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Author: László Gazsi

Running costs of the Devil

Below you may find all the costs of my current car, a 2011 Renault Megane Sport Tourer BOSE Edition with the famous 1.5 dci engine. I’m trying to log everything, even the tips I give after getting it washed. The only expenses missing from this are my time spent getting it to a service, and my transportation costs if I need to leave it there for a few hours and I need to get back to my workplace in the meantime.

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Crosul Companiilor 2016

Crosul Companiilor is a 5k run organized in all major cities in Romania every year. I’ve been preparing for it for the first time in 2012 with the guys from Wolters Kluwer, but it was organized in the same weekend I planned my vacation on. Back then I’ve chosen to go to Greece instead of sweating with the others. And then in every year I had better stuff to do then running, so never participated.

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Solving the Jetty file locking problem when starting it programmatically

In the past few weeks I was required to create a prototype for the frontend of a project and because the focus is only on the frontend, I’ve chosen Jetty to create a simple mock server that would respond with simple JSON messages or stream some image files. I also use Jetty to serve the static files, like static images, CSS, JS that I am continuously modifying while developing the new frontend. Because I am developing on Windows, I have run quite soon into the file locking problem.

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Home automation on a budget – Orvibo S20

At the end of 2014 one of my dreams came true, when I have bought my first apartment which after staying in rented properties for ~8 years, I could finally call my home. Even though real estate prices were not as high as before 2008, they were still way too high for me, as I would never have enough courage to get into debt for 30 years… Instead I’ve opted for a loan with a period of just 4 years and have bought an apartment in a village 5 kilometers from Cluj-Napoca: Floresti.

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Motivation at the workplace – and the lack of it

Have you ever felt bored at your workplace? Horrible feeling, isn’t it? Especially if you have some tasks to work on, but you just don’t have the energy to do it. The easiest fix to this problem is to just go home earlier that day (if the company policy allows it) and do something you really love. These long afternoons may help dealing with demotivation at work at that moment, but not always works on the long run.

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Personal finance – we’re doing it all wrong

To be honest, I did not hear about personal financing until I started working. I had some idea about saving, because I’ve always been saving for something when I was a child: a new bike, a new computer or after I have turned 18, a car. But I shouldn’t be surprised, since in this corner of the world only a few people have some financial education and the chances that you have such a person in your circles who could act as a role model in this area are very low. Unfortunately in our country most people don’t trust the banks (which is not necessarily a bad thing) and instead of creating deposits, they hide their money under their mattresses. A lot of people only use their cards to withdraw money from the ATM and still use cash when paying in supermarkets.

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How I blocked most ads on all devices connected to my network

Even though I already suffer from complete ad-blindness, sometimes they still annoy me, especially when it comes to mobile apps when a whole screen filled with ads just pops up randomly. Not to mention those sneaky pop-ups/pop-unders in your browser. I’ve tried different ad blockers, both on Windows/Ubuntu and Android, but wasn’t very happy with them.

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Car Running Costs Calculator

About two weeks ago a coworker of mine at UNIQA Raiffeisen Software Service, Liviu has appeared at work with an Excel sheet that calculated the running costs of his car including devaluation, taxes and so on. We immediately made the calculations for our own vehicles and started comparing the results. I thought that it was a great idea, that could come handy in several situations, but it wasn’t quite user-friendly.

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