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Blog about life in Holland

Kubernetes Application Developer certification

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Yesterday’s Friday 13th proved to be a lucky day for me as I became a Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD).

For those not familiar with Kubernetes (K8s), it’s the most popular and advanced platform for cloud deployments. It’s been initially developed by Google, and is used in nearly every mature cloud these days.

It also runs our URL shortener, by the way.

Kubernetes is an awesome platform: powerful, flexible, and — last but not least — open-source.

But back to the certification: as always, there are nuances, which I’d like to share with you, hopefully they can be of use.

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Norse Life — The Best Viking Sites in Scandinavia

Scandinavia is known for many things. From the beautiful coastal sceneries of Dueodde Beach on Denmark’s Bornholm island and Norway’s Svalbard outpost, to the enchanting treks through the isolated Hornstrandir peninsula, this region has become a mainstay in the bucket lists of explorers and globetrotters the world over.

The region has also become known for its unique-sounding place names, making destinations in Scandinavia all the more appealing to foreigners. Not only is Finland home to Äteritsiputeritsipuolilautatsijänkä, the third-longest place name in Europe, but a geography facts post on Gala Bingo also highlights how there are villages in Sweden and Norway just called Å — the shortest place names in the world.

Read on » ‣ June update

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Happy first summer day to everyone!

It’s been exactly two months since our world’s best URL shortener has entered public beta.

Dear, we’ve been busy! These two months resulted in a whole bunch of cool features.

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Invisible wireless charger

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When it comes to interior design, I’m a big fan of minimalism — which one can notice from the photo of my workplace (and that’s how it looks in real life and not only on the photo).

Long time I wished to build a wireless Qi phone charger right into my desk so that I could charge my mobile by simply laying it down onto the desktop.

There was an issue though. My desktop is a sheet of 10 mm-thick hardened glass, and common wireless chargers only support charging over a distance up to 8 mm.

Recently I have been able to find a solution to this and make it exactly the way I wanted.

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Do not share Googles

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We’re just back from the UAE. In Dubai all boards and announcements are bilingual, in Arabic and English. And it’s worth noting English there is quite decent compared to other non-English countries.

Yet there is a blunder now and then.

Read on » ‣ Jokes aside: World’s fastest link shortener

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Even though it’s April 1st, I have some serious story for you today! It’s about what I’ve been up to for the last six months, which has been a pretty busy, interesting, and eye-opening time for me.

Long story short: we at Yktoo Solutions are busy building the best link shortener in the world, which we called

Do read on for intriguing details explaining what that is and why it is so fascinating.

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Lidköping, Sweden — A Place to Unplug

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Photo by hias_schell/Pixabay.

More and more these days, one of the things I value most in travelling is the chance to unplug. This doesn’t mean I go into full nomad mode, forsake my smartphone, or anything of the kind. But with so much of day-to-day life now taking place through devices and screens, it’s nice to find a destination where you can simply explore and enjoy the real world.

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Snow in the city

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A surprisingly heavy snowfall has covered Holland with a pack of snow. Contrary to the tradition, the snow didn’t immediately disappear but stayed for a few days running.

There’s no wintersport this year because of the pandemic. But nothing is impossible for a creative mind!

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