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Do you like music?

Make music

Do you like to listen to music? Have you ever thought on making music? Programming is a creative task, so maybe you also like to “program” music. Or maybe you like to play some instrument and would like to learn how to record it to get a final song that sounds great! I like to make music, I have been doing it for many years, and I would like to share the process. So I’m preparing a course that may be of interest to you.

Teach what you know

Teacher

Do you know something? Either you are a student or a professional, you must have some knowledge that would be interesting for others to learn. Why don’t we teach something to the world? Give that step and start teaching!

Music for programming

Headphones

Programming is a creative work that sometimes needs silence and other times accepts good background music. It depends on your personality and your state of mind. In this article I share my preferences and the music sources I have tried out.

How I keep my focus when working

Keep focus

I work several hours each day in front of my computer, sitting down. This alone means that your health will suffer, both physically and mentally. And that means losing focus on work, making it difficult to progress and easy to procrastinate. How I keep my focus and make my work more effective?

What I liked and disliked about Ghost

Ghost logo

I tried Ghost for a side blog where I talk about videogames. I needed something quick to start with, so I thought it would be a good option. And it was! but I also found some big difficulties. I tried it for some time and I share here my likes and dislikes about it.

When is important to switch to another technology or tool

Time for a change

You have a system and tools that help your work to produce results. But they may have cons that get on your way. Is this a real problem? Could you continue working with your current tools? This could be a good time to stop and think about it.

How I switched to HTTPS

Binary system padlock

Since the beginning of my blog I used normal HTTP. After watching Google’s IO HTTPS everywhere video, and reading on their blog post, where they say that by adopting HTTPS you can improve your search ranking, I decided to switch to HTTPS. Here’s how I did it.

Train your discipline

Weight

Discipline is what we need to do our tasks when we have to do them, no matter if we are tired or prefer to do other thing at the required moment. Releasing our work in time helps making us successful. We all have discipline, but it may not be enough for the task or the project we have in mind. So how to improve it?

Choose a technology and start freelancing

iMac and iPad

How could you turn your career into freelancing? Know your tools, ensure there’s a good community behind, develop your first application, gain experience working in a team, update your CV and search for projects!

Remote work

Computer on the grass

Working remotely is a reality nowadays. You can get up, have your breakfast, and start working right away. You avoid commuting and can organize your time better. There are several tools that you and your team could use to make your work more asynchronous, efficient and comfortable. I talk about this from my personal experience.