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Bose Bluetooth Headphones

Bose Bluetooth Headphones

Last year I bought myself a pair of Bose SoundLink Around-Ear Bluetooth Headphones. After 6 months of usage, I feel like it's time that I finally review them, having used them enough :))

Let me first say my track record with all of my previous wired earphones: none of them lasted more then 8-9 months. On all of them the cable would give up somewhere towards the plug, even though one had some fancy shmancy Kevlar reinforced cable. Nope, still managed to break the wires inside it, even though I tried to take care of it and not just dump it into my pocket, but folding them neatly. Nope, they continue.

2015 in review

Woohoo. I wrote this post four days sooner that I did last year. Maybe in a couple of years I will actually write it on the first day of the year!!!!!

This year has not been such a great year. While the number of readers did go up slightly, from 12451 to 13110, actual page views dropped in half, down to 46926 from 92938 last year :( Alas, nothing lasts forever. Good thing I'm not making a living out of my blog. The bright side is that now I have more new visitors, 59.51% getting to my site for the first time, compared to 37.60% in 2014. continue.

Setting goals

Goals should be aggresive, but realistic

While this may seem like a New Years Resolution kind of post, I assure you, it's just a co­in­ci­dence. In December I read two books about pro­duc­tiv­i­ty. The first one is by Tim Challies, a Christian pastor and very prolific blogger, Do More Better, while the second is by Nick Winter, a programmer and quantified self enthusiast, The Motivation Hacker.

They are quite different books, written from vastly different per­spec­tives and with different objectives in mind, by two people who have a very different view on life, but basically both suggested that in order to be more productive, you need to set clear goals, organize yourself, and commit continue.

The Force Awakens

The Force Awakens
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The Christmas party organized by Google in Zurich this year was... drumroll a private Star Wars: The Force Awakens screening. They rented out half of Arena Cinemas for half a day and they invited all Zooglers to watch the movie.

Normally I don't go to see movies in the first couple of weeks after they are released, because the cinemas are too crowded, but I couldn't miss such an occasion: a new Star Wars movie!!!!

In general, I enjoyed the movie. I left the cinema like, yeah, this was a good "reboot" of the series and I'm curious how this will continue. Of course, there were some bad continue.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review

Lumix DMC-LX100

Back in April, after my trip to Geneva, I realized I needed a camera. Just using my phone to take pictures wasn't going to cut it. No matter how good cameras in phones get, they still have a small senzor and a fixed lens, so in many conditions they will produce worse quality pictures than a good camera with the same number of megapixels.

I had been thinking about buying a camera before that too, but then I started doing some research. Initially I wanted to buy a DSLR, but talking to some friends who actually know how to take photos, made me realize that I shouldn't. I'm continue.

Adding SSL with Let's Encrypt

Let's encrypt is a new Cer­tifi­cate Authority, started by Mozilla, EFF and University of Michigan, that will offer free SSL cer­tifi­cates, with an easy setup.

I had an attempt previously to set up SSL for my website, from StartSSL, but I... ac­ci­den­tal­ly overwrote my private key when unzipping it, so... it became quite useless, and to delete it, I would have to pay. So I put the project on hold for a while.

Yesterday, while reading news, I saw that Let's Encrypt finally entered public beta. They promise super easy setup, but for now they don't have out of the box support for nginx, which I use, so continue.

Line charts in Javascript

Recently I wanted to take a look at some personal data that I had been collecting for several years (Quantified Self and Lifel­og­ging ftw :D). Until now it was sitting there write-only, with me oc­ca­sion­al­ly peeking at it manually, but because it was in a pretty much raw format (actually, multiple formats, from different sources), I didn't interact with it too much. However, recently I was a bit bored, I wanted to code something just for fun (as much as parsing XML files can be called fun), so I cleaned up the data and now I wanted to get some "useful" in­for­ma­tion out of it.

The data consists continue.

BAP

The concert hall

The Royal Concert Hall

In September I went to Belgium to work in a Google datacenter, near Mons, for two weeks. I took the op­por­tu­ni­ty and used the three weekends to wander around and visit a lot of places, including three capitals: Brussels, Amsterdam and Paris (hence the title of the post).

I flew to Amsterdam on Saturday morning. The first thing I wanted to do was to visit the Google office there, but it was in a commercial space, which is closed during weekends, so I couldn't get in :(. So, as I was looking around on Tri­pAd­vi­sor for where to go next, one thing kept drawing continue.

Google Tech Talk @ Babes Bolyai University

Google Tech Talk
@ Babes Bolyai

Good news everyone! I will give two pre­sen­ta­tions at the Babes Bolyai University in Cluj on the 21st of October. The first talk is aimed mostly at students and I will be talking about what I do as a Site Re­li­a­bil­i­ty Engineer and what it takes to maintain a large scale service up and running all the time. The second one is about Megastore, a database with strong con­sis­ten­cy guarantees on a global scale.

If you are interested and want to come, please register using this form.

San Francisco and the so called Mountain View

Alcatraz

Alcatraz, where my childhood favorite movie was set, The Rock

After a week in New York and another one in hot, humid Richmond, where I had a very blessed time due to who was there, I finally arrived to the official des­ti­na­tion of my trip: Mountain View, where Google has more employees then the number of people who live in my hometown of Marghita.

The trip there consisted of a long and quite stressful day, which started off with a rush and not getting a chance to say good bye to all my new friends, then my plane getting delayed, almost missing my connecting flight, scratching my rental continue.