Blog of Raivo Laanemets

Stories about web development, consulting and personal computers.


Raivo Laanemets

My name is Raivo and I'm a freelance consultant, a blogger, and an Open Source contributor. I have built software for the last 15 years.

I live in South Estonia but I work with teams all around the world. I focus on front-end development.

What I do

I love to build web applications. My latest projects include a web-based truck cargo optimizer and an online CAD application. I maintain the Blog-Core blogging framework and a number of Open Source libraries.

My business experience includes health monitoring, logistics, electronic voting, computer-aided design, contract negotiation, archival, and data extraction.

What am I doing now? See my now page.


My usual developement stack is consists of Node.js, React, TypeScript, MySQL and Debian Linux. I also love to play around with SWI-Prolog and often try out new libraries and frameworks.

Recent projects

Tammiste Personalibüroo logo
Ambright Printed Light logo logo
Lasita Maja logo

Recent posts

Tailwind CSS experience

I have gathered some Tailwind experience over the last two years and decided to write about it. My learnings, both positive and negative, are from a couple of projects including an attempt to use it o...
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On 2023-10-26

Abandoned and Burned

I found an abandoned home while exploring the nearby places. It's about 5 kilometers from my home town Elva between small patches of forests and fields. I was on my usual weekend hike and was visi...
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On 2023-03-11

Winter in South Estonia

It's been snowing in the last couple of weeks in South Estonia. There is white bright snow everywhere. It's quite peaceful time here. Home and trees I enjoy such weather a lot. It's s...
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On 2022-12-30

Low-distraction Linux desktop setup

I use Debian 11 (Bullseye) and decided to document my setup here. I have the same setup on my main PC and Lenovo laptop (T490s). Hardware Most of my PC hardware is pretty old. This is what I run right...
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On 2022-10-07

Why I stopped writing

I stopped writing because I got stuck. I got stuck in life and then I wanted to write about it. I wanted to write about it because I thought this would help me to get a better perspective of things an...
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On 2022-05-22

Freelancing: success and mistakes

I was a freelance software developer and consultant for nearly 15 years. In this article I decided to put down the 5 most important approaches that gave me success and the 5 mistakes that burned me ou...
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On 2018-12-30

Managing shipping at Lasita Maja

For some time now, I have been working on an information system designed to manage shipping orders at AS Lasita Maja. AS Lasita Maja makes log cabins. They are one of the leading log cabin producers i...
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Is programming in Prolog difficult?

Programming in Prolog is different to programming in imperative languages such as JavaScript. The logic underpinnings of Prolog make the language harder in some ways while also easier in some other wa...
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On 2018-12-20

Adding a custom font

Last week I reworked the blog typography a bit and added a custom font. I had used only the available built-in fonts on various platforms until now. I used Tahoma on Windows, which renders pretty poor...
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On 2018-12-18

Just Dance controller app on Samsung S3

Just Dance is a series of dance video games that use a motion controller to judge how well the player can mimic the on-screen dancer's choreography. Just Dance 2017 runs on PC (the other releases ...
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On 2018-12-17

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