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All Things Open 2019

Two weeks ago, I attended All Things Open (2019) for the second year in a row. ATO is an annual conference that explores and celebrates… well, all things open. Open source, open tech, and open government are all main topics at the conference. Best of all, it’s right here in the triangle (Raleigh NC). Here are some of my overall take-aways from this year.


My Experience with the Large Display Paradox

About a year ago, I switched to the LG ud4379b, a 42.5” 4k IPS monitor. My initial motivation for upgrading was to convert to an IPS panel. However, my selection of monitor was an attempt to simplify my hardware, by pairing down my dual 1080p setup. While I wanted a single monitor, I didn’t want to drop my total resolution because everyone knows that multiple monitors are required to get any real work done, especially programming. Although, after a year of using my massive display, I started to tire from the large display paradox.


Switching to Bitwarden

After years of using pass as my password manager, I am mixing things up. Over vacation, I started importing all of my passwords into Bitwarden. With all my passwords finally transferred, I have now switched to using Bitwarden full-time. Here are my thoughts so far.


Setup a Runner VM for Gitlab

I play around with CI/CD pipelines quite a bit, both at home and at work. I have mostly used Jenkins, but I wanted to see how Gitlab’s CI/CD tooling has progressed over the last year. So, I decided to try to use Gitlab to manage the automated build and deployments of a personal project I’ve been working on. The first step of the process was to setup a runner my Gitlab instance could use for the builds.


Back On org-mode For Work

Last month, I wrote about my switch to Joplin for both my personal and work notes. While I enjoyed many features in Joplin, I also had a few concerns about using the system long-term for all my notes. As of last week, I am still using Joplin for all of my personal notes, but have switched back to org-mode for my notes at work. Why?