My Tools

Tools I use and recommend.

  • carrd.co: Extremely simple and affordable website publishing, I use it for landing pages and quick MVPs
  • DigitalOcean: My first choice for personal servers and simple MVP deployments with their App Platform
  • GitLab.com: My go-to git-server and allrounder CI/CD, both on premise in the enterprise and in the cloud for my own projects

Audible book export

How to export a audio book from Audible and save it without DRM for personal archival purposes.

Note: This does NOT crack DRM. It simply uses the users own encryption key (fetched from Audible servers) to decrypt the audiobook in the same manner that the official audiobook playing software does.

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A list of interesting things

This is a list of interesting blog posts, talks and such things that I found over the years. Some of them may teach you something relevant, some may just further your general understanding of tech. From personal experience they can lead you down the rabbit hole really fast, enjoy with care! Talks Why web tech is like this by Steve Sanderson Learning from Disaster by Ian Hughes Failure is Always an Option by Dylan Beattie Architecture: The Stuff That’s Hard to Change by Dylan Beattie Computational Creativity by Dylan Beattie How I built Rockstar: Parsing esoteric languages with . [Read More]

Git: Add only changed files

Sometimes you may want to commit only the files you have changed and not any newly created files, this can easily be achieved by this command: git commit -a

From the git mapage:

OPTIONS
    -a, --all
        Tell the command to automatically stage files that have been modified and deleted, but new files you have not told Git about are not affected.
git 

Publish new post checklist

This is my checklist for publishing a new post on my blog:

Preparation

  • Finalize the posts name and sluggify it
  • Pick a image if fitting
  • Create a new post with hugo new content/posts/<slug of post>.md
  • Move the draft from my current writing tool to this new file
  • Fill in the generated front matter template
  • If the post is ~1.000+ words enable the TOC
  • Run spell-check in VSCode and fix things

Proofing

  • Run local hugo server hugo server -bind=0.0.0.0
  • Wait at least an hour
  • Open the locally served page on the iPad, grab a cup of tea and read it
  • Make last changes and typo fixes as needed
  • Place a `
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Local S3 with MinIO in Django

In production I would consider it best practice to use a S3 solution for serving assets. Namely static files and user-generated media. This describes my setup on how to do this locally too. The main benefit for me is that there is less of a difference between environments and I can test S3 specific features in my app. Setup I will assume a already working Django project and MacOS with [[brew]] installed, but brew specific parts are easilly replicated on different systems using their native package managers. [Read More]
python  django  s3  minio 

Hidden WSL Fileshare

WSL file systems get exposed as a hidden share network share: \\wsl$\<WSL Name>\<path\to\file>

For example, my Debian home folder is at: \\wsl$\Debian\home\kamner

wsl  windows 

Windows Terminal: Open New WSL Tab In Linux Home Folder

The path you are in when opening a new WSL tab is determined by startingDirectory. This parameter needs to be a valid Windows path, which isn’t great if we want to end up in /home/kamner inside WSL. The nice thing about WSL is that it will resolve windows paths into their equivalent WSL/linux path if possible. For example, C:\Scripts would resolve to /mnt/c/Scripts. Using this and the neat trick that the WSL filesystem is exposed as a a hidden fileshare ([[technology/windows/wsl-hidden-fileshare]]) we can get to where we want. [Read More]

Resolve .local Through Nameserver With Netplan

When using netplan it is easy to force .local DNS requests to go to you nameservers instead of being only resolved locally (the default and standard).

This also works with all other strange .WHATEVER domains you may have lying around in your organization.

Snippet from netplan configuration:

 nameservers:
        addresses:
          - X
          - Y
        search:
          - local
          - myotherstupiddomain