Busy playing Hearthstone

So yeah, one reason I haven’t blogged or done any OSS work recently is I’ve been playing Hearthstone obsessively. I installed it with some trepidation and immediately got hooked so hard it is kind of scary. Now I can’t get enough. I read the blogs, watch the streams, follow the drama.

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My first board

I’m immensely proud of the fact that I soldered together my first prototype board last night. It holds two DS18B20s; one naked sensor soldered straight onto the board and one on a waterproof cable that I’ve hung out the window. This lets me measure current indoor and outdoor temperature.

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Hardware is hard

Where I live there aren’t really any options for electronics shopping, so I was resigned to do it mostly through mail order. Fortunately I discovered that Kjell & Co., which is probably the closest thing to Radio Shack we have in Sweden, not only carries a lot of Arduino stuff, but also has an shop in the next town over (Luleå, about 50km away).

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The Joy of Hardware

Last year Jfokus ran an embedded systems track alongside the main conference, and this was met with considerable enthusiasm. It was a friendly refuge from corporate keynotes and enterprise bloatware seminars, a place where you could escape the buzzwords and marketing people. I discovered that the Raspberry Pi was an actual thing that existed and could be ordered from the internet, and within 60 minutes I had done just that.

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Emacs Protip: org-mode

Man, where do I start? org-mode is Emacs’ Killer Application. It started out as an very capable outlining tool, but has grown and mutated and now people use it for time management, blogging, presentations, spreadsheets, GTD, you name it. Org-mode is the reason I returned to Emacs after several years as an Eclipse refugee. I needed a system for handling my ToDos, and after hearing good things about org-mode I installed Emacs again and gave it a go. And here I am several years later and I pretty much live and breathe Emacs now.

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Emacs Protip: ido-mode

If you are using emacs for anything more involved than editing config files every now and then you owe it to yourself try out a productivity enhancer like ido-mode. It lives in the minibuffer and provides way better completion for file names, emacs commands, buffers, you name it. Seriously, check it out if you haven’t already.

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My best friend

My best friend was a sometimes melancholy brown cat called Yojimbo. That wasn’t his actual name, but it was the one that stuck in my head as we pulled into the driveway to collect him. He was twelve weeks old.

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