Life & Project Update - RetroPie, Favemarx, Family Tree, Running, & a New Job



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I haven’t been able to post much lately, so I’ll quickly layout what projects I’ve been up to these past couple of months.

RetroPie

I bought a CanaKit Raspberry Pi 4 Extreme Kit - 128GB Edition from Amazon and installed RetroPie on it.

The CanaKit box before I opened it.

The idea being that I could play games I never had a change to, as well as play games with my children.

RetroPie Logo

Favemarx

Late last year Google decided to discontinue the Google Bookmarks product with the following message:

After September 30th 2021, Google Bookmarks will no longer be supported. To save your bookmarks, click on “Export bookmarks”.

So I decided to make my own product Favemarx. It’s still a work in progress - even though my goal was to launch it in October 2021. Here’s what the front page tentatively will look like:

Favemarx front page

Oddly, Google Bookmarks still exists, and now have the following message on top:

Google Bookmarks is no longer a supported product. To save your bookmarks, click on “Export bookmarks”.

Ancestry.com & AncestryLibrary.com

I discovered that my local library has access to AncestryLibrary.com - and that the URL structures are almost identical between the two domains - save for the domains themselves.

Ancestry Library logo

Ancestry logo

To easily switch between the two sites, I created a little Tampermonkey script I call the Ancestry.com/AncestryLibrary.com Switcheroo. Ctrl-LeftShift switches the current page between the two domains. Ctrl-RightShift switches all links on the page from one domain to the other. And Ctrl-Click opens a link in the other domain.

Running

I can now run a half-hour without stopping. Honestly, at this point I think my limit is more mental than physical.

Also, I ran a five-mile race earlier this month and finished in under an hour:

My 2022 Frostbite 5 Race Results

New Job

After 8 years at Northrop Grumman, I’ve decided it was time to advance my career and move on to another company. I now work at Optum,

You can always check out my resume or my LinkedIn to see my employment history.

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