About Me

Personal I'm a Venezuelan/Italian programmer based in the US. Lately I've been dividing my time between San Francisco and Miami. Work Currently, I’m a Sr. Software Engineer at Akorda where I spend most of my time writing backend code and ensuring that things run smoothly. I’m also cofounder of Tiny Rockets where Orlando and I are building the best wellness platform for Latin America....

About This Site

Hugo This is the third iteration of my personal site. I started during my college years using a static site generator called Hakyll. I used it because at the time I was mostly programming in Haskell and Hakyll seemed the right tool. Then my friend Orlando got me hooked with no-code tools, and Webflow in particular, so I decided to try it out. I used Webflow with great success for a couple of years but there were a few quirks, like the lack of Markdown support, that I could never iron out....

Do You Need A VPN? Probably Not

When it comes to protecting your online privacy, you'll come across Virtual Private Networks (or VPN in short) services at some point. While VPNs offer privacy protection, secure connections, and even anonymity in some cases, they're not a silver bullet. What's more, if they’re not used appropriately, VPNs can end up backfiring, exposing more of your data, and slowing your online browsing to a crawl. In this post, I'll guide you through what VPNs are and how they work....

Read-it-later Apps

As a reader and consumer of digital information, one problem I've often had has been about storage and retrieval of links I want to read. I'm not one to keep hundreds of open tabs in my browser so I've experimented with lots of "read-it-later" apps. This year alone, I've cycled through just using my browser's builtin Bookmarks manager to Pocket, Instapaper, and now, WorldBrain's Memex. At their core these apps do almost the same: they provide a browser extension so that you can easily save a link for later, a search box so you can filter through all your links, and they have highlighting features so you can extract the relevant parts of what you read....

Browser extensions I use as of October 2020

Recently I started using Video Speed Controller a Chrome extension that lets you speed up any video that you stream online. While there are clear advantages to watch videos at faster speeds, this got me thinking about browser extensions in general. Nowadays, we spend so much time online that browsers are the most important app on our computers. And extensions exist to enrich an otherwise sub-par experience. So much so that there are some extensions without which I could not survive surfing the web....

A few lessons from 10 Years of using Vim

If you look it up in the Dictionary, vim means energy, enthusiasm, vigor. If you are a programmer though you might know that I’m talking about about a text editor, Vim (Vi Improved), one of the earliest and most popular text editors. In this post I’ll share my story with the editor and what I’ve learned in the process. The first time I opened Vim I was in high school. I was learning my way around Linux systems and happened to stumble on a few tutorials that used Vim as the program to edit configuration and property files....

My Personal Filesystem

Earlier this year I read one of the best articles I’ve ever read on personal filesystems and organization. For one who has struggled over the years to keep a well organized digital archive that is easily searchable and can work on pretty much any computer, this article written by Stephen Wolfram was a godsend. Inspired by it, I took some of Wolfram’s tricks and started experimenting with different hierarchies and tools until I got to something that suited my needs....