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Quick tip: if your home server happens to be a humble PC tower, rather than a rackmount blade, you can insert a layer of styrofoam or bubble wrap underneath it, to reduce the noise transferred from the fans & hard drives into the floor or the desk.
Short update on the challenge: all the smart home stuff is so annoying.
Days 1&2 of The Old Computer Challenge v2! I found that being almost constantly online during the working hours actually takes a lot away from the challenge - I’ve had to make a few adjustments.
Day 0 of The Old Computer Challenge v2 went well. Even though it’s a Sunday, I’ve had to work a bit - which also meant I had to go online. Such is the life of a startup co-founder, I guess. I didn’t mind though, as it created an opportunity to listen to a live stream of up&coming Opera singers, and as a lover of ALL good music (thank you, Mańka), I couldn’t imagine a better reason.
I’ve decided to participate in the The Old Computer Challenge v2. In this challenge, we pretend we’re on a 1990s-style modem (metered) connection, so we’re only allowed to be online for one hour a day (except for work).
My partner Alida has decided to join as well.
I’ve published a gist with my StarCraft II hotkeys. The readme discusses the design and philosophy - mostly focusing on ergonomics, improving at the game, and maintaining good habits.
I’ve published my dotfiles on Github. The readme discusses some very simple and effective strategies for maintaining dotfiles, without the overhead of any third-party tools.
It’s been quite a while since I’ve had to write a detailed post-mortem, and luckily this time the impact is very minimal - I’ve accidentally nuked the contents of the hard drive of my laptop, which I rarely use for any “serious” work. It’s made me reconsider disaster recovery plans, because mine didn’t quite stand the test.
Merging is one of git’s most powerful abilities, but with great power, comes great responsibility. I use merging very sparingly, as I strongly prefer having linear history in my repositories.
Here’s how (and why).
I’m recently becoming a fan of the text editor
mg(1). It is exactly what the man
page advertises it to be: a small, fast, and portable Emacs clone.
I’m a big fan of UUIDs. They make life better, wherever I need to organise things - correlating objects between vastly different data sources, storage formats, structures, non-structures, databases, caches, etc. I already use them as PKs in Postgres, filenames in S3, and many more; today I wanted to spread their usage to accounting.
In April 2019, a friend gave me an iPhone. I gave it a try, and it made me question my life.
The old website is gone. Welcome the new stuff.
It’s been years since I last updated the page describing my stack, so here’s the new stuff.
For whenever I forget random silly things like “how to exit
vi” (I’m an Emacs
Updated 2019-12-22: With dark mode CSS, it’s now possible to match your website’s color scheme with the user’s preferences. Finally!
I’ve pieced my rig together quite carefully, creating a rather unique stack. At the fundamental level it’s not so different from a hundred thousand other hackers' stacks, and thus to comply with the #1 rule of custom stacks, it demands a dedicated post explaining how cool and unique it is.