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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…

Belgium Customs and DHL - A History of Legal Thieving

December 5, 2014Category: Random
The other day I ordered an item from Hong Kong, to be delivered with DHL, because DHL would be quicker. So the total cost was: The item: 30.40 USD The shipping: 33.80 USD Grand total : 64.20 USD The amount of taxes I had to pay for the package was... wait for it... approx 26 EUR ! My first reaction…

Split a Gradle Build File

November 30, 2014Category: Software
TL;DR: If you can, use ext {} with constants (hash). You can do call pointer things too! In the past days I've been trying to add some functionality to my Gradle build file so the version would be determined from the git tag. I've found this excellent entry showing how to get the actual string. My…

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…

House: A Grand Project

October 25, 2014Categories: House, Project Management
And now, something different... We have decided relatively soon we want to build a house . We had several reasons for doing this in Belgium: Prices are high : Depending on area, prices are quite high; in a "good commune", you easily reach 500k for a house and 300k for an apartment. Taxes are high…

Android Dimensions - Pixels, DIPs...

October 16, 2014Category: Software
Building a mobile application is generally fun. New technologies, things to think about like memory constraints and threads... However, one thing that bugs me is a clear indication on how to build pixel perfect apps. IOS has a limited number of resolutions, plus their strategy is "normal size" or…

Android: Make Your Notification even Sticky-er

October 16, 2014Category: Software
In my previous post , I've expanded things to make a notification sticky. This worked in my tests until yesterday, when I've found a new case where my notification would go away: Build an sticky notification as per the two previous posts Activate the notification - this will trigger the activity…

Android: Make Your Notification Sticky

October 14, 2014Category: Software
Following my quest from the previous article , I realised that my app would not be in the foreground, like an email, browser or a game might be, but it would work without any GUI, using something like a cron job. This is all nice and lovely, but I'm not fond of applications doing stuff behind my…

Android: Notifications with Custom Layout

October 14, 2014Category: Software
In the previous entries, I have managed to display a notification and make it sticky . Now, since the app I'm developing is supposed to be visible mainly through this notification, I wanted to see if I can customise the actual content. Yes, I know there are options by default, like: Small and…
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