remember replacing PC hardware nearly yearly for a while, mostly second hand at first though.)

Fri Mar 25 22:34:54 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @kawaiiconNZ

Do you have updated plans for anything beyond “actually checking Vaccine Passes properly” and “actually requiring masks”?

Eg improved venue ventilation? Measuring air turnover? Underselling venue to reduce overcrowding? Better audience flow to reduce pinch points?

Sat Mar 26 02:19:17 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @kawaiiconNZ

Definitely good to hear! If you decide to go ahead, it’d be useful to update your Covid-19 policy page with any extra precautions you’re able to arrange.

(I’m very likely to buy a ticket if prices are similar to previous years; still unsure on attending in person much/at all.)

Sat Mar 26 02:25:36 +0000 2022 (#)

RT @ComfyConAU: Remember how we said actions speak louder than words when it comes to diversity? This is our final speakers break up. What…

Sun Mar 27 08:12:10 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @__fincham

The Akai MPK Mini would probably sell (eg TradeMe) if you wanted to. They’re fairly handy if one wants a compact MIDI input for trying things out (I have one in my line of sight now :-) )

Sun Mar 27 08:14:55 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @__fincham

Mine is also on the floor :-)

(It sort of has a storage location on the other side of the room, but carrying it back and forth each time I want to try something out rather defeats the purpose!)

Sun Mar 27 08:18:59 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @__fincham

“[I]t was run under Debian on an Asus Eee PC 701 during live shows” does give some idea of when you started :-)

Looks like any interesting project 😍

Sun Mar 27 08:49:31 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @_marty_k, @VinLew and @developerjack

From what I’m told (by someone who went through to recently) if you tell the NZ system that you’ll be getting additional vaccinations in NZ (eg, Citizen / Permanent Resident returning), then they’ll add it to the NZ vaccination database. (Otherwise just Vaccine Pass issued.)

Sun Mar 27 09:13:02 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @ewenmcneill

🧵⬆️⬇️ proposing indoor air quality trial, including monitoring, as a MBIE led business/tech/science consortium. Which seems a good way to start, if the Government still has any interest in reducing airborne infections (like #NZCovid19).

Mon Mar 28 23:44:45 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @ewenmcneill

If the Government wanted to do anything practical to improve indoor air quality, and actually fight indoor spread of #NZCovid19, there’s good evidence of the effectiveness of far UVC (222nm) for air treatment.

🧵with useful details (and link to research)

Tue Mar 29 01:19:01 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @merxplat

I hear the moon is pretty interesting. And pretty, actually. 🤔

Tue Mar 29 01:30:40 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @b0gedeyez and @hroethgar

IDK, I kind of thought of it as “would have been a slap across the face with a glove” if anyone still wore gloves to social occasions. “You, sir, are quite uncouth.” :-)

(Re 🧵definitely agree, that’s some fine tailoring. Didn’t even look out of place when he sat down again.)

Tue Mar 29 08:06:17 +0000 2022 (#)

Signs that the program you’re trying to compile was written Some Time Ago (tm), and the world has Very Much Moved On (tm).

(I did eventually get it to work at least for the one piece of functionality I cared about. At a guess the original program is 22-24 years old.)

Wed Mar 30 01:49:23 +0000 2022 (#)

RT @farmgeek: "Herd immunity" or "natural immunity" only happen if you don't get re-infected with Covid. This study shows not only that mul…

Wed Mar 30 04:28:54 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @BR3NDA

“I don’t know what Covid-19 restrictions we’ll have next but I can be pretty sure the level will be called ‘Red’” :-)

(No idea why they thought a 3 level system with one of the levels being basically 0 — Green — was ever going to be meaningful 😢)

Wed Mar 30 05:06:56 +0000 2022 (#)

RT @Rawlikesueshe: What a shot! #Rescue118 happened to be night training over #dunbriste in Ballycastle @MayoNorth on Sunday night when loc…

Thu Mar 31 01:29:43 +0000 2022 (#)

@bunniestudios just as a heads up, the internal cardboard in the Precursor box doesn’t seem robust enough to survive CrowdSupply/Mouser/DHL international shipping practices (arrived with internal supports torn in a few places).

Thu Mar 31 01:33:59 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @bunniestudios

As best I can tell everything has survived (haven’t powered on Precursor yet, and don’t have time right now; but looks mechanically okay). But maybe not a longer journey (mine was international, 3-4 days in transit).

I took some photos; can send if they’re useful to you.

Thu Mar 31 01:35:38 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @bunniestudios

Of note CrowdSupply/Mouser shipping always puts it into a bigger box, without additional padding. So it’s guaranteed to rattle around in the box during shipping. (Bigger box is approx 1.5-2x size of Precusor box in each dimension.)

Thu Mar 31 01:46:50 +0000 2022 (#)

Replying to @Lenniesaurus

Approximately 90% of the Patreons I support (a few dozen) either have zero paywalled content (all public on YouTube, etc), or just do “early release” (few days) as the Patreon reward (and then it’s free for public).

If you had a Patreon I’d support it too.