December was a bit hectic. The month started with me quitting my job in order to move to a new country (which I also did). I also spent a few days migrating out of some big tech products/services. And it finished with a couple of day trips and spending time with new and old friends. All in all, it was a good month, like the cherry on the top of a good year and a great decade (for me personally). Happy new year, see you in 2020!
Moving to Belgium and quitting CloudBees
After months of waiting, I finally got my reunification visa to join my wife in Belgium, so I quit my job at CloudBees, packed my bags and moved. While I figure out the situation with my work permit I’m playing it by ear. As a start, I submitted a course draft to Platzi and it got accepted so if we manage to sort out the details, this will be my main focus next month.
Back to Linux
During the move, my personal Mac Mini decided to poop the bed. It lasted almost a decade, so I knew this would happen sooner rather than later. I took the opportunity to switch back to Linux as my daily driver so I’ll be using my 13” Dell XPS Developer Edition from 2016. And since Ubuntu is back in the Gnome camp, I decided to give it a try. So far, so good and I’m keeping notes on my personal configuration and issues I encounter.
Migrating out of the major big tech
The way major tech companies use our data is affecting us individually and as a society. I’ve been concerned about this problem for a while but I always kept using their products/services because of the positive impact in my life (e.g. communicating with my family in another continent). Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s smart of me to continue down this road so I started to migrate some of the services I use. This doesn’t mean I’ll stop using big tech completely, my guess is that most employers will prefer to go down that road but at least for personal use, I want to avoid them as much as possible.
Personal web site instead of Medium
I started using Medium because of the content I was able to find. I had their app installed on my phone and tablet. It made sense for me to also start sharing my content there. I really like how practical and minimalistic their service is but I don’t like that the content doesn’t live on my domain so I eventually stopped writing. I finally took the time to recreate my personal web site and my plan is to use it as a personal knowledge base and blog. I decided to use Jekyll and host it on a VPS (I plan to write a post about the setup and my writing workflow).
Mastodon instead of Twitter
I knew about Mastodon for a while, I even had an account but I never really payed attention to it. This month I finally started giving it a serious shot. So far, I’ve really enjoyed how much quieter it is there, I feel like there’s way too much drama in the major social networks ATM. If you’re using Mastodon, you can reach me @firstname.lastname@example.org. (pro tip: If you are on iOS, install Toot! it’s such a cool client)
Sourcehut instead of GitHub
One service I learned about this month is sourcehut. For a while I’ve been looking for an alternative to GitHub for personal projects, I know GitLab and Bitbucket exist but they are more of the same. Sourcehut on the other hand feels minimalistic and it’s not owned by a big tech company so I’m excited to try it out. If it doesn’t work out I’ll probably host something on my own.