The The: This Was The Day
The above may not look like much but it the result of hours of technical fiddling. What you see is a laptop running Elemental OS (a Linux that looks a little like macOS) successfully talking to the Interweb via either a Wired Interface or via 2.4 Ghz WiFi
Nothing special you might think, but this is only a 60 GBP Laptop.
Remember all that endeavour about the One Laptop Per Child OLPC, the quest was to produce something basic for about 100 USD. Well here I'm typing on a laptop costing that much, which is instead: lightweight, running Linux, and looking almost as stylish as a 1000 USD macBook Air (well at least from a distance!!)
Complacency and Intolerance
I had a self critical Eureka moment this evening when I thought to chastise myself about my anger that my latest project, that above, was taking time and effort to get right
This is a 60 GBP laptop I had to remind myself
I can remember that a few decades ago getting something like this working right would be a challenge, not a reason for anger and despondency.
Where did that invincible, can make it work spirit evaporate to?
Now so much older, do I have the right to expect that things will just work, out of the box
Not at this price point I can tell you!
The Secret Sauce
So here are some of the confidential factors that will help you achieve the impossible or certainly the improbable
- Keep Going
Well it means that you keep going until you drop. Taking a break at the first sign of stress, no don't do that.
Work till you can't think straight, then stop and pick it up tomorrow
- A Friend
Your technical friend will listen carefully and in the process of explaining it to them you may realise the flaw in your design/implementation/compilation/plan
Either that or your more intelligent friend will genuinely solve the problem(s) for you
- Single Tasking
It means what it says. Concentrate on one problem not many. focus
Who else had the same problem before. And what did they do
In my case, I'm building the fastest system with limited resources. But there are many Operating System Choices. Don't get hung up on the one, just to prove you are right, if another will do the job more excellently, and work (better)
It means write down digitally or electronically your progress. Because otherwise next day you will be sorry. Nobody has perfect recall when you work until your (brain) stops.
Coffee helps sharpen the mind, Alcohol has the reverse effect. Take the former not the latter
- Wholesome Food
Eating processed junk food does not work (for me) past 48 hours. Far better to eat something simple. I would always say yes to Porridge or Lentils
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