My first Uber experience in Manila, Philippines

November 5, 2015

I'm now in Manila, Philippines, and just like in most other big cities, taxi drivers here get a bad reputation. I actually try to avoid taxis in most cities unless I have no other option. Last time I was here was almost 3 years ago and have only used the taxi a couple of times and it was fine. But I've heard enough stories of taxi drivers refusing to use the meter or ...

Adding a Time Zone setting to your Django app

October 29, 2015

I'm currently working with a friend of mine on a Django app for Amazon sellers to automatically reprice their product listings. One of the features of the app is to show the price change history of their listings. Since they would want to see the timestamp of when the change occurred, we added a setting for them to set their Time Zone so they won't have to do time adjustments in their head ...

Certificate verify failure with version 2015.9.6.2 of the certifi package

October 12, 2015

I just spent the past hour trying to troubleshoot this error message I was getting from the requests package when communicating with the MailChimp API:

SSLError: [Errno 1] _ssl.c:510: error:14090086:SSL routines:SSL3_GET_SERVER_CERTIFICATE:certificate verify failed

I just provisioned a production server running Ubuntu 14.04 x64 for a new Django project and had been pulling my hair out trying to figure out why it was throwing this error when our stage ...

Switching my default search engine to DuckDuckGo

June 28, 2015

For your average Internet user, it's probably hard to imagine using any other search engine but Google. Even the word 'google' seems to have replaced the word 'search' when talking about the web. Whenever I'm with a group of people and a question comes up that no one could answer, someone would often say "Google it."

We live in a world now where we're always connected. Whenever a question pops up, the ...

Living in Medellin, Colombia

June 21, 2015

I switched from full time employment to remote freelance part-time work a few months ago so I could mix work and travel. The term commonly used to describe this kind of lifestyle nowadays is a "digital nomad."

I decided to make Medellin my first stop as I've heard good things about it as a digital nomad destination and I remember having a really great time in Colombia when I visited the country 3 years ...