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There's a simple solution: find other assessment methods than high-stakes tests. I have not been giving closed-book, high-stakes tests since the pandemic started, and probably never will again. Instead, I've been using an assortment of many low-stakes methods that also give frequent feedback and encourage learning.

tl;dr: Honorlock sucks

I still wish symmetric 1GB fibre was available here, but the Comcost Xfinity is now connected to my UDM Pro gateway and it’s approx 10x faster than my ATT VDSL (860/44 vs 70/6). We’ll see how it performs over time.

My flakey ATT DSL is making it easy to not regret ordering Xfinity internet. Looking forward to Thursday afternoon installation.

You will be SHOCKED to hear there was no line for voting in the primaries. Shocked.

A reminder that Mastodon and the Fediverse do NOT use cryptocurrency, blockchains, NFTs, tokens, coins, mining, web3 or anything like that.

Masto and the Fedi run on traditional servers and use a sustainable network federation model somewhat similar to e-mail (that's why Fediverse addresses look similar to e-mail addresses).

Also a reminder there are no venture capital firms or other investors either. No one owns the network, each server is independent. Masto and Fedi server running costs are paid by their owners, sometimes with donations from users.

No one is getting rich from the Fediverse, it is all volunteers with some getting donations and a few getting modest grants from foundations. Please remember this when you interact with admins or developers.

(There might be some individual users who post about cryptocurrency/blockchain, but the infrastructure this place runs on doesn't use it at all.)

Tl:dr - Decentralisation does NOT mean cryptocurrency/blockchain


Finally fed up enough with ATT VDSL being slow and unstable that I’m ordering comcast (which I swore I’d never do). We are moving in a year or so, so I’ll probably just keep both and hook them up to my Unify Pro gateway, making one a failover

I am again, this morning, reminded of my old belief that to be a computer programmer you must be an optimist by nature.

Because, THIS TIME it will work.

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1st Lyft cancelled when he realized I was heading out to LGA. Second Lyft jus sat without moving until Lyft reschedule me for someone else. Third Lyft was 20 mins away.

And then a yellow cab dropped someone of right in front of me. Problem solved.

I think this is the first pure work trip since Feb 2020, not mixed with some personal component. And it’s an up-and-back, which is nice (no hotel, etc).

I’ve managed to hold on my #flyless goals, but needed to do this.

I think I will continue wearing a mask while traveling even after the pandemic has passed. I like this “not getting sick while traveling” thing.

Fwiw, my last pre-Covid flight was to Berlin for a week, and I spent the entire trip sick in my hotel room.

Waiting to board a flight at ATL, I’d say the airport is about 5-10% masked, and super crowded.

Good thing there isn’t an often-asymptomatic strain of COVID going around.

In the "making lemonade from lemons" depth: I couldn't ever get a decent RTX 3000 card at a decent price, due to supply ... and now it looks like the RTX 4000's are set to arrive soon. And they look WAY faster.

So, hopefully I can get one, and just skip the 3000!

My first post on my new personal mastodon site!

I decided to set up my own server, so I could have a smaller space from friends to hang out and chat, where the local and federated timelines feel more intimate and relevant to me.

Paper and Toner Working Group

Personal chatter and discussions of consumables.