google-podcasts-desktop app – Listen to Google Podcasts on your desktop!

May 4, 2019

Please note: in meantime Google has rolled out changes to their backend which make this tool redundant. Now, Google Podcasts URL’s shared via its Android App are automatically redirected to their web counterpart when run on desktop.

In the sea of podcast apps, I’ve settled for one that’s only available as an Android App.

Since all my music is there, my first option was Spotify, but unfortunately it doesn’t have some of my favorite Podcasts, such as The Joe Rogan Experience or Cyber – Motherboard (Vice) and etc … Pocket Casts seemed to have everything I wanted, but I didn’t want to pay for it, regardless of how little it cost.

So that’s how I ended up with Google Podcasts, which had everything I wanted except the desktop app. Which would normally be a deal breaker, but it wasn’t since there was a hack to get it working on desktop.

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vim-hue: colorful Vim config for all your SRE/DevOps needs

February 27, 2019

I can’t say I’ve been using Vim from my early Linux days in 1999. In those days I found Vim to be a bit … overwhelming. Not easy to navigate, or configure, not to mention quitting it. So I just stuck with pico or today’s nano and various other IDE’s (see if you recognize any of maintainers names).

However, once I did discover everything Vim was capable of, from that day onwards Vim has been my default editor. Hence, for last decade my Vim configuration has only been growing which I would copy over on a new workstations as part of my dotfile backups.

I wanted to stop process of deploying my Vim configuration by simply copying over configuration. Also since configuring Vim to this day can still be cumbersome and is prone to errors. I’ve decided to create an installer which will seamlessly setup Vim with configuration I need for my workload.

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Ubuntu 18.10 (4.19 linux kernel) for MacBook Pro

October 24, 2018

In last 7 days, Ubuntu 18.10 was released followed by release of long awaited Linux kernel 4.19, and last but not least Linus Torvalds is back in drivers seat of Linux development. With this said, it was time to revisit how well does Linux work on MacBook Pro.

Last remaster I did was done on Ubuntu 18.04 with 4.17.6 kernel, I was so underwhelmed that I didn’t even make an “official release”. I was putting all my hopes in kernel 4.19, so now that it’s here, what’s the situation?

Ubuntu 18.10 (4.19 linux kernel) image release for MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

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Ubuntu 18.04 image release for MacBook Pro 2017/6 with Touch Bar

May 17, 2018

Update: I’ve released a new Ubuntu 18.10 (4.19 Linux kernel) image for MacBook Pro!

My post about remastering Ubuntu 18.04 version for MacBook Pro 2017 with Touch Bar working out of box got a lot more attention then I thought it would. This was most notable on Google+ and now I see there are even Reddit posts about it.

My remastered Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic Beaver) version for MacBook Pro 2017 with Touch Bar working out of box.

If you boot Ubuntu on Macbook Pro 2016/2017 edition model with Touch Bar on Ubuntu 18.04. Not a lot will be working out of box. Basically you’ll only get video working, while important components such as keyboard/touchpad/touch bar/WiFi will not be working.

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Automated way of getting Let’s Encrypt certificates for WordPress using Docker + Ansible

March 10, 2018

From security reasons, over feature requests, to announcement that Chrome 68 will render all HTTP sites as “not secure” in beginning of July … it’s obvious this is where the web is heading and it had to be done.

For HTTPS encryption, my obvious choice was Let’s Encrypt which I wrote about in past, so without further ado let’s get right to it.

containerized-wordpress-project: Let’s Encrypt update

Few months ago I launched containerized-wordpress-project which let’s you “automagically deploy & run containerized WordPress (PHP7 FPM, Nginx, MariaDB)”.

In latest update I’ve added support for Let’s Encrypt which allows you to have HTTPS encrypted sites/blogs out of box.

I rewrote Nginx container image deployment which now relies on https-portal. Result is updated containerized-wordpress Ansible role whose major updates are to its Docker Compose file as well as deployment of Let’s Encrypt enabled Nginx configs.

For existing sites HTTPS integration is seamless, every HTTP link is automatically redirected to its HTTPS counterpart and certificates will be renewed automatically.

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