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My presentation at IDM Europe: 20 September 2018 Sep 12, 2018

A short announcement.

On 20 September I will be presenting at IDM Europe about two most popular open-source identity servers: Keycloak and WSO₂ IS, exploring their functionality and differences.

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Slow connection to MySQL in Docker Jul 2, 2018

My current project makes use of the MySQL database, which runs in a Docker container.

At a certain moment connecting to the database became excruciatingly slow, taking tens of seconds to establish a single connection. After that everything would work as expected.

The application opens a connection some hundred times, so the startup time had become really unacceptable.

I've spent a lot of time hunting that down, and then even more time looking for a solution as I failed to find any on StackOverflow. But finally I've solved this.

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The castlerun, fourth edition May 13, 2018

Right before my ten-year anniversary in Holland, on Easter Monday, the castlerun De Halve van De Haar has taken place. I've been participating in it since the very beginning (one, two, three).

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Anniversary: ten years in the Netherlands Apr 3, 2018

It's been exactly ten years since I've moved to the Netherlands. And it's been an eventful time!

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Key repeat settings in Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Jan 3, 2018

I've been adventurous enough to upgrade my iMac to Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark. That's the one that features Wayland instead of X Window and Gnome Shell instead of Unity.

The upgrade process proved to be a big challenge and took almost a week, since a regular system update resulted in a black screen. It required a complete OS reinstall from scratch in order to get it working, and then a few more weeks to have it configured my way. The thing is, settings in Gnome Shell are sometimes located at the most bizarre places of Gnome Control Center.

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So long two thousand seventeen Dec 31, 2017

The fact this year has come to an end was a bit of a surprise for me. I remember myself in July and then—bang—it's Christmas and Sinterklaas is on his way. There's some explanation for that though, more on which below.

And now it's time for the traditional annual round-up!

The last has brought major changes for the better for me, in contrast with the gloomy 2016. I'll remember the following.

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