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Living in Norway

Monday, June 20, 2016

I have moved to Norway about 2 years ago, after living in Hungary all my life. Originally, I was planning on moving to Sweden, but the plans have changed due to some problems and circumstances. Here are some highlights about the country, in no particular order. This is mostly based on Oslo, things might be different in other cities.

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Gaming on a virtualized Windows with VFIO

Sunday, June 12, 2016

I use Linux both at home, and at work, the only reason I have a Windows partition is gaming. I have used a dual boot linux/windows setup in the past 5ish years, and I always hated how I had to choose at boot time if I want to play some games, or do something else. Now with the addition of the vfio driver into the kernel, it is now possible to achieve a much more comfortable setup.

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Sass with sourcemaps, webpack, and live reload

Monday, August 17, 2015

Two days ago, I would have told you just how much of a poor, poor soul you are. Because it's simply not possible, but the READMEs make you chase the dragon, leading you to believe that it is possible. But alas, no, none of the methods work. After spending hours, you will find out that you can have either source maps, or live reload. Not both. Pick one. But yeah that was two days ago, read on.

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A few years with Doctrine2

Thursday, June 26, 2014

I have been using Doctrine2 for about 3 years now. I started with the first 2.0 stable, integrating it into my employer's in-house framework, and in the last year, I have been using it as part of Symfony2. There are quite a few things that I love about it, and a small amount that I dislike.

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Invalidating the OPcache in PHP 5.5

Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Zend Optimizer+ has been integrated into PHP core with the 5.5 release, which, according to the RFC page, has many advantages over APC. It has been renamed OPcache, can be enabled with a simple ini setting, and since it's in the core, it offers better version compatibility. Unfortunately it also includes my only gripe with APC, invalidating the cache is much harder than what one would think.

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What is missing from the master branch, but is present in devel?

Friday, June 28, 2013

Or, what is present in branch A, but missing from branch B? I always, always, ALWAYS have to look this up. I have a devel, and a master branch, there were a few hotfixes on the master branch, and there are a few new features developed in devel. Now I want to make sure that the hotfixes are merged back to devel, and I also want to check what new features will be deployed, if I merge devel into master.

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