Training in Quarantine – Day 192

A busy Saturday with several house viewings. One of which got cancelled due to a resident having to self-isolate due to covid.

One of the viewings today was originally written off by my folks as a “no-hope” but once they viewed inside, their tone dramatically changed.

A literal case of not judging a book by its cover.

In other news, I saw a tweet from https://twitter.com/VictoriaBID:

Now I work on top of Victoria Station, so I walk past the memorial plaque dedicated to the Unknown Soldier every day I commute to the office. Obviously not so much this year due to covid.

The Military Wives Choir did the song for Abide With Me using the now-common feature of a virtual choir:

The virtual choir idea has been used a lot this year due to social distancing, but let’s not forget, the idea dates back way further, even as far back as 2009 with Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir project (https://www.youtube.com/user/EricWhitacresVrtlChr) which also made it into several TED talks

From 2010:

2011:

And 2013:

Training in Quarantine – Day 191 and other updates

My last logged walk was 23rd October. I’ve been slacking off logging runs since then, so this is my first logged run since then, even though I have been doing near-daily runs since then, so I’m skipping through to Day 191 since I’ve done 10 days of walks since then.

I’ve also got a few other updates.

My house purchase fell through a while ago so I have been actively house hunting a lot and my past few Saturdays have been spent house viewing. Viewing during the day is tricky unless I take time off to house hunt.

Dealing with different Estate Agents is a pain, with some not even bothering to give you the time of day, let alone

I also upgraded my phone to Android 10 LineageOS and I’ve been having quite a few issues with internet speed and stability. I’m seriously considering forcing a downgrade back to Android 9. In the meantime, I might switch from Adoptable Storage back to portable storage to see if that helps with stability.

Oh, and it’s frickin’ COLD.

CKAD

It’s taken me nearly a year, but I finally figured out one of the questions that stumped me in my CKAD (writeup: https://blenderfox.com/2019/12/01/ckad-writeup/)

In the exam, the question was to terminate a cronjob if it lasts longer than 17 seconds. There’s a startup deadline but not a duration deadline. It could be implemented within the command of the application itself, or by specifying to replace any previous running version of the jobs.

Well, I finally had that situation recently at work and wanted to terminate a cronjob if it was active more than 5 minutes, since the job shouldn’t take that long. Finally found out that the answer was not in the CronJob documentation, but in the Job documentation.

CronJobs spawn a Job resource, and within the specification, you can include spec.activeDeadlineSeconds. This will terminate the job pod at that time and will consider the job as failed.

Training in Quarantine – Day 179

Late out today — my phone wanted to upgrade so I attempted it (it was an upgrade from Android 9 to Android 10), and it didn’t work, and I ended up having to factory reset and install from scratch. I did have some Titanium Backup backups, but they didn’t seem to work a lot of the time :/

So for the most part, I just reinstalled all the apps I remember using and logged in. For most, that was fine. But I lost the MFA codes on Google Authenticator, meaning I had to remove and setup:

  • AWS
  • LastPass
  • WordPress
  • GitLab

all over again

AWS was quick and painless after a security check to confirm I was who I said I was and they called me on the number on the account.

WordPress was painless too — I was already logged in, so just removed MFA and set it up again, then logged in again. Similarly with LastPass

GitLab however, is proving to be more of a pain. They no longer accept MFA removal requests for people on the Free plan. So I wonder if they will accept me going to a subscription model so I _can_ then request the MFA removal. I think it is better anyway, since I’m hitting the 400 minute CI limit pretty regularly. The 2000 minute CI limit would be better. At least until I can get my own GitLab install working.

As for the run, yes, it was a run — well, more of a jog, anyway. Still did the 3km lap, doing it in 20 mins rather than the 30 mins it normally takes me when I walk it.

Training in Quarantine – Day 177/178

Forgot to log my walk yesterday. So doing both today.

Yesterday, I decided to look at a house up for sale on Zoopla, but couldn’t find it. The map marker was where a gated house was, but there was no estate agent sign. Maybe it’s been sold already?

But at least I got a nice walk out of it.

Today I did my normal lap around. Tesco have made progress on the forecourt of their petrol station, but I haven’t the foggiest what kind of work they’re doing.

Training in Quarantine – Day 176

Later walk than normal — the weather was colder and darker, but still made it around without any rain soaking me this time.

In other news, you may recall I spoke about a prospective new house I was looking at. Well, even though my offer was accepted, the seller decided to pull out of the deal before any contracts were exchanged. I’m bummed as heck over it, but not much I can do about it, I guess.

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