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How to pass the exam without shelling out for fancy training courses

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My company had surplus training budget this year, maybe due to COVID-19 people weren’t going to conferences and trainings as much, so my manager told me “any certs you’re interested in, go for it!”.

I’d never actually gotten a professional certification in anything before so I thought to myself, do I still have it in me to study and pass an exam? My college days were a far distant memory and although I used to be pretty good at taking tests I didn’t want to fail it. …

Step-by-step instructions to getting in on a Chia pool


It’s Summer and Chia Pools Are Here!

If you’ve been in the Chia game, you’ve probably heard of the Chia 1.2.0 release which officially introduces the much coveted “NFT Plot” (aka “Portable Plot).

What does that mean for current Chia miners?

For those of holding on to a couple hundred plots and looking at our 0 XCH balances and estimated time to win that slips away slowly…you can give up the home run swing for more consistent (but smaller payouts).

Just when you think you’re out, they pull you back in

You don’t have to delete all your old plots (i.e. OG or original plots) but if you do want your plots to work with…

Getting comfy with the command line interface (CLI)

DIY Chia Farming Setup


If you haven’t heard of Chia, it’s one of the hottest “green” crypto currencies out there using Proof of Space and Time (PoST). Or as we Chia farmers affectionately call the Waste of Time and Space.

In layman’s terms, instead of buying up expensive, power-guzzling GPUs like you do with Bitcoin or Ethereum mining to perform complex computations, we fill up hard drives with Chia plots. Each of these plots can be thought of as a bingo card, so the more you have the more chance you have of winning a Chia coin. …

Get a proof of concept up in 15 minutes using Docker, MySQL and Grafana Visualization

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Almost as certain as the sun rising from the east and setting in the west is that eventually you’ll get tapped by management for a report on some pressing issue. How much time will you have to prepare it? Probably half the time you need to do a decent job of it.

Throughout my engineering career as a systems engineer (i.e. business analyst), my handy dandy go-to has always been Excel spreadsheets. With VBA and pivot tables, there wasn’t anything I couldn’t tackle. So why not keep using spreadsheets? …

Using Robot Framework to automate just about anything. A step-by-step guide.

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If I had it my way, I would automate myself out of a job. I document everything I do at work so I don’t have to explain to the next person how to do things, I just point to the documentation and let them take it from there.

If I have to do something repeatedly in Excel, I’ll write a macro. If there are commands I need to run all the time I’ll script it. I live by the Don’t Repeat Yourself (DRY) code so when it comes to testing you best believe I’m not going to follow the status…

A step by step guide to getting MySQL running with Homebrew, MySQL Workbench

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I’ve been loving using Django on the web application that I’ve been working on. I was able to get the project set up quickly so I could start producing Minimum Valuable Product (MVP) for my client, which was great. As I get closer to putting the app out into the wild it felt like it was time to make the move from SQL Lite (which comes with Django by default) to something more production-ready.

Dear SQL Lite: It’s not you, it’s me. I think it’s just time to see other databases.

Django supports the following databases officially:

  • Postgres
  • MariaDB
  • MySQL

It’s all about those billable hours

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Getting your freelance or consulting web development business off the ground is tough. I know because I’m going through it firsthand as I start a side web development gig.

How much do websites cost?

This is the $1 million dollar question.

Offer cut-rate prices and you’ll attract bargain hunting customers who are more focused on cost than the value you’re bringing. Set the rates too high and without a portfolio or network to acquire clients and you’re left waiting for the phone to ring.

Searching the internet for the price of a website, you’ll find that cost can vary tremendously based on what the client…

The limit applies to each individual

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Something couples forget when it comes to Roth IRA contributions is that the limits apply to each individual.

For some reason it didn’t click for me for awhile. I had read the IRS guidance talking about contribution limits and how married couples could only contribute if their combined income was below a certain threshold. It somewhat tricked my brain into thinking that the contribution limit applied to both of us combined.

Once you’re married, you just become one anyway right?

When I made that realization I set up a separate account for my wife with TD Ameritrade and seeded it…

Life as a Father of Two Kids

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Big Dreams

I’ve always been ambitious. Went to school, studied hard. Got into a big engineering company, ground my way up the ladder there while getting two more Masters degrees on the company dime.

Itching to try my hand at something new I signed a lease to start a restaurant with my brother-in-law. This was a side venture on top of my day job as an engineer.

A newbie’s guide to getting up and running with unit testing for a Django project

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I’m coming up on week two of my side hustle to build a web application for my bro (I’ll call him the “client”). Time sure flies when someone pays you to do a job! A little about me…I’m a hobbyist developer. At work I’m a systems engineer involved with all sorts of things from gathering customer needs, developing concepts of operation, and architectural designs. I work closely with the development team to implement solutions but I’m not in the trenches cranking out code.

“Well-well look…

I Sun

Engineer, restaurant owner, dabbler in the written arts. Proud to call JHU, USC, and UIUC my alma mater. Find me on Twitter @kaistreetfare

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