Christmas 2020

¡Feliz Navidad! — καλά Χριστούγεννα! — Buon Natale! — З Рiздвом Христовим! — クリスマスおめでとう ; メリークリスマス — Natale hilare! — Merry Christmas! — ميلاد مجيد — Hyvää Joulua! — С Рождеством! — Joyeux Noël! — God Jul! — Feliĉan Kristnaskon! — Crăciun fericit! — God Jul! — Frohe Weihnachten! — Срећан Божић! — Prettige Kerstdagen! …

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Functional Scala

I participated online in the conference „Functional Scala 2020“ in London. That it was in London had mostly one relevance, which was the time zone. There was no physical location and all talks were done online. An interesting idea was a virtual location. It consisted of rooms and we could move a dot representing ourselves …

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How to disable touchpad (on Linux/X11)

For me it is much better to use an external mouse than the touchpad, which I sometimes touch accidentally. So, here is how to disable it with a short Perl-Script. A bash script with a bit of Perl would do the same, btw. #!/usr/bin/perl my $tp = `xinput list | egrep -i touch`; chomp $tp; …

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Devoxx UA 2020 (talks)

I watched the conference onlie and picked the following talks: The Effective Developer – Work Smarter, Not Harder by Sven Peters Polyglot, Fault-Tolerant Event-Driven Programming with Kafka, Kubernetes and gRPC by Natan Silnitsky Reacting to an Event-Driven World by Grace Jansen Cause of Death: Hibernate by Thorben Janssen NoSQL Endgame by Otavio Santana, Thodoris Bais, …

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Devoxx UA

Most conferences have been cancelled, since it is difficult to hold a conference these days. The idea to move the conference online has been obviously around, but it was rejected by most organizers, because it it not the same and the all important chance to meet other people is just not the same.  So the …

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How to rename files according to a pattern

We often encounter situations, where a large number of files should be copied or renamed or moved or something like that. This can be done on the Linux command line, but it should be possible in almost the same way on the Unix/Linux/Cygwin-command line of newer MS-Windows or MacOS-X. Now people routinely do that and …

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GIMP

In spite of working mostly for server software and server setup using powerful non-graphic command line tools and scripting languages, it is sometimes fun to work with something very graphical. I did talk about Clojure Art, which is fun and creates interesting visual results and helps getting into the phantastic language Clojure. But more than …

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How procurement can create value for IT projects

We know this, in many IT projects we need to make use of services and software and hardware that needs to be bought. Actually it often makes a huge difference, what kind of deals are made and how efficient the projects can work on this basis. I will just briefly tell a few stories and …

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Unix and Linux

When Linux appeared in the first half of the 1990’s, I used to hear a lot: „yes, this is a nice thing, but it is not a real Unix“. So why was there a different name, even though it was behaving almost the same? It was Posix, but Unix was a trademark, that could not …

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How bad can a bad IT be for a company?

Just a funny story that happened some years ago… I wanted to buy some lamps in a stored somewhere 100 km away from where I lived. So I went to the shop, ordered them and bought something else already. Now I went there again when the lamps were there. I had ordered six lamps, but …

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