Notes: #15

I can't believe that we're already a third of the way through the second month of the year and this is my first post of 2022; and it's not even a real post.

Work has been busy as well as personal life which has left hardly any time for blogging. My downtime has been spent playing Xbox (yes, I switched back) and working on bits for work which aren't work.

So, before I forget about it all - here is a mind dump of my current state of life.

Work

I've started playing with ddev which is a wrapper on top of docker. Out the box it supports Typo3 (our primary CMS at work) and seems pretty tidy. A few config changes have had to happen, but I'm looking forward to getting our developers off the central development server we have

Talking of Docker, this seems to be a major part of my life now. A couple of clients prefer it as a hosting platform, so I've spent the last year or so getting my head around it. Every time I think I'm getting it, I delve a little deeper and find out something I understood was wrong or something else exists. Just the other day I found you can do a docker run <image> <command> and it will spin up the docker image, run the command then shut down - perfect for an npm install.

I'm also having to get my head around Debian and upgrading some servers to Bullseye - so we can benefit from PHP 7.4.

I, along with a few other collegues, have started going back into the office. I'm only going in one day a week at the moment, but it's great to have real-world conversations. We also decided to drop everyone's working day by half an hour, along with giving everyone their birthdays off which was a nice way to start 2022.

Non-work

As mentioned, I got an Xbox at the start of the year and have been very much enjoying Forza Horizon 5.

I managed to create and sort out a stats page for my end-of-year blog posts, which is great to see all that data in one place. I've already thought of a couple more data points I can add.

I purchased a new (well, Apple refurbished) MacBook Air, after my 2016 MacBook Pro decided not to let me open it more than 45°. I went for a refurbished (and an Air) as it is just a personal laptop that gets used for blog writing and web surfing - it doesn't need to be all powerful. It has the M1 chip (and a fingerprint reader) which are already a huge improvement.

I moved my site to Cloudflare pages, which means I can benefit from their analytics, which means I have dropped any sort of anayltics from my site (which is awesome). Builds are a bit slower than Netlify, but I don't need it live instantly - it can wait. I want to move alehouse.rocks but that currently relies on some Netlify functions to render - which would need to be moved to workers (which are actually tied in as they trigger the build).

I finally got a cargo bike (again). So the kids have been carted around in that - too and from their childcare locations. It's great fun and can carry a lot of stuff, while leaving plenty of room for the kiddos.

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Mike Street

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Mike is a front-end developer from Brighton, UK. He spends his time writing, cycling and coding. You can find Mike on Twitter.