Starting 2016

Happy New Year! 2015 was not a happy time for some. In other cases we saw great things happen that need to spread further this year.

To reduce things to list-like form:

  1. Humorist Dave Barry's year in review column for 2015 is #disturbing. He's trying hard to make things funny. Relative to 2015 it is just hard.
  2. The local newspaper's look back at 2015 is simply sad news. There is not much happy to it.
  3. We're being asked to "do more with less" at work while attrition is skyrocketing. We've also got quite an imbalance between 12-month staff and staff who are on variable seasons of 10 months duty or less per calendar year. There has been talk of expecting "weeping and gnashing of teeth" this year.
  4. I will be taking classes at Lakeland Community College once the Spring 2016 semester starts.
  5. Whatever happened to the new season of Person of Interest? There is still no air date.
  6. It was disturbing to hear of the loss of Ian Murdock. I'm left with various questions that bother me greatly. For now I'm keeping them to myself.
  7. I try not to make predictions for the year ahead. It is bad enough that it is a presidential election year. If the Republican Party's candidate is that real estate developer then I might be reconsidering continuing in my job as a civil servant. Reviewing boltholes in the Pacific is an evergreen matter, it seems.

And finally...

$ ubuntu-support-status
Support status summary of 'WOTAN':

You have 2011 packages (67.8%) supported until July 2016 (9m)
You have 18 packages (0.6%) supported until September 2016 (9m)

You have 0 packages (0.0%) that can not/no-longer be downloaded
You have 939 packages (31.6%) that are unsupported

Run with --show-unsupported, --show-supported or --show-all to see more details

I'm doing okay on Xubuntu 15.10 for the moment but when a second alpha milestone rolls around I may see about jumping to test Xenial Xerus on my amd64 hardware. Dodo Chaplet is nowhere to be found. The computer is also nowhere near the Post Office Tower for those certain fans of black & white television serials from the past.

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Mid-Way Check to December

In no particular order:

  1. Work is a bit messy right now. Attrition is way up in terms of human capital. Am I one of the ones with not so great sense in that I haven't abandoned ship yet?
  2. New restrictions at work keep my hands idle with respect to too much of Ubuntu. I'm not liking this.
  3. Finished off another semester in the Emergency Management and Planning Administration program at Lakeland Community College. I'm waffling on scheduling classes to take for the next semester. Choices available for classes include: Emergency Operations Center Management and Operation, Hazardous Materials Operations and Command, Disaster Response and Recovery. Part of the waffling is due to new initiatives at work for doing rather quite more with less than we had due to attrition worsening.
  4. The Podcast of Power has seemingly made a brief return but I can only hope that the bot's master can be persuaded to keep episodes up. You can also follow the manic little bot on Twitter and the pump.io federation.
  5. A rather small mast was raised for the KC8BFI shack. Some VHF coverage is now in place but proper HF coverage is lacking.
  6. Eventually I intend to take the Instructables write-up on making a Wireless Access Point file server with a Raspberry Pi and modify it a bit. I have some cross-over cable so I can set up one RPi as the access point and yoke another one to it as the worker on what will be a closed network. I may end up using certain GNU software to work with what is essentially a software-defined radio concept. I'm at a unique cross-roads where stations like CKLW, KDKA, CFCO, WJR, WCBS, WRVA, and CFZM are audible. Shifting towards actually recording content over air is an idea I still want to look at.
  7. I eventually also need to look at getting FTA reception of France24 via the Galaxy 23 satellite.

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