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Celebrating the Small Wins

November 5, 2018

Our tiny, two-person bootstrapped software company, Highview Apps, has recently passed $100k in total revenue. This is certainly a big milestone for us and took almost 2 years to get to this point. For some reason, it didn't feel that long and felt like we actually got here fairly quickly. Looking back, I realize that part of the reason is because we celebrated the small wins, which kept us going and motivated.

When you ...

How to resume download over SSH using "rsync"

October 30, 2018

This is one of those "note to self" again.

I needed to download big file (close to 6GB) from a remote server last night but the Internet connection at my AirBnB was a bit spotty and would drop periodically.

Normally, I'd just use scp and even 6GB of data is no big deal on a fast and stable connection. But with a slow or unstable connection, I needed a way to resume the download ...

How to use "nohup" with chained commands in Ubuntu

October 30, 2018

This is another note to self as I keep forgetting the syntax.

Basically I needed to use nohup (short for "no hangup") to execute a PostgreSQL database dump while connected to a remote server via SSH. The reason is to make sure the command doesn't get terminated in case I get disconnected from the server as the command could take some time to complete due to the size of the database I'm backing ...

Just Get Started

August 31, 2018

A few weeks ago, I finally finished building a feature for one of our apps that I've been putting off for weeks.

I've been procrastinating because the problem seemed complex and just not that interesting to work on, even though it feels important and could potentially increase our conversion rate. Then one day, while sitting in a coffee shop and just about to wrap up for the day, I decided to just pick ...

Getting Into Cryptocurrencies With Robinhood

August 26, 2018

I signed up to Robinhood early this month mainly to invest a little bit of money into cryptos.

Robinhood is a stock brokerage that has really taken off as they let you buy stocks with zero fees, compared to other brokerages such as Charles Schwab that charge $4-5 per trade. Robinhood makes money from interests on unused cash in their users' acocunts.

What really caught my attention was when they announced "Robinhood Crypto" earlier this ...

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