Step One: Start

My name is Shawn, and I am a computer scientist.

Professionally speaking, I am an associate technical support engineer with a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems and just about ten years of experience in the wide field of computer science. Unprofessionally speaking, I am a man in my late thirties with imposter syndrome and an ever-growing number of devices that I own and projects that I want to tackle. I’m a lot more confident in my abilities now than I was even just a year ago. I’ve replaced parts in my gaming computer, reinstalled the operating systems in my devices more times than I can remember, setup servers, managed my home network, and so on. One thing that I keep saying that I’m going to do, but never manage to stick to, is blogging.

It could be a confidence problem.

It could be an attention span problem.

It could be that my brain am not do words good.

Regardless of the reason(s) why, I’ve been thinking lately that I could really benefit from writing some things down when I jump into a project. There have been several occasions in the past month alone when I had to rediscover the wheel so to speak because a problem I encountered before was rearing its head again and I could not for the life of me remember what I did to solve it last time.

I cannot promise that I will post with any degree of regularity; I’ve tried that in the past, and it did not work. What I can promise is that I will start writing things down, and I will post when I have something to post. I recently stood up a DNS server with Pi-Hole to block ads on my home network. Right now, I’m screwing around with a Plex server. In the near future, I need to setup my work VMs on a different device with more space. So, I can at least say that it will probably be sometime soon.

soon (adverb) : a conveniently vague term, any time between now and my inevitable death

I’ll leave you with a teaser, just to give you an idea of what to expect.

I’ve been trying to figure out why some videos in a playlist on my Plex server aren’t being listed in the correct (alphabetical) order. I’ve noticed that Plex makes decisions based on file names in the past, so I thought it might have something to do with the videos being in different directories. It turned out that wasn’t it. I think it was after that (possibly before) that I thought it might be the sort title for the series that these videos are in, but that wasn’t it either. Then, I realized that the videos themselves did not have titles. So, I just updated one of them. I even re-scanned the library that the video files are in. With a figurative glimmer of hope in my eye and a literal pain in my neck caused by laying on my side and craning my head to stare at a laptop screen, I reloaded the playlist.

It didn’t fucking work.

So, I’m probably done for the night. I’ll take a stab at it tomorrow, and I’ll provide an update if/when I figure it out or post about the next shiny thing to distract me.

Whichever comes sooner.