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My first proper job offer

March 4, 2015Categories: IT, Software
Well, this is a trip down the memory lane... My first offer was as a Software Design Engineer in Corvil . Yeah, they're still alive and going strong :) And here's the proof in the form of my Corvil job offer :) ps: Yeah, I know, the salary wasn't too interesting, but I was more idealistic at the…

Android Studio: Change the Cache Location

February 19, 2015Category: IT
Note: This is an updated article to reflect the stable release of AS. If you are looking for the old one, please see here . Android Studio (AS) creates a local directory .AndroidStudio to cache its own data. In most environments, this is acceptable. However, the size of the directory can easily…

Set Up a Local DNS with Synology DiskStation

February 18, 2015Category: IT
The last days I tried to set up a local DNS cache thing on my Synology, just to use up the CPU a bit more. Why? Because once the request is in the cache, it's much faster :) So, here is a simple tutorial to set up the DNS on your Synology box. Prerequisites There are, of course some prerequisites…

Ripping CDs on OSX

February 8, 2015Category: IT
Currently, I am converting all my CD collection to digital format because my CD players started failing. A while ago, I tried doing it on Windows and it looked OK with EAC . Unfortunately, my setup now id OSX-based (a mac mini). After investigating a lot, I came up with the following setup…

Make Spotify Web Player Work Behind Proxy

January 26, 2015Category: IT
Apparently, productivity increases when you listen to (the right type of) music. So, my medicine these days is Spotify. To make your proxy woes go away, try to use https://play.spotify.com/?http=1 . If that doesn't work, you're out of luck.

Boot in Recovery Mode on LG G2

January 17, 2015Category: IT
To boot in recovery mode on a LG G2, you need to do the following steps: Power off your phone. Don't just restart, but perform a normal power off Wait for a few seconds Press <Volume Down> and <Power> buttons simultaneously until the LG logo is shown Press <Volume Down> and <Power> buttons…

Fuzzy String Matching in PostgreSQL

December 16, 2014Category: IT
A database I am working on has a lot of records (40M+) and the guys mining it are currently using python to process it. This is very powerful ( nltk ) but also quite slow. One of the guys has found that you can do fuzzy string matching straight in Postgres and the feature is quite advanced…

Find Where Your Network Drives Map to

November 27, 2014Category: IT
The other day I was at home in a somewhat odd situation; I had a VPN connection but I could not, for the life of me, remember the mappings of the network drives from the other side. Also, of course there was no documentation how to do it. A kind soul showed me how to do it in windows. On your work…

Fix Missing Icons in Yosemite Finder

November 14, 2014Category: IT
Today I've found that I was missing some icons in Finder: Not nice. However, after scouring the internet I found the simple solution: Reboot in Safe Mode (use this link ) Log in as yourself Reboot normally Log in as yourself ...and voila! You have the icons back! References All credit goes to…

PyCharm: Change the location of .PyCharmXX

October 1, 2014Category: IT
In the good practice of IntelliJ application, PyCharm creates its own cache directory in your home. Mind you this can get really big (300Mb+) and if you sync your home with a networked drive, you'll get penalised (time-wise). Following this discovery (my login/logout time is up to 30mins because…
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