Coding with Titans

so breaking things happens constantly, but never on purpose

Convert Miniblog to Hugo

For a very long time I was using the MiniBlog as a backend solution for my blogs. I liked its speed and the minimalistic style. But one thing that drove me crazy was the need of having Live Writer aka Open Live Writer installed to write a simplest post. 5 years ago this tool looked amazing. Although time has passed quickly, and meanwhile OLW seemed to be also abandoned by Microsoft. Read more →

Install Ubuntu Server 19.04 on Windows 10 Hyper-V

I am a really trouble guy and having problems and spending sleepless nights seems quite often to me. But gee, it’s 2019! and still it’s not very obvious, why sometimes it’s so hard to do things that in theory should be so easy. You probably noticed, that I like TeamCity. Since I am going to participate in JetBrain’s latest TeamCity Plugin Contest 2019 I came up with idea of setting up virtual machine with a test instance of the CI, instead of messing up my production one to only test the plugin. Read more →

Enable Android Emulator on Windows 10 Hyper-V

During installation of Android Studio we usually end-up with Android Emulator using Intel HAXM. This is still pretty good virtualization platform. Unfortunately might lead to a clash, since only one virtualization technology could be used at a time. And if you continue using Docker for Windows or any other Hyper-V based virtual machine with Linux system, something will not work (depending, what was launched first). Fortunately Microsoft solved this problem with 1803 release for Windows 10. Read more →

Raspberry Pi 3 and QEMU

At first glance, it seemed to me to be a really easy task. Install QEMU for Windows, download latest Raspbian and run! Unfortunately after whole evening of tries I still fail to have it usable anyhow. Maybe it’s not totally not running, but still it’s pretty useless in terms of any further development of application without a device. Simply, at current state (as of 2018-02-18) of QEMU, it doesn’t support emulation of the USB controller, and since the whole network relays on it, there are huge connectivity issues (no network interface at all, so no SSH, no tools installation, no file transfers neither). Read more →

Wake-on-LAN from Raspberry Pi and Synology NAS

Some time ago I have written a post about, how to setup Windows 10 to wake it up remotely via network using magic packet. The question that remained unanswered is: how to actually send this packet to the PC to trigger it running. In the first example I will use Raspberry Pi with Rasbpian Stretch Lite installed: First make sure a tool etherwake is available. If not, this could be fixed with following command, otherwise skip this step: Read more →

Xiaomi HotSpot (tethering) not working

Yet, Internet connection sharing is an easy-to-use feature on my Xiaomi Redme Note 5 phone that has wasted me whole evening to get it right. Funny thing, really, since as a user I was supposed to enter Settings, navigate to Mobile Hotspot, define password and swipe to enable it. Also from that point of view, that’s all you can do, due to lack of any other configuration options. But as it turned out, there is a subtle “bug”, that causes it not to work on any Xiaomi phone (with MIUI and without). Read more →

HowTo: Setup SSIS via TeamCity – fixing problems

Some time ago I have shown how to configure automatic build of SSIS projects (SQL Server Integration Services). Unfortunately they require full version of Visual Studio installed on a build machine as it’s an overwhelming plugin (not only a toolset), what potentially could hit me back. And well, of course it failed and hit me after 30 days! Turned out Visual Studio 2017 Community Edition expired and was refusing to cooperate more, producing this nice error log: Read more →

Gearbest + DPD (UK) + too short parcel number problem

Some time ago I read a post from Jakub Jędryszek about using a boogie board to make notes. The theory behind it was good enough to convince me to buy one from And to be honest I also recommend this toy after such a short period of time. The quality of sketches is amazing for daily tasks for such a low price! Although when I gave it to my kids I wish there was a button (second one) to preserve it and save somewhere as a bitmap image. Read more →

HowTo: Split web.config file

Among all the features of ASP.NET framework, there is one I love the most: moving parts of the configuration (i.e. Web.config) into separate files! It’s just it, a little something, that makes life so much easier by: less effort while working with GiT (conflicts are subtle and with better context, changing braches mostly let you move also your local changes, or reset parts of it) quicker navigation, as they are files with my custom naming convention (via R# hit Ctrl+T and start typing the name using only first uppercase letters of the file to open it) custom sections can also be put in an another file. Read more →

HowTo: Setup SSIS project to build via TeamCity

It should be simple, it should be quick. And as usual it turned out to be hard, painful and forced me to install Visual Studio 2017 back on a build machine. I’ve cried a lot that hour. Now I am just waiting, what will fail next, once I see this comment in TC build logs, even though I logged-in and obtained permanent license. [13:05:08][Step 3/3] Starting: C:\TeamCity\buildAgent\temp\agentTmp\custom_script5352870621326270693.cmd [13:05:08][Step 3/3] in directory: C:\TeamCity\buildAgent\work\2906b7d01f979ef5[13:05:12][Step 3/3] [13:05:12][Step 3/3] Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 Version 15. Read more →