I have always been a Free Software fan and I’m always happy to participate in events where I meet like minded people. Linux days are a great opportunity for this. They are super fun and still hold the free software spirit about sharing your knowledge and learning from others. They are also organized by volunteers, which deepens the nice feeling of community. I found one of these events. The 18. Augsburger Linux-Infotag 2019 would take place in the neighboring city of Augsburg in Germany.

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Bornhack 2018

How do you take your summer holidays? Some seek rest by laying down the sun like an iguana warming up their blood. Just doing nothing to compensate for the hard work over the year. I’m not against that, I do it too. But I found a new alternative, you can go out and learn something new. Only a year ago I discovered hacker camps, an outdoor tent camp event for hackers and makers.

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I just stumbled upon this article: To Remember, the Brain Must Actively Forget | Quanta Magazine, and it served me as quite a confirmation bias. I always reflected why it is so hard to learn something, or remember something. Consider, what a great super power it would be to remember it all. The true new point of view for me here is the merit of forgetting. If we remembered everything, we would be completely inefficient because our brains would always be swamped with superfluous memories.

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Since I discovered BorgBackup (short: Borg) I have felt way more confident about my backups. Borg gives you a space efficient storage of backups, data is saved encrypted, and you get good versioning of backups. I solved all my previous inconveniences when just using rsync. I lacked the way to keep track and order different versions. Compression and encryption as a great plus even when I just keep my backups locally.

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I’m currently looking for my next life project and to figure it out I trying a lot of stuff. To that goal I’m getting involved in as many things as possible. Last week, I went to the Innolabs healthcare hackathon in Berlin. It was quite an awesome event and I learned a lot from it. I never really worked on the health sector before, thus it was a nice introductory experience.

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I’m again in this time of my life where I’m looking for a new long term project to work on. Because optimization is my favorite way of procrastination, instead of just making a Curriculum Vitae (CV) for job applications, I decided that I need to implement an org-mode export backend. This backend will let me keep my CV in org-mode and then export it to \(\LaTeX\) or markdown for my website.

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It has been a very complicated year regarding my cloud services. I started completely unaware of the difficulties, and it has been a fun and painful ride. The fact that there are projects aiming to provide personally controlled cloud services is great. The fact that there is people being paid for doing this kind of work for companies means that it ain’t that simple to manage. I encourage to try the sovereign project, which assists you in building and maintaining your own private cloud.

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Óscar Nájera

Data Scientist, Hacker & Recovering Physicists

PhD in Theoretical Physics

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