It's been a really long time since I wrote my last Now entry.
I'm working on couple of articles which I should be publishing in the next 2 months. These will mostly be about some topics related to freelancing and software development in general. The articles will be retrospective to my own experiences.
I'm not a freelancer and consultant anymore and I have removed all references to my services on the blog. I have rewritten some parts of the blog to reflect this.
My last project ended 2 months ago. It was one of the nicest clients I ever dealt with and I will be missing them. A month ago, one of my previous clients, dragged me into their own internal conflict. This, compared to my last client, was a completely opposite experience, definitely the most negative I ever experienced in my 15 year long career.
I'm not running or maintaining any other server besides the one that hosts this blog. Monitoring, logging, analytic and backup systems which I built to support my clients are all shut down. It is the main reason why I haven't written about bugs and technical issues: I just have not encountered any!
For some time I have been looking for full-time employment but I have not yet made the final decision where to go. Originally I planned to relocate to Berlin but there have been reasons why I have not made the trip yet. I have done couple of job interviews but had to stop the application process until I actually end up in Berlin. My current plan is to move out at the beginning of January 2019.
- SWI-Prolog port to WebAssembly. My goal is to get SWI-Prolog to run directly in web browsers. 4 months ago I got it running but it was more like a series of hacks. It also lacked an usable API. My work is to make the port easier to compile, add an API, tests and documentation.
- Make the Pengines interface for Node-RED directly installable from NPM. I did this already.
I want to complete these projects before getting into full-time work again.
I stepped down from the volunteer board position I held for 3 years at our apartment association. During 2017 we went through a massive rebuilding project which took lots of energy to prepare and manage. In the end I got none left.
I'm currently doing some construction work at my summer house. I have a couple of buildings with less than ideal roof construction. These have been built during soviet era and use wrong covering materials (fiber cement on low-pitch roof and bitumen sheets non-weldable to uneven wooden base) which makes them go bad about every 5 years. I want to complete this maintenance before I relocate. The buildings will be left as they are. I leave open the decision what to do about them in the long term. Sadly these roofs are workable only after drying 3-4 days without rain which is rare at this season in Estonia.
Without consulting work, I now have free time again. I have tried some gaming, mostly getting back to Left 4 Dead 2 versus mode where I have made some good friends with other players.