Andrew Mackross

July 5, 2021

New Hobby 🥰

My brother recently got me into 3D printing. It’s so much better than I expected. More often than not you throw something together in CAD, put it through the slicer and somewhere between 4 h and 48 h later you have it. It is unreal! I’m printing on a stock Prusa i3 MK3S+ which I built from a kit. This is me starting off the build. Maki...
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April 24, 2021

Finally, we’re living in New Zealand 🥝

After 9 long months spent stuck in Australia in transit from the US to NZ (it was meant to be 1-2 months), we have arrived! So far so good! It’s an interesting country, behind in a lot of ways, but ahead in many others. Pay wave is not available in many shops, and, like much of Europe, 10 minutes is an undefined amount of time up to ab...
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April 8, 2021

Student debt is paid off 💸

Almost 10 years after leaving university, I’m all paid up. Unfortunately, I don’t have a degree to show for any of the time or many thousands of dollars I spent at university 😱. That’s maybe not surprising, based on my career, I should have studied computers or business. Instead, I picked mostly science subjects that interested me. For...
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March 25, 2021

HatchBox might just be perfect for small rails teams or solo developers

I recently moved most of my own (aka not HappyCo) projects to HatchBox.io & Vultr.com. I moved them away from Heroku and self-managed servers (hosted on Digital Ocean, GCP, & Linode). What's special about this new setup? HatchBox is a SaaS product that manages Ruby on Rails apps, think Heroku, but it manages it on your servers (or rent...
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March 4, 2021

Hey world 🥳

It’s interesting to see hey.com branch out into personal blogging. I wonder what drove this product decision. Frustration with the medium pay wall? Is it Nostalgia for the web before it became 90% commercialized? It surely wasn’t the most requested feature when personal emails still don’t have custom domains. It just seems so out of pl...
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