Professional Goals for 2021

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Yesterday I posted my personal goals for 2021. During the course of drafting that post, I realised I had some goals that were very specifically relevant to my career as a software developer, and therefore my ability to earn income, and some that were not. Those that were specific to my career, and either directly… Continue reading Professional Goals for 2021

Setting Up a Matrix Server on Ubuntu 20.04 – Part 1

For about the past six months or so, I’ve been interested in the open, decentralized communications standard called Matrix. In May of this year, it was announced on TechCrunch that Automattic had invested $4.6 million into the company behind the Matrix standard. The company in question, New Vector (now rebranded as Element) also develop an… Continue reading Setting Up a Matrix Server on Ubuntu 20.04 – Part 1

ASUS Zenbook 15 UX533FD review – an Ubuntu friendly developer laptop

I’ve always been a fan of Dell laptops. While often a little more pricey than their counterparts, their laptops are usually well built, typically run Ubuntu without any hassles, and Dell have great after sales service. My last two laptops where Dell. I’d been eyeing the Dell XPS 15 for about a year, and I… Continue reading ASUS Zenbook 15 UX533FD review – an Ubuntu friendly developer laptop

Show me your WFH set up

Since we’re all currently in the middle of probably the biggest global crisis since World War 2, many folks in my social timeline are posting/sharing their work from home (WFH) pictures. Whenever I share mine, I always feel like I need to explain the tidiness of it all, because my workspace is one area in… Continue reading Show me your WFH set up

Things I’ve been working on lately – part 1

Managesite scripts Over the course of the past 4 years I’ve experimented with a bunch of different local development environments for my freelance client work. I started with Scotch Box, transitioned to Boss Box, and finally back to bare bones LAMP, mostly because I develop on Ubuntu and I find Apache2 to be an easier… Continue reading Things I’ve been working on lately – part 1

How much should I charge as a freelancer/freelance developer?

This question, along with “How do I find clients/work?”, is probably the question I get asked the most from folks starting their freelance journey. And then when I tell them what I charge (or used to charge before I started working full-time at Castos), they respond with shock, as it’s usually triple what they were… Continue reading How much should I charge as a freelancer/freelance developer?