The older I get the more I realize I don’t know my ass from a hole in the ground. I guess to be wise is to know you don’t know shit, which I suppose would make me pretty fucking wise. Expect this post to be a sprawling rant encompassing everything and saying little.
The SD card in my 8gb raspberry pi finally took a shit. I knew it was going to be the SD card that failed, because I’ve had a few fail over time. It’s not a huge deal, and I didn’t lose anything critical. I did, however, lose my Ubiquiti controller, and that sucked a lot. Especially considering how much of a pain in the ass it is to find it these days with all the restructuring they’ve been doing to their products. The whole “ISP level networking” thing is great for them, I’m sure, but not so great for me. I’m not an ISP. I don’t have a burgeoning need for serving whole ass populations with data. I’m just a little guy networking a single house with commercial grade equipment. Yes, it takes a little more braining to do something like that, but the payoff is huge. My network downtime is non-existent, and the performance is absolutely stellar. I don’t see slow-downs or loss that a lot of people see. Even people running that cringey “Netgear Gamer Router” crap can’t touch the performance of my network. Your little nighthawk can’t hold a candle to my setup. The nighthawk is only slightly less expensive than my rig, and the performance difference is a night and day comparison. But, as I was mentioning earlier, the SD card in the raspberry pi took a shit, and I’m without automatic updates for my wireless access point. It sucks, but I’m going to fix it this weekend by flashing Ubuntu server onto that raspberry pi again. Once that’s done I should be good to go.
I’ve been traveling a ton for work lately. Having the computers I can connect to remotely and manage everything is a life line for me when I’m on the road. I can monitor the status of my Mac Mini remotely, monitor the health of the home network, and check in on smart devices. It’s great stuff to have for being on the road so much, but I really just don’t want to be on the road so much. I miss my family. I miss my home. I miss the city I live in, even.
I keep saying that I need to pick up a hobby, but that’s not true. What I really need to do is finish Google’s “Data Analyst” certificate program. That’s what I actually need to do. One, I can totally complete it. I just need to apply myself. Two, it might open doors for me that previously weren’t open. I love data analysis, as it’s actually a good part of the job I’m performing right now. The analysis I do now is almost entirely mechanical. I really wouldn’t mind analyzing all sorts of things, from running data on demographics or populations to damn near anything, really. I think that’s the direction I really want to head. I love data. I love reading the data in new ways and figuring out what it’s trying to tell me.
I dunno. I think I’m going to keep churning out these nothing-burger posts until something happens or I think of something interesting to say.