Robin Laurén

Learning in Public

  • Efraim Longstocking

    I can’t believe i haven’t written about my largest project in ages! Yes, i’ve taken the stage in an amateur children’s theatre production, Pippi Långstrump, which is Swedish for Pippi Longstocking. I’m playing Pippi’s dad Efraim and a small role as Starke Adolf who i don’t know the English name for. But it’s this strongman who performs at the market (originally, at the circus) and gets wrestled down by the strongest girl in the world.

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  • Learning to Speak

    Today i learned (the hard way) that doing something by hand that you usually get through automation can be really tedious. So when you Automate Everything, make sure there’s an easy manual override when needed. But that’s for another post. I’ve given my second ever presentation, which was at the Finnish Mac Admins’ meet-up. The presentation was essentially the same as i did in London earlier this year, about “Government Level Security (while maintaining your sanity and humanity)“, but in Finnish.

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  • Learning in Public

    I listened to a swell podcast episode from freeCodeCamp where Shawn swyx Wang told an insane amount of great things. I really urge you to listen to the episode even if it’s two hours long (there’s at least four hours of content within those two hours!) to hear about practical work discipline (“No Zero-days”), of which i have way too little, and the concept of “Lerning in public”. Among several other things (like salary negotiation, react.

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  • Streaming Is Hard

    You’d think that creating a live video stream these days would be uncomplicated, a “solved problem”. Sure, things might be complicated by the fact that the production has multiple remote controlled cameras, slides/video with possible embedded audio, two audience screens (thankfully showing the same content, and no speaker screen), live dubbing, a separate stage on another floor to show the dubbed version of the presentation, streaming to YouTube in 1080/50p and record the thing on local storage, oh, and keep an eye on the Slack channel for questions and feedback from those on the other side of the stream.

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  • Macaduk Speaker Imposter Syndrome

    Aaaaaagh! Looking at the MacADUK 2019 speaker list, i’m now completely overwhelmed by imposter syndrome. All these geniuses … and me?! Halp!

  • Speaking at Macaduk 2019

    Aaaagh! I’m going to speak at a conference! And i haven’t even started writing my talk yet! And i thought i’d start writing it in January and it’s practically already February! Panic now! On a more serious note, i am indeed going to take a huge step over my insecurity and talk about something that i do know a bit about, though the more i think about it, the less i feel i really know, so it’s imposters’ all around agian.

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  • The Q currency

    My proposed Q currency symbol

    There’s a new currency in town and it’s called Q. Or more exactly, it’s an initiative in the making, by some ex-PayPal guys, to create a an alternative currency which they call Q. They’re kickstarting it by taking registrations from people. If you want in, you know me and i know you …

    here’s my invite link:

    The Q initiative is handing out a bunch of free Q currency and the quicker you react, the more Q you and i get for you signing up and me accepting you. Let me know after you registered, because I need to verify you on my end.

    To keep up with the spirit of Q, please only follow the invite link if we know each other. The link will stop working once i’m out of invites.

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  • Home Automation With Home Assistant

    I’ve been interested in home automation for ten or fifteen years now, probably since writing my thesis on home networks access control, quite some time away. My view of a well made home automation is a home that responds to its inhabitants, in some cases even anticipates their wills and wants. Well, anticipate may be a bit of a stretch, but even “infers from” is already sufficiently close to magic.

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  • Getting Started With Yubikeys

    I bought a set of Yubikeys to figure out what the fuss was all about. Getting started was surprisingly painless and i now have a new authentication factor for Google, Github and Lastpass.

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  • Change Your Mac Profile Picture Into Anything

    So you’re tired of the standard profile pictures, don’t want to use the camera, don’t have a Mac Server? Here’s a fairly simple workaround to use any picture as your profile picture.

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