ahoxus pleroma

New to Mastodon, and this server too, so here's my !

I'm more of a than a prose writer, but I dabble in both. My poems have been published in a handful of mags, and a couple of thick books. essentially a in my spare time.

Im currently working on:
πŸš€a epic
🌳ecopoems, and poems generally

During the day I manage servers and build infrastructure for clients, specialising in , , and all sorts.

Lovely to meet you all!

@wickertongue a very random question: any chance you know of someone who works with devops exclusively without a physical keyboard? 😁

@cregox ha! By physical keyboard do you mean a mechanical keyboard? The guy I work with works on his laptop keyboard, so there's one for a start - but I admit, I love the clack-clack of a mechanical.

@wickertongue nope. i mean physical keyboard in opposition to virtual keyboard such as on mobile phones...

i usually say #mobileonly because i still couldn't find a good name for this...

i do all my computing exclusively on cellphones, like most people/users today (and virtually no dev, it looks like), and i really miss a software stack to do simple things in mobile...

not because it can't exist, but just because nobody seem to care to do it yet!

since your interests seem to converge into eco, sci-fi, and devops, and you come from outside my circle, i just tried to reach out a bit. 😁

thanks for the feedback.

@cregox oh - virtual keyboard would have been more clear for me, actually. If you'd said something like 'do you know anyone that uses virtual keyboards for work' I'd have known what you meant. :)

I don't - I think people still like the physicality of manual, physical keyboards for development. It's why laptops are used for work, and not tablets - I think most people find it difficult using a board that doesn't give them physical feedback.

@cregox also, I think you can now run vs code on android devices. That might be something to look into if you like using virtual onscreen keyboards :) but you are right, there's not as much support for things like tablets and phones. There's a bit more hacking about involved.

@wickertongue i can envision a mix among unexpected keyboard, swype, and some ideas from characoder to make an unbeatable vkeyboard.

physical feedback (pf) feels necessary when the keyboard gets very distant from eye sight. i dont need pf for gboard. i do need to get away from googe though.

@wickertongue i really mean cell phone only, though. i already use termux, vim, and ssh on android... luckily i removed myself from everything microsoft over a decade ago and never looked back. 😁

if you code and if you care for "real open source" (fsf, gnu, and #agpl) you can find a wonderful free world out there.

i just miss a few pieces... πŸ₯Ί

@wickertongue @cregox not relevant, but I have a funny story about .

I bought one for an e-paper digital typewriter I'm trying to make, but my main laptop's keyboard was starting to act up, so I took the mechanical keyboard along to work.

Of course the click, clack stood out among all the not nearly as tactile keyboards everyone else was usingβ€”so much so that one person came up to me and said "it sounds as if you're the only person in the room who's actually working!" πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜…

Home-made device with an e-paper screen attached to a mechanical keyboard. The screen is framed by a green-covered cardboard case; this is in turn attached to the keyboard and supported by coiled and rolled-up newspaper.

@badri @cregox Ha! Just read this after replying in the other thread and mentioning how I use typewriters! I've actually been looking into e-ink monitors recently, so that device you made is super cool and totally on my level! Is it your writing machine?

@badri @wickertongue very polite person... if i would go talk to you about the noise i would ask to stop it! 🀣 but i rather just leave the area if i get too annoyed

@wickertongue @cregox well, it was! Unfortunately I wasn't home for a few months and the screen ran into ghosting issues. Partly my fault because I'd permanently keep the same image on while in sleep mode.

I'm going to try refreshing it with various different pics and see if that helps; I've seen intermittent improvement so let's hope it recovers properly 🀞

I love the device, though so worst case I'll just order a new screen and use that!

@cregox @wickertongue polite yes, but also I think he was sitting quite a distance from my desk so was probably not so bothered by the typing 😜

I actually never heard from anyone else about the typing, so I don't know if they were all being polite, or it genuinely didn't bother them, or maybe they were so busy with their own work they didn't even notice πŸ˜›

@badri @wickertongue programmers do tend to immerse in and ignore everything out of the computers.

quite an essential skill to have if you want to produce any code that do more than "hello world". πŸ₯΄