Finding My Purpose in Life

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There's tons of mysteries in life and I have wondered my entire life, what our purpose in life is? Lately, I've been examining my own life and trying to see things in a different way. I've been fortunate enough to be able to live comfortably, have food and shelter. The more I think about what I have, the more I realize how grateful I am to have things that I want. I'm also starting to realize that life doesn't just revolve around my needs. I started thinking about how I can affect people either positively or negatively. It brings me back and reminded me of the book that I've read a while back…

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MIS 150 notes from back in the college days

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I had a blog back in my college days that I was actually active writing on in between school and work. I used it to write about life in school, technology, programming, etc. and also posted materials related to school homework and such. The link can be found at daily life of the Menace. Please check it out! I loved the idea of collecting cheat sheets and sharing it with my fellow mates and even started a Google Group (specifically for MIS 150 class) for people to upload/download homework and exam materials. It was an invite only and it didn't take very long until the word got out and everyone…

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Book Review: Getting started with Twitter Flight

This is a review for Getting Started with Twitter Flight by Tom Hamshere by Packt Publishing. I've come across Twitter Flight last year in my newsfeed and heard of it in one of the conferences that I've gone to. The framework seems promising but I was already sold on the idea of Backbone.js back then. This is my first actual attempt to dive deeper into what Flight is about. I like that the book is only 130 pages which makes for a good introduction. Each chapter is also brief and roughly about 5 pages each. Requirements The book assumes that you have a decent knowledge in JavaScript, jQuery and…

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Automating Octopress deployment

I thought about switching my blog from Octopress to Ghost. I like having control over the content that I'm publishing since they're just literally markdown files (*.md) and has no database backend. What I dislike about Octopress is the publishing aspect where I have to issue a rake deploy every time I publish content. I was actually able to manage and minimize the multi-steps into running one small script. But I still have to do one step which is unacceptable. The deployment should be painless and automated, period.. The directory should be able to automatically detect/pick up any file chan…

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Deploying Ghost blog to Azure manually

Installing Ghost on Azure is simple and can be done by creating a new website > gallery. As of the current writing, Azure installs the 0.3.3 version and the latest Ghost that's out is 0.4. You can go down that route or take the manual route which I will cover in this post. I also tried setting it up from the Azure gallery but it was too easy for my taste, and besides, I like having my files backed up in Dropbox. The goal of this post is to keep the instruction as minimal and simple as possible so it can be referenced over and over again. Installation Install Azure on NodeJS via NPM. I found…

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