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  • Docker hacking session

    Last week I organized a hacking session for my team at work. We ordered pizzas and we stayed a couple of hours extra to have a look at Docker. For some people this was completely new, for some others not as much. The feedback however was positive overall.

  • CD at scale: the success story of a big rewrite

    Back in March, I gave a presentation at the Continuous Delivery Amsterdam meetup. You can watch the video here. The title is “CD at scale: the success story of a big rewrite”. It’s about how we applied CD in a big project that involved complete rewrite of our storefronts at work.

  • Making a habit

    Some time ago, I stumbled upon this article regarding productivity tools by ProductHunt. It’s a long list, but I noticed the first section “Habit and Goal Trackers”. The term habit tracker was new to me.

  • Log of today

    So, this is a small summary of some things I did today (after all blog stands for web log):

  • The big Tuesday

    Since the begin of May, so for the past 5 months, I’ve been doing a lot in order to get rid of some extra weight. Unlike my previous attempts in the past, this time I succeeded like never before.

  • Keep me running

    It’s been quite a while since I’ve written in the blog. I don’t do much programming at home these days, so the various pet projects I’ve published here over the time are idling. Instead, I’ve been working out a bit more than usual. In fact, for the first time in my life, I’ve taken quite a liking to running.

  • Νικήτρια Στήλη

    Ένα κακό που έχει το πρωινό commute στη δουλειά είναι ότι το μυαλό φεύγει και πετάει, ειδικά αν δεν έχεις μαζί κάτι να διαβάζεις ή κάτι να ακούς.

  • Σαββατοκύριακο στη Βιέννη

    Τα γνωστά, πρωινό ξύπνημα, η τσάντα έτοιμη, ταξί, τρένο, αεροδρόμιο. Η μέρα έχει μεγαλώσει πάρα πολύ, πλησιάζουμε στο μέγιστο και όταν η ώρα ήταν 4:30 ήδη είχε λίγο (ελάχιστο) φως ενώ όταν έφτασα στο κέντρο του Άμστερνταμ έβλεπες κανονικά.

  • Σκουπίδια

    Στο σπίτι που μένω είχαμε στο υπόγειο κοντέινερ για τα σκουπίδια αλλά μας το αφαιρέσανε. Και τώρα; Τυχαία πέτυχα έναν Έλληνα στο ασανσέρ (έχω και Έλληνες γείτονες όπως φαίνεται) και μου είπε ότι πρέπει να προμηθευτώ κάρτα από το δήμο. Η αίτηση γίνεται απλά από το ίντερνετ και σου στέλνουν δύο κάρτες (μέγεθος πιστωτικής) σε δύο εργάσιμες.

  • Customer Care 2.0

    So I wake up this morning and check my e-mail as usual. In my e-mail I see an invoice from my internet provider, Telfort, that charges me 49 euros for moving costs. I get pissed off and I twit about it.

  • Living offline

    I spent a little more than 20 days without internet at home, waiting for my provider to reconnect it to my new house. I think I learned the following things out of this experience:

    • Facebook is truly the big brother were you look through the keyhole of other people's photos etc. I read in a nice comic: if a party's photos don't get uploaded to Facebook, did the party really happen?
    • Twitter has too much noise.
    • In general I spend too much time consuming endless streams of information. I end up scrolling through articles fast, not really reading into them. The bigger an article is, the less is the chance that I'll read it.
  • Μετακόμιση - Move - Verhuizing

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  • Με το φεγγάρι

    Ξάπλα στο τρένο, και οι τέσσερις θέσεις δικές μου… με το κεφάλι κολλητά στο τζάμι και το βλέμμα καρφωμένο στο φεγγάρι. Μάλλον πανσέληνος. Καθαρός νυχτερινός ουρανός, κάπου μεταξύ 6 και 7 το απόγευμα. Το φεγγάρι κρύβεται στιγμιαία όταν περνάει τρένο από την αντίθετη κατεύθυνση ή κάποιο ψηλό κτήριο. Στο Λάιντεν νομίζω ότι θα μου κρυφτεί πίσω από το σταθμό αλλά το τρένο σταματάει ακριβώς εκεί που ξαναεμφανίζεται. Στο πίσω κάθισμα κάποιος γράφει κάτι στο λάπτοπ του και το πληκτρολόγιο έχει πάρει φωτιά. Το τρένο ξαναξεκινάει. Το φεγγάρι το καταπίνουν για λίγο κάτι μαύρα σύννεφα, αλλά μόνο για λίγο.

  • Changing Jobs

  • Español? Almost!

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  • Nostalgism Leninism (NL)

  • Too fast for my computer

    I’ve been working on the same project since January and up to recently we had been using Visual Studio 2008 with ReSharper 4.5. A few weeks ago, we upgraded to Visual Studio 2010 and ReSharper 5. I don’t know which one is to blame, but the IDE has become a bit slower. Two features in particular are really annoying:

    1. Ctrl+Click to navigate to the declaration of an identifier. This functionality was instantaneous in the previous version. Ctrl, Click, done. In the new version, in the beginning I had thought that it's not supported anymore. But I figured out that there's a small delay. I have to press the Control key, keep it down for almost a second, then the mouse cursor changes into a hand and then I can click. That's really disappointing.
    2. Auto-complete, intellisense, or whatever it's called these days. In the previous version it appeared immediately as I started typing. Now, if I type too fast, it doesn't have enough time to appear so by the time I hit Enter to apply the auto-complete that I know will be applied, I just get only the partially entered input. And then I have to go back, type it again, wait for it, wait for it, ok it appears now I can hit Enter.
  • 070-536 Again

    Today I took again the 070-536 exam and I passed it once more, this time with an even higher score (861, while the previous time I had scored 838 points). I’m crossing my fingers that this time the testing center will not go bankrupt… hopefully within a few days I will get a notification from Microsoft verifying that I passed the exam. In combination with the 070-528 that I had passed on March, I should now have the MCTS .NET 2.0 Web Applications certification, which is my first certification!

  • Certification Nightmare

    Last Monday, after spending about a month studying daily in the train to work, I went and took the 070-536 exam at New Horizons testing center, in Rotterdam Alexander. I was nervous because there are a lot of topics covered in this test that I’ve never ever used, since I’m focused more on web applications. After 45’ minutes and 40 questions, I had succeeded! The popup window congratulated me and notified me that I had a scored 838 points, while the base is 700. Then I clicked next and that’s when it all started.

  • Η Ελλάδα έχει θάλασσα;

    Η Ολλανδία κινείται σε ρυθμούς προεκλογικούς και προμουντιαλικούς. Στις 9 Ιουνίου οι Ολλανδοί θα ψηφίσουν για την κυβέρνησή τους και δειλά δειλά κάποιες προεκλογικές αφίσσες κάνουν την εμφάνισή τους. Από την άλλη, καθόλου δειλά, όλοι οι Ολλανδοί γιορτάζουν το επερχόμενο μουντιάλ. Αν κάποια δορυφορική φωτογραφία δείξει την Ολλανδία πορτοκαλί, δεν θα εκπλαγώ καθόλου. Όλοι φοράνε πορτοκαλί μπλούζες ή κάτι πορτοκαλί, παντού υπάρχει σημαιοστολισμός με μικρά πορτοκαλί σημαιάκια, γίνεται ο χαμός.

  • Backup

    Since I’m hosting this website on my own personal home computer, I have the “opportunity” of worrying about my backup strategy. It won’t be the end of the world if something goes wrong, I have other documents that are far more important. But it’s nice to feel that you have accomplished something that makes you feel safe.

    What to backup

    1. I need to backup my subversion repositories. I use subversion as a VCS even for my pet projects. I think that using a VCS even at home is a good idea because you learn to live with it. If you're not doing it already, you should consider it.
    2. I need to backup my web sites. Well that goes without saying. It's a web server so the web content should be backed up somewhere. The main web site that runs Cuyahoga also has a MSSQL database. The - up to this moment - two blogs are using BlogEngine and that doesn't need a database at this point.

    Where to backup

  • Certifications

    Last March I passed my first exam, Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 - Web-Based Client Development, also known as 070-528. Having worked many years in Athens with ASP.NET web applications, I didn’t even study; I just made an appointment with the test center, went there, and passed the exam.

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