On 10/23/19 4:40 PM, Micah N wrote:
> Looks like it has usb and Ethernet connections, maybe try connecting to one of those and running wireshark?
Hmm, I do not have any experience with wireshark or really networking in
general, what would be a good point to jump off of in that regard?
Enjoy the rest of your day,
Our parents don't usually get as much airtime as, say, our kids, but I've
found that most of us have a lot to say about them anyway.
I'll go first: My mom, Carol, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's
disease a few years ago, and I moved home to San Francisco to take care of
her. After several turbulent years spent trying to keep her at home (even
though she ran out of money) and get a diagnosis (even though she was
uninsured), I'm happy to say she's finally settled at a memory care
facility in Phoenix, AZ. She's doing worse if you zoom out, of course, but
better if you zoom in – thanks to the structure and socialization that the
facility is able to provide. That all sounds neat and tidy, to my ear, but
it has all been and felt very messy.
For reasons mostly related but also unrelated to my mom, I've emerged from
these last few years having lost most of my interest in the technology
industry – and, by extension, in my work. (I know I'm not alone in that
here.) As I've constructed my new normal, I've tried to channel Cory
Doctorow's notion of "bugging in instead of bugging out" by starting a
business <https://www.quiltcoaching.com> that lets me help other people who
are caring for their aging parents, too:
*"What I want is for people to be able to vividly imagine that the heroism
> in the moment of disaster is to avert catastrophe by bugging in instead of
> bugging out. ... If you ever take a first aid class, 99% of that first aid
> class is the knowledge that everyone else is going to assume that someone
> else is going to take care of a problem, and the realization that the
> perfect person doing the perfect thing is less important than any person
> doing something. Even if you know a small amount about looking after
> someone, you should rush forward. Be prepared to get out of the way if
> someone says, 'I'm a doctor,' but rush forward." (Source
If you think I might be able to help you or someone you know, I'd really
like to try. You can find me at this email address any time, or at
Okay so I have ended up in the possession of a FirstData FD-100 credit
card terminal, and I have been trying to figure out how one would, or if
it would even be possible to, connect it to a computer or raspberry pi
and print arbitrary things with its thermal printer and maybe even
receive input from the keypad. I have so far turned up very little
information, though my information-gathering skills are not too great.
Has anyone maybe got any ideas?
Enjoy the rest of your day,
tl;dr; We started an NYC list. You can, too. Also, my intro.
Our NYC meetup was fun, and we want to do more without annoying everyone
So: we made a list for New Yorkers to make plans and complain about stuff.
Sign up here:
To start your own local tilde list, email benharri(a)tilde.club and be ready
In other news, I owe you an intro, so
You might remember me from:
- The mobile team at Vice, which I hired and managed
- The iOS readers at the New York Times
- The Longform dot org iPhone and iPad apps
- A desktop blog editor for the Mac called "Blogo" back in the aughties
- The Shame Eraser, which AFAIK was the first open-source tweet-deleter
- Any of the other articles I did for ~jwherrman before ~mat took over BF
My relationship with the tilde is complicated. I never wanted to work as a
programmer. (Engineering wasn't "cool" before the App Store.) But my gramps
gave me a Mac in '91, my school taught BASIC and when I graduated it paid
well and came easily.
Now I work on all the cool parts of HR: interviewing employees and
designing infrastructure like hiring and onboarding plans to maintain a
healthy culture. It's like product design, but the "customers" spend
8-14h/day in the product, which I'm sure no one here does with any app.
My tilde is ~bj, but there's nothing there, so please accept this modern,
pink website in its place:
(Your data will be encrypted with secure socket layer technology)
See you all around,
P.S. If you identify with an underrepresented group in tech and need advice
on your career, or the company you run, or anything really, I have office
hours at https://ftw.nyc/office-hours and you should book a slot.