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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).

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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.

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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"

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Now: In the State of Mourning!

Hello from The Philippines! Sadly, my dad has died! His obituary is now online. And my integrity is about to explode.

The Potential Shattering of My Hobbies...

As I write this message, I am thinking of the fate of my hobbies, especially my technical ones. I have already came to the conclusion that I will never have a ESP8266 Wi-Fi Module, nor a software-defined radio (SDR), nor a new single-board computer.

Death of My Raspberry Pi

Last mid-June, I accidently fried (excessive overvoltage) my Raspberry Pi Model B 512MB single-board computer. Then, I thought I was going to get a BeagleBone Green Wireless as a replacement, but never happened. Because I no longer have a Raspberry Pi, I can no longer do any Raspberry Pi projects.

The Limits of My BeagleBone Black

Thanks to Mr fustini, I have the 2GB version of the BeagleBone Black. I also have the SpeakJet Cape. I have been wishing for additional capes, but since I'm in Philippines, those wishes faded away. Too many people are doing great projects with their BeagleBone Black, but I can not do them, such as ESP8266 and SDR projects. I recently soldered a LM35 sensor to my SpeakJet Cape to have local temperature readings. That is all the projects I can do with my BeagleBone Black, I have no other projects to do.

I Hate Being Disabled!

Over the past six (6) years, too many people believe I just say I'm "disabled" just to get free stuff. On some websites, people consider me a scam artist. I have seen all of the negative messages about me, and have been thinking of quitting my hobbies to make all of those haters happy. Most of the products that has been donated to me, are collecting dust.

  • Both of my feet are in extreme pain, mostly when I lay down to rest or sleep. I limp when I walk because I am in pain. Sometimes I fall down because my ankle gives up. I have trouble walking up and down stairs. I use prescription and non-prescription painkiller medicines, but have very little effect. I am unable to have a decent sleep because of the pain in my feet. My right foot is much more painful than my left foot.
  • Both of my hands have arthritis pain. Frequently, I mistype due to mis-firing of my fingers/digits.  Often, I use my digital graphics tablet, instead of mouse, to ease the pain. I frequently use a stylus with of my Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 for the same reason. My wishes for a Samsung Galaxy Note have faded away.

Now that my dad has died and the fact that many people don't believe I am disabled, I am now planning on quitting many or all of my hobbies, especailly my technical ones.

Why I Post in element14 Community

In mid-February 2014, when I learned of my dad just had two strokes, back-to-back, I started feeling sad. This was the peak of my blog posts into element14 Community.  In addition, I started feeling arthritis pain in my hands from working with electronic semiconductors, solderless breadboards, stuffing stripboards and soldering components. The depression of not being able to talk to my dad and the arthritis in my hands, convinced me to delete my original posts and exist from element14 Community.

Why did I delete & exit?

My dad is the one responsible for getting me into computers and electronics in 1983. When my dad became a speechless stroke patient, I felt more depressed seeing my blog posts, including my successful ones. I opted to "lay low" as I endure depression.

Potential Visit to Seattle?

As of this writing, I am still undecisive about visiting Seattle to see my dad's body before he is cremated. Though I have very little connections in the USA, there is not much to convince myself to travel despite I am unfit to travel alone. I don't know any Linux geeks in Seattle. I don't know any electronics hobbyists in Seattle.

Thanks for Reading!

Nowadays, I am not posting as much as I used to. Thanks for Reading and Have a Nice Day!

 

Marcos "Kuya Marc" Miranda