offset \ˈȯf-ˌset\ noun

a force or influence that makes an opposing force ineffective or less effective

The News of Our Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

But our PC died and some drafts with it, so I didn't publish anything last month.

It was a painful experience trying to get the new components and checking out the extent of damage. Suffice to say, I managed to cannibalize the old PC and augment what I could with a solid hit on our wallet. The delivery was a nightmare and it took weeks to sort it out. Some issues are still ongoing.

The new rig was assembled just a few hours before our flight to Croatia. I couldn't do anything but wait until we came back.

We spent approximately a month in Croatia, working, visiting friends and spending time with family, but it was enough to start missing Ireland quite a lot. After all, our lives and routine are centered around that small piece of the planet.

Going forward, I need to set up better accessibility to the server, a better backup and a contingency plan... For watering the plants. Luckily there was no damage as the biological processes in plants slowed down so they didn't require water as much. We were also worried about the freezing weather breaking the water containers on the balcony left over from 3D printing, but it was all fine.

We came to an empty apartment. Everything was seemingly in order. We hit the store to get some food. We didn't even manage to unpack. That will happen today. I turned on the heating remotely before arrival but one of the radiators needed to be bled so it took longer than expected for room temperature to climb. It's finally OK at the time of this writing.

I'll publish something tomorrow as well just to keep my publishing frequency at least 12 times a year. For what is worth, we're alive, well and back.