After months apart, me and my Vaio Flip are back together again. I had shelved it because its achilles heel, the dodgy CPU fan, had begun to die again. This had happened before and I replaced it myself, winning about a year of use before March of this year. This time, it began failing again and then stopped effecively cooling the CPU entirely. So, it went on the shelf until I had time and funds to repair it, and I picked up my trusty backup: a slightly battleworn Lenovo u300s.
Since posting here about Deadlock, I’ve kept hacking away at new stuff. I haven’t posted all my recent work yet; some things take a while to test privately before they’re ready to go. Expect dedicated updates for some of them. Meanwhile, here are some things that I’ve done since Deadlock that are already on Github: Listless, a mailing list manager built around SMTP/IMAP, written in Go and scripted in Lua. I built this because, besides Mailman (which requires an actual mail server), there was nothing anymore for running a basic discussion list except to register on Google Groups.
Update: In addition to implementing miniLock in Python (below), I have since also implemented it in Go, the library and tool for which can be found in the go-minilock repository. It’s been over a year! I have written the occasional blogpost on indiebiotech.com in that time, but even that blog suffers. If I’m honest, and to provide flavour for the rest of this article, every time I was sitting at my keyboard and might otherwise have been motivated to write a post on something, I wrote programs instead.