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My entrepreneurship ‣ Pros and cons Feb 19, 2017

As a follow-up to the post about my professional anniversary and to fulfill my promise I'd like to elaborate on my reasons and the path of becoming an entrepreneur. The story is going to be quite long so I'll split it up.

In fact the very idea of freelancing wasn't new at all. Many of my expat friends living in Holland have been doing that for years. That mainly concerns IT specialists as they arguably represent the majority of those who came here from the ex-USSR.

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Tutorial: development with Yii/PHP/MySQL using Docker Feb 18, 2017

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.

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20 years, and counting Feb 17, 2017

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:

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Wintersport: La Plagne, France Feb 9, 2017

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).

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Touchpad toggle script for Ubuntu Jan 17, 2017

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:

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Frozen beauty Jan 1, 2017

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. Hoarfrost grass.

The whitened trees alongside the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal (Amsterdam-Rijnkanaal), which passes next to Houten, became simply magnificent:

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