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Hi, my name is Marco. Working as a Senior Software Architect at Philips. This blog is statically generated using Next.js.

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Upgrade your SSH security

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As a DevOps engineer you are probably familiar with SSH keys and how to use them already. I wrote some blogs on SSH in the past as well see the references. This time I want to zoom in a bit on the encryption strength of your keys and the encryption types you can use. Why should you care about this? In todays world password are becoming more and more a security risk. In the near future Github for example will not support password authentication anymore for clone, push and pull actions, just lik…

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How to do Enums in Go

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It has been a while since I wrote a blog on Go. Since I'm getting the question if Go supports enums every now and then, I thought it would be good to write an article on how to do enums in Go. Go natively does NOT have an enum type like you might be used to from c# or Java. However that doesn't mean we can easily define our own type. In this blog we will cover defining our own type, combined with a piece of code generation. If you are new to Go, then consider reading Start on your first Go pro…

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Hello Next.js, goodbye Hexo

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For the folks reading my blog for a long time, you might have noticed I'm using my current theme and blogging engine for a long time. About 5 years ago I migrated from Wordpress to Hexo. Wordpress at that point in time was costing me serious money to get a decent performing webpage according to modern standards. So back then I decided to move into a statically generated blog, where I could write my blogs offline using markdown. Hexo has served me very well the last couple of years. It is a stat…

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Remove files from Git history using git-filter-repo

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Many of you have probably been in a situation where you committed a file in your repository which you shouldn't have done in the first place. For example a file with credentials or a crazy big file that made your repository clones very slow. Now there are a lot of blogs and guides already available on how to get these files completely removed. It involves git filter-branch or bfg sourcery. In this blog I'm going to show you the new recommended way of doing this using git-filter-repo, which sim…

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Nginx 1.19 supports environment variables and templates in Docker

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In this blog I want to show you a nice new feature in Nginx 1.19 Docker image. I requested it somewhere 2 years ago when I was trying to figure out how I could configure my static page applications more flexibly with various endpoints to backing microservices. Back then I used to have my static pages fetch a json file that contained the endpoints for the apis. This way I could simply mount this json file into my container with all kind of endpoints for this particular deployment. It was some s…