Articles in the Computer category

Comic Site Migration to SQLite

Postgres was the database for my comic site but I chose to migrate to sqlite because it would:

  • be easier to back up
  • use less resources on my server
  • be one less service to manage

I also don't get a lot of traffic so it wouldn't have an impact.

The …

How To Code Review

Code reviews improve the health of a system while spreading ownership of code and knowledge. A good review process is fast and we can handle low hanging fruits by automating trivial checks (e.g. running unit tests, style choices) and choosing style guidelines. We can have high level discussions on …

My Firefox Configuration

I like firefox, and I've tweaked it to be ideal for me. The extensions I have are:

  • Dark reader: I prefer dark themes, so this applies one to websites. This works great except for my bank's website, which I've excluded in the plugin.

  • Tridactyl: provides vim keybindings. It's intuitive and …

Moving home directory to another partition

I'd need to set up ubuntu, but I didn't want to lose my home directory. Everything was in one partition, so I'd lose my home folder with a re-install. I didn't want this, so I moved it into another partition.

The new partition would be the size of my home …

Kubernetes Basics

"We've got this project on kubernetes that you'll be helping maintain"

This started my journey with kubernetes. I found a great tutorial from freecodecamp and this blog is an attempt to set up some personal projects using it. It's best to read the original though as it's more in-depth.

I …

Sending Mail from Cron in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

I created a cronjob to back up my server content and wanted to test out emailing of errors when they occurred. To set this up, I installed msmtp and msmtp-mta to help send emails using an smtp server and bsd-mailx to test sending emails from terminal. The cronjob entry was …

TaskLite Setup

I used vimwiki for task management, with a couple of custom snippets and scripts, but this quickly became complicated. I needed another tool that would be easy to use, easy to understand and easy to tweak. TaskLite fit these conditions perfectly:

  • It's build on haskell and sqlite, a language and …

Thinkpad T440 ArchLinux Setup

I recently got a Thinkpad T440 and decided to document the steps I took to set up archlinux. The last time I'd done this was on the Asus Zenbook UX330UA some years back. I thought the process would be different, but it was largely similar.

I first got the iso …

Custom snippets in vim

Set up

I use ultisnips for my snippets. To set this up, I have this in vimrc:

call plug#begin('~/.vim/plugged')

Plug 'SirVer/ultisnips' | Plug 'honza/vim-snippets' " Snippet support
call plug#end()


let g:UltiSnipsExpandTrigger="<c-e>" " Default is <tab>
let g:UltiSnipsEditSplit="vertical"
let g:UltiSnipsSnippetDirectories=["UltiSnips", "mysnippets"]

This …

First Haskell Parser (for Kindle Highlights)

Kindle saves highlights, bookmarks and notes in a My Clippings.txt file. I needed a way to parse it and filter out the content I wanted. I also wanted to work on a parser in haskell, so this was a great opportunity to get my hands dirty.

I used stack …

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