From Thoughts

From Mac to Linux: Web Development with Linux

As I promised to write more about my experience with Linux as my replacement for a Mac, here is my experience with developing web apps on Linux. It’s almost ridiculous how easy web development on Linux is. All the tools are a simple “apt install” command away. If not, most…

Linux has replaced my Mac

I’ve been trying for years to replace my Mac centric development work-flow with Linux. I’ve written before that I switched to a Dell Xps13 in order to use Linux full time. However, after three months, I gave the Xps13 to one of my developers (he is loving it and runs…

My travel hacks

Update 2018: After having received over a thousand upvotes on Quora and being featured in newspapers, my post below was removed on Quora (without given a reason). Hence, I hope you get even more out of it right here 🙂 As I’m flying over 200k a year, I often get asked…

United and Star Alliance

Update: United responded to this and I’ve posted their reply at the end. Being a 1k United member has its perks. You get free economy plus seating, six global premier upgrades (can be used for international flights), four regional premier upgrades a dedicated support line (which works 90% of the…

Tools I use – Laptop

I recently moved back to an Apple laptop after my experience with the XPS13 and Linux. My choice of laptop was the new Macbook 12″ with the Retina display. I know what some of you might say, after all the Macbook has a low powered chip and is not enough…

A quote from 1986 that is more powerful today than ever

This is our world now… the world of the electron and the switch, the beauty of the baud. We make use of a service already existing without paying for what could be dirt-cheap if it wasn’t run by profiteering gluttons, and you call us criminals. We explore… and you call…

The system is running in low-graphics mode

Linux and “The system is running in low-graphics mode” error

So, after moving from Mac to Windows to Linux, I went on a crusade to find the perfect Linux Desktop Environment. I originally installed Ubuntu 15.04 and quickly wondered off to Cinnamon, tried, Gnome 2 and 3, then XFCE and tried Tiling Managers like AwesomeWM and i3. Without starting a desktop…

Who said the Linux desktop is dead?

I recently moved from Mac OS X and a MacBook Pro 13 Retina to Windows 8.1 running on a Microsoft Surface Pro 3. While the Surface Pro 3 is a beautiful machine and the hardware is second to none, I wasn’t really satisfied. I felt like my productivity went from…

Practical tips how to survive any conference

Conferences are a fun place, great to learn new topics and to meet new people. Yet, for me they also take up a lot of energy and sometimes they can be a bit overwhelming. I have come up with some guidelines on how to survive a conference and like to share these with…

How to format a USB Mac drive in Windows

So, I “officially” moved from Mac to Windows and got myself a Surface Pro 3 (wonderful machine), more on my move to the Surface Pro 3 in another post, though. Today I had a challenge to reformat my external USB drive, which is Mac formatted. Windows was able to see…