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Cathedrals and Goal Obsession

3 | Written on Tue 01 September 2020. Posted in Posts | Richard Walker

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I've read a couple of interesting books this year. The Pragmatic Programmer by Andrew Hunt and David Thomas and What Got You Here Won't Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith. There was a stand-out message that has stuck with me from each that has made me ponder. I've tried to …

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Fedora 32 with Gnome modifications

1 | Written on Sun 21 June 2020. Posted in Posts | Richard Walker

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I can't help myself distro-hopping. Last year I used Manjaro as my daily driver for approximately six months. I always end up gravitating back to Fedora/CentOS/Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). Initially, I had some issues with OpenVPN when first trying Fedora 32. That's when I thought I'd test …

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Pass the dutchie pon the left hand side

6 | Written on Thu 18 June 2020. Posted in Posts | Richard Walker

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It's incredible how much extra time I've had on my hands during 2020 due to the global pandemic and being grounded at home. It would be a little shameful not to use some of it to write the odd blog post. I read an article recently that the Kubernetes Project …

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Static site generation or CMS?

1 | Written on Thu 11 June 2020. Posted in Posts | Richard Walker

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At the start of the year, I wanted to focus on writing content and opted for a quick solution. Back then, I chose Hugo, a static site generator written in Go, and I more or less picked an off-the-shelf theme.

With my focus now firmly with Python, I wanted to …

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YouTube Review Collaborate

1 | Written on Fri 10 January 2020. Posted in Posts | Richard Walker

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Last year I had a burst of creativity, learning how to make YouTube videos using Open Source software. I settled on Kdenlive and used a standard screen recorder and Audacity. The only thing I invested in was a Blue Snowball ICE USB Mic.

At the time, my idea was to …

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Admin Code Deploy Collaborate

5 | Written on Fri 03 January 2020. Posted in Posts | Richard Walker

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I started 2019 with a new endeavor to revamp my web presence. Using a new domain name, I wanted to quietly polish and build up some new content before publicly promoting the site. The year turned out to be quite a discover mission, re-evaluating my core skills.

One year later …

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A week at Tech Exchange

11 | Written on Sun 22 September 2019. Posted in Posts | Richard Walker

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Sunday 22nd September 2019

It's raining outside, and I have my toothbrush, laptop and passport. My train is at 18:55 from Doncaster. I have about an hour to get there, and the taxi is a bit early. I have that feeling of excitement tainted with guilt and a heavy …

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Precious time, use the right tools!

5 | Written on Thu 08 August 2019. Posted in Posts | Richard Walker

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Most industries have their acronyms; in technology, they come in abundance. I always liked KISS “Keep It Simple Stupid.” Technology teams seem to get leaner; the breadth of tools get broader, keeping things as simple as they can have never been more critical.

Using the right tools for the right …

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Learn to love Java again

3 | Written on Thu 25 April 2019. Posted in Posts | Richard Walker

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I've often asked the question and discussed the topic of "Which programming language should I learn?"

In this post, I'll put forward a case that Java is still as good a choice today as any and how it may have advantages over some of the others too.

To my knowledge …

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