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Taking the leap

One and a half years ago, I had this thought:

I can develop products, I have some ideas and the money I get from my freelance activity would be enough to work on my own projects in parallel. What is stopping me from building my own minimum viable products, release them into the market and see how it goes?

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Home server on demand

Having an home server is great. It can be used as a NAS, as a print server, you can have some virtual machines for whatever purpose you may need and you can host some services there. I’m using it for all of the mentioned reasons, including software development and testing, with a Gitlab and Gitlab-CI services running on premises. I’m also hosting some web applications I developed for my own usage. I needed some of this services to be accessed externally, so I have NAT (Network Address Translation) configured on my Fritz!Box to point some ports to the server.

And it has been great so far! Except, I don’t need it to be running and spending electricity all the time. Additionally, the sound of the fans doesn’t please much the person I’m living with: my girlfriend.

So, how did I make it better?

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Google as a Fraud Detection Tool

The security advice from the platform WG-Gesucht.
The security advice from the platform WG-Gesucht.


In the last years of my life, I have experienced how hard is to find a flat for renting in some big cities, such as Brussels, Belgium and Hamburg, Germany.

One of the reasons for this is that in the flat rental market, there is more demand than flats available. Another reason is that there are many frauds on flat search websites. It is not easy to control efficiently every offer that is published. Most of this platforms warn users about the danger and provide some advices to avoid it.

My aim with this post is to make you aware and give you some advices on how can you do a step further on finding out scams. Continue reading Google as a Fraud Detection Tool

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It’s impossible!

Have you ever spent some time in Italy? I’ve been for a month, in Milan, Pisa, Florence, Perugia, Rome and Turin, together with my girlfriend. She stayed some months longer and knows well the answer to the following question. Do you know which was the most common expression we have heard from Italian citizens? No, it was not pizza, pasta or bella raggazza. The last one, at least not in my case. Continue reading It’s impossible!

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Java 8


Recently, Oracle released a new Java version, Java 8. According to Brian Goetz (Java Language Architect), it has been in development for over 4 years and it’s development started before the launch of the former version, Java 7 [1]. This is the release with the most added features since the first Java version.
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