Resuming uploads to Amazon S3

I am escaping continental winter at the moment which means my internet connection is not perfect. I was uploading a 1GB file to Amazon S3 via the console.aws.amazon.com and the upload failed at 93%. Just my luck! I didn’t want this to happen again. So I tried using Cyberduck to upload and intentionally turned off WiFi after a few seconds…

IRL#4: Istanbul

Last month we again held our biannual in-person gathering of all Niteans, the IRL. As is customary, we meet somewhere warm for the winter edition of the event. This year we chose Istanbul, Turkey. A stunning city with millennia of heritage. We’ve gotten good at running IRLs so this one was by far the most productive. We’ve done several improvements…

AWS EC2 gotchas

Lately, AWS has been giving us a lot of headaches on the Easy Blog Networks project. It turns out only because resources (we pay per how many things we can do per second) are fiercely measured on AWS, but the underlying problems are happening on all EBN providers. So when we go over operations per second limit which is 100,…

Recording Talks

Last year on IRL#2, our biannual in-person get-together, we decided to start recording talks, so that those that could not attend in person would be able to watch them at some later point in time. Turns out, there is another great use case for these recordings: onboarding. Whenever a new person joins our team, these talks help to get them…

Upgrading our Intranet to Plone 5

While we haven’t done any Plone consulting (well, *any* consulting to be exact) in over 3 years, we still use Plone internally, every single day. It was about time our Intranet got some love, so I put on my disco pants, poured some of Belgium’s finest and got to work. Our installation was an old Plone 4.1 one. It was about 3…

Strings in Python 2 and Python 3

The goal of this post is to show you how to properly use encode and decode in python 2 and in python 3. This post will be based on small examples that will (hopefully) make you better understand how strings work in python 2 and python 3. A bit of background on unicode and UTF-8: Unicode has a different way…

Lessons Learned from PyMunich 2016

At the end of October there was a Python conference in Munich (PyMunich). For a regional conference it was quite big in my opinion. There were 3 tracks and more then 40 speakers. As always I won't cover all the talks just the ones that I found the most interesting and educational. After all this is the biggest reason why…