Google knows when you buy

Got several notices to this article in the Washington Post about some new features Google is flaunting to it’s customers: Google now knows when its users go to the store and buy stuff. Somehow Google has got it hands on creditcard data to tell them when you buy stuff. Almost the same as Uber got your receipts from Lyft provided by Unroll.me. I wonder where it will end, who is selling your data without you consent.

Setting up a new mailserver with MIAB

Just finished setting up a new mailserver using Mail-in-a-box and moved one of my existing domains over to it. After testing it at home on a VM I discovered it was extremely simple compared to doing it all yourself as I’ve done untill now. Moving away from my Mac mini to a VPS first meant setting it up and configuring it all by hand. Mail-in-a-box takes all that away, it just ask for your email adres for a login and thats it.

First encounter with Hugo

I’ve been looking at developing a static website for quite some time, always been held back by the still complicated setup that was required on the writing and generating end of the website. This was untill recently when I bumped into Hugo. The only thing required here was a golang binary and a directory structure. After some playing around with it and finding the ease of use with which you could use templates I wa sold as you can see from this website which curently is completely static and generated by Hugo.

DiyMacServer.com

In 2007 after switch.richard5.net became successful I started this dedicated site for my documentation set and tips & tricks on how to install a fully functioning mail and webserver on your Mac. By this time I had 3 Mac mini’s, one in a datacenter at Macminicolo.net and two at home with different versions of Mac OSX for development and support. When the move from PPC to intel happened I bought another Mac mini and sold the oldest.

switch.richard5.net

I’ve started the blog at switch.richard5.net in 2005 to document my experiences as a switcher from a combination of Windows and Linux to Mac OS X. I had bought one of the first Mac mini’s when OSX was released which promised the usability of Windows and the robustness of a Unix core. Fortunately the switching was quite easy and painless when it concerned applications on the desktop. OS X was far more intuitive then any other OS I’ve ever encountered.

Funding SOA infrastructure is difficult

When you start with SOA you get some funding to buy the software, install it and develop your first services. The next services you develop will however be funded by projects. The requirements for that new service will be dictated by the project as it will be the first consumer of that service. To develop that service into a more reusable service will require more deisng and development time and therefore more funding.

Why work doesn't happen at work

This is another one of those inspiring talks from TED.com, this is Jason Fried from 37signals explaining how work gets done according to him. It explains me why I get the most of my work done when I’m alone in the office in the early mornings or late afternoons. I do have to show this to my manager. I’ve also bought and read the book called: Rework: Change The Way You Work Forever.