What is Steve working on?

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Sep 17, 2020
London UK
It looks like Steve is having a break for the last week on GitLab :-]
We used to be able to click the ?, then Help, then on "CLICK HERE to see what Steve's currently working on." There is nothing in there now!
Hope he is not sorting that pesky SQRL out!
Steve has been - and is - wrestling with some recalcitrant hardware issues that are documented in GitLab. There has not been much to report as he has not been making all that much progress. He has learned much along the way, however, but some issues are stubbornly refusing to be beat down.

One notable change he is looking at is to revert from using hardware interrupts to going back to using hardware polling. It remains to be seen how all this will turn out.
Dan, this was a bit of a tongue in cheek post. Hence the smiley tag. I do know what he has been up to. I was just having a bit of fun. But my point is true, it no longer states what he is working on.
Just my British sense of humour, may not translate too well!
Thanks for the update though.

I figured as much. :)

But, for the benefit of other interested folks, I posted the response above...