Pole Gdanskers

I just reached across my entire cabin and grabbed my phone to start this blog post. My cabin is like 6 feet wide and it’s one of the bigger ones. We did get upgraded to one with a balcony, so there’s that. This is my first cruise ever. We are in the Baltics for 10 days with a few days starting in Stockholm and a few days in Amsterdam at the end....

September 21, 2022 · 7 min · Sam Osborne

Free VPNs in 9 Different Countries

Apparently the BBC doesn’t let you watch their TV shows if you’re not in the UK. I was trying to watch This Country but I was greeted with this prohibiting banner: No worries, I have a subscription to Nord VPN and they have servers in the UK. I switched my location to the UK and reloaded the page. No luck: I read their help page and they have some VPN tracking software in place that seems like it blocked most of Nord’s IP addresses already....

November 8, 2021 · 5 min · Sam Osborne

Startup Grind

I’ve never been this consistently stressed out for this long in my life. Six weeks ago, my business partner and I entered into a verbal agreement with a group of angel investors to fund our company. The cofounder relationship This is as hard as they say it is. I am very lucky to have Race, who is honest and humble and smart and motivated and confident. He compliments me well by having a lot of qualities that I don’t....

July 18, 2021 · 5 min · Sam Osborne

Goodbye Thailand

Intro to Asia The primary reason I wanted to teach English abroad was to introduce Kaitlyn to expat living, specifically in Asia. I credit a lot of who I am today to the fact that I was able to spend five years of my childhood in China and two years of my young adult life in Cambodia. I wanted Kaitlyn to see first-hand what I have been raving about basically since the day she met me....

June 17, 2021 · 9 min · Sam Osborne

Chiang Mai

A video adventure

May 23, 2021 · 1 min · Sam Osborne

Thailand Adventures

I. The Night Train The night train is the best. For the low price of $22 you can take a six-hour train ride from our city of Phichit to Bangkok. The train leaves here at 12:40 AM and arrives in the capitol at 7:00 AM. I love it so much because it feels exactly like what I assume being on a spaceship is like. You get you’re own little compartment with a blanket and a pillow....

May 2, 2021 · 4 min · Sam Osborne

How I Use My Free Azure Credit 💸

Microsoft has a program for all engineer employees to get some free Azure credit to play with. Having been with Microsoft for two summer internships I have accumulated two separate accounts with $150 of credit/month each. Growing up pinching pennies, I am not one to let anything free go to waste, so for the past couple years I have been using my Azure credit for some fun stuff. 1. NextCloud Personal Cloud Storage NextCloud is super cool if you haven’t heard of it....

April 6, 2021 · 7 min · Sam Osborne

My First Attempt at Building a Web App

One of my college courses required me to build an application as a semester long project. I wanted to build an application that could solve a real world problem. I had heard about a problem that doctors were having from a friend of mine. Doctors get sued. A lot. 75% of doctors in low-risk specialties have faced a malpractice claim at some point in their careers. For doctors in high-risk specialties, that number skyrockets to 99%....

March 28, 2021 · 6 min · Sam Osborne

I've Created a Monster

I am actually a ten-year-old boy. A couple weeks ago I traded teaching schedules with another teacher. I still teach some of the small kids but now I get to teach elementary school science as well. My students are seven, eight, and ten years old. I found they are much easier for me to teach because I understand them better. Basically, I am the same as them. We all like playing videogames, making stupid fart jokes, and playing soccer after school....

March 20, 2021 · 3 min · Sam Osborne

My First Dev Job

** This post didn’t really take shape like I was hoping. I might come back later and rearrange it to be more coherent, but as it currently stands it is an imperfect combination of memoir/note to former self/love letter to my workplace. ¯\(ツ)/¯ I would have never hired myself. Bless the people who threw me a bone and let me learn to be a programmer at their expense. After sophomore year of my CS program, I was looking around for a job that would put my years (two is still plural) of programming “experience” to work....

March 10, 2021 · 6 min · Sam Osborne