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Re-designing HighviewApps.com

May 21, 2017

I just finished re-doing our main site for Highview Apps, a software company I started with a friend of mine that makes Shopify apps. We've been thinking of re-doing the site for some time now and I was finally able to allocate a couple of days to work on it.

Initially, we just wanted to have a company site up and running quickly so we just picked a very simple one-page, free Bootstrap 3 ...

Generating a signed URL for an Amazon S3 file using boto

April 9, 2017

I was refactoring some code for EZ Exporter, a data exporter app for Shopify, last week as our customer base has been growing pretty steadily these last few months. I figured it's time to do some optimization to make sure the app is ready for future growth.

One of the functionalities that we needed to optimize is how we handle manual downloads. Initially, I just made it very simple by returning the data as ...

An hour in a floatation tank (aka "sensory deprivation tank") in Bogota, Colombia

March 29, 2017

I've been doing a daily 10-minute meditation practice for about 4 months now. Just a few weeks ago, I decided to finally give a floatation tank a try.

I've heard about floatation tanks before, but what really got me interested in it was Tim Ferriss' latest book "Tools of Titans." One of the people he interviewed mentioned that spending time in a floatation tank is like meditation on steroids.

If you've never ...

Generate random passwords on Linux with the "pwgen" command

February 26, 2017


With the recent Cloudflare hack ("CloudBleed"), I currently find myself resetting a bunch of passwords.

I tend to use very random passwords for most of my accounts, where each account uses a different random password. Thankfully, with tools like pwgen this is very quick and easy to do. Before using pwgen, I would normally go to a site like random.org to generate random passwords.

Using `pwgen` is very simple, just install it and type ...

Launching RemotePython.com: A job board and aggregator for remote Python jobs (and only remote Python jobs)

January 4, 2017

I recently launched RemotePython.com, a job board specifically for remote Python jobs. I aimed to release it on January 1 and was actually able to make it in time. There were a few minor last minute bugs I had to fix before the launch, but overall it went pretty well.

I started the project as I'm a freelance Python developer who can only work remotely due to my "digital nomad" lifestyle and constantly ...

RemotePython.com Progress Report

December 24, 2016

I started development of RemotePython.com, a job board/aggregator for finding remote Python jobs and developers, towards the end of November. Just almost a month later, I'm happy to announce that I'm about 90% done with the site. I've logged around 66 hours of development time so far.

The site is of course built with Python, using the Django web framework. I also made sure I took advantage of the latest ...

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