Some Things to Remember Before Acting Pretentiously

And a few personal thoughts on the value of sincere humility

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A few days ago, I was asked: “Where do you see yourself in 10 or 20 years?” I replied: “I would like to get some sort of recognition for my contributions… maybe to be known as an expert in something, or someone who is consulted and listened to before important...

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The Last Paper's Myth

A tale of contending interests

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Last week, I met a colleague from a renowned research lab. She is currently doing the last year of her PhD. I asked the usual: “So, how are you doing? Writing your thesis?” She replied with a wistful smile: “Not started yet, I’m working on my very last paper, or...

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On the Rise, Decline, and Persistence of Web Technologies

From Static HTML Pages to WebAssembly

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I’ve been doing some frontend web development lately as part of my daily job.1 Along the way, I’ve been thinking on how the whole thing is built under the hood. The web technologies that we all use every day have changed and evolved over time. While digging into this topic,...

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The Most Relevant Technical Skill in My Career

It isn't Java coding

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Eleven years ago (do you still remember 2013?), I was in the last year of my undergraduate studies. I started working on my thesis and soon realized that, to earn my diploma, I had to collect, analyze, and summarize data in a specific way. Because at the end of the...

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AI Doesn't Make Me the Same Coffee

And it doesn't understand wine either

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I started to consume and appreciate coffee after I moved to Sweden in 2018. Coffee is a key part of the Swedish culture of fika, and it’s used as a way to combat the dark winter days months. For years, I’ve been considering the idea of buying a fancy coffee...

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How I Peer Review Research Papers

My reviewer flow, template, and tips

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In academic circles, peer reviewing is the act of assessing the quality of a research paper to determine if it’s worth to be published in a journal or conference. Peer reviewers are supposed to be (human) experts in the field, and their opinions have direct influence on the final decision...

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My Ultimate Terminal Customizations for Windows

Another guide

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I went back to using Windows lately in my current job.1 But let’s be honest, I don’t enjoy the change.2 Anyway, I’ve to deal with it to do my job right. One of the things that I miss the most from my previous setup is my nice macOS terminal customizations....

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Surviving the AI Revolution as a Software Engineer

Is there still any hope?

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Dear software engineer, as you may already know, AI is here to stay. It’s inevitable, and it changes everything. If you are worried about what OpenAI’s ChatGPT can do, hold on because it’s just the beginning. The next wave of extremely powerful and specialized AI models is coming faster than...

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A Prime on Public Key Infrastructure

How do we trust each other in the digital era?

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The whole internet is secured by the power of symmetric and asymmetric cryptography. Each time you visit a website, a cryptographic handshake occurs between your browser and a web server located somewhere on Earth. The authenticity of this connection is verified by a technology known as Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)....

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My PhD as a Comic

The time when I became a superhero

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Doing good science is hard. Communicating science is even harder because it requires a larger doses of creativity. I learned during my 5 years as a PhD student that art visuals and stories are excellent ways to communicate scientific ideas and results. But using art as a form of expression...

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