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This is the very first post using my snazzy new hand-written Markdown new post editor, which you can test for yourself at https://www.nedprod.com/editor.html. I’ve been working on this at nighttimes for a number of weeks now. It live renders the Markdown which you type into HTML. It has a fixed viewport based layout, so each editing pane always consumes half of whatever screen size your browser has, which means it works as perfectly on mobile as it does on desktop.
Long time readers of nedprod.com may have noticed a fairly dramatic change in website theme last Wednesday or so. This is because I’ve ported the whole website from its 1990s-era Microsoft FrontPage roots to Hugo, a modern static website generator. This is probably the single biggest upgrade I’ve ever done to nedprod.com, it has been many months of night times after work writing Python scraper scripts, writing a nedprod.com theme for Hugo so this content would look fairly similar to the previous website, and of course a ton load of manual checking of the automated conversion for correctness.
Wednesday 20th March 2019: 8.35pm. So I was complaining last day about how my new Threadripper workstation didn't seem much faster. Today I compiled the entire work codebase. What took over two hours on the Ivy Bridge workstation now takes fifteen minutes! Which is pretty impressive, really.
Tuesday 19th March 2019: 4.36pm. You may remember that I pulled the trigger on a new workstation to replace my six year old Ivy Bridge one: - Sixteen core AMD Threadripper 2950x @ 3.5Ghz, turbo 4.5Ghz. - 32Gb of DDR4-3200 RAM @ 64Gb/sec 75Gb/sec. - 512Gb Samsung 970 Pro NVMe SSD @ 3.1Gb/sec I spent no less than thirteen - yes, thirteen - hours yesterday during the public holiday pulling out the old system, and putting in the new.
Wednesday 6th March 2019: 9.01pm. Just pulled the trigger on the guts of a new workstation to replace my six year old Ivy Bridge workstation:- Four core Intel i7-3770K @ 3.9Ghz ("overclocked" to turbo always on).- 16Gb of DDR3-1600 RAM @ 21Gb/sec.... with this instead:- Sixteen core AMD Threadripper 2950x @ 3.5Ghz, turbo 4.5Ghz.- 32Gb of DDR4-3200 RAM @ 64Gb/sec.So four times the CPU cores and three times the memory bandwidth.
Wednesday 27th February 2019: 9.21pm. Link shared: https://scrapy.org/ Been making good progress on other todo task like items other than wifi routers :). I've been slowly writing https://scrapy.org/ plugins to scrape http://www.nedprod.com's content into a https://gohugo.io/ generated website. Scrapy is a great tool, highly recommended. Once I've converted all that Microsoft FrontPage 1998-era HTML, I can then finish my migration away from Google+ and all megacorp social media who resell my information onto 100% wholly owned and maintained by me social networking based on ActivityPub.
Monday 18th February 2019: 10.02pm. Picked up an old Netgear R6220 2x2 11ac router with nasty cheap Mediatek chipset off eBay for €30 including postage. OpenWRT went onto it surprisingly easy, and now it's a second Wifi AP in my house solving the wifi blackspot in my bedroom, and more importantly, the toilet.OpenWRT has come so very far in the last few years. Easy to install, easy to configure with a lovely GUI, performance doesn't suck like it used to either.
Tuesday 12th February 2019: 6.59pm. Location: 52.133541107177734,-8.647699356079102. Celebrating the new employment!
Tuesday 12th February 2019: 4.09pm. Link shared: http://maystreet.com/ I am pleased to announce that earlier today, I joined Maystreet Inc, a Fintech next generation capital markets platform delivering low-latency connectivity & high-precision data to banks, brokers, etc. This will be a long term gig for me, I expect to be with them for some years building out some very cutting edge technologies which deliver significant competitive advantage. I am extremely glad to not have to return to working in Dublin onsite, a year of that was more than enough.
Friday 8th February 2019: 9.56pm. Link shared: https://openwrt.org/ Last night I completely replaced the proprietary firmware on the house wifi router (the excellent value 3x3 11ac Archer C7 that just about everybody techie uses for their home wifi) with https://openwrt.org/. Why? The proprietary firmware was actually not awful, but my phone kept losing signal when I'm on the toilet, and it began to bug me that I can't do things like increase the transmit power, or use all of the 5Ghz frequencies available.

Contact the webmaster: Niall Douglas @ webmaster2<at symbol>nedprod.com (Last updated: 2019-04-17 20:28:38 +0000 UTC)