Mike Bell - Blog & Stuff

Moving From Gatsby to Hugo

I’ve moved to Hugo after probably the shortest time with any site generator. Firstly I love to change the theme of blog I get blog envy quite easily these days. But I’m not a themer so I don’t attempt to create anything like what I see on other sites. Admittedly when I moved to GatsbyJS is was because of this starter theme - Gatsby Starter Lumen - it looks really good and is quite a smart theme....

November 11, 2020 · 2 min · Mike Bell

Smart home

For the last few years I’ve been trying to “smarten” our home up with technology in a security conscious way. There are a lot of IOT technologies out there that rely on third party servers often in undesired locations. When I first started down the smart home route I went with Philips Hue. It’s a great starter in terms of both hardware and software. The Android app is nice but quite slow at times....

July 18, 2020 · 4 min · Mike Bell

My Keyboards Part 2

Time for an update on my keyboard collection! After part 1 I’ve expanded the collection and gotten rid of a few. Top left - YMD09 macro pad aka the zoom killer. Top - KBD75 - Gateron Browns, I’m typing this post on it right now. Middle - Winkeyless b.87 - Gateron Browns with Raindrop Round 2 on, this was my previous daily driver. Bottom - Iris - Zealios 67g and Gateron Browns, this is a keyboard I really should get used to using but just can’t....

June 11, 2020 · 1 min · Mike Bell

Upgrade to Gatsby and AWS

It’s been over a year since I last blogged, there are a number of reasons: Broken realease pipeline (well not quite but it was messy) I wanted to move everything to docker I hated the way the blog looked A few weeks ago I started to the move to GatsbyJS after a few false starts I finally got there. Once I had everything migrated including updating all the frontmatter (this took ages), I was ready to deploy it....

June 7, 2020 · 2 min · Mike Bell

Windows 10 isn't that bad to develop with

After upgrading to Windows 10 finally I figured I’d check out what it’s like developing on Windows 10 and to be honest it isn’t that bad. Windows Subsystem Linux I installed the Ubuntu image and switch shell to ZSH. After importing all my dotfiles and setup from my Linux machine this works really well. A quick symlink form ~/Projects to /mnt/c/Users/digital/Projects makes it really easy to open it up and then start working on a project....

February 13, 2019 · 2 min · Mike Bell