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How to prevent your Mac from sleeping in a Makefile

On: 2022-08-12 - Reading Time: 2 Minutes

Often I find myself using third-party software like Caffeine or Amphetamine to keep my Mac awake while running some specific commands. Sometimes it is because I am running backups. Sometimes it is because I am compiling something. I found out that macOS comes pre-installed with caffeinete command… this post is about how to integrate it in your Makefile so that running any command there will prevent your Mac from sleeping!

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My Hugo blog now is fast and light

On: 2022-01-31 - Reading Time: 7 Minutes

This blog post is about what I have changed in my blog and website to make it faster. Recently, I have traveled with a bad airplane company that delayed my luggage. In the hope of getting my belongings back with me, I tried to use their website and support pages, and I was frustrated every time. The primary source of frustration was the website speed. So I decided to spend most of the time without my luggage (around five days), trying to use best practices to improve my website and blog, making my Hugo blog faster and way lighter than before.

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A Twitch bot to create memes and show them live

On: 2021-12-18 - Reading Time: 5 Minutes

During the dark side of quarantine, I had to keep my hands busy, and instead of writing on this blog (sorry!) I started streaming on Twitch instead. To add some interactivity with my viewers, I made my own bot to let my viewers create and display custom Images and GIFs with text… Basically, a Meme Generator! This is the story of designing it, building it in Go, and running it Heroku 🀩

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Backpack: helm charts but for Hashicorp Nomad

On: 2020-11-12 - Reading Time: 4 Minutes

I recently decided to replace my k8s home cluster with a Hashicorp Nomad cluster on my 3 Raspberry Pis. When I was using it, I found myself writing a significant amount of HCL files, and I have been missing Helm’s simplicity.

As an SRE, I have been working with Kubernetes for a while now. During this time, I had to install, configure, and distribute some apps using Helm. For me, it is a de-facto standard when it comes to deploy and maintain apps that otherwise would require a way bigger list of YAML files. Can we do the same for Nomad Jobs’s definitions?

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Go tests, multistage docker builds, pipeline

On: 2018-01-06 - Reading Time: 4 Minutes

During the last year I have learned how important it is to build, test and deploy using always the same docker container as well as reducing its size. As I have not found anything online, I want to remember and share it: I am testing my go packages with a multistage docker build inside my pipeline on GitLab. The odd way of testing go docker containers Especially when implementing CI best practices, I have seen projects running tests in different ways:

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A month with Google ChromeOS

On: 2016-08-30 - Reading Time: 2 Minutes

A month ago I have ordered, as a backup device, a Chromebook. I was watching videos on youtube and I have selected the ASUS Chromebook Flip without thinking much. It is powerful, cute, convertible, the screen is not that bad and the keyboard is meh… you can get used to its size. The main problem was not the hardware: after a month with Google ChromeOS, as a developer, I am really disappointed.

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Please do not EVER stop learning how to code!

On: 2016-05-14 - Reading Time: 2 Minutes

I remember when I was 10 and my mother was worried about me staying too much in front of the computer, writing lines of weird text on a black and white screen; I used to be one of these boys that were not supported by friends and family, because it was hard to understand computers… πŸ€” but now things have changed, and writing code is cool. I consider myself a 75% self-taught developer, meaning that I have been learning how to write code by myself, a little in school and by working.

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React is not over engineered

On: 2016-04-17 - Reading Time: 2 Minutes

JavaScript development is crazy, and evolving fast… and the more you learn about it the more you realize how crazy it has become πŸ˜…. I think it is exciting, indeed, but Sean, in his clear post explained perfectly why a simple project is over-engineered and I have to disagree with him: some JavaScript’s frameworks, like React, are not the cause of unnecessarily complicated projects… and React is not over engineered!

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The reason I use the international keyboard

On: 2015-04-18 - Reading Time: 2 Minutes

If you think that a keyboard layout can boost your productivity, you should consider the time you will spend to learn a new one, the hassle and the frustration when typing something wrong… but if you love programming, you may consider to buy/switch to the international keyboard. Back in February, I had to switch to a new MacBookPro. My old 2011 13 inch MacBookPro, started being impossible to use… and after 4 years I had to remove all the stickers from its back and turn it off forever.

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