Job searching after the pandemic has been difficult, there is lots of competition, especially with the many layoffs happening in many larger companies and everywhere. I also found it difficult given my specific knowledge of single-cell image analysis which is a much smaller field. With all the competition, especially in the data science, domain knowledge was what I think made me stand out from other candidates. I wanted to share with others my job application trajectory to give some perspective of what it took.
If you are looking for a job, don’t get discouraged and keep applying. You can see how most of my applications got no responses and many rejected soon after I applied.
The color pallet on my new dell 7420 inspiron plus kept changing and the display looked horribly washed out or with horrible contrast. This took me too long to diagnose so I’m making a post about it. The post below was super helpful in diagnosis this so I am linking to it.
Problem: Washed our colors and contrast on a laptop with Intel Iris Xe Graphics
I tried taking a good picture but it was difficult to capture the fine details. Contrast was way off and pixels appeared blurry. On the left is with the settings enabled and on the right with the settings disabled. Pay attention to the details on the cloud, you can’t tell the detail on it on the left side. the details are also blurry and washed out.
What feels like one of dells last laptops with modular RAM, I decided to give this computer a try until something more modular and repairable comes along (Framework maybe?!) I bought the RAM and SSD below and upgraded the laptop. Be sure to disconnect the battery cable first! I tried disconnecting the cable connecting to the motherboard but it was stuck in there and I was nervous to apply much force. Luckily there is an additional connector on the other side of the battery cable, you can slide that metal tab down and pull the battery cable out.
Swap out the RAM and/OR SSD and it will boot up to a black screen. Be patient and wait about 5 min, it will eventually it will boot into the BIOS telling you hardware changed. I worried I fried something but fortunately that wasn’t the case. Hopefully this post helps you not freak out that something went wrong. Enjoy the upgrade ram and ssd!
Version 1.8 was taken down from the MS website for this motherboard, currently the latest version is listed as 1.7. If anybody is interested the 1.8 version is still up on the servers under the link below. Or I’ve attached it here if anybody want’s it.
There are no official firmware updates to this sound bar, but looking at the comments on the LG page, someone managed to use the firmware for LG SK4D 2.1 Sound bar which is what I did and it worked! All you have to do is download the zip file and unzip the binary file into a flash drive that is FAT32 formatted, turn on the sound bar and set input to USB, then plugin the USB drive, the front LED’s will flash left to right until the sound bar turns off, firmware is now updated!
Download the zip file below and remove the “.pdf” extension. That will contain the latest SK4D firmware as of 11/14/2022
There is and inherent sense of anxiety and fear not knowing how your OS will react in any certain day depending on the task and whether or not it will be compatible with what you need.
This is lacking, online versions of zoom, webex, teams aren’t very well made and the desktop clients are lacking a lot of features. On top of this Wayland doesn’t support desktop sharing which is a pretty essential feature depending on your job.
No Microsoft Suite support
Closest I could find was OnlyOffice but it’s missing a lot of tools that makes MS Office work well.
No Adobe products including Adobe Reader
This is fairly important for signing legal documents.
There isn’t a robust built-in automation tool to use like macOS Automation
Other Random Issues
Mapping network drives can be difficult
By far not as straightforward and easy as in windows,
Remote Desktop (Remmina) isn’t as well made as Windows Remote Desktop
You can easily copy files between remote and local client as well as copy and paste from the buffer.
I have a NVIDIA 3070 Ti so with that in mind:
Desktop icons shifting by themselves
With multi-monitors, dragging and dropping icons sometimes highlights them on both screens with unpredictable end placement on desktop
Fractional scaling breaks when using multi-monitor and launching games full screen
Sleep and then resume boots to a black screen with no icons or distorted text
It seems like it’s been going on for a while
I would love to switch over to Linux one day as my main operating system, but there are too many sacrifices and hurdles where I’m spending more time troubleshooting than actually being productive. I still revisit Linux every 5 years or so and hope enough progress has been made but unfortunately this year is not the year.
After electron deprecated the Pi Zero 32 bit version, my magic mirror was unusable and hacking it to make it work wasn’t working anymore. I had a raspberry pi 3 laying around and decided to replace the pi zero. Here are the steps I used to get my magic mirror up and running again!
3) For the background image slideshowto work Once you have installed your magic mirror, change directories into the modules directory /home/admin/MagicMirror/modulesand clone the latest version of the MMM-ImageSlideshow repo here. * You can use something like FileZilla to SFTP into your raspberry pi and copy your background images into the exampleImages folder, deleting the stock images the module comes with. * Use images smaller than your screen resolution, I use 1920×1080 because they fill my magic mirror completely. * Also I would use darker backgrounds to keep the contrast of text to background, I like using images of space. https://github.com/AdamMoses-GitHub/MMM-ImageSlideshow
4) Google Calendar Go to settings of your google calendar and scroll down until you see the section below, DO NOT SHARE this link with anybody else or they will have access to your calendar! insert that link in the config.json file
Other Tips * I have an outlet timer connected to my LED screen and to my raspberry pi, it turns on at 7am and that turns on the screen automatically and the raspberry pi, then pm2 boots up magic mirror * At 10:50 pm I turn off the raspberry pi by adding the command 50 22 * * * /usr/sbin/shutdown -h now to the roots crontab at sudo crontab -e this prevents the raspberry pi boot drive from being corrupted by the outlet timer suddenly shutting down. * Lastly here is my config file, css, backgrounds I found and compliments json if anybody wants to check them out! ** the config file goes in /home/admin/MagicMirror/config ** the compliments file goes in /home/admin/MagicMirror/modules/default/compliments ** the CSS file goes in /home/admin/MagicMirror/css ** and the backgrounds go in /home/admin/MagicMirror/modules/MMM-ImageSlideshow/exampleImages