• Small upgrades to your workspace

    Right Posture
    Right Posture vs Reality

    After another cross-country move, I've had to leave my mighty Workspace behind (complete with 2 monitors and a fierce Desktop PC). I've taken my Laptop with me, thinking that's really all I need, as I could do all my work while sitting in a park meditating (or some other ridiculous notion). Obviously I was totally wrong!

  • Family Tree Research

    Family Photos

    I've recently restarted my genealogical research efforts, to find out more about my family's history.
    In many cases, especially people of Jewish-European origins, not much is known by the ones who stayed alive (20th century Europe has seen a lot).
    Many archives are recent, and some German/Polish/Russian archives have only recently been scanned and digitized.

    I thought I'd start building a Family Tree, and once I hit a dead end, start to look for clues online.
    There are quite a few services out there that provide family trees, and I've decided to use them in combination.

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  • Best of 2015

    happy-new-year

    As most of you have noticed, I (almost) always post on a Thursday.
    This year, for the first time since 2009, New Year's Eve is on a Thursday!
    So first of all Happy New Year everyone! Let's make this year kick 2015's ass!

    I've decided to pick a few of the best (in my opinion) articles I've written this year. This is something I've never done before, but I think it's a good way of looking back at the year, and gaining better understanding as to what I've been dealing with (mostly technologically). so I came up with the following:
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  • Finding the Top JavaScript Cities in Europe

    JS EU Logo

    I've recently read an interesting article, talking about the job market for JavaScript in 2016.
    While the article presented great points on why Web Developers should invest some time and work with JavaScript, the job & market related information was US-centric. I wanted to see how things look like on the European front.

    Numbers of JavaScript related jobs in major EU cities

    Indeed (the website that was used in the original article to count jobs) has localized versions for most EU countries.
    I looked into each capital and/or major tech city in the EU, and searched for jobs that have the keyword JavaScript.
    City JavaScript jobs
    London, UK 8440
    Paris, France 3409
    Berlin, Germany 1426
    Dublin, Ireland 1304
    Amsterdam, Netherlands 1227
    Munich, Germany 1136
    Madrid, Spain 1088
    Warsaw, Poland 1049
    Brussels, Belgium 495
    Stockholm, Sweden 479
    Budapest, Hungary 479
    Rome, Italy 451
    Prague, Czech Republic 443
    Helsinki, Finland 310
    Vienna, Austria 288
    Copenhagen, Denmark 113
    It's important to note that Indeed is not as popular in Europe as it is in the US.
    I was on a search for some data that could give me a better indication into how lively the JavaScript community really is in these cities.

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  • Tips for Jekyll development

    jekyll-tips Continuing the WordPress to Jekyll series,
    I've decided to give a few Jekyll tips that I've learned in the process of converting my website.

    Jekyll serve at the speed of light

    Over 5 years, I've written quite a few posts, over 500 posts.
    To test Jekyll out (for development) you have to run the following command:

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    jekyll serve
    
    However, with 500+ posts, it takes about 70-90 seconds to build, which is annoying if you're making small tweaks,
    that take minutes to compile.
    There's a cool little trick to make compilation happen a lot quicker, by limiting the number of posts:
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    jekyll serve --limit_posts=3
    
    This will only compile the last 3 posts, which is enough for 99% of test cases anyways.
    The average compilation time with the limit_posts parameter is about 3-4 seconds.
    This is a great trick especially if you have a bigger blog with 1000+ posts.

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