RkBlog - Python, Linux, Astronomy

Blog about my programming experience with Python, Django web development, microcontrollers, as well as astrophotography

Check out PyCon PL 2015 agenda

The PyCon PL 2015 will be held in Hotel Ossa Congress & Spa located in Ossa on October 15th through October 18th. The conference is held in Poland but consists of two blocks of talks - English and Polish, so non-Polish speaking attendees can benefit from it too.

The agenda and other details can be found on the conference website.

Diet gaming laptops for casual Witcher 3 gameplay

There were times when new Microsoft Windows version required you to upgrade your whole PC. Nowadays newer Windows versions require less resources and don't really force into upgrades. In 2015 something did required some GPU upgrades, it wasn't Windows 10 but Witcher 3 Wild Hunt.

So what if you want to play Witcher 3 on a Laptop. You don't want to use/buy a gaming PC, Xbos or Playstation or a full blown gamin Laptop. What are the options for cheapest laptops that can run Witche 3 at somewhat good, but not high settings?

Squashing and optimizing migrations in Django

With Django 1.7 we got built in migrations and a management command to squash a set of existing migrations into one optimized migration - for faster test database building and to remove some legacy code/history. Squashing works, but it still has some rough edges and requires some manual work to get the best of a squashed migration. Here are few tips for squashing and optimizing squashed migrations.

Performance of AMD A8 APU on Xubuntu 15.04 with radeon and fglrx drivers

AMD can't compete with Intel in the field of raw performance in general, but it gets interesting when you look at some specific price ranges or product types. You can find AMD chips in some laptops offering decent CPU and good GPU performance. There are also affordable mini-ITX boards for AMD APUs that can compete with Intel Bay Trail boards.

How does AMD based computer (a EliteBook 725 G2 laptop in this case) performs on modern Linux distribution? What is the difference between open radeon and close-source fglrx graphics driver? Is the user experience as good as with Intel or Intel+nVidia based laptops?

Simple Django applications for writing Facebook applications and authentication

Creating Facebook applications or integrating websites with Facebook isn't complex or very time consuming. In case of Django there is for example very big django-facebook package that provides a lot of Facebook related features.

Pozytywnie.pl, a company I work with released a set of small applications that were used internally to make Facebook applications as well as Facebook authentication integrations. In this article I'll showcase those applications.