New Starts

I recently started taking the time to clean up my desk. For a long time it was used by another member in my household. After moving her to another part of the house it took me a while to go beyond using it for storage. I consider it a work in progress. The beginning of which you can see below:

I was satisfied with the results for something I did last weekend. I have a long ways to go. I will state that I have found a way to alleviate more desk space later. I will be moving the two computers featured on the left of the desk to my closet after I get a 20U Networking Rack. This will give me greater control of this space, and more room to work.

It won’t be completely computer free at first. I have an old Apple Mac Mini that I want to turn into an SSH server, and I will use the pictured monitor, keyboard, and mouse to work on that. However I didn’t wait to get these things cleaned out to begin working on my first electronics project.

I got an old Gameboy Advance at a swap meet years ago. It iddn’t even have a backing plate for the batteries. I bought several modifications for it and you can see them here:

Featured in the image includes:

  • New modified shell (white)
  • IPS back lit screen
  • Glass protection cover for the screen
  • Pink (of course) buttons
  • Sound amplifier, speaker, and signal cleaning board
  • Lithium Ion battery pack

I did find when I began to work on it that I needed some consumable supplies I just didn’t have. (Mostly double sided tape. Kind of embarrassing.) As a result my desk is actually already quite messy again:

In the next few days though I should be able to solve this problem and make further improvements and adjustments to the desk. I look forward to sharing those and the finished modded Gameboy Advance.

New Tab Tools Layout

A while back I was looking for a way to organize tiles and such in Firefox to be more aesthetically pleasing to me. I also decided I wanted a background that I liked and to accomplish this I found out I would need to use an extension. I was okay with this because the same extension allowed me to customize the tiles for website links to whatever image file I wanted to use. If the image below looks appealing to you; then you can try out New Tab Tools for Firefox or yourself. I spent a lot of time fussing about to find appealing and recognizable images for the sites, but by the end the only one I didn’t have a tile picture for was for this site! Kind of funny. I eventually played around in Pastel Girl until I could crop an image I liked enough to use for this blog.

Especially as I start to go forward I want to become more active on social media I decided. Share more things I learn, and my experiences. I think it would be good for me to practice expressing myself, and to just generally talk to people more.