New Templates in Dolphin

Oct 23, 2018 - 2 minutes
I was using kio-gdrive to access my Google drive account using Dolphin (file manager). Since these are mounted as a virtual filesystem, I was not able to save files in them directly from libreoffice or any external program. So I thought creating a new document from dolphin and then editing an empty document would be easier to use. But information was scant regarding how to put together. I knew we needed a template which is just an empty file but I didn’t know how to put all this together to make it show up in Dolphin’s “Create New” context menu. Read more ...

Moving to systemd-networkd

Jul 27, 2018 - 3 minutes
systemd-networkd is a network manager that comes built in with Systemd. It has features, similar to NetworkManager and ConnMan which are more commonly used in distributions like Ubuntu and Fedora. My old system I had moved away from NetworkManager one year back due to constant issues with connecting to enterprise Wi-Fi with logs and errors that were difficult to debug or fix. It was also difficult to see where the failures occurred prompted me to move towards a more modular system. Read more ...

Privacy podcast, IRL

Jul 14, 2018 - 4 minutes
Mozilla, the organization behind Firefox actually does more than just build software. In its advocacy efforts, they roped in Veronica Belmont to make IRL: Online Life Is Real Life, a podcast that explores various aspects of privacy in everyday life explained in a way that can be understood by everyone. It is into the third season and the current episode takes a look at the dilemma of sharing data with companies for free services and privacy. Read more ...

Encrypting /home in place

Jul 5, 2018 - 4 minutes
Raison d’être When I first installed this system, I was oblivious to disk encryption and didn’t factor it in. This resulted in a non-LVM system with some haphazard partitions from subsequent resizing and nuking of Windows in the past few years. One good decision I took when installing was to separate / and /home so this turned out to be easier than I thought. Preparation I was apprehensive of ending up with a dead system before today’s DGPLUG session, so I managed to get weechat up and running inside tmux in a virtual console. Read more ...

How to Blog Steadily

Jun 29, 2018 - 2 minutes
Today’s session of summer training in #dgplug on freenode is a follow up on writing and its importance. I wanted to share an answer to one of my doubts given by Jason. It is established that one has to write regardless of its quality to kick start the habit. The major roadblock is mostly on topic and specificity since there are times when you are in no man’s land. With this laid out, lets get to the answer. Read more ...

Koch curves and fractals

Jun 26, 2018 - 2 minutes
Note: footnotes are broken due to some web issues I don’t understand, checkout https://github.com/gyorb/hugo-dusk/issues/21 Fractals are never ending patterns found in nature that are impossible to describe in classical geometry. I was intrigued by this topic after a long time since I had programmed some koch curves for an exercise in the Think Python book. Some pictures, and the code can be found on github. The post on how to generate trees1 made me realise that the topic was very general not just related to the curves I had done earlier. Read more ...

Importing from Medium

Jun 18, 2018 - 1 minutes
I did not realize that I had an article and a draft stuck in Medium and I thought how difficult would it be to yank it from there and import it to Hugo. This post documents a short version of how to do it. First, export all your data from Medium. This contains posts as well as other content that you have contributed to the site: claps, bookmarks, topics etc. Since I wanted to export just one post I went in to posts directory and found an HTML file corresponding to that article. Read more ...

Migrated to hugo

Jun 11, 2018 - 1 minutes
After a lot of thinking and trying out various static site generators I have settled on using hugo. To be honest there was no particular preference other than it being available in the Arch repository and migration was made easier since I was able to use a WordPress exporter, exitwp. The post, https://samaxes.com/2016/02/static-site-from-wordpress-to-hugo/ was helpful in nudging me to hugo as well. I did not bother with comments and other complexities mentioned in that post although it can be useful for some. Read more ...

Getting a Belgium Long Term Visa in India (for study)

Jul 28, 2015 - 3 minutes
After getting an admit I was elated and frankly never thought of the arduous journey ahead. The process can be grouped into these steps: Getting the required documents Legalisation Submitting the application Getting the required documents If you have a degree certificate, then great. Most often, students completing their studies in the same year don’t get it. Don’t wait for the university convocation, instead get a provisional certificate after the results have been announced. Read more ...

Low Pass Filter and Its frequency response

Nov 7, 2013 - 2 minutes
After hours and hours of getting a simple low pass filter to work, I couldn’t help but share this. With a host of FOSS EDA tools in linux, I really couldn’t resist start using it. I got to credit Ashwith, for the wonderful SPICE tutorials without which my life would have been more miserable. I wouldn’t like to repeat what Ashwith has already written, but I would like to show the schema and results that you can obtain with ngspice as well as matplotlib which are as good as any commercial software that you would use. Read more ...