May 25, 2019

building a split ergonomic keyboard

In March 2018 I started out my ergonomic keyboard journey with an Ergodox EZ. There are many good things which can be said about the Ergodox EZ. It is a very reliable keyboard. It’s super easy to customize using the EZs web-based editor and updating it with teensy works great. The reason I started looking at alternative keyboards was because my hands are a little too small to use it efficiently. Read more

November 12, 2018

How to mod your ErgoDox EZ to shine

I bought two ErgoDox EZ keyboards and then spent more time & money to bring them to feature parity. Here’s why and how. Background In March 2018 I got my first Ergodox EZ and started to learn how to type on a split keyboard. In order to reach fluency faster I carried my ErgoDox EZ to work and back every day. This way I could type on it all the time. Read more

April 1, 2018

upcoming changes to the terraform provider for scaleway

The upcoming release of Scaleway 1.3.0 will contain two new resources which will allow you to better utilize your Scaleway account. Specifically, you can now use terraform to create additional scaleway api tokens, as well as manage server user data. Let’s take a look. First, you might want to create additional API tokens to be used by applications interacting with the Scaleway API. Now you can create new tokens like this: Read more

March 31, 2018

re-learning how to type.

Three weeks ago I decided to bit the bullet and get an ergonomic keyboard. Specifically I bought an Ergodox EZ. I’ve always thought about myself as being able to type well with 10 fingers, but now that my typing skills are being tested, I realize that over time I’ve developed some very bad typing habits: when typing on my MacBook my right hand has left the home row entirely. It’s mostly located around the arrow keys, shift, enter and backspace because of my modified position my left hand reaches to many keys my right hand usually should be typing. Read more

January 7, 2018

effective engineers

Software engineers need to embrace feedback loops more. While I don’t know when the science of continuous improvement originated, I know that it has been around for at least 60+ years, as Demings published his Plan, Do, Check, Act cycle in the early 1950s. By 2018 one might expect that feedback loops are well understood and widely adopted. Yet many companies and software development teams are still not practicing continuous delivery or a selection of extreme programming practices*. Read more

December 26, 2017

smart card logon /w FileVault 2

I’m using Yubikey 4C at home as 2 factor-based smartcard login for macOS. Since I’m also using File Vault 2 as Full Disk Encryption, I need to disable automatic login for File Vault 2 - otherwise the Login won’t work with the Yubikey. I always need to look this up when setting up my system again, so here it is, for future reference: $ defaults write /Library/Preferences/ DisableFDEAutoLogin -bool YES

December 14, 2017

macOS Sleep/ Wake notifications in golang

While working on my golang chime SDK I ran across the issue of properly reconnecting when macOS wakes up from sleep mode. Apple provides an official example using IOKit, so I had to wrap this with cgo to use it. This post outlines the required steps and provides an example implementation. write a small wrapper to register/ unregister notifications # main.h #include <ctype.h> #include <stdlib.h> #include <stdio.h> #include <mach/mach_port.h> #include <mach/mach_interface. Read more

September 17, 2017

Moving to Canada (2)

This is one out of three blog posts I’ve planned for my immigration to Canada. This post will primarily be about my dog Yumi and how he relocated to Canada with us. Yumi was born September 8th 2015 - by the time we travelled he was close to his 2nd birthday. We did plenty of research to make sure that his immigration went as smooth as possible. First, we had to organize a properly sized transport box for the flight, and secondly comply with the Canadian dog import regulations. Read more

July 23, 2017

Moving to Canada (1)

As mentioned earlier 2017 will be a hectic year - I’m looking forward to immigrating to Canada. I’ll be relocating to Vancouver, British Columbia, to start working at Amazon. Living abroad and working at one of the big five tech companies (Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook) have been two of my goals for a long time, and both will be reality end of August. I can’t articulate how excited I am - it’s a huge opportunity to growth for me, and it puts me well outside of my comfort zone. Read more

June 24, 2017

Modifying binaries to replace proprietary APIs

Note This is a follow up post on exploring private apis from late May. Soon I want to use the Things 3 macOS application with my own API. To achieve this goal I have built a working SDK for the things cloud to understand the structure of the communication between client and server. This time I want to modify my Things 3 binary so it actually talks to an API of my choice. Read more

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