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Saying goodbye to an old friend: Decommissioning a Raspberry Pi web server

For a good many years, I have been running some of my personal web hosting from a Raspberry Pi in my home. In this post I describe the process of decommissioning this server and the background to why this happened right now. I also share some of the experiences of using a Raspberry Pi as a server this way and my general feelings around it.

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Rewriting git history with git filter-branch and git rebase -i

Sometimes, you find yourself in a situation where you need to do rather drastic changes to a git repository, like when you actually want to remove one or more files including their full history from the repo. This is where git filter-branch can come in handy. In this blog post, we take a closer look at how it can help us with this task.

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Programming projects in 2020

This is a post where I summarize some of the projects I have been hacking on during 2020. Note that only "non-work" related projects are covered by this list. FOSS projects which I have been able to contribute to during work time are included, though.

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Programming projects in 2019

This is a post where I summarize some of the projects I have been hacking on during 2019. Note that only non-work related projects are covered by this list.

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Java for C# programmers

In this post I'll write about a number of differences between Java and C# that I've experienced at my current job. First a bit of a background: Before I switched jobs in August 2018, I had been working with C#, Ruby and other programming languages for the last 15 years; Java was pretty much out of the picture for me. I had worked as a Java programmer from the year 2000 to 2001, but this was inded a long time ago.

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GDB tracepoints

Many of us have been using GNU GDB for debugging to some extent, but at least for me personally, I know that there is a lot more to learn about how to use it effectively. In this blog post I go through something I call tracepoints and why they can be invaluable in debugging complex problems.

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Linux kernel compilation as a benchmark tool

Back in the days, compiling the Linux kernel was a rough (but still remotely useful) measure of the performance of a machine. How long does it take to compile a modern Linux kernel on a modern piece of hardware? Let's find out!

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Wrestling with Debian GNU/Linux and nVidia

I wish I wouldn't have to write this, but: nVidia graphics cards seem to be a horrible choice for Linux desktops these days. Maybe it's always been like that, but the issues unfortunately still remain to a certain degree.

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JRuby memory leak hunting: Leaking in production

Again, we were runnning into a JRuby memory leak that I had to investigate, since it was affecting a customer environment in a bad way.

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My first impressions of Node.js

Node.js is an interesting platform for running JavaScript in the server-side of your web applications, with a significant amount of growth in the last years. In this blog post I'll share some of my initial feelings about using it with Express.js

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