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January 2017

Mentoring at Nodeschool Workshop in Munich

I am currently hanging out in Munich. A couple of weeks ago I've attended the Munich Node.js User Group for the first time. It was a pretty good meetup and event over at Microsoft. They also sponsored the event, so kudos to them for the pizza and the couple of beers I had!

05
June 2016

Ekso - Node.js Module to require entire directory structures

I am on a quest of structuring the Node.js backend part of my projects for quite some time. While I enjoy using frameworks like Express.js and Hapi.js, they are not solving the problem of how to structure directories, files and in-code hierachy and dependencies.

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May 2016

Open sourcing my web remote control written in CoffeeScript and Node.js

After releasing the source code for my Twitter auto-following app and my winning entry for the Static Showdown Hackathon 2016 I continue to dig out old projects that were either privatly hosted on GitHub or catching dust on my backup drives. I have quite some of them, so expect more in the future.

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March 2016

I finished first place at the Static Showdown hackathon with a speaking game, here is the code

For the past 5 years I attend remote hackathons, namely Rails Rumble, Node Knockout and Static Showdown. It's fun, it's challenging, and it's good for learning new technologies.

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February 2016

Banned Twitter Auto-Follow Application in Node.js

Pre-2010, when Twitter was still up and coming, I started a account named @usejquery to tweet about the "latest and greatest about jQuery". When it was still the Wild West on Twitter, I coded a auto-follower based on searches with Ruby. It really was a simple script I've never dared to release. However, in the time that I managed the account (before I sold the UsejQuery website and Twitter account), I was able to gather just over 23k in followers. Today it has over 58k followers.

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October 2014

Lessons learned at Rails Rumble 2014

Once again I competed in the 48 hour coding competition called Rails Rumble. It must have been my 5th. Although I didn't win, it was a success in my opinion. But there are some things I definitely want to do better next year. Here are some thoughts I like to note and share...

07
October 2014

Trip 2014 No7 - Back at home in Budapest

tl;dr I've procrastinated two months on translating (I keep notes in German) and finishing this post. Anyway, I've had a blast in Budapest, just like last year. Many Drum and Bass parties, I met many awesome people and basically had a care-free time. I'll be back, for sure.

15
September 2014

Line Length Break Atom Editor Package

I moved my Blog from a Ghost setup to a custom setup and faced a little problem when porting over the couple of posts that I've already written.

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September 2014

I finally banned 'news'

Over a year ago I got rid of my TV (along with many other stuff). Ever since, I rarely watch TV and no News at all. Which was a pretty smart move for me, in my opinion. TV is for entertainment and programming of the masses. The so called 'mainstream media'.

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July 2014

Hostel Hop Pitch - Scraps No5

In Budapest, Hungary.

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July 2014

Trip 2014 No6 - Break-in in Belgrade

This time I've chosen the fancy way of travelling and took the plane from Bucharest to Belgrade. This took me only 1.5 hours, and with the time difference it was even only 30 minutes.

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July 2014

Hostel Hop Pitch - Scraps No4

In Budapest, Hungary.

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July 2014

Trip 2014 No5 - Big bold Bucharest

I left Sofia by night-train to Bucharest. I bought the ticket literally last minute and hopped on the train. Eleven hours were ahead of me. I didn't even bother to take a sleeping booth because I heard they are much worse than having a seat for eleven hours.

15
July 2014

Hostel Hop Pitch - Scraps No3

In Belgrade, Serbia.

10
July 2014

Hostel Hop Pitch - Scraps No2

In Bucharest, Romania.

10
July 2014

Hostel Hop Pitch - Scraps No1

I started to work on my project Hostel Hop again. That is, the technical side of it (more on that in the future).

05
July 2014

Trip 2014 No4 - Back in Sofia

I left Budapest in the evening via the overnight bus to Sofia. Twelve hours of comfort ahead. Equipped with some hours of laptop battery and more hours of audiobooks that should be no problem.

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June 2014

Yet another special day

It's my 9862. day on earth. It's my 27th birthday, and I don't really care. At first, this sounds negative, but let me explain.

25
June 2014

Trip 2014 No3 - A taste of Budapest

This was a quick one night stop in Budapest because there is no bus from Bratislava to Sofia.

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June 2014

Trip 2014 No2 - Bratislava - Dead on arrival

After my night in Prague and a quick nap on the bus I arrived in Bratislava. Never been there before, but my excitement level was on a low because I was dead from the night before. I longed for a bed.

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June 2014

Trip 2014 No1 - A night in Prague

After five months in Leipzig I'm finally back on the road. I documented my trip last year only by pictures. While it's true that they are saying more than thousand words, this time I want to share a bit more. What I do, how I travel, how much I spent and who I met. Lets get started!

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May 2014

Getting rid of stuff - second phase

One year ago I was wrapping up the first phase of getting rid of many of my stuff to finally get out. I haven't counted how much stuff went for sale, as gifts or in the trash. TV, furniture, papers, books, electronic equipment, apartment, etc.

19
May 2014

New pairs.io website and demo (open-source)

Completely redone. I stick with the one-pager but make it scrollable. The site is mainly build around the demo, which is a slideshow, with additional info to be found when scrolling down.

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April 2014

Hostel Hop Day X - Damn continuity

Ahh, the wonders of continuity. It didn't happen to the 48 days of Hostel Hop. But why not stick to the project?

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February 2014

Hostel Hop Day 4 - Initial features and wireframes

It's so easy to get lost in ideas and features. There are so many facets to this project. However, I've been down the road to jump right in development without a clear vision what comes first. Ultimately, I abolish projects pretty quickly because I loose interest. That must not happen with this project. Here are the outlines of features that the very first version, the alpha, should contain:

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February 2014

Hostel Hop Day 3 - Development Environment

In my job as a web developer I mostly write pure JavaScript, HTML & CSS. For personal projects however, I rely on those kewl shiny things like CoffeeScript and Stylus. The biggest pro is that it just saves so much time typing. Thus you can get more done. And I want to move!

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February 2014

Hostel Hop Day 1 + 2 - Scraping and bootstrapping data

The first thing we did for our static showdown entry was to scrape some initial data. I felt very comfortable bootstrapping the app with real data. So for the real thing, I do it again.

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February 2014

Hostel Hop - 48 days for the real thing

Since I've been homeless the past seven months, I've been in a lot of hostels. And I totally enjoyed it. In fact, so much that I stayed at the Bubble in Budapest for one month, for example.

06
February 2014

Put yourself out there

For the past seven months I've been homeless. Stop the tears right now because I love it. It was intentional.