CukenFest 2019

I'm just back home from an inspirational couple of days at CukenFest, time for a quick summary while things are still fresh in my head.

Office Christmas Tree: Modelling in xLights

Time to catch up on my blogging plans for this project before moving on to the next one. The next step in the process was to create a model of my Christmas tree in xLights so that xLights knows how it looks, then create some simple sequences to be run when the status of builds in Jenkins changes.

Oslo Elm Day

Last weekend I attended Oslo Elm Day. Oslo Elm Day is an two track conference of talks regarding the Elm language with 174 attendees. Personally I'm quite excited about the promise of writing applications that can't crash at runtime and want to learn more.

Mirroring to a Projector From Linux

While I'm reasonably comfortable running Linux on the desktop these days, connecting to a projector has always been a challenge, until yesterday when I finally found the right link on the internet to explain what I needed.

DirectAccess VPN From Linux VMware Guest

I'm currently on my second office where the preferred computer setup for developers is to run Linux in a VM on a beefy laptop. From Windows the DirectAccess VPN works out of the box, but giving Linux in a VM the same access has proved to be non-trivial. What follows is a step by step configuration that worked for me.

Office Christmas Tree: 3D Modelling

Once the lights were working I then needed some structure to put them in. The Christmas lighting community use many different materials, with corrugated plastic being a popular choice, but we have a 3D printer at the office so I decided to see what I could do with that.

Office Christmas Tree: Connectivity Test

Once my order from Ray Wu arrived I was able to continue progress on my office Christmas tree project. Time to connect things and see if I can make some light.

Office Christmas Tree: Project Intro

Meet my Christmas nerd project from last year.

Meet bitbucket-exporter

Since early summer last year I've been working on a small hobby project in Rust. I recently reached a level of functionality where it might be useful to someone so I wanted to write a few words about the project.

Rust First Impressions: JSON Deserialisation With Serde

For reasons that I touch upon at the end of the post I've been starting to look into Rust for "back-end" projects that I write in my spare time, and I want to brain dump my initial thoughts when trying something new or investigating a new crate. First up is Serde.