For Christmas I received a Eufy 11s robotic vacuum. I was very excited and surprised as I have been researching them for a while thinking we should get one for our house to help with keeping it clean.

The first day consisted of learning all the various obstacles and objects that are normally in our downstairs space that confused or tangled the robot. Loose rugs, stray socks, and Duplo blocks were among the first obstacles we discovered we would need to tidy up before allowing the robot to do it’s work. The more curious one was our living room chair. For some reason the robot was obsessed with trying to clean underneath it but since the chair can spin and rock the robot would get stuck going over the round tubular base and then when the chair would move or rock due to the robot hitting it the robot would panic and throw up it’s hands, waiting for a human to rescue it. It’s become something of a bet between my wife and I about whether we will awaken in the morning to a robot that made it back home to its charger or not.

Also, the fresh lines in the carpet have been more satisfying than either of us had expected. Seriously, they are great.

Gnarbox 2.0

I recently picked up a Gnarbox 2.0 SSD 512GB for use with my DJI Mavic Pro Platinum and DJI Osmo Action. One of the big motivators for getting one is that I use my 2018 iPad Pro as my primary editing platform along with the Lumafusion app. The Gnarbox has a special integration with Lumafusion that allows you to select portions of a video clip and only that portion of the clip is transferred to the iPad, potentially saving a lot of iPad storage space. The 2.0 version of the Gnarbox is also USB-C based and has a special mode that makes it appear to be a USB-C Ethernet adapter allowing for much faster video playback and transfer compared to connecting over Wifi.

I’m still experimenting with workflows to see what fits my style best. So far the MicroSD card to Gnarbox import is going well. I have preset setup for both the drone and Osmo Action as I find it easier to find footage based on what device captured it.

One of the things that isn’t currently documented very well is what USB-C hubs have supported Ethernet adapters and can pass through power. I bought a few on Amazon to test.

Working (ethernet and Power):

Aukey Link PD Pro USB-C Hub

Anker USB-C Ethernet Adapter

Uni USB-C Ethernet Adapter

Partially working:

Not Working:

Feature Wishlist:

Full Gnarbox backup to 2nd storage device: a way to setup a preset to backup the Gnarbox 2.0 to a USB hard drive while preserving the on device file structure. I like flattening the folders when importing files from SD cards to the Gnarbox but when backing up the Gnarbox to a USB hard drive I want to keep the file structure as it has project folders and such.

Full Gnarbox backup to home NAS: The same backup system would be nice to setup for home mode so when I get back from a trip I can switch it to home mode, connect to my home wifi, connect to my NAS, and backup the Gnarbox file structure to a folder on my NAS all from the Gnarbox directly.

Allow creation of video preview files from a preset: allow for creating video preview files after the copy and verify to prepare for editing in Lumafusion. Even a separate preset to prepare the video previews I could do later when done filming for the day would be helpful.

Startup in other modes: The Gnarbox has a number of modes (field, home, USB-C Ethernet, Mass Storage) that allow for various specialized function. Currently, it will always boot up into field mode and then require you to reboot it into another mode, which is inconvenient at best. Having a way to boot up directly into the mode you want to use without have to do 2 boot ups would be a real time saver.

Acronyms in Online Communities

It’s interesting to me to become familiar with a new online community, whether that is flashlights, intermittent fasting, or networking to name a few. As you start to read through these communities you learn that they all have developed their own acronyms, lingo, to make common information easier and faster to parse.

As an example, in the Intermittent Fasting world you might see something like this:

SW: 277 CW: 275 GW: 230

At first glance these look like a random series of letters and numbers but eventually, mainly through reading comment threads, but sometimes through the sidebar or pinned forum post, you can learn how to decode this information and suddenly you are able to understand a lot more information and context about a post than you could before.

Now you see:

SW (starting weight): 277, CW (current weight): 275, GW (goal weight):230

And know that this person is early in their journey but are already starting to see progress in the direction they want to achieve.

I think it’s fascinating that every community of people, regardless of topic, adapts/modifies/creates their own shorthand to more efficiently communicate critical information. Beyond just the new subject matter itself, I find this aspect to be nearly as enjoyable to learn and add to my view of the world.