My 90s Playlist

Ok, it’s no secret that I like music. Even more than that, big fan of 90s music. Of course I am, considering that’s the “era” I was growing up in, cool decade to be a teenager.

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I wanted to add in this list songs that are triggering any kind of memory/feeling about those years. Some songs I love. Some I hate. Nevertheless, they are triggering a reaction, like I said. So some sort of a “guilty pleasure” playlist.

I’m well over that “oh, I hate that song, will never add it to any of my playlists” crap (comes with age, I guess…) so here it is. My 90s!

The 90s, in my opinion, is the last decade great music was made. All was downhill from there. Shitty music nowadays. I do realise I sound like an old fart now, but don’t really give a f**k 🙂

Enjoy!

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Starting again, somewhere new

No, not leaving the country this time 🙂 And also, not talking about one of my all-time favourite songs. Just some changes. Big changes. Bigger than last time I said this.

End of an Era

Starting the end of last month (Sept. 2018 that is), I’m no longer a “Space 48”-er. It was a difficult decision to make, but I had to do it. When asked “why”, I replied that like most “Hollywood marriages”, it comes a time when “irreconcilable differences” needs to be called. Lately been feeling more and more that the company’s future plans don’t really align with my own. This, plus the fact that despite being with the company a bit over 7 years, was feeling more and more pushed aside, “out of the way”. Felt like it wasn’t “my Space 48” anymore. Not in the sense of “ownership”, of course, it’s a figure of speech. Also, the infusion of new people in the company didn’t helped me either. Let’s just say I wasn’t seeing “eye to eye” with most of them.

So as I said, was a difficult decision to make, but I made it, in the end.

Reboot

Found a new “home away from home”. Still in Manchester. I no longer work for an agency, I went “full-retail” starting this October. The company is PrettyLittleThing.com and is what is called a “fast fashion” retailer. They’re big! Really big! Or should I say now “we’re big”? And it’s pink! With Unicorns! 🙂

And “fast” it is, indeed! Love the fact that it keeps me challenged all the time, with new ideas to be implemented. For a really long time I heard things like “oh, it’s the worst, working retailer-side”, or “you wouldn’t like it”. Pardon my “French” – Bullsh*t! I love it, over there! Not to mention the people, everyone I came in contact with so far have been really friendly and very helpful. For the moment, I didn’t felt like there are any over-sized egos or something. I know, I know, I’m still new there, a “sping-chicken” but personally, I usually spot people that fit that pattern a few miles away.

Oh, one important thing I’m starting to realise here is that not everything starts and ends with Magento. I’m slowly starting to look into and work with other technologies. Not talking necessarily only about ecommerce platforms, but programming languages/technologies as well. Should’ve done this some time ago, really…

And by the way, (re)starting to get back into Python, fancied it when I was way younger, wondering now why I gave it up (I believe this is my mid-life crisis).

Anyway, that’s kinda it, for my autumn update.

See ya’ in my next post (probably in about a year or so, given my proven track record of posting here). My all 3 visitors/year will be so disappointed 😀

Peace out!

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My first Magento 2 contribution

Ok, so I guess I’m stepping up the ladder now, become one of the “grown-ups”, in the Magento Universe?!

The issue

Of course not! Not with this one. However, I’ve just opened my 1st Magento2 contribution, in the form of a pull-request (found here: Pull Request ).

The problem was rather simple: the remote_ip field in both  sales_orders and quote tables was 32 chars long, and to store IPV6 addresses, 45 is required.

Hope it’ll get approved and merged, fingers crossed 😀

Update: automated tests passed for the PR.

Magento 2 Pull Request
Magento 2 Pull Request

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Old laptop display brought back to life!

A long time ago, used to have a Dell Vostro. It was a beauty, I must say. 17inch wide display, 16RAM, Intel i7 processor, 500GB hard-drive.

On the downside – well… it was a Dell. Chunky, like old Dells were, back in the day. It served it’s purpose for me, for quite a few years, and after I was done with it, my son used it for… well – gaming. Most of them old “retro” games. That was until I introduced the RetroPie build in our household 🙂

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Almost new year

Whoaa! It’s been a while since I wrote something on this blog!

So, almost new year. I’ll try not to make the usual “my new year resolution is 1440x……”. Oh sh*t! Just did! 🙂

In “other news”, Santa got my son a PS4 this year, and it was a bundle with the “Uncharted 4” game. Maaaan, that was a really bad decision… The other night I stayed up until almost 4am to play. Haven’t done this since I was 20-something. Still recovering, but I think I’ll “temp fate” again tonight, let’s see what happens. Even more so after finishing the session last time, I thought “yeah, I feel like I’m close to finish the game” and noticed that my progress was at about 3% of the entire game! I mean… 3! THREE!!! Something must me done! Will try and stay up late tonight again! 😀 Continue reading

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Changes. Big Changes!

I’ll try to keep this short.

So, a bit over 6 years ago I was knocking on a new door, having an interview for a “web developer” position. Got the job (phew!) and so an amazing journey started. I do remember we were a handful of people in a tiny office in Birchwood, Warrington. Continue reading

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Magento 2 API usage

Recently, in my day to day activities I had to figure something out with the Magento API. Magento 2 that is. Which is a beast, to say the least (hey! just made a rhyme!).

Anyway, I posted the question  I had at the time in the Magento dedicated subsite on StackExchage in the hope that someone from the well-formed community can give me an answer. Unfortunately nothing yet (posted about a week ago, at the time of writing this). Continue reading

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