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Better Go Test Output With GoTestSum

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What’s awesome about Go (golang) is that pretty much everything you need is built into the toolchain. Running your tests is a simple matter of go test ./.... Creating basic services such as building a web server is included in the standard library. While the standard library is great, there’s modules out there that provide enhanced features. GoTestSum does this for go test. It’s a simple enhancement that provides a great deal of value. Let’s check it out.

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Using GoReleaser on CircleCI for Continuous Deployment

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The GoReleaser CircleCI orb makes it very simple to compile and publish Go projects on CircleCI. Here’s a quick look.

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Get Labels Without Pulling Docker Images

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For whatever reason, there will be occasions when you want to view the labels for a Docker image. Typically you would run docker inspect to do this however that only works for local images. Here’s what you can do to view the labels for remote Docker images.

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My November 2020 Linux Snap Package Metrics

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I maintain a several Snap packages (installable Linux software packages) and I’ve been very interested in the metrics that Snapcraft (the Snap Store) provides. It’s a (minor) indicator of how large the snap user base is (or at least growth) as well as how useful a snap may or may not be. Plus, it’s a nice feeling to see the usage of something I’ve made go up. In October of 2018 I started this Linux Snap Package Metrics series and I’m trying to report back every few months with the numbers.

Here’s the metrics for snaps I maintain for the past month:

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CircleCI Desktop Wallpaper #12 - Halloween

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In continuing with my series of CircleCI desktop wallpapers, here’s another one. I meant to make a Halloween wallpaper last year but ran out of time. This year I made it with 3 days to spare.

You’ll find the preview in this post but you can download the full resolution 4K/16:9 version (for normal screens) and a nearly-4K/16:10 version (for Macbook-like screens) from the links below.

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Keep the Bits Flowing, Get Pop!_OS 20.10 via Torrent

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As I did for the 20.04 release, I created torrents for the latest Pop!_OS release, 20.10. There’s one for the standard x86_64 ISO as well as the Nvidia ISO. Basically, the Nvidia version is the same as the first one but the Nvidia graphic drivers are preloaded. The SHA256 sum for the regular ISO is: a8e7269b2dfca7cfeb2247d4428f85e849094356570161918ebff40ae85e87fb The SHA256 sum for the Nvidia ISO is: 3e1208933e9b713e3d561ba201807e2f4a4448a2564becb9e5e341a9ece4a97b You can verify these for yourself on their download page. continue reading →

Keep the Bits Flowing, Get Ubuntu 20.10 “Groovy” via Torrent

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Congratulations to everyone who worked on and shipped Ubuntu 20.10 “Groovy Gorilla”. Especially with shipping official Raspberry Pi desktop support in this release. So cool! As per usual, I just want to remind everyone that you can download the Ubuntu 20.10 ISOs via torrent. This allows you to reduce the strain on Canonical’s (and their mirror) servers while possibly being a faster download as well. Here are the torrents for both the desktop and server release: continue reading →

An AppIndicator for Ubuntu Tailscale Users

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I recently became a Tailscale user and was absolutely floored. It’s powered by WireGuard and is literally the simplest VPN I’ve ever used. In fact, I didn’t even realize it was running when I installed it. I was waiting for a ton of config, an error, etc. Nothing, it was running and just worked.

I wanted to make it easier to see that it was running and get my Tailscale IP address at a glance so I created an Ubuntu AppIndicator.

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CircleCI Tip: Use Explicit Packages

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Here’s a short but useful tip to apply to your CircleCI config. Be explicit about what Apt, Yum, etc packages that your build requires.

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Mets SNY Inspired Desktop Wallpaper

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As any other New York Mets fan would, I’ve been watching the 2020 “season” on SNY everyday. I’ve noticed a new graphic that SNY has been using that I really like. It takes the standard Mets logo but removes the bridge and Mets script, and instead places the hat insignia on it. I really like it so I attempted to replicate it and turn it into a 4k desktop wallpaper.

You’ll find the preview in this post but you can download the full resolution 4K/16:9 version (for normal screens) and a nearly-4K/16:10 version (for Macbook-like screens) from the links below.

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