My name is Christian Specht, and this is my personal site.
I'm a software developer and I use this site to feature my projects and (occasionally) some blogging.

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Separate pages per tag/category with Jekyll (without plugins)

Apparently one of the challenges that many new Jekyll users are facing is how to create nice-looking tag/category pages like this one without plugins (because most plugins won't work on GitHub Pages). Note: I'll use...

Oct 25 2014 | jekyll

Easy meta redirects with Jekyll

If you ever did the work of converting a website that was originally built with some other technology to Jekyll, you've probably encountered the need to do redirects. Most likely when the URLs of the...

Sep 15 2014 | jekyll

Jekyll / Lightbox2 image gallery, another approach

In one of my recent posts, I showed how to build an image gallery with Jekyll and Lightbox2. The gallery featured there consists of one index page and multiple subpages, and all the content was...

Aug 22 2014 | jekyll, image-gallery, lightbox2

Building a pseudo-dynamic tree menu with Jekyll

I'm in the process of moving an existing site to Jekyll. The existing site was built with a CMS, which generates a dynamic tree menu. Imagine a sitemap like this: Home First menu First menu...

Jun 18 2014 | jekyll

Generating an image gallery with Jekyll and Lightbox2

For a Jekyll-powered site that I'm building, I needed an image gallery. I browsed the "Sites built with Jekyll" list in Jekyll's GitHub wiki to see how others do galleries with Jekyll, but I didn't...

Mar 08 2014 | jekyll, image-gallery, lightbox2

Excel found unreadable content (when exporting a Reporting Services report)

A few days ago, I ran into a strange bug in SQL Server Reporting Services 2012. It started with a helpdesk ticket, someone wasn't able to export a certain report to Excel. The report itself...

Jan 14 2014 | sql-server, reporting-services, excel, wtf

Hello, Jekyll!

I migrated this site again...this time to Jekyll. Why again? When I migrated from WordPress to Blogofile in the beginning of 2013, I evaluated other static site generators (Octopress and Pelican) as well, before settling...

Dec 31 2013 | jekyll, blogofile, markdown

Publishing a web project with MSBuild (with multiple configurations)

Publishing a web project in Visual Studio is easy and well documented, but it gets complicated when you want to get the same result with MSBuild. In my case, I'm trying to get MSBuild to...

Dec 16 2013 | .net, msbuild, visual-studio

Printing existing PDF files with MS Access and SumatraPDF

To make things clear from the beginning: This is about using VBA/MS Access to send existing PDF files to a printer, NOT about creating new PDF files from reports! When you have existing PDF files...

Sep 26 2013 | ms-access, vba, printing

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