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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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