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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 ...

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 to generate random passwords.

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

Launching A job board and aggregator for remote Python jobs (and only remote Python jobs)

January 4, 2017

I recently launched, 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 ... Progress Report

December 24, 2016

I started development of, 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 ...

Building a job board specifically for remote Python jobs

November 24, 2016

Remote Python Jobs and Only Remote Python Jobs

For some time now, I had been thinking of building a Python job board/aggregator specifically for remote Python jobs. Part of the reason is to scratch my own itch. I'm a freelance Python/Django developer and only available for a remote working arrangement as I like living in different cities around the world. I typically change cities every 1-3 months.

Since I'm always on the lookout for remote Python jobs anyway, I ...

Building an email list with Drip

November 8, 2016

Drip Email Marketing Automation

For a long time now, I've heard many people say that you should build an email list. I've listened to podcasts about running online businesses and a common recommendation is to build an email list as soon as possible. But I've kept putting it off.

Well, yesterday, I've finally decided to spend a few minutes to put up a sign up box. The book "Launch" basically convinced me how valuable an ...