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My thoughts since '05

Nextcloud

Nextcloud vs. Owncloud I have been using Owncloud for some time now hosted on one of my servers, it was setup mainly to sync calender and contacts to move away from Google Contacts and Calendar. It has been working nicely and I have also used it for document sync, and image sync from my phone. But things have happen in the Owncloud universe, and we now have a fork called Nextcloud.

The best year, again

This is the best year yet, and I think that I have said that for tree or four years now. Still plenty of things to complain about but overall everything is getting better for me. Yes, it’s once again one of these posts where I update you about my current state in life and it looks like I missed my chance this year to do the normal “new years yearly update” so here it is!

Let's Encrypt

Since December last year I have thought about Let’s Encrypt and that is something I should use for my sites and other services that needs HTTPS. Yesterday I finally took the time to move this site to HTTPS, I guess http/2 is the next logical step but that’s another day! A few short words about Let’s Encrypt if you are not completely up to date. Let’s Encrypt is a initiative to offer completely free ordinary X.

Dekko

Dekko is the default installed email client provided by Canonical, I added my email credentials (just email address and password) and it figured everything out by it self. Probably because I have a autoconfig.xml hosted at my email server, or maybe it guessed my quite standard setup. It has overall a nice UI, and it will do the job. I mostly consume email at the phone, but I like to be able to send email from time to time.

Apps for Ubuntu Touch

Last post I started talking on my project to try out to use a Ubuntu Phone as my primary phone. I have not that many applications and functions that I must have on my primary phone, I still have Android tablets, my work phone and so on … But these are the critical things that I’m so used to have with me all the time, these things are important. Pebble - I love my Pebble smartwatch and this was one of the things that I researched before I bought the phone.

Meizu Pro 5

The grass is always greener on the other side, or something. I have gotten really tired on Android, it feels like it’s moving in the wrong direction, at least for me. So I have been thinking about my options, but Apple products are a nogo for me, and Windows Phone is a joke so … I have been tracking Canonical’s Phones for a little more than a year now. Still too early I thought, I need something usable.

Hugo

So I have once again changed things, this time I migrated the blog to Hugo, a easy to use static website engine. I also took the time to look through the archive and there are a lot of broken content, probably from the wordpress to pico migration, need to fix that, some day. Hugo has a nice collection of themes and I liked one called Angel’s Ladder, a easy clean modern looking theme built for blogs, it will do just fine!

De-Google my life

I have now passed the mid-mark of my summer vacation, just a little under two weeks left. Looking forward to being back to work, a lot of interesting things happening at SVTi this autumn. But at the same time It’s really nice to do exactly what I want in the days, dosen’t matter the day or time. I took once again on of these “relaxing vacations”, I needed it. I have spent some time with my side projects, some more important than others.

Containers

One thing that has become really interesting over the last year is Docker. It has evolved quickly and built up an ecosystem with a really active community. At work, we started to migrate from a old monolithic infrastructure to a service based infrastructure. We are deploying a mix of different platforms and tools and are trying to keep us independent of specific tools, we think it is too early to see who is the winners, and what platform or project that still will be around in five years.

Stress

In my last post I wrote about the last year, it has been a good year overall but still quite stressful. I was thrown into a position of a lot of responsibility and the year has been filled with hundreds of small tasks that I’m trying to balance out. The thing is, is has been really fun. I have learned a lot of new things, both about new technologies but also about my self, what I like to do, and more about group dynamics.