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Hi, I'm Bert.

I write software and create scalable systems. I make beautiful and weird things, preferably so in Rust. I work in DevOps. Sometimes I write articles and do math.

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Advent of Code 2023: Let it snow

For the ninth December in a row, I’m playing with Advent of Code. Advent of Code is a series of 50 puzzles published by Eric Wastl, where you try to solve Christmas from some far-fetched horror. Every day from December 1st to December 25th, two puzzles become available, but the second is revealed only after you provide the answer to the first. In this post I will go over how you can solve them, and hopefully some interesting concepts along the way.

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How to host a static Next.JS website with Nginx

Next.JS is a fairly nice way of building a multi-page, mostly statically rendered website with React and making it make sense. It actually solves the problem of “what if a React app was not a Single Page Application” pretty well, but it’s somewhat particular about how it wants to be deployed.

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How does async Rust work

Rust has a burgeoning async system. If your application is heavy on IO, you should simply “use async” and everything will work efficiently. You can have async fn, .await whenever that could be worked on in the background while the CPU does something useful. Then you learn to add Tokio for it to do anything and things may seem like magic. Fortunately, computers do not work by magic yet, so we can try to simplify things and get a better understanding. Today I want to do just that.

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