Enjoying Life, while I Still Can!
Hello element14 Community! Very recently, a door of opportunity had "opened up" and I have decided to walk through it. That is... "My Official Retirement!"
The Destructive 30 Months
When my Filipino father, was living in Seattle, had his back-to-back strokes in February 2014, my birth mother (white American) began lying to me about him. From then, until my dad's death on October 17, 2016, my mom kept on telling me, "dad can no longer talk" and "dad only speaks jibberish". I offered to make a SpeakJet Speech Synthesizer for my dad and my mom just laughed at me, telling me, "there's nothing you can do." My calls to the hospitals and care centers my dad was at, was BLOCKED; I was told, "sir, you are not a family member." Meanwhile, as my mom told her Facebook friends, `I'm not calling my dad`, she allowed one of my younger brothers to drain my dad's savings of over $175,000 (from 20 years of United States Navy and 15 years of United States Postal Service). My younger brothers, identical twins 13 years younger than me, lived in luxury at my dad's expense.
The End Result: I was denied the opportunity to tell my successes (in Linux and Embedded Systems Development) to my Filipino father.
My Official Retirement
On October 29, 2016, when I visited the store of my Internet Service Provider, Globe Telecom, I saw an upgrade that could spell my retirement plans!
Then, on November 11, 2016, after I had a discussion with my wife, we upgraded our broadband Internet package from 3Mbps to 10Mbps for the SAME PRICE we're already paying (about USD $26.13 or EUR €24.37 or GBP £20.65). In addition, it includes a FREE Chromecast, 6-months subscriptions to Netflix, HOOQ and NBA. My retirement has been defined!
Now, I can keep my computers off and just cast media content to my 22-inch HDTV from my Android devices. I finally gave up posting my PayPal donation link because it has been collecting dust since May 2014.
My War with Globe Telecom
My wife and I has been loyal customers of Globe Telecom for over nine (9) years. However, over the past eight (8) years, I had to use my (very advanced) technical expertise on several occasions. Not only have I been reporting to National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), I also have to report to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
Several years ago, I made my first contact with NTC. I had sent in my detailed, 3-page report. Senior engineers at the NTC had to "decode" my extremely technical report against Globe Telecom, concerning a defective router that was destroying Android devices via Wi-Fi. After more than three (3) months later, two (2) officers from Globe Telecom had visited me, visiting in my lab; one was from their security department (whom thought I was malicious). They say my Seeeduino 328 with its Ethernet Shield connected to the main router. They (Globe Officers) wrote in their report that I am too technical. Then, within a week from appearing at the NTC courtroom, the NTC had forced Globe Telecom to reach a settlement with ME. - The ending settlement was a new, 4-port Ethernet modem/router with Wi-Fi access point.
Since then, I had to deal with Globe Telecom accredited contractor,DVJ, whom I had to declare as "incompetent" more than three (3) years ago. (For me to declare an entire agency as incompetent, means "very bad news" to those that don't know...) I told my wife that I'm now putting all of my certifications (mostly from USA) and trainings (mostly from USA) on the line.
Daily, often few to several times daily, I do lose my broadband Internet connection. Since I know of off-site sagging wires that are affecting my connection, when I tell Globe Telecom's customer service, they want me to do Basic DSL Troubleshooting and if that does not help, they want to send a technician (an inexperienced person from their accredited contractor, DVJ) to me "facility" (a.k.a. "my home").
What I'm Giving Up
Every now and then, I do think of doing an Arduino project, or even, a Microchip PIC project. But those require me to have headaches, again, in writing source code. My laboratory of electronics is still intact, but because of life changing events that had happened to me, my life-long passion for electronics is now reaching an ending point. I will no longer have a chance to show off my work to my father and there is nobody encouraging me to continue, not anymore.
No More Raspberry Pi!
On October 25, 2012, I bought my Raspberry Pi Model B 512MB from element14 Singapore for USD $70. Over the years, I had done a lot of projects on that Raspberry Pi. Sadly, due to power supply explosion in my laboratory last June 2016, my only Raspberry Pi was destroyed by accidental 120VAC from a 5VDC supply. Since then, I have not been able to buy a new Raspberry Pi; people just ignored my PayPal donation links. When I got my Google Chromecast over a eek ago, my dreams of having another Raspberry Pi had vanish, forever.
My Freebies: Up For Grabs!
For those that have been offended at my 2014 vanishing act, most of the items that were donated to me, because I am a disabled person, are FREE, but only to those that believe I used my disability to get free stuff. I have heard many bad rumors over the past couple of years. Unlike others, I never gained employment and never earned any money. My disability money from the U.S.A. only covers 15 days in a month; mostly for my food and electricity bills. All of my no longer used electronics stuff is store in plastic drawer in my air conditioned room. For those that would like to grab my freebies, I only hope they can leave food and/or medicine in return; but I know there are people in this world, that believe freebie means 100% free with nothing in return.
My Dying Computer Hobby...
My hobby of computers had started 33 years ago, in Seattle, Washington, USA. Nowadays, I no longer have money for my computer hobby. My primary computer is a P4 PC using decade-old hardware. My ASUS Eee PC 700 (2G Surf) is deceased. My only Raspberry Pi is deceased. My iBook G4 is no longer supported by Debian. My Neo eXplore X2 (Classmate PC) is operational with FreeBSD, but not usable with a GUI. I need USD $400 for a new computer, but I know I will never have that money. Retirement is the only remaining option!
ESP8266, SDR and a Drone...
While deciding on my retirement, I have already presumed I will never experience three technologies, ESP8266 (whatever that is), SDR (software defined radio) and a flying drone. I am now accepting the reality that those three technologies will never happen in my timeline.
Thank You for Reading!
Earlier, when I had to temporarily go offline, I had saved this blog post as a draft and I got a message that a moderator will have to approve of my blog post. That's actually the reason why I am no longer interested in blogging; I started being a webmaster in 1995 and ended as a blogger in 2016. My hands hurt with arthritis pain; which is why I no longer write open-source source code. Those this blog post may seem "depressing", I am now, actually enjoying watching media content (from Netflix, etc.) on my TV using my Android and Google Chromecast. Thanks for Reading and Have a Nice Day!
Marcos Miranda a.k.a. "Kuya Marc" & "Takeshi"