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Writing software is a creative endeavor

A few books I’ve read and in fact the majority if not all of them (from decades old Mythical Man Month to Agile Estimation and Planning or more recent) all repeat the idea that the act of creation of software is a creative endeavor in the artistic sense of the word. My years in this domain for sure confirm it and furthermore, as with any “art” if it’s not done with pleasure, it’s not worth doing.

I wanted to write this post based on a discussion with former colleagues from a previous common employer which I shall not name who had the nerves of calling to the office a big batch of employees in full pandemic rise of COVID-19 only for the reason of a top-management visit, though the same employer had 2 recent infections in the ranks of other fellow colleagues. Of course, my friends were angry for being imposed to take a risk they do not want to take and because of the “slave” mentality of the employer.

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DIY surveillance with Ivideon and PNI

I seem to have a crush on Ivideon in combination with ONVIF-compatible devices (most under the PNI brand which has proved reliable in the past years for my offline DVR that I keep at our work-in-progress home at the country-side, on my father’s land, donated a few years ago to me).

These days I went off on a small house project to mount a few speed dome cameras at my in-laws house, at the country side also. The reasons I wanted to do the project was because my in-laws recently contracted a FTTH service (Fiber To The Home) from one well known provider in Romania (Digi/RCS&RDS).

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Two years of Manjaro Linux and counting

I grew up fond of the Linux operating system for a long time. I’ve been in my 20’s a die-hard fan of Debian and I’m still a die-hard fan for it whenever I’m put in the situation of installing a production-grade environment, tending to trust the community process that goes on there to validate the packages before they arrive to the “stable” repositories.

Long time ago, I was also a Gentoo fan, because being the owner of an dual-core Intel back in the time, I needed to effectively squeeze every CPU cycle out of the machine. I couldn’t afford switching PCs on an yearly basis. So I spend days if not weeks compiling and recompiling KDE until it fit my purpose.

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How about playing a little

Today I’ve left work and one of my colleagues who’s a father of two was playing Destiny 2 on Windows. Well, I’m a Linux fan and the only games I have available are the ones on the Steam OS + Linux category. Which fall short of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (which I play in Competitive mode because public is sooo much full of d-bags) and Bioshock.

In all honesty, I just got the wake-up call that I haven’t been playing in the last 3 or 4 years pretty much anything. Funny of all, I worked in a gaming company, so games should’ve been somewhat in my target, no? Well, they haven’t, as I was too much concentrated on the day-to-day activity of the project. Which is a bummer. The last 30 minutes or so playing a T vs. CT competitive match, allthough we lost, were the most fun moments at the computer I had in a while.

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