About the Author
First, lemme list some things about me:
- Somehow careful enough not to drop PDAs & laptops 90% of the time, yet occasionally clumsy enough to drop stuff.
- A pessimistic man in his 20s
The word "man" above may refer to either human or male. Definitely the former tho.
- Totally not lazy, just not easily inspired
- Might have too many hobbies to the point they clash with everything
- Tries to embrace pragmatism in life as much as possible (while trying to avoid as much bad stuff as possible)
- La Weeblist
Then, here's the list of shit I like:
- Gundam, & by extension, GunPla. Mainly SEED, but also 00 - I like their Gundam designs. Universal Century's cool too, up to Unicorn's era. Don't get me started on Build Fighters series, that shit's story is too cheesy (but at least there's some cool design).
- Android, which is also easy content for this site. Or perhaps the primary reason this site's made I suppose...
- Games, mainly offline ones (I particularly like action, adventure, racing, & RPG). The only online game I could stand is Fate/Grand Order, mostly due to the obscenely rich character roster & storyline. Though at some point I felt that it was too much (the compromises I had to deal with in return for being able to play FGO), so I ended up quitting. Fortunately for me, I quit at the right time, as the moment I tried to test it, FGO has embraced Play Asset Delivery, a notorious oppressor to free Android gamers.
- The Fate series / multiverse. No matter where you start, you're getting spoilers of something at some point, so start wherever you like (or start with the Fate/Stay Night visual novel & spend hundreds of hours reading a visual novel).
- Simple & easy to use software. I prefer open source, but closed source is fine as long as it doesn't phone home.
And, on the flip side, here's the list of things I abhor:
- Tobacco products like cigars, cigarettes, etc.. They smell like toxic shit & causes a shit-ton of issues (such as health, financials, ethics, etc.).
- Privacy-hostile software, regardless whether they're proprietary / not. Admittedly, a good chunk of these privacy-hostile stuff are proprietary, but then again...
- Onions - not the T.O.R. onion, but the edible onion.
- Shit music played in public areas.
- Streaming media, such as Netflix & Spotify.
- DRM (digital rights/restriction management). I also mentioned Netflix & Spotify above, so let me link Stallman's article regarding Netflix & Spotify.
- Social media, particularly dis-social media like Fashebook, Twatter, Instaounce. This unfortunately means I probably won't be tooting on Mastodon, at least for now.
- Game cheats - sure, it's probably fun to play with cheats. However, there's no glory in winning games with them. That's something I discovered long ago, back when I was playing Mario Kart on a DS with cheats. Initially, I enjoyed the win, but I felt unsatisfied at the same time, as if I'm unfairly steamrolling through what should and/or could have been a challenge.
The dates on the site uses the DD-MM-YYYY format.
Here's where to find me :
- Codeberg Git : https://codeberg.org/BlinJail
- Neocities Profile : https://neocities.org/site/gearjail (not active, don't expect to reach me from there)
- Email currently down, awaiting future update.
- XMPP still unavailable
- Unless I explicitly state it, any "GearJail" accounts on any other platforms (for example, dis-social medias mentioned above) are fakes - I don't & won't have accounts there.
Here are the list of the devices I'm using, along with their current functions & what they're currently running. It mostly mirrors my PDA list, but with the previously mentioned additions, in addition to their live/dead status.
Currently active PDAs :
- Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro - Official crDroid 8.5 5/6/2022; 4.14.281 stock kernel
The current pocket box to replace the rather unsatisfying X3N (in terms of performance).
- Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC - Official VoltageOS 1.6 12/6/2022; 4.14.282 stock kernel
Once used for Vanilla environment app testing, will be relegated to my personals as soon as possible.
- Xiaomi Poco F1 - Official LineageOS 19 30/4/2022; 4.9.309 stock kernel
Returned to ROM testing (and app testing in microG environment when I have time & stuck myself to Lineage-microG) after finally getting TWRP reflashed with the X220. I may use it as the primary Vanilla environment app tester (replacing the Pixel 3) if I choose to drop microG testing.
- Google Pixel 3 - official CalyxOS 3.4.0 (locked bootloader); 4.9.292 stock kernel
My first attempt on GrapheneOS & CalyxOS, the 2 ROMs known to support bootloader relocking. I ended up using this as the primary Vanilla environment app tester.
- LG V30 (US998) - Unofficial HavocOS 31/12/2021; 4.4.218 ProtogenXTooFurry4Me
Currently serves as a backup music player.
Currently active laptops :
- ASUS ROG Strix G531GD
Currently used for PC gaming.
Windows 10 "Pro" 2004, tuned up to disable forced updates; with stock BIOS/UEFI
- Lenovo Thinkpad T470
Currently used for working on the site, as my daily driver PC.
Artix Linux with stock BIOS/UEFI
- Lenovo Thinkpad X270
Not sure what I'll be using it for, especially if the X220 gets fixed.
Artix Linux with stock BIOS/UEFI
Other peripherals (a.k.a. the rest of my so-called "ecosystem") :
- Anker Powerline+ USB-C to USB-A 3.0 (0.9m)
A decent USB-C to USB-A cable for everyday purposes (charging, USB debugging, data transfer).
- BlackShark FunCooler BR11
Mostly used to cool down PDAs when charging and/or gaming, hooked up to some from-the-box USB cable.
- j5create JUCX01 USB-C to USB-C
Pretty much the best (according to personal anecdote about it lasting for upwards of 3 years) USB-C to USB-C cable I've ever used (mostly thanks to a positive review from some USB C reviewer in Google+ / the botnet named after a rainforest), dating back to 2018 (and still charging my USB-C devices).
- RAVPower 60W 5-port USB wall charger with USB-C
Decent charger for PDAs, but not so much for laptops; which tend to require 65W & higher (the USB-C port on the RAVPower can only supply up to 45W). I plan on upgrading to something with 100W USB-C if I can afford it (to accomodate whatever USB-PD compatible laptop I may obtain in the future).
- Razer DeathAdder Essential
Razer's entry-grade mouse. Works finely on Linux & Windows (didn't bother trying it on Android), although it'll prompt to install Razer Synapse (only once, AFAICR) on the latter if it's plugged in while the PC is online.
- Sandisk microSD cards
- 64GB Sandisk Ultra (without A1) to store stuff for testing; formatted in exFAT to test out AetherSX2 before it lands on my X3P.
- 256GB Sandisk Extreme for my daily driving (mostly storing music, some PSP & PS2 games, and setup files) on the X3P; formatted in exFAT to accomodate larger PS2 games
- Sandisk Dual Drive OTG (64GB)
- UGREEN USB-A / USB-C 2-in-1 microSD/SD card reader
- Sennheiser Momentum Wired In-ear G
Pretty much my primary in-ear of choice... until I tried out Moondrop Chu. Decent sound & buttons (although the buttons may not work on Android if you got the i variant); and a rather pleasant red/black accent (if you didn't get the chrome version; the chrome version seem more stealthy).
- Moondrop Chu
For something that costs as much as a quarter of my Sennheiser Momentum (or somewhere around the Hammerhead V2's price at the place I got them), I somehow liked it better. Build quality is only slightly worse than the Momentum (owing to a fiddly earhook & lack of strain relief at the y-splitter; not to mention a lack of interchangeable cables that Chi-Fi fans consider unacceptable), but the audio, fit, and noise isolation seals the deal for me, making the Chu my newest daily driver... at least for now. Let's just hope it lasts longer than just 2 years.
The graveyard (dead / given up stuff) :
- OnePlus 3T
It was the "phone" PDA for the soydev stuff I can't be bothered to link to my personal stuff, until it fell to its demise.
- Asus Zenfone 6 2019 (ZS630KL / I01WD)
The OG pocketbox, until it was given up as spare parts due to its unreliability.
- Google Pixel XL
Once used as the clearnet communications device (proprietary soydev stuff that I don't link to my personals), until its death by inability to find replacement display.
- Sony Xperia XZ1 (AU SOV36; sealed bootloader)
In theory, the XZ1 has a good potential of reaching at least #3, or even #1. However, due to the sealed bootloader, I cannot give the XZ1 any kind of modifications. In conclusion, it's useless for me, so I gave it up as spare parts.
- Xiaomi Mi A2
Yes, turns out I have an unfortunate habit of destroying "phone" PDAs. Turns out SD660 isn't as performant as I liked (especially when used as a "phone" PDA).
- Xiaomi Mi A1
The 2nd device I've modded, now dead. Rest in bits, you won't be missed.
- Lenovo Thinkpad X220
Currently downed thanks to an epic fail on applying me_cleaner, awaiting repairs.
- Razer Hammerhead Pro V2
It's not a bad in-ear headphone, if you can ignore the gaudy green cable, subpar buttons, & questionable noise isolation. 2/7/2022 Update : It died. Not going to be missed.
Current & tentative device wishlist :
Open source vs Proprietary
Most of the time, I prefer open source, especially if I'm already used to using it. However, I also use proprietary software when the open source equivalents aren't good enough to convince me to switch from my proprietary software of choice.
As an example for Android, I've tried AIMP, Vanilla Music, Simple Music Player, Symphony, & Phonograph, & I stuck with AIMP since I feel that the others weren't good enough IMO. As a rule, I block its internet access, since it's a closed-source app that runs well without internet.
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