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Date: 2016-09-21 22:33
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Subject: Hello again. It's been a while.

I've been really withdrawing into myself lately. I apologise for the fact that some of you haven't heard from me for a long, long time.

I need to come out of my shell again.

In the meantime, hi. I'm still here and still around. Obviously not journalling like I used to, and I miss everybody. How are you all?

Things that have changed since I last wrote anything in here:

  • I'm back to using Linux full-time. (Specifically, Gentoo Linux.) This came about because through some bad judgements on my part, Windows 7 started bluescreening on boot and I couldn't recover from it. Instead of reinstalling Windows 7 and having to set my environment back up again, I decided to switch back to Linux.

    I did this because I've been telling myself for a while that once the time comes to move off Windows 7, I'd want to move to Linux rather than use Windows 8 or 10. (Especially Windows 10... but that's a topic for another post.) This was probably the best time to do so, since although I *could* go back to Windows 7, it's quickly on its way to becoming unsupported, and general Linux support is just getting better.

    When it comes to Linux, Gentoo is what I know and love. I can't think of another distribution that rivals it for flexibility. I actually bought my current computer (oh yeah, I got another computer last year too) partially with Gentoo in mind, and it's pretty fast at compiling too.

    Everything in Gentoo is compiled from source, which sounds silly and redundant until you consider the ability to compile features into or out of packages that you just can't do in other binary-only distributions. It also virtually eliminates any issues with having unexpected versions of libraries; if you've ever tried to use a Debian package from a newer distribution without updating anything else, you'll know the pain.

  • I've been making a lot of music with SunVox lately. It's a great program which combines tracking with modular synthesis. In that sense it's kinda like Jeskola Buzz, except that I never actually used Buzz back in the day as it needed more CPU power than I had at the time, if I remember correctly.

    Like a lot of creative stuff I do, most of my tunes done using it are a work in progress that I'm not ready to release to a wider audience yet. Hopefully at some point I can release stuff, though. I'm getting pretty close on one song in particular.

  • ...you know, I can't think of much else right now. :/

How has everybody else been?

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Does not reflect
User: [personal profile] mirrorofsmoke
Date: 2016-09-22 02:22 (UTC)
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Just hanging in there. You know how it is.

*Tight hugs*

<3

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cxcvi
User: [personal profile] cxcvi
Date: 2016-09-22 02:26 (UTC)
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I need to come out of my shell again.

That's what Ctrl-D is for...

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Sophie
User: [personal profile] sophie
Date: 2016-09-22 11:29 (UTC)
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Oh, you. ;p

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princessofgeeks
User: [personal profile] princessofgeeks
Date: 2016-09-22 11:41 (UTC)
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Great to hear from you!

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brainwane: bald
User: [personal profile] brainwane
Date: 2016-09-22 17:58 (UTC)
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Welcome back to Linux! And I am happy for you that you're making music -- that's so neat!

I'm working a lot (well, more than I was several months ago -- glad to have more clients), and enjoying the new Hari Kondabolu comedy album.

I hope your living situation is okay?

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Sophie
User: [personal profile] sophie
Date: 2016-10-01 01:14 (UTC)
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Living situation-wise, I'm still with my parents. I've come to accept this. And honestly... I've also come to accept the fact that I think living in Scotland is probably for the best right now rather than living in England, given the political situation there. Among other things, I'm quite sure that even as the UK leaves the EU, Scotland will probably break away from the UK and rejoin the EU rather than following.

But yes, my situation is okay for the moment, though that may change soon as my DLA (Disability Living Allowance) will be ending because of the UK's move to PIP (Personal Independence Payment). I'll try to apply for the new benefit, but I've been told that it's not very likely that I'll be able to receive it. If that's the case, things could go pretty badly as I'm not currently in a job and I've been trying to find somewhere.

I'm not sure what's going to happen. I'm hoping I can find a place to work that I'm happy with.

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Jewelfox
User: [personal profile] jewelfox
Date: 2016-10-05 05:10 (UTC)
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I'm checking my Reading List sporadically, but sending offers of hugs your way .. and I remember your mentioning Gentoo earlier, maybe in IRC? It was one of the distros I looked into back in 2007. ^^;

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Sophie
User: [personal profile] sophie
Date: 2016-10-08 15:21 (UTC)
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Thank you for the hugs, even though I'm late replying to this! (Sorry about that.)

Gentoo is a pretty good distro, IMO. It has (or at least had) a reputation for being for people who wanted the most out of their computer by compiling everything for their system, but the flexibility afforded by compiling everything is way more worth it than any speed gain, in my opinion. Mostly because you don't have complex binary dependencies to worry about; in most cases you can update a package and it'll just work with whatever library versions you have.

How are you, by the way? I've missed talking with you!

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Silver Adept
User: [personal profile] silveradept
Date: 2016-10-11 14:03 (UTC)
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Things are difficult, but hopefully progressing at this point.

I'm working with Arch at the moment as a distribution, and I find it pretty nice, although it's not quite as everything from source as Gentoo is, at least until you get outside the official repositories.

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