For about 2.5 months I found myself unemployed during this mess so I picked up Starting Forth and taught myself how to program the Arduino Uno with FlashForth. My achievements are reading a thermometer and controlling a distance sensor. Forth was worth learning and I think it is the perfect platform for this type of work so long as you are willing to figure things out on your own because there isn't much google can do to help when you get stuck. I have a job again but I am looking forward to more embedded programming with Forth.
I am writing a file sharing and text messaging application that works with full file system explorer GUI in the browser. HTTP has proven insufficient to work within the applications security model so now I will need to investigate using WebRTC.
But before that I will be figuring out how to interact with a Windows like GUI in the browser via remote control to different machines without dependencies for test automation.
My side project is usually making high end wordclocks. But I’ve been using those wood working tools to make wooden stands to make sneeze shields out of plexiglass sheets.
This started by my neighbor (a dentist) asking if I could help him make some stands for his office. I’ve since sold over $1200 worth of the stands. I wouldn’t say this effort is sustainable in the long run, but it feels nice to be helping small business reopen.
I had plans to try and start some marketing efforts for my clocks but I haven’t had the time (no pun intended)
I don't have anything publicly on the web yet, mainly because I haven't gotten very far to share, but I started working on an X.25 stack for fun and for toying with some old modems I have sitting around. I've "re-architected" the projects a few times and looks like I might again and working in unfamiliar stacks, so I've been reading more docs than I have been writing code so far.
I posted on my blog a few times about my struggles with ADHD, and the response was enormous. I had over a dozen DMs on LinkedIn asking me for advice. It turns out very few people talk about building ADHD specific productivity strategies. The market gap was there so I started writing.
I wrote an average of 1,000 words every day in June. It's the first project I've ever created totally solo and I'm almost done.