Techie chores to help pass the time until there is a vaccine for COVID-19

It is what it is, where we are in the world, and I have very little control over what’s happening save for the occurrences in my immediate life. In between working too much, raising a wittle baby, and keeping four Tamagotchi alive—sorry, now it’s five Tamagotchi—I’ve also been doing some editing and maintenance of my digital life. I love to give myself things to do so that I don’t have to confront my internal dread. Here’s where I’m at right now and what I’ve got coming up. I’ll mark anything I’ve finished between now and the time they find a vaccine for the damn pandemic we’re all still living through.

✅ Desktop folder cleanup

I themed my Windows 10 laptop over the weekend with wallpaper by Elora Pautrat. I love her Japanese-inspired photographs and illustrations, not to mention her work is done in a color palette that resonates with me currently. I found an old Sailor Moon theme from ThemeWorld way back in the day in ye olde internet archives and extracted the cursors and icons to match along with the wallpaper.

⬛ Smartphone folder cleanup

My current smartphone, the OnePlus 8, is a mess. I have more than five years worth of chat logs, app caches, outdated memes, and accidental downloads clogging up my phone’s storage space. Can you believe I walk around with this much shit on me? This is the kind of collateral that cults use to blackmail people into doing what they want. Anyway, I will probably never get to this because it’s too much emotional labor.

⬛ Smart lights

I need to get each smart bulb properly labeled and assigned to the room it’s in. Some of the office lights are now in the bedroom because I switched bulbs between light fixtures without changing their name and placement within their respective apps. Some lights remain permanently off because no one knows their names.

⬛ The other smart stuff

There’s too much to divulge. Trust me on this one.

⬛ Plex server

There are lots of duplicates on there, along with garbage that no longer deserves a home. I also want to move my “physical” media (DRM-free purchased MP3s and CD and DVD rips) so that it’s immediately accessible on the network. I want to add podcast feeds, too, and peruse what they’re offering to stream for free.

⬛ Robot vacuum

It sits in the broom closet, whimpering for a purpose.

⬛ Routines

This involves more smart gadget stuff. I’m tired of talking to Google, and it never understands what I’m trying to say. I’m tired of naming things certain names and still not having Google understand what I’m referring to, no matter how much I try to simplify it. It’s starting to impact our lives because it’s impacting bedtime.

I need to set up Google’s new Action blocks to get my daughter’s room ready for bedtime. This task also involves getting rid of existing smart home routines that I have set up through IFTTT since they’re going pro, and I absolutely need to cut down on the number of services I’m paying for. And anyway, I hear things about Tasker/Tasky. Look it up!

⬛ Start a Depop store

This one probably has you like, “Really, Flo?” But I am still stuck at home, unable to see my friends, and so I’m biding my time with projects like this. Anyway, I will probably make a spreadsheet or a page on my website to advertise what I’ve got. Or I’ll donate all my clothes again. I don’t know. But how I dressed a few years ago when I was still going into an office is very different from how I dress now.

⬛ Clean up Discord

I think I started the Flo Feed Discord server last year? It’s been a wonderful ride, and the community is growing, slowly but surely. Come join us. And maybe soon, you’ll see that I have taken advantage of all the chat service has to offer.

⬛ Bookmarks, biatch

They’re all over the place, with folders interspersed between important and not-so-important links.


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