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By gzt (Sun Jun 18, 2023 at 02:22:32 PM EST) gzt, wifi, chess, friggin' intense, dorley (all tags)
Lease starts July 1st, we're going up then to plan things out, then coming back a few days later with the truck full of junk. ahhhhh. So much to do.

Putting a car on a trailer is annoying but it's more practical for our situation, though it's only a 4 hour drive.

We're returning to the Windy City, or The Second City, or whatever euphemism you want to give it. We're living like a mile from one of $WIFE_UNIT_NUMBER_ONE's good college friends and a couple miles from some other people. And, importantly, half a mile from the lake.

Work is... fine. We need to actually get something I work on to actually do something. Make the problems more well-formed. See if we can get AI in there.

I wouldn't object too much to reddit's API flip flop if:

  1. they actually had a mobile app that works
  2. they actually had moderation tools that work
  3. more reasonable timeline after their flip
They claim they're going to try to allow the third party moderation tools without billing, but the way they've been managing accessibility apps is not giving much hope. And their history of actually shipping features. If they had a working app and working moderation tools, I'd just say, well, that's business. But moderation is, like, the whole thing of the forum. Well, whatever. Scoop is the future.

Still having bad air quality around here. Tons of haze. Finally bought an air purifier, should've had one before, since allergies are a real problem.

Played a bit of chess recently. The local scene is actually pretty active, and paradoxically the new location will be harder to play at as regularly. But still fine -- while weekly play options are fewer, I think there are more occasional options. Like here there's basically one guy who runs quick weekly tournaments and a couple different formats for longer one-day events maybe 6 times per year (and maybe 1 bigger all-weekend tournament). And tries to get occasional small events together on the weekend. And there's another guy who's trying to get weekly events going, too. In the new city, there are a lot more places that run a handful of events per year. There's a chess center that says they do weekly events (in the middle of the week, bleh, that's a tough lift), but looking at their events list, they don't get them done every week. They do have at least one longer monthly event, though.

I just finished reading The Sisters of Dorley, an as-yet incomplete serialized work. A young closeted transgender boy (he insists as this point on being called male and using "he" pronouns despite his internal identity as a woman for various reasons) had only one friend in the world, an older boy who disappeared suddenly. Some moderate amount of time after the friend disappeared, he ran into a woman who looks surprisingly like her missing friend. He then finds out there have been several other disappeared students over the years and somehow works out that they're all tied somehow to Dorley Hall, a secretive facility near the college's campus. He theorizes based on what he's seen that it's a place that helps trans women in difficult situations with their transitions. Anyway, he finds out that in a sense, he's quite wrong, but in another, somewhat correct. It's been fairly interesting, quite long, but it suffers from some of the problems of the medium: as a serialized work, it goes on and on and is in need of an editor to punch it into a more conventional series of novels. The serialization also makes it keep adding more and more stuff, characters, etc.

Wireless, at least on this computer, has been acting weird lately. Wired connections are fine, wifi on other devices seems fine. Basically, very frequently, it'll just drop connection for a minute or so. Very frustrating. Very unclear what's actually going wrong here. Could it be my configuration, the wifi dongle, what? Writing this out made me decide to switch out the wifi dongle and see if that fixes it. This one has less of an antenna but we'll see if it does better.

< I. Could. Not. Stop. Grinning.
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after switching wifi dongles... by gzt (2.00 / 0) #1 Sun Jun 18, 2023 at 02:46:34 PM EST
...I think it's just that the wifi dongle was going bad. I haven't had an issue yet. Well, some blips, but nothing more than a BLIP, no one minute outages.

Same brand/model? by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Jun 19, 2023 at 04:14:55 PM EST
If it’s one of the ones that have a little swiveling antenna it’s possible that connection is going bad, otherwise I’d blame the software/firmware.

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different brand and model by gzt (2.00 / 0) #5 Mon Jun 19, 2023 at 05:13:01 PM EST
the one that wasn't working well was one with an antenna. this one is one of those "barely more than a USB plug" devices.

it's working better but there are still issues. so things are complicated?

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Interference? by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #9 Tue Jun 20, 2023 at 01:33:50 PM EST
Have you tried a different channel? 

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why apps ? by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #2 Sun Jun 18, 2023 at 04:23:21 PM EST
is it a better mobile experience than web (or whatever mobile reddit has) ?

(granted, I despise phone screens for reading, and especially despise the phone interface for anything)

I use mobile web myself by gzt (2.00 / 0) #3 Sun Jun 18, 2023 at 05:13:57 PM EST
though doing moderation on mobile web is extremely difficult.

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How old is your router? by hulver (2.00 / 0) #6 Tue Jun 20, 2023 at 02:17:45 AM EST
I'm my experience, they don't last more than a few years and start exhibiting weird connection issues after that.
Cheese is not a hat. - clock
three years old by gzt (2.00 / 0) #8 Tue Jun 20, 2023 at 08:09:21 AM EST
should still be fine, and other devices on the wifi seem to be doing fine.

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I had Verizon in last week by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #7 Tue Jun 20, 2023 at 05:52:40 AM EST
after the Wi-Fi went out. Sort of. Could ping, but websites wouldn’t load and mail didn’t work. The tech replaced all the Verizon boxes and everything was fine after. Apparently the boxes were at least a decade old.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

No chess boxing? by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #10 Tue Jun 20, 2023 at 02:25:08 PM EST
I mean chess is nice and all, but you don't get much of a workout.

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