After publishing my book on Apache Thrift I was asked to do some presentation for software developers in my company about this topic. As a follow up of the presentation I wrote an article preserving most of the presentation contents and adding some code examples. You can read it here.
I encourage you to check out my recent article Effective communication in software development projects – in 7 easy steps published in the eMAG TechLabs – the tech blog of the company that I work for as a Software Development hub manager.
In this article I present seven easy rules that you should take into consideration if you want to improve communication in your projects – not only IT related. It is based on my previous experience married with the culture and experience of eMAG.
If you have any comments or suggestions – please don’t hesitate to contact me.
In 2011 I prepared a tutorial on Apache Thrift, which was as transcript of my exploration of this great framework. In the first half of 2015 I was approached by Packt Publishing to write a book in their “Learning” series, to serve as an introduction to Apache Thrift.
I am proud to announce, that after over half year of hard work the book was published. It is available in the paperback and ebook formats, from the publisher’s website, on Amazon and some brick-and-mortar bookstores in English-speaking world. If you would like to learn about the Apache Thrift framework I recommend my book, which is the first (and currently only) publication of this kind.
The book is available from:
If you read this book and have any questions or concerns – please don’t hesitate to contact me – I’d be happy to help.
Recently I took part in the first event called WarszawQA – organized by the community of people interested in Quality Assurance in Warsaw. I gave a talk about basics of effective communication in the IT projects.
Alfred 2 is awesome productivity application for Mac OS X. It allows you to quickly search files, navigate web, run applications and many more. One of the great features of Alfred are workflows – custom actions, that can be triggered (and programmed) by the user.
As a solution to my frequent need of calculating the exchange rates between currencies, I made an Alfred 2 workflow that allows to do exactly that, using Google-like syntax, for example:
rate 123 USD in EUR
will yield result:
Here’s a screenshot:
One of the most important factors in the success or failure of any IT project is communication. Surprisingly, there are not many people, who can use the communication tools effectively. In the article published in the Smashing Magazine I provide an overview of basic tools, such as e-mail, issue trackers, and meetings.
Recently I had a suspicion, that my e-mail messages weren’t delivered properly. I use Gmail as a client, however some of my messages are fetched from and sent through the third party server. I was under the impression, that not all of the messages that I send are delivered to the recipient. This problem is hard to debug, because Gmail provides no logs nor client support, and it is also troublesome to get the information from my e-mail/hosting company every time I think something’s wrong.
Most of the servos that are available at reasonable prices are “standard” servos. That means, the output shaft of the servo can be positioned in the position from 0 to 180 degrees. It can be set by the duration of the pulse sent to the control wire (yellow, orange or white) of the servo. Other two wires are power (red) and ground (black or brown). In Arduino, there is Servo library, which serves this purpose.
Standard servo is useful when you want to control angle. However sometimes, you need continuous rotation in specified direction. It is easy to modify standard servo to become continuous servo. In such case, degree of 0 means full speed in one direction, 180 – full speed in other, while middle value means no motion (it is around 90 – more about calibration later).
This tutorial will show you, how to perform such easy modification. You will need to remove the potentiometer and replace it with two 2,2k Ohm resistors.
CrashPlan is pretty amazing backup solution – it provides multiple backup solutions for your personal data, including unlimited cloud storage, backup to friends or local devices and other. They charge $59.99 annually for unlimited plan (1 computer). Frequently (like, all the time) they offer large discounts (20% and more) for new users. However, they forget about existing users – if you want to extend your subscription, you need to pay full amount. When I asked them about that, they told me, that it is a technical difficulty to sort this out in their billing system.
I think it’s unfair for existing customers, who refer the service to their friends and families (i.e. I referred them to at least 4 or 5 paying customers). I found a way to extend your account with the discount in a couple of easy steps:
- Log into your CrashPlan account on their website.
- Find your subscription, cancel it. They will warn you, that all data will be deleted. What they won’t tell you is that they will not do it immediately – your data is still there for a couple of hours.
- At this moment go to the discount offer page (look at their website or facebook page), while still logged in.
- Buy the discounted subscription. You will receive new license key.
- In the CrashPlan application delete old license key and paste the new one.
- Enjoy your extended subscription at the discounted price 🙂
Note: this method is valid as of November 1, 2013.
Note2: I tried to use this method recently (November 1, 2015) and it doesn’t seem to be working anymore. If you were successful – please let me know!