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Laptop battery insights

Back in 2016 I mentioned that I started tracking my laptop battery statistics on my then new MBP. Well, now that laptop has reached EOL, with its batteries getting swollen and the fan often running a bit fast, probably due to all the dust inside it. While I didn’t have any complaints about the overall […]

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No need for off-heap

Around 6 years ago I was experimenting and pushing the practical boundaries of what the JVM could handle with regards to heap size. We had Java 8 at the time, and allocating hundreds of GB of heap space was risky. Lots of time and effort was spend in many IT teams around the world just […]

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Blockchain: Big but small

Consider Amazon, the e-commerce bits of the company. While it might have started out as an online bookshop, it evolved into a generalized online marketplace. So what was critical in the success of Amazon? The internet would probably be a good answer to that question, among many other things. But how much of the overall […]

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Art on the blockchain

Many years ago, in my late teens, I used to attend The Gathering. It’s a fantastic combination of people, passion, dedication and fun mixed together for a few days each Easter. If you’re not familiar with computer culture this whole thing might seem very alien, and, for many, somewhat a waste of time. But for […]

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Just some mappings

Sometimes, while coding up some Solidity contracts, all you want is a simple key/value mapping, to store some details into. You want to keep it simple so the gas costs are low, but what about everything else? Would you still like to use smart contract proxies, so you can update your code? And maybe you’d […]