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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.

Setting up LaTeX on Spacemacs

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I have been using Vim for text editing and even Vim mode even in Sublime Text. Although, I wanted to use Org mode so I switched to Spacemacs with Evil mode that gives the best of both worlds. I had been using TeXworks and TeXstudio for editing and building LaTeX documents but now that I have Emacs, I wanted to try out the pdf-tools layer and latex layers so that all my work can be done from inside Spacemacs itself.

Adding xfce4 Keyboard Shortcuts for Clementine or Spotify

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xfce4 has default media key settings for Pragha music player. Although, if you use clementine music player you can use keyboard shortcuts to control it with DBus and MPRIS. Clementine is known as org.mpris.clementine and you can add the following entries to your Keyboard Settings > Application Shortcuts If you use spotify, it is registered as org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.spotify on qdbus. qdbus org.mpris.clementine /Player org.freedesktop.MediaPlayer.Next qdbus org.mpris.clementine /Player org.freedesktop.MediaPlayer.Pause qdbus org.mpris.clementine /Player org.

You can get a free BNC account on EliteBNC…

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You can get a free BNC account on EliteBNC. It runs ZNC which you can run yourself if you have a spare VPS. All you need to do is login on FreeNode (you can use their webchat if you don’t have a client handy) and join #EliteBNC channel and issue the following command command: !request <username> freenode <your email id> and you will get the settings in your email if your request is approved.

SOCKS Proxy

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I used to use the `-L` flag in SSH but today I was going through the man page and saw the `-D` flag. It can be used to make a SOCKS5 proxy easily. For eg. `ssh -f -N -D 8080 [email protected]` Also, a big thanks to EliteBNC.org for giving a free ZNC node. Feels great to be back on IRC after so long.

How to Sign PGP Keys using GPG

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[][1]xkcd #364: Responsible Behavior I participated in ApacheCon EU 2016’s PGP Keysigning Party recently. Being a newbie about PGP keysigning, I made the mistake of not sending the keys back to the key server after signing as I was using a GUI tool called Seahorse. So today, after realizing this from searching my key on MIT’s PGP keyserver, I decided to do it again and send the keys this time using GnuPG.

Understanding the Undertones of Political Thought within the Politically Agnostic FOSS Movement

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Introduction The Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) movement, which is now seen as an integral part of the technology sector, is now making its impact outside this domain in various dimensions. It has given rise to the three “Open” pillars – Open Source, Open Standards and Open Content. Ideas formulated during the rise of these new FOSS communities have been able to raise various questions about Intellectual Property, Information Production and other newly formulated concepts.