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A Graphviz primer

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One of the tools I've always wanted in my tool belt was a graphing tool for text files. Since I handle a lot of text that goes into repositories it is always a bit of a pain to somehow to version control diagrams. Today we will dive a bit into the world of Graphviz. A tool that turns scripts written into the dot language into images. Those scripts describe directed graphs. Read More...

Playing with happiness on Twitter

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Let’s play a bit with Twitter data. There is a Spanish saying that says “La felicidad va por barrios” which is used like “every dog has its day” but close-to-literally translates into “happiness goes to some neighbours”. Me and some friends wanted to check if happiness in Twitter depends on your neighbourhood too. Yes, I know it is a weak justification for writing software but… ¯_(ツ)_/¯ This is my first python code so don’t be hard on me. Read More...

Taking notes and coding

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I am not such a big fan of paper. I don’t know. Maybe it is just me but I found it extremely inconvenient for taking notes on how code should work. It is too far away for my development environment. They are difficult to share, specially in a remote environment, easy to lose and difficult to transform. Also on paper everything looks easy and good ;)

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Playing with text to speech in emacs (part 1)

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Amazon has just announced Polly and I wanted to give it a try. Of course the first thing that came to my mind was: elfeed! Polly is not free but 4$ per 24 hours seems reasonable in order to read a post from time to time. Anyway let’s start there, get the ball rolling, and if it works well maybe we can think in adding more backends.

So, let’s go to work!

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Back to a static site

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I left Medium as a main host for my site. Don’t get me wrong. It is a great platform. I cannot recommend it enough and for a non hosted solution I think it is the best you can get. This is one of those “it is not you, it is me” situations. I want to be back to regular blogging. Something more hand made. Something I can do from emacs. I am willing to sacrifice a bit more reach in exchange for a bit more of “my personal place”.

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When to rewrite

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We all heard it. Probably some of us lived it. That beautiful moment when somebody asks: “why don’t we rewrite our full application?” Things to consider before starting I’ve always said that we humans have the beautiful power of learning from other people’s experiences so let me tell you mine: You will always lose features. Nobody knows completely what the application does up to the smallest detail. Nobody knows all the corner cases. Read More...