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2022

Zed Editor

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Yesterday the demise of Atom was a very hot topic for many programmers.1 One thing I noticed in the comments here and there was that the original team behind...

Back in Action

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May you live in interesting times. – an old Chinese curse

Commercial Emacs

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Talking never moves anything in Emacs, never did, never will. 2021 Maintainer of GNU Emacs, who then proceeded to keep talking.

Who Needs Modern Emacs?

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The tools we use have a profound (and devious) influence on our thinking habits, and, therefore, on our thinking abilities. — Edsger W. Dijkstra

Email Mania

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I love email! Shocker, right? Especially in this day and age, that are dominated by social media and instant messengers. I’ve got my reasons for this and I’v...

Thinking & Writing

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If you’re thinking without writing, you only think you’re thinking. – Leslie Lamport

The War in Ukraine

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That’s one article I’ve really struggled to write. For the past 2 weeks I’ve been totally consumed by the horrible war in Ukraine. For many years I believed ...

The Case Against Crypto Permalink

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Bitcoin reminds me of what Oscar Wilde said about fox hunting. He said it was the pursuit of the uneatable by the unspeakable. – Charlie Munger

Titanium Edition

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Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about music and the role it played in my life over the years. I think I’ve been pretty passionate about music ever since I di...

Reader’s Block

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Today I finished reading a book for the first time in a couple of months. As a matter of fact - I barely did any reading in the past couple of months. That r...

Cheating at Wordle Like a Hacker

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These day almost everyone on Twitter seems to be playing the word game Wordle, including me. You’ve probably seen many people around you sharing images like ...

Farewell, G Suite legacy free edition

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Today I saw the news that Google are pulling on the plug on the G Suite legacy free edition (a.k.a. Google Apps for custom domains). If you don’t recall the ...

Bad Ruby: Hash Value Omission

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Ruby 3.1 was recently released and it features one major syntax addition - you can now omit values in hash literals and keyword arguments in certain cases.1 ...

My Writing Process

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While working on my year in review article for 2021 I once again realized that my writing process is very similar to my programming process.1 Simply put - it...

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2021

New Laptop: Lenovo Yoga Slim 7

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A couple of weeks ago I got myself a new laptop to replace my old MacBook 12-inch from 2017. As my followers might remember I was planning to buy either an ...

Perl Turns 34 Permalink

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On Dec 18th, 2021, Perl turned 34!1 Here’s how it all started: Depending on what you consider the birthday, that is. The first Perl commit wa...

Changes to GitHub Pages

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Today I’ve noticed that updates to my site resulted in GitHub Pages deployment errors, even though everything was working fine locally with jekyll --serve an...

Building Emacs from Source with pgtk

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Yesterday the pure GTK (a.k.a. pgtk) feature branch was finally merged in Emacs’s master. In a recent article I mentioned I was super excited about it, becau...

Magit for VS Code

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Today I’ve learned about edamagit, a super faithful port of Magit for VS Code. It looks pretty similar to Magit and even has the same keybindings as Magit (e...

Experimenting with Link Posts Permalink

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17 years ago the famous blogger John Gruber, of Daring Fireball fame, introduced the concept of a “link log”/”linkblog”:1 I’ve always thought...

No Hello Permalink

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I’ve always hated filler chat/email messages like “Hello! How are you doing?”, so I’m very glad we have sites like nohello.net where we can point people who ...

Advent of Code 2021

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I love programming puzzles, even if I’ve never been particularly good at solving them. For me they were always a good way to gain some practice with a new pr...

Firefox is the Only Alternative

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Supposedly today we have a lot of browsers to choose from - Google Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Brave, Opera, Vivaldi, etc. Having choices is a g...

Small Improvements to the Blog

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After switching (think) to Minimal Mistakes I’ve been doing some small improvements to the site’s structure and content. I thought it might be a good idea to...

Why Emacs: Redux

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redux adjective brought back; resurgent: the Victorian era redux.

.net Forever

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Let’s talk a bit about .net. No, not Microsoft’s .NET, but the other .net - one of the original top-level internet domains. Given how popular .com has become...

Display Git Configuration

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From time to time I tend to forget what’s my effective Git configuration, so I have to check it somehow. Most of the time I’d simply do the following:1 ...

Atom Feeds in Jekyll: Redux

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It’s been over a decade since I’ve started using Jekyll and I’m still struggling with setting up Atom feeds there. Perhaps this happens mostly, because I rar...

A Note About Recruiters

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Yesterday I got yet another completely absurd cold email from an incompetent technical recruiter:

Blog Comments are Dead

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Here’s one random observation - (almost) nobody comments directly on blog posts these days. It seems that all the conversations happen somewhere else - Reddi...

The MacBook: Redux

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I wonder how many people remember the 12-inch MacBook that Apple introduced to much fanfare in 2015. It was supposed to be the future of computing, a super t...

Switching to Minimal Mistakes

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Today I’ve switched the blog’s theme from Hydeout to Minimal Mistakes. I did so for several reasons:

Getting in Touch

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From time to time people ask me what’s the best way to get in touch with me, as there are way too many options.

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2020

Inspecting the Contents of a Ruby Gem

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From time to time you’ll need to inspect the contents of a locally installed Ruby gem. For instance - I needed to check the contents of my Jekyll theme (mini...

Farewell Disqus

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Just wanted to let you know that for various reasons I’ve migrated the comments of (think) from Disqus to Hyvor Talk. I’ve described the process in a dedicat...

Basic Git Setup

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Every time I change my computer or my operating system1, one of the first things I have to do is to configure Git. This article simply covers the basic Git s...

Rename Multiple Files in Linux

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From time to time we need to rename a bunch of files according to some pattern. One simple example that comes to mind is that recently I noticed that some a...

HEY

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That’s going to be one really short post. I just wanted to share with you that I’ve been using HEY (a new e-mail service from Basecamp) for the past few mon...

Meta Redux

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This site was my first attempt to write. I failed miserably and I produced some pretty crappy content, but I also learned a lot in the process.

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2018

Going Rogue

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For many years I’ve enjoyed listening to programming podcasts - it’s the perfect way to make a commute a bit more fun and educational.1 RubyRogues was always...

If I Could Turn Back (Git) Time

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If only there was an easy way to find the first commit in a Git repository… A bit of Googling unveils some pretty hard to remember incantations like:

Migrating from Octopress to Jekyll

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After dreading the migration of this site from Octopress 2 to Jekyll for years, I finally found the will to do it today. The process was actually very straig...

Back in Black

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Back in black, I hit the sack I’ve been too long, I’m glad to be back Yes, I’m let loose From the noose That’s kept me hanging about I’ve been lookin...

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2015

CIDER 0.9

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CIDER 0.9 (a.k.a. “EuroCIDER”) is finally out and it’s our best release yet! (shocker, right?) It took a lot more time than I originally anticipated, but at ...

Octopress 3.0

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Can’t wait for Octopress 3.0 to be released! Octopress 2 is killing me and I was seriously considering going back to a plain Jekyll blog, before I saw 3.0 is...

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2014

A CIDER Unsession at Clojure/conj

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I’ll be talking about the evolution of CIDER at the conj, but I won’t be able to show much (in terms of features) during my talk. Luckily, however, beside th...

The Road to CIDER 0.8

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I’m planning to release the long overdue CIDER 0.8 at clojure/conj 2014. I’ll be giving a talk there that will be mostly about CIDER, so this seems like a pr...

RuboCop Logo

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Meet RuboCop’s brand new official logo!

SICP Distilled

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SICP Distilled is one of the most interesting Kickstarter projects I’ve seen in a while.

CIDER 0.7

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CIDER 0.7 is finally out and it’s an epic release! It’s without a doubt the most important release since the inception of the project about two years ago and...

A list of deprecated stuff in Ruby

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As APIs evolve it’s inevitable that portions of them will be deprecated. Generally it’s fairly easy to find out what’s deprecated, but for several reasons th...

Looking Back on 2013

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2013 was a good year for me in many aspects. I’ll share here some of the programming-related achievements of mine over the year that made me somewhat proud o...

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2013

Using Ruby’s each_with_object

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Sometimes we’d like to build a new collection object from the elements of another collection. One trivial example would be element occurrence counting, whic...

Regexp anchors in Ruby

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Some Rubyists, when faced with the task of matching against the beginning or the end of a string, are prone to using ^ and $ in their regular expressions. Mo...

Using Ruby’s gsub with a hash

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Recently we discussed how you can use String#gsub with a block. Today we’ll examine another somewhat unknown feature of the gsub method - the ability to supp...

Lambdas/Procs in Case Expressions

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Most Rubyists know they can use literals, classes, ranges and regular expressions in the when branches of a case expression:

Using Ruby’s gsub with a block

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String#gsub is one of the most used Ruby methods in the wild. Just about every Ruby programmer knows about the method and uses it fairly regularly.

Announcing the Powerpack library

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Powerpack is a small Ruby library containing (at this point) a few extensions to some core Ruby classes. I guess that in a way one can say it’s something lik...

RuboCop 0.9 is now patrolling the streets!

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RuboCop 0.9 is finally out! This was one of our most ambitious releases - over a month of work, ~250 commits, lots of new cops and features and a lot less bu...

WikEmacs lives on under new stewardship

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Several months passed since I stated my intent to shutdown WikEmacs. While I still consider the project a failed experiment and stand by everything I wrote i...

RuboCop 0.6.0 released

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RuboCop 0.6.0 was just released! It’s RuboCop’s biggest and most ambitious release yet!1 Here are the highlights: Fun fact - the entire rele...

RuboCop

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After I launched the Ruby Style Guide I often received requests to create a tool enforcing the rules in the guide automatically.

Emacs Redux

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I’ve recently launched a new blog dedicated to Emacs - Emacs Redux.

Just juxt it!

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juxt is one remarkably useful core Clojure function, that doesn’t seem to be widely used (or understood for that matter), but is part of the arsenal of every...

drop-nth in Clojure

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For some reason the standard Clojure library doesn’t have a drop-nth function (although it has take-nth). Luckily implementing it is trivial:

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2012

Emacs Tip #8: Manipulating Word Case

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One operation that we have to do fairly often when editing text is manipulating the case of words. The most popular case manipulations are probably capitaliz...

Deleting Remote Git Branches

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This post is mostly a note to myself, since I constantly forget how to delete remote Git branches.

Setting up fallback locale(s) in Rails 3

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I18n(internationalization) and l10n(localization) are topics that are covered superbly by the Rails Guides. The one thing that’s left out is the setup of fal...

guru-mode

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Getting started with Emacs is hard. That’s a fact of life and you shouldn’t believe anyone telling you otherwise.

Emacs Support for the Slim Template Language

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I’m mostly a Ruby on Rails developer these days and as such I’m pretty fond of the Slim template language. I’ve always hated HTML + ERB, since that evil duo ...

Long Time, No See

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It’s been quite a while since my last blog post. There hasn’t been much action on the open-source projects I happen to maintain either. The reason for this i...

A True Emacs Knight

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Here’s one true Emacs Knight (courtesy of my friend Gergana Stancheva).

MELPA - homebrew (Emacs Edition)

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A few weeks ago I wrote an article about the state of package management in Emacs. In that article I pointed out that on the side of package.el too much was ...

WikEmacs - The Other Emacs Wiki

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I’d like to apologize to everyone insulted by my previous posts. Contrary to popular belief I acknowledge EmacsWiki’s contribution to the Emacs community. Ob...

Ruby Tip #2: Get a List of All Rake Tasks

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Many people are having trouble remembering all the rake tasks defined in a particular project’s Rakefile (especially if they hadn’t authored it). This is qui...

Emacs Tip #4: Repeat Last Command

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Some times you’d want to quickly repeat an Emacs command several times and most of the time it won’t have a convenient keybinding you can use to do this. Ent...

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2011

Solarized for Emacs

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I’ve created a new port of the Solarized color theme for Emacs 24. While there is another existing port of the theme I’ve decided to into a separate directio...

Emacs Tip #3: Whitespace Cleanup

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Good developers are very careful about the proper use of whitespace in their files - there should be no empty lines at the beginning of a file, no empty line...

Emacs Tip #2: Open File in External Program

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Sometimes it’s useful to be able to open the file you’re editing in Emacs in an external program. For instance - you might be editing some HTML file and you ...

Running Xerox Phaser 3117 under Fedora 15

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I’ve been a GNU/Linux user for quite some time now and a Fedora user for just as long. The first distribution that I ever used was Fedora 2 and even though I...

A new Zenburn theme for Emacs

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Zenburn is a popular colour theme for vim, developed by Jani Nurminen. It’s my personal belief (and probably that of many of its users I presume) that it’s o...

Parsing numbers from string in Common Lisp

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One task that often recurs in programming is the need to parse a string representation a number(or several numbers) and convert it to its numeric value. Pars...

Emacs Dev Kit

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During the past few months I’ve been working on a project to convert my vast Emacs configuration into something generally useful and self-contained that coul...

Add an Atom feed to a Jekyll blog

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As you know I’ve recently migrated my blog from WordPress to Jekyll. One of the things I had to do was add an Atom feed (RSS sucks). It was quite the easy ta...

Moving from WordPress to Jekyll

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This is my first post after a very long hiatus partially induced by a migration of my blog from WordPress to Jekyll, which I started half an year ago and nev...

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2010

My professional CV in LaTeX

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After a long period of planning I finally migrated my professional CV from Word to LaTeX last weekend. Since I live in the European Union I used the europecv...

Enabling 3D support for Nouveau in Fedora 13

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Most of you probably have heard that Fedora 13 will feature experimental 3D support for the Nouveau open source driver for Nvidia cards. This support, howeve...

Changing the look & feel in NetBeans 6.8

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Recently I’ve been trying to switch my work environment theme to something with lower contrast (namely the excellent Zenburn theme). Swing applications, howe...

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2009

How to center a JDialog over a JFrame in Swing

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I always thought that the fact that JDialogs accepted a parent frame as a constructor argument was the thing, that would make the dialog’s position relative ...

Accessing the menu bar in Emacs

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Have you ever been wondering how to access the Emacs menu bar, when using Emacs in console mode? The answer is easy - press F10 or type M-x menu-bar-open(bot...

Using Xerox Phaser 3117 on Fedora

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The driver selected by default by Fedora 11 is not appropriate for Xerox Phaser 3117 - it will not print with it. However there is a very easy solution to th...

Mofidy JVM parameters for JBoss AS

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Most people have been in a situation requiring them to change one or more of the parameters passed to the JVM on top of which JBoss AS is running. For instan...

Emacs Configuration On GitHub

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When you have applications, whose configuration is as complex as that of Emacs it’s always a good idea to store that configuration under version control so y...

Java type indicators in Eclipse

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One of the things that I don’t like about the default Eclipse settings for Java development is that in the package explorer all Java files appear in the same...

A switch on String idiom for Java

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I’ve always been frustrated with the inability to write a switch on String in Java. However the enum type introduced in Java 5.0 somewhat diminishes the iss...

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2008

A nice zsh prompt

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Recently I switched to zsh, after being a bash user for almost 5 years. I was in love with everything in zsh from day one, except one thing – the default pro...

Das Keyboard

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Every professional developer knows how important to the development process the keyboard is, so it is only natural to be on the look for some quality piece o...

Every blog has its first post…

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Every Generation Has A Legend. Every Journey Has A First Step. Every Saga Has A Beginning. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Trailer

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