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FreeBSD 14.0-RELEASE annoucement is immiment. Due to faster (re)boot and related improvements by Colin Percival, this version made headlines in tech media even before it got released, which got me interested in trying it out on some of our machines. I installed the first beta on one of our servers and shortly afterward reported an upgrade bug, which got fixed during the beta cycle and was shipped as an errata in 13.2-RELEASE-p4 and 12.4-RELEASE-p6.

I was following the subsequent pre-releases with great interest as well. The final FreeBSD 14.0-RELEASE brings Clang/LLVM 16.0 (which we use in scientific software development and course teaching), OpenSSL 3.0, OpenZFS 2.2, Lua configuration support in the boot loader, upgraded WireGuard in the kernel wg driver, and plenty of other changes that are relevant to our usage. I found it well worth the time it took to go through these changes and learn what to expect from the release.

My perspective after two years as a research and teaching assistant at FIDIT

My employment as a research and teaching assistant at Faculty of Informatics and Digital Technologies (FIDIT for short), University of Rijeka (UniRi) ended last month with the expiration of the time-limited contract I had. This moment has marked almost two full years I spent in this institution and I think this is a good time to take a look back at everything that happened during that time. Inspired by the recent posts by the PI of my group, I decided to write my perspective on the time that I hope is just the beginning of my academic career.

Alumni Meeting 2023 at HITS and the reminiscence of the postdoc years

This month we had Alumni Meeting 2023 at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies, or HITS for short. I was very glad to attend this whole-day event and reconnect with my former colleagues as well as researchers currently working in the area of computational biochemistry at HITS. After all, this is the place and the institution where I worked for more than half of my time as a postdoc, where I started regularly contributing code to GROMACS molecular dynamics simulator, and published some of my best papers.

Should I do a Ph.D.?

Tough question, and the one that has been asked and answered over and over. The simplest answer is, of course, it depends on many factors.

As I started blogging at the end of my journey as a doctoral student, the topic of how I selected the field and ultimately decided to enroll in the postgraduate studies never really came up. In the following paragraphs, I will give a personal perspective on my Ph.D. endeavor. Just like other perspectives from doctors of not that kind, it is specific to the person in the situation, but parts of it might apply more broadly.