New hobby!

Recently I got my hands on a telescope. I finally got to set it up outside and give it a try with my kids, and I must admit I’m hooked!
I will now save up for a better one, that can be used for much more.

The current one I use is this:

I was able to capture these images of the moon with it by using my phone:

Now it’s not the best quality, but I am now hooked. I’ll try and save up some cash so that I can buy a much better telescope.
The one I want is this one:

Pbrt render exporter update

I have spent some time the last 4 days, wrapping my head around what the next step should be. I’ve been wanting for a long time to move it from python to c++, but I did not know how. So I decided this weekend to spend time figuring that out. The result now is that I have PBRT API available inside a python module, this again means that I can go to the next step – deeper and better integration of PBRT in blender, without implementing it directly in the blender source.

My focus will be that the next weeks, but I will fix important \ breaking issues in the current exporter if needed, but I want to focus all my time on getting the new addon up and running as soon as possible.

I have attached a simple image, proof of concept. In this example I load up PBRT in python, through c++, then I use that to parse in and render a .pbrt file, so it’s doing the same as the pbrt.exe but from python, this was the first step to solve.

Install Centos 8 netinstall fails – how to fix it.

You can either download the full DVD or use the smaller netinstall boot image when installing CentOS 8. If you use the smaller netinstall boot image then you will get a error during setup that says ‘error setting up base repository’.

To fix this – simply enter the url: http://mirror.centos.org/centos/8/BaseOS/x86_64/os during setup. It will then find the correct repository and get the installation started.

Dropping firefox.

After the recent blunder from Mozilla I’ve decided to remove Firefox completely.
It’s become too centralized, and it’s kinda crazy that the issue happened.
What happened was that they let a certificate expire, then all addons got disabled for everyone. This even affected the Tor browser – which is very scary for those who actually depend on that for circumventing censorship, and for many their lives depend on the tools they use. I have tested tons of browsers over the years, but the one I feel like switching too is Iridium ( https://iridiumbrowser.de/ ) , one of the things I like about Iridum is that it has a very strong focus on privacy, and it also has support for all the platforms I use, and it’s very fast, does not feel sluggish at all. So, if you are a Firefox user, just think about what happened, and then consider what to do about it.

Dropping Google and limiting phone data harvesting.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the use of android VS apple for example, and the more I’ve thought about it the more worrying it gets. They track and hold data (Apple is probably the lesser evil here) about your every single move, it’s insane how much data google has about your daily life, and one way to fight back is to get a dumb phone, without any ‘smart’ functions.
Also I’m just tired of being so connected all the time, reddit, diaspora, twitter, mastodon, snapchat and so on, just tired of having it all in my pocket. So I looked around on ebay, wanted to buy one that’s cheap and does the job, and also I wanted a small phone. So in the end I bought this phone:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/iFcane-E1-Quad-Band-Mini-Card-Phone-Bluetooth-2-0-MP3-FM-Alarm-Clock-Black/253684497776

The reason why I bought this specific one was because of the price and features.
It has regular phone call feature, sms, fm radio, bluetooth, calendar, alarm, and is dirt cheap.
Also it charges very fast to full capacity, so if I’m out and about a power-bank will last a long time. I have to work around not being able to send\receive mms, I do that by using the online service from my provider on my computer. Same goes for email – no access to that, just from my computers at home. Also I take a lot of pictures ( https://mediagoblin.stigatle.no ) , but I do bring my digital SLR with me most times anyways, so that will not be a big issue.

It’s fun to see how it all works out, and I might have to bite the bullet down the road, but for now I’m going all in on not using a android device, if I’m ever going back to a smartphone then I will definitely save up some cash and get a Librem 5 phone next time.