Weekly Notes 2023 W13

Last Week (2023W13)

April is here.

I got pranked accidentally by this 4-year-old video by EEVblog. In this video, EEVblog claims that because FeCl3 is mixed with water in really minute quantities, it should be possible to etch PCB using it if we can concentrate it, and proceeds to use a magnet to concentrate the said FeCl3 from the running tap water. This did flare up my BS detector, but given it was an old video and it was EEVBlog, I thought it was legit.

It took me some time and reading comments to realize, I had been pranked.

The moral of the story is - Do not trust anything blindly, even if it comes from sources you trust or is authoritative.

ಪ್ರಶ್ನಿಸದೆ ಒಪ್ಪಬೇಡಿ (Don’t trust without questioning)

April marks the beginning of Dalit history month.

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday were mostly work. Monday and Tuesday were really productive. Wednesday was weird. Thursday and Friday were the worst. I could not get started with the tasks, and that caused issues with tasks piling up. This also meant I ended up screwing up my sleep, as I ended up sleeping in the office more, in the hope that I could get back to work sooner the next day.

But it looks like that assumption is really wrong. As I get older(?!) (I am 28 - I can’t wait to be 32, my first birthday since I’ve come to appreciate the power of 2 (pun really intended)), I realize I cannot pull through without good sleep for at least a few hours. The posture of my sleep matters (esp. for a self-proclaimed who-can-fall-asleep-anywhere-even-on-a-chair expert), and also the importance of having a routine.

This week, I have started to go for walks during stand-up calls. I am still not doing it regularly, but even doing this a few times a week is a win for me.

For most of this week, I had 3 meals. During the second half of the week, that derailed, and I ended up having only 1-2 meals. On Sunday, I just binged a lot on food. Tiny steps?

I have installed the GPSLogger app. I will analyze my data at the end of this month to see what I can get from it.

I subscribed to Sixteen Grams this week. I find it really hard to decide on new coffee and end up spending a lot of time searching for my next coffee. I’m hoping Sixteen Grams can automate this for me.

This Friday, I installed Linkding, a bookmarking service and Memos, a memo app, on my server. I find Linkding really useful. Memos is also an interesting software. It is a memo app that has the look and feel of Twitter. I have been using it for a few days, although not as frequently as I would like. You can view my public memos here.

On Saturday, I retried the PCB test again along with my colleague Anil. This time, I used some more techniques I learned from YouTube. One of which is to attach the laminate to the copper clad under the water, to avoid air bubbles. The results speak for themselves. I think I can now easily go down to 8 mils traces and 8 mils gap between traces.

PCB I made last week

PCB I made last week

PCB I made this week

PCB I made this week

On Sunday, I did some local shopping for muriatic acid and hydrogen peroxide for some more experiments with stencil etching.

On Sunday, I ended up working for a few hours to clear up my earlier piled tasks.

I skip watched Rocket Singh: Salesman of the year.

Over the week, I have been trying to install ActivityWatch and Logseq. But my OS (Linux Mint 19.3) is a problem. It is missing the latest version of GLIBC, which is causing issues with the install. I realized my version of the OS is outdated, as the end of support for this version is April 2023. I plan to update to Linux Mint 21.1. I really like that Mint has Timeshift. I will give it a try this week.

Interesting Internet