Bread, Small Computers, and Time


My youngest requested that I make baguettes for their birthday. They turned out better than I expected. I meant to write down what I did. I still haven't but this is at least one place it can live until I do write it down

Baguette Notes

  • preferment

    • 100 g starter (all of it at the time)
    • 150 flour
    • 150 water
    • mixed together
    • removed 100g of dough to be starter
    • let hang out at room temp all day
  • before bed

    • preferment
    • 400 g flour (I think, targeting 1000g dough)
    • 260 g water (about)
    • 20 g salt
    • mixed together
    • put in fridge
  • next day

    • pulled dough out about noon
    • shaped into 250g balls at about 3:30pm
    • planned to form into baguettes at 4pm
    • actually did it at about 4:30pm
    • turned on oven with stone inside to 500F
    • put baguettes in about 5:30pm
    • pulled out about 5:50pm

Single Board Computers

A friend of the blog asked me about my work from home computer.

It's an odroid h2.

I also got the type 2 case. and a fan.

Strictly speaking you probably don't need either of them, but for about $12 it's a shiny case and a fan you can't hear.

I opted for the Samsung 970 EVO SSD 500GB M.2 NVMe drive. That was the one that could get to me the fastest during the start of the pandemic stay at home order mid March.

I also got a G.Skill 8GB 2400MHz DDR4 SO-DIMM. I already had 1 of these. The forums say that you get better performance with paired sticks.

I installed Linux Mint 19.3 on it, XFCE version, and have used it since I put it all together.

It doesn't seem laggy or anything.

The only weirdness is that it drops the webcam, Logitech C920, a lot more than I would like. It doesn't seem to like its microphone either so I have an external one. Something cheap one.

So, for about $300 you can have a very compact, quiet little computer.

I don't know if the Intel Celeron Celeron J4105 can run win10, but I bet it could. It's only about 2 years old. Which is about 2-3 years older than most of the CPUs in my house.

I did a quick test during lunch to see about running Zoom in a Win10 sandbox. My youngest was using the web cam so I couldn't test that. The audio worked fine however.

The problem was when I did start the virtual happy hour with some friends I go to gaming conventions with, the web cam wasn't recognized.

Which is totally reasonable that the web cam not get recognized inside the sandbox. I still would like to figure out how to use it. A task for another time.

The big thing today is a family tie dye party. We had planned for her birthday, pre-pandemic, to have friends over and dye a bunch of stuff. This is our alternative for that.

Speaking of, I need to get back to that.