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aldiantoro nugroho. @kriwil. indonesia. part-time programmer. full-time dreamer. elm. linux. ubuntu. python. django. vim. indiana pacers. manchester united. random.

  1. Football Manager 2019 ·

    Doesn't seem to have significant improvement. And no Linux version (yet?). The perfect time to stop buying the series.

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  2. Fascinating story from Google+ team ·

    If your team, say on Gmail or Android, was to integrate Google+'s features then your team would be awarded a 1.5-3x multiplier on top of your yearly bonus. Your bonus was already something like 15% of your salary.

    That's why it spread like a virus.

    And lot more gems in the thread.

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  3. AutoMono ·

    Programming font derived from Roboto Mono (with a hint of Monaco, SF Mono, Gotham & Futura)

    Looks good initially.

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  4. Pokemon Red in Minecraft ·

    This is a recreation of Pokémon Red in Vanilla Minecraft using only command blocks and a resource pack.

    First Pacman, now this. I wonder what's next.

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  5. Why Firebase sucks ·

    Downtime happens. In the case of Firebase, you might say that "uptime happens."

    Doesn't look good.

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  6. DIY WiFi Cam Tutorial ·

    One of these days, I'll try it.

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  7. Debugging Python Like a Boss ·

    Thankfully, there is a better way. Since the first segfault in C, a class of tools called debuggers have emerged with every language. Python is no exception, with a default one baked right in. There are also some cool ones developed by the community.

    If you feel "print debugging" isn't enough anymore, you might want to see other options available.

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  8. The Illustrated TLS Connection ·

    In this demonstration a client has connection to a server, negotiated a TLS 1.2 session, sent "ping", received "pong", and then terminated the session.

    Complete with detailed explanation of the data being sent and received.

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  9. Measure your tests coverage in Python ·

    Now you have tests in your project. But how can you be sure that the tests cover all the code (you need). It would be painful to find a bug because you didn't realize that part of code isn't tested yet.

    Coverage makes your tests useful. Do it.

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  10. Switch to Colemak for the sheer unholy joy of it ·

    Qwerty keys were not placed as a result of ergonomic considerations. Take the R key, for example. Colemak puts this on the home row. But in Qwerty it was moved to the top row. Why? To make it easier to peck out TYPEWRITER on a single row in sales demos by Remington reps. By accepting Qwerty, you are stuck in demo mode forever.

    He has the same opinion as I do. Switching to Colemak is fun!

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  11. Juno Progress for March ·

    As we steadily march towards Juno’s release (Ha! See what I did there?) new features are landing in our unstable daily builds on a regular basis. Juno is shaping up to be a great release for developers and other heavy keyboard users with the introduction of a few new tricks

    I've been using Elementary OS for more than a year now. I used to enjoy spending hours customize my Ubuntu look to my liking, but now I don't have time (or will) for that, so Elementary has served me well.

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  12. $169 development Chromebook ·

    Nearly every how-to and blog post I've found on "Chromebooks for developers" essentially starts with either: "Boot into Developer Mode" or "Install Debian/Ubuntu as the main OS". I'll just say it: This is bad advice. It would be akin to recommending that friends jailbreak their shiny new iPhone.

    The "right" to use chromebook for your development machine. It's definitely not all-purpose machine, but if it works, it works.

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  13. XDA Oblique ·

    XDA Oblique is a keyset inspired by the keycaps of the AEK, M0116, AEKII, and similar Apple keyboards.

    This is one beautiful keyset. I might have a reason to build another keyboard.

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  14. Dota2 vs League of Legends ·

    Both games have millions of active monthly players who play the game, but there is one clear winner. Dota 2 boasts around 13.5 million monthly active players as mentioned on their official blog statistics page. League of Legends on the other hand completely is definitely much more popular. From looking at the League player base, a few years ago the developers reported active monthly players of 67 million. Recently they announced LoL now gets over 100 million active players a month. That's a lot of players for an online game!

    TIL League of Legends player base is way bigger than Dota 2.

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  15. Colemak

    I've always wanted to type correctly. By that I mean touch-typing using 10 fingers and with finger on the right position. I got the touch-typing part nailed pretty good. The 10 fingers? Sort of. I'm pretty sure I'm using all my 10 fingers to type. Do I use it correctly? Now that's the concern. I don't think I do. And it's hard to change the habbit.

    I figured, if I wanted to change the habbit, I might as well learn new layout. Partly because I felt the muscle memory is easier to change if I learn new layout, partly because I just wanted it for the sake of it. I picked Colemak, because most of the GUI shortcuts (like ctrl+c, ctrl+v, you know, 2 most important shortcuts for progammer) stays on the same position (as in qwerty). So I changed my layout in OS level and started the journey. I put this image on my second monitor as cheatsheet. I also printed the image and put it next to my keyboard.

    colemak layout on hhkb

    I made a note about it on the first day, second day, and after a week. My firt day was on May 22, 2017.

    Day 1 was painful. My typing speed was probably 3-4 WPM. My second monitor was practically used to display the keyboard layout. Also, I had to switch between QWERTY and Colemak otherwise I won't be able to work at all.

    Day 2 was probably the same. My brain could figure out the key position, but my muscle couldn't. Could've been much better if I didn't switch back and forth. Alas, work needed to happen.

    Day 8. 22 WPM. That's an improvement. I realized something. A lot of shell commands I do come from muscle memory instead of remembering the command. So I kept hitting cd at the qwerty position. Also, I've been typing cd using the wrong finger the whole time.

    After that, the improvement is gradual. I think stopped switching back to qwerty after day 8. I was never a fast typer, so I don't really care about my WPM. Now, after more than 6 months, I feel I'm using my fingers correctly. Having an ortholinear split keyboard helps too, but that's another story for another time.

    So, answering the question you have, if you're using qwerty layout, should you learn new layout? The answer, IMO, is always no if you don't have any problem with it. If you have pain from moving you fingers, or you just want new challenge, go for it. It's fun.

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  16. Camel-case JSON Renderer for Django REST Framework

    Because I'm too lazy to create python package for this. Just use it.

    Django REST framework version: 3.5.x

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  17. Auto-publish pelican blog to S3 using CircleCI

    While having blog powered by pelican is great (because it's fast), creating new post isn't really fun. There are more than one step to do it:

    1. writing the actual post
    2. upload to the server (in this case, S3)

    If you're on new machine, it's even more painful:

    1. clone the repository
    2. install pelican's requirements
    3. setup S3 credential
    4. write the actual post
    5. upload to the server

    CircleCi has given free tier for a while now. So I figured, since I'm using github for my blog content, I could use it's free continous integration & delivery service to publish my blog easily.

    I found a blog post that gives instruction to do that, but apparently it doesn't work. s3cmd couldn't get the access key ID and secret access key I set. Since CircleCi has awscli preinstalled, it's better to use that one instead. Pelican doesn't support awscli yet, so there's some steps need to be done to use that.

    1. update your Makefile to use awscli instead
    2. insert your AWS S3 access key ID, and secret key ID
    3. create circle.yml in your repository

    Here's how the circle.yml should be:

        - pip install -r requirements.txt
        - echo -e "[default] \naccess_key = $S3CFG_ACCESS_KEY \nsecret_key = $S3CFG_SECRET_KEY \n" > /home/ubuntu/.s3cfg
        - echo "test"
        branch: master
          - make html
          - make s3_upload

    Now, everytime you push your commits to master, CircleCI will deploy them to S3. You should be able to see the deployment progress on you CircleCI dashboard.

    You don't need to create special environment to install pelican etc, just git and text-editor. You could even use github's feature to create blog post directly inside your browser (I wrote this using that!).

    new post via github

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  18. Windows 10


    It's been two weeks since I'm using Windows 10 for work, so I guess I could say something about it.

    I've been wanting to try to do (web) development on Windows for a while. I know this is weird, and sounds backward. But with Bash on Ubuntu on Windows, I had high hopes that I could finally have gaming machine and could still do development on it.

    The main reason I finally did this is I need to fix my work on IE/Edge. I usually use BrowserStack for testing IE (I still do), but it's very painful to use it for a long period of time. It requires a good upload connection, and in Indonesia, "good" and "upload connection" don't go together in one sentence. So when I had a hard drive lying around, I decided that it's finally the time to install Windows 10. I won't go to OS installation details, you'll find those kind of things easily in other places.

    The first thing I tried after installing Windows is that bash-thing. I was so exited that I could finally use real shell on Windows. Well it works. Sort of. It's slow, and other than running some shell commands, it doesn't do much. I can't even access the server I created using python -m SimpleHTTPServer command. Probably I need to do some magic thing first. But it doesn't work when I tried it, and I was disappointed.

    Once I found out I can't access that simple HTTP server, I didn't even bother to try full python web development setup. I immediately downloaded VirtualBox and Vagrant and setup the environment there. Maybe I should write another post focusing on development setup on Windows.

    There aren't many things I missed when working on Windows. My daily applications usages revolve around browser, IDE, terminal, todo manager, email client, notes taking application. From those list, I miss terminal and todo manager.

    Even I mainly use Safari, I do use Chrome for development, so that's not a problem. And with Chrome's sync, I don't even see any difference. All the bookmarks and extensions are there. I do miss 1password's auto fill, and sometimes it hits me hard.

    Powerful terminal (and shell) is probably the main reason why development on linux or OSX is better if you're not developing for Windows platform. Yes Windows now have PowerShell, and yes maybe it's good, but I doubt it's better.

    Now, the good thing about Windows. Steam. Games on Steam to be exact. Yes you could install Steam on linux or OSX, but there are lots of games that only work on Windows. And I've been enjoying games again. I don't always play games, but it's nice to have them ready when I want to.

    So, yeah, I guess Windows will mainly be a gaming system for me. I still hope the bash will works flawlessly in the future. In fact, I just turned the Insider Preview on so I could get faster updates, hoping there are more updates to the bash.

    I'm writing this on Windows, and will build this on bash (I'm using pelican), so if you see this paragraph, it means it's a success.

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  19. PC Build Update

    Thanks to some dude, I remember I need to post an update for my PC build.

    Since that post, I've gradually uppgrade some parts of the PC. I've increased the RAM to 12GB (8GB + 4GB RAM — now I have one 4GB RAM stick lying around. Want to buy? email me!). I also add Samsung EVO 250GB SSD (for OS) and 500GB Seagate drive (for backup). Somehow The water cooling system suddenly stopped working so I had it replaced with original heat sink, but I replaced the fan with Noctua NH L9I to keep it silent. I also added APC Pro 550 for UPS because electricity in Indonesia isn't that good.

    One think I regret from the build was the small case. I should've bought bigger one since now I don't have many GPU choices to go with the case. I don't have any plan to upgrade it now, but it'll be nice to have options for VR-ready GPU at somepoint in the future.

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  20. On Less Decission

    One less decision to make. That's what comes to mind when I saw the picture of Zuck's clothes. With that kind of clothes setup, there won't be any confusion on what to wear every morning. He probably just wakes up, takes a bath, and grabs any t-shirt there. Quick and easy.

    Options are always good. Options are liberating. Options open to many possibilities. But sometimes, options are overwhelming. Sometimes, options are distracting. Sometimes, less options is better. Sometimes, just pick whatever there's to pick is nice. And relaxing.

    I've been trying to reduce options in my life in order to keep my focus to things I actually want to do. This has been the one of the bases of why I choose what I choose.

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