Expandig Kobo Clara HD’s microSD Card

The COVID-19 lockdown in Belgium was officially enforced on noon 18th Mar 2020 but at home we were already quarantined (kids since Carnival holidays, 24th Feb; me from EOB 13th Mar). So on my first official telework day, 16th Mar, I finally decided to buy an ebook reader, and selected Kobo Clara HD. I like it but still I was curious and looked around for how to hack it.

April 19, 2020

Writing a Twitter Bot in R

Since a while I am contemplating the possibility of automatically publishing on social media some stats and data visualisations from work. When I discovered the nice bot @everytract by @fitnr (and a little later the @GVAcartografic’s #Secciócensal tweets) I decided to try and do a Twitter bot myself in order to see what is possible and how difficult it is. I thought that combining maps and some Italian data would be a good recipe for having fun and so I did set out to use some GIS data from the Italian National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT)( @istat_en) in order to publish a map for every Italian comune (the basic administrative division in Italy).

June 30, 2018

ErgoDox keyboard

Now that I have a new blog setup, I can more quickly post what has been since long time in the making: my ErgoDox keyboard. It all started with me reading Steve Yegge’s blog on touch typing and being convinced I should give it a try with a proper keyboard. So on 2014-03-24 I joined a Massdrop purchase for an DIY ErgoDox split keyboard. It completed a week later and delivery was done somewhat end of May.

January 3, 2018

New Blog Engine

I finally decided to give it a try and then switched to blogdown (here the free book.) I sort of followed the migration suggestions in the book, but when I tried to switch to Netlify I got everyting messed up with my OVH setup so I am still with Github Pages…one step at a time… I hope this setup will lower the barrier and allow me to blog and share more.

January 2, 2018

Docker image for locally testing Oracle

Docker for Oracle This post describes my journey to building and using a docker image for Oracle. It all started as usual searching the web for hints and many results led to the Oracle docker Github repository. This repository under OracleDatabase provides (almost) all the informations needed. My target machine: MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2009), OS X Yosemite 10.10.5. Which Oracle RDBMS? I decided to use Oracle XE 11.

October 31, 2016