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January 5, 2020

ejb plan: week 3 (Jan 6 - Jan 12)

Filed under: Eric Benevides — Eric Benevides @ 7:30 p.m.

Gales install. Due Saturday [Estimated time: 13 hrs1 | Actual time: 15 hrs]

I was fortunate during the timespan between when I wrote my week 2 plan and now, because while I was away for holidays I had the opportunity to give a first-pass read both bvt's install report as well as some of jfw's writings on the topic. My earlier concerns about UEFI were validated once I read spyked's recent article as well. So, in a sense I was able to get somewhat organized ahead of time.

Specifically, I now realize that I only have one machine that is a viable candidate for a Gales install: my lenovo x61 (aka my Cuntoo machine).2 I learned from bvt's report that the footprint of Gales is quite small (< 1GB) and I have 40GB free on the HDD of that machine. So I figure I partition, say, a 10GB chunk, do the bootstrapping portion, and then install to that partition.

Gales install report. Due Sunday [Estimated time: 5 hrs | Actual time: 0h hrs]

This will be a compendium of my notes for the most part, so I reason that 5 hours is a good estimate.

Spend time researching remote work /abroad work opportunities throughout week: Due Sunday [Estimated time: 1 hr  | Actual time: ]

Ongoing. Though I will note that recently at my current saltmine I have had the opportunity to get my hands on some new projects that are beyond the excel jockey stuff I've been doing for the last 4 years. In other words, some of the skills I stand to gain from these projects line up to what I've been seeing in my remote work search. It may be worth considering hanging tight for a second to take advantage of this potential skill gaining opportunity.

Notes

I figure that since I am at 19 hours I will push my penance article #2 out to after I finish the Gales install; reasoning being that since my last article took me > 6 hours it would be a dubious idea to try and cram that into this week.

Total estimated time: 13, total actual time: 15

Timings on tasks per day

I spent about two hours on Wednesday looking at my existing partitions on the target laptop. I wanted to see what it'd take to partition the ~40GB of free space I had on it and determined that it'd just be easier to attempt the Gales install on a usb drive.3
I only started really diving into the build documentation on Friday night and worked the majority of the weekend on it. About 13 hours total.

Things that I need to think on for future weekly plans:

  • Install Gales
  • Penance article series (Two articles remain)
  • mp-wp bot 'spillover' of code review / testing
  • mp-wp bot install guide once review / testing complete
  • Finish auctionbot autobidding [Estimated time: 16 hours | Actual time: ]
  • How to make the most of my current geographic location
  • Other remedial/learning debts that need paying
  • Somewhere down the line I'd also like to slim down my archive-process and publish it. As of now it relies too much on python where it doesn't need to; lotsa kludge, etc.

Prior week: Week 2 [Jan 2 - Jan 5]

  1. Dorion gave an estimate of about 4.5 hours for when him and jfw guide clients through an install. I figured I'd triple that since I will be doing a more self-guided install (and for time padding). []
  2. All of my other machines are newer and suffer from lack of traditional BIOS []
  3. I had neglected to give /home its own partition on this machine originally, so I would have had to wipe the partition and copy all of my data back into it. []

2 Comments »

  1. It may be worth considering hanging tight for a second to take advantage of this potential skill gaining opportunity.

    - what skills exactly? At any rate, you can certainly do this while still looking around for remote work options. It probably will take some time anyway and in any case, what do you have to lose for the looking?

    For the penance article, maybe start jotting down stuff at the end of the day/have some thinking going in the background so you don't have to start it from entirely blank page when you get to it. The time taken on the first one sounds rather excessive.

    Comment by Diana Coman — January 6, 2020 @ 8:09 a.m.

  2. what skills exactly?

    There's one project that would have me writing reports in this visual report writing software called "Tableau". It is certainly one of those "fad" softwares that various financial and healthcare companies are buying these days. Someone who used to work where I do now ended up finding a 100% remote gig elsewhere writing reports in Tableau, so I see it as a potentially valuable skill to have at least.

    The other project would have me working with data mapping / migration stuff again, which is what I used to do before spending the last 4 years jockeying the Excel/PowerPoint donkey. It'd keep my mind sharper at any rate.

    It probably will take some time anyway and in any case, what do you have to lose for the looking?

    Agreed, no reason to stop the search.

    For the penance article, maybe start jotting down stuff at the end of the day/have some thinking going in the background so you don't have to start it from entirely blank page when you get to it.

    I have started doing this, and it has been helping. I read your comment yesterday and then kinda 'told my brain' to think in the background on it. Then hours later when doing unrelated tasks I got some useful materials delivered to my foreground thoughts (btw I will say that dumphones are at least useful for a usually-on-hand-notebook).

    Comment by Eric Benevides — January 8, 2020 @ 3:02 a.m.

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