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Ognen Duzlevski

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2019

What's in a farmer

Lately the weather had been foul. In fact, most of 2018 had been a decidedly “bad year” for growing crops and farming - we got too much rain, everything is d...

Sometimes the compiler does help

I have been programming in Scala for the last few years and let me tell you something - once you go to that functional programming / strong typing thing and ...

The ever changing expectations

One might wonder why the cryptic title - “the ever changing expectations” - of what? Today I had a brief but interesting discussion on Facebook; I posted my ...

2018

How to recession proof your life

Most articles from financial advisers these days speak of preparing a person’s nest-egg for retirement. They speak of investing more in 401ks, saving more fo...

Amazon, Walmart and self-sufficiency

One of the reasons why we moved to S/SW Virginia is to be more food and energy self-sufficient. We grow our own food, make our own honey, heat using wood fro...

Healthcare as a wealth extraction system

There are a few times in life when you realize what a sham our healthcare “system” is. One may be when you get sick and get denied care or when you end up ha...

Beware of easy farming stories

Today I want to talk about one troubling thing that I have noticed in the world of homesteading, self-sufficiency and small-scale farming. It is the myth of ...

2016

My first contribution to Apache Ignite

Who would have thought I would be writing Java code again? ;) My first PR to the Apache Ignite project was accepted yesterday. It was not a huge patch but it...

2015

twm still rules!

During the years I have used everything from a Commodore 64 to an IBM PC AT to a Commodore Amiga to ZX Spectrum to a 486 with Linux and the command line to W...

software engineering today

I started playing with computers back in the 80s, just when I was about 11 years old. I suppose these days that is not a very “big” statistic or an important...

minfree algorithm in linear time

This blog post is a rehash of the Problem #1 in Richard Bird’s excellent book “Pearls of Functional Algorithm Design”. The title of the chapter is “The sma...

Looking back in time

The other day I was going through some old backups and I ran into an archive of a software project I worked on 15 years ago. It was a C project whose goal wa...