Mailing List Obscurity: Postgresql

One of the methods of communication over the internet that software developers favour are mailing lists. I don’t know much about the history of mailing lists but they pre-date forums, Q&A sites like Quora or StackOverflow, blogs, comment threads, and most of the many other ways that people talk to each other via the World Wide Web.

They also annoy the hell out of me. I was reminded of this yesterday when investigating an issue with Postgresql.

Serving Python: WSGI

When developing a website in Python, you must make a number of decisions. What framework to use is one: will it be the extremely lightweight approach of Werkzeug or Bottle to the big heavyweights such as Django or Turbogears? Will it process requests using the simple synchronous threads or take advantage of asynchronous approaches like Tornado or aiohttp? These are all important decisions that will effect how you write the code and limit you in some crucial ways. But what about the WSGI layer?

Finding a good Windows terminal

With my recent purchase of a lovely new Thinkpad T480s from Lenovo, I’ve been experimenting with using Windows as my main driver after a hiatus of several years. It’s quite different from both MacOS and Linux (obviously!) but with the advent of Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) a lot of my previous pain points are gone. Except for one: a decent terminal emulator. This is what I did.

Juju Black Magic

As part of my general readings, I came across an interesting tool called Juju. It’s developed by Canonical and my best attempt at describing is that it is a macro-infrastructure provisioning tool. But my initial experience was poor because their tutorial simply didn’t work out of the box.

Linux Is Not Primetime Ready

Browsing the HackerNews thread on a recent article criticising Apple keyboards, I was amused by a common discussion that always crops up on a subject like this: is Linux a viable alternative to Mac OS? To which the answer is always the same: no. But why is that?

Simple Linux keyboard switching: Carillon

As part of my work on my custom Linux distribution, I needed an application that: had a graphical user interface, listed a set of keyboard layouts, applied them when changed, used low-level X components only. A very simple set of requirements. And yet, I couldn’t find anything. Most of them are tied to a specific desktop environment, like GNOME or KDE. Or they use their own complex components, like iBus.

My own Linux distro: DistroD

Linux is the best alternative if you’re not running one of Windows or Mac OS, the two big juggernauts of the desktop OS world. There are a huge number of distributions that cover a range of use cases. But none really hit the sweet spot for me, so I built my own.

Clojure Is Lovely

In my current job, I’ve been using Clojure as one of the main languages. Every time I go back to it, it makes my heart soar. Ok, I might be overexaggerating a little. But it is great.