Three months of self inflicted digital pain and how it changed my habits – A review of Siempo Launcher

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Last December, I decided to start an experiment and adopt a new launcher called Siempo apart from the OnePlus and Nova launcher that I’m used to since I started using Android. After three months, even though I have stopped using it, I have observed some changes and would like to share it with my readers who are also interested in digital well being. There has been a recent surge in people starting to restart blogging even though on closed platforms like Medium, but I guess it at least that is searchable outside from search engines, and hope to see more self hosted blogs following Hackernoon’s recent split.

Setting SO_REUSEPORT and similar socket options in Go 1.11

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Go recently introduced a heavily requested feature that allows programmers to set socket options before accepting and creating connections. You can find a mention of this in Go 1.11 Release Notes. Although, not many have written on this and implementing this is a bit confusing due to a change in the way one has to implement this. So I decided to share this with others who might be interested in using this feature.

Streaming audio from Linux to Android using PulseAudio over LAN

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Suppose you are in a situation where you want to watch a movie on your TV or monitor but don’t want to use speakers. Maybe you are looking to listen to an audio book stored on your laptop but don’t want to transfer it to your phone. Or you just want to buy an audio jack splitter. Look no further, PulseAudio to the rescue. PulseAudio provides streaming via SimpleProtocol on TCP via a simple command.

Convolutional Neural Network Basics

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Convolution It is a matrix operation in which we add each element with local neighbors with respect to the weight of the kernels. Mathematically, it is the element-wise product of each element of the kernel with the image-piece followed by a sum. These filters can be used to detect various things like edges etc. Filters/Kernels Filters/Kernels capture features in their receptive field using matrices containing values (weights) with convolution. A higher result of this operation implies that the feature captured by the kernel is in the image, and a lower score implies the opposite.

Whistle Project – Winner EthIndia 2018 Hackathon

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Recently I took part in EthIndia Hackathon that took place in Bengaluru. This time I was participating without a team after a long time and made a team on the day of the event. All three of us (Ronak, Ayush and I) had a different idea of what we should work on but we finally came to a consensus on an idea that I had got from my current workplace’s CTO (Kailash Nadh).

Automate fast download of a large files through FTP

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lftp -e 'set net:timeout 10; pget -n 10; bye' -u UserName,PassWord

Rewriting Lyric API in Golang

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I had originally written a Lyric API as a hobby project way back using Node. I published it on github as a combination of API server hosted on heroku along with a library hosted on NPM. It still gets 50 downloads a week and the hosted heroku API server is actually used by many people even though it offers little to no functionality. I was recently looking at wtf dashboard and even contributed a small patch to it.

Functional Options for testing without mocks in Golang

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Suppose you have a HTTP request to be sent but don’t care about the result or errors. This request is sent through a function which is usually called inside a goroutine and is not in any way a core aspect of your main logic. The only important part is forming the actual request and the payload. When you wrote this function, you did not write tests as it would be a pain to make the function return something and check it.

Emacs starts a bit slow…

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Emacs starts a bit slow but it can be started as a daemon emacsclient -c -n -e '(switch-to-buffer nil)'

Reviving an old Samsung N150 Netbook and making it a solid Dev Environment

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I had an old Samsung N150 netbook lying around in my parent’s house. It was an amazing netbook and I remember fondly using it when my parents were not using it to browse the internet and sometimes even use it for school work. It came with Windows Vista if I recall correctly but I had installed Windows XP service pack 3 on it because as we know, Vista sucked! Well, the netbook was very solid, it even ran small games such as Fifa Manager etc and came with a solid keyboard, ethernet and VGA as well for connecting to a big screen.

Genie – The Voice Enabled Coding Companion – Winner Dell Intern Hackathon

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Genie is a Voice Assistant made up of three agents who talk to you and help you automate software engineering tasks. Watch the video to understand what it can do for you.