Blog about life in Holland (and a lot of other stuff)
It's been about a year since I've switched to developing this website (built with Yii 2/PHP/MySQL) using Docker. After just one try I realised that Docker is the best thing happened to development. Well, after Vim, of course.
So I've decided to write a brief tutorial on setting up a dockerised development environment, in the hope it could be helpful for those who never tried Docker or experience difficulties getting started.Read on »
With all that fuss I have missed the important date of 20 years of my professional experience, which happened on March 22, 2016.
The following scan of the first page of my Employment Book (Трудовая книжка, an official register of one's work experience, which every employee in Russia is obliged to have) can prove that:
It reads: "March 22, 1996: Hired as a principal engineer of IT department at the Siberian Branch of the National Public Library for Science and Technology". One might wonder how a student with no professional experience could have been hired as a principal enginer. The thing is, at those chaotic times a construction worker might be paid a higher salary than a university professor. In order to motivate me my future boss had offered me the highest available position at the department.Read on »
We had planned our trip to the French ski resort La Plagne well in advance, so ever since October last year I've been counting days down. My previous wintersport occasion in Sölden had only left good memories (and a couple of bruises, too, but that's unimportant).
In my excitement I'd even become a proud snowboard (Burton Blunt) owner, at a good discount because I bought it out of season. Its double-wave shape dubbed New Flying V was supposed to be beginner-friendly.Read on »
Recently I've been busy learning the esoteric editor called Vim and figured out my laptop's touchpad is causing nuisance when you're working with the keyboard only—which is the whole point of using Vim. At the same time, some programs are nearly unusable without the mouse. In other words, I wanted to be able to switch the touchpad on and off—with the keyboard, of course.
Some laptops have a special key combination for it, but my Dell XPS 13" doesn't. Ubuntu also provides a switch in the Control Center, but it's hardly reachable without the mouse:
So I wrote this script, which toggles the touchpad every time you run it. You can assign it to a desired key combination using the same Control Center, for example, I've linked it to Fn+T.Read on »
The New Year's Eve has seen a light frost of -2 °C in the total absence of snow. The green grass got beautifully powdered with rime.
The whitened trees alongside the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal (Amsterdam-Rijnkanaal), which passes next to Houten, became simply magnificent:Read on »
The turbulent two thousand sixteen has come to an end. The year that has brought so much grief to our world. The year in which Sun Caged and Stream of Passion ceased to exist. I'm inclined to think it's good that it's over.
Happy 2017 to all the readers of this blog! I wish you lots of optimism, persistence and luck!
Following the tradition I'd like to look back on the last year—which has been quite positive on my part. So, in 2016 I managed to:Read on »