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Writing Tools for the Modern Writer
April 11, 2014, 4:54 p.m. by Nitin Venkatesh

There are quite a few tools dedicated for writing out there. But I was looking for something that supported Markdown, version control and sharing capabilities. I've rounded up the three services I liked most (and which I use for different scenarios - writing short documents, blog posts and a novel). So here they are (not ordered by ranking): Typewrite Draft ...


The Heartbleed Bug
April 7, 2014, 9:18 p.m. by Nathan Osman

OpenSSL is one of the most ubiquitous components in a secure network environment. In fact, chances are good that if you accessed the Internet today your browser communicated with a number of servers running OpenSSL. Today, an announcement was made describing a critical flaw in the OpenSSL source code. The Problem According to heartbleed.com (which goes into quite a bit ...


Free Book Sources
April 4, 2014, 1:04 p.m. by Nitin Venkatesh

Here's a roundup of a few sites that offer a plethora of books and texts for your reading pleasure. For those of you with no time on your hands, here's the list: Project Gutenberg Archive.org / Open Library WikiBooks Oreilly's OpenBook Goodreads ManyBooks Feedbooks Free Programming books on GitHub 1. Project Gutenberg Project Gutenberg is one of the biggest and ...


Canonical shuts down Ubuntu One.
April 3, 2014, 10:08 p.m. by Amith KK

Ubuntu's CEO, Jane Silber, in her blog post on the Canonical blog has announced that Ubuntu One, Canonical's online storage solution is being shut down. Since this was posted on the 2nd of April, I thought it was a late April Fool's joke, alas! It was not. Ubuntu One will be available until June 1, but as of Wednesday, customers ...


Ubuntu Touch to include "libITCH"
April 2, 2014, 8:21 p.m. by Roland Taylor

You're in an important meeting, your phone is in your bag, so you have it on silent, and you'd hate to have it vibrating all over the table. How will you ever know that you have incoming notifications? Enter libITCH. This revolutionary library for human-interaction allows your phone to use you, the user as a notification centre. No more vibrating ...


I have discovered a taste for DeaDBeeF
April 2, 2014, 1:54 p.m. by Roland Taylor

I don't know why it took me so long, maybe it is my aversion to the overly minimal, but recently, with my computer's age beginning to show showing its ugly head, I've learned to embrace the minimalism that I've been one to avoid. In this quest for peace, I've come across a not-so-new music player, that has made me a ...


Canonical Announces Smart Watch
March 31, 2014, 9:20 p.m. by Nathan Osman

Yes folks, the future is here. Today, Canonical announced the Ubuntu Smart Watch. This tiny little gadget allows you ta take the world's most popular Linux distribution around with you on your sleeve. Use your favorite Ubuntu application while you're on the go without carrying around a bulky phone in your pocket. The following picture of the new device was ...


Squashing git commits with interactive rebase
March 29, 2014, 5:04 a.m. by Nitin Venkatesh

Sometimes you want to make a gazillion little commits to keep track of your project and then later on you wish you could combine them into a single commit. This comes in especially handy when you are working on code in a public repository. You don't want to see every little change you make reflected in the logs, it's just ...


Reverting to an old commit & Grabbing changes from another branch : git checkout
March 21, 2014, 11:47 a.m. by Nitin Venkatesh

You might have seen me blogging regularly the last three weeks. That's thanks to James Clear's advice on forming new habits. I am trying to keep the "blog every saturday morning" habit this week with a short post on things I learnt to do with Git's Checkout command. So here we go! Reverting to an old commit To revert back ...


Using Ubuntu Touch Apps in Saucy / Trusty
March 19, 2014, 10:38 p.m. by Nathan Osman

This article is for those of you running Saucy or for those of you brave enough to run Trusty. Did you know that you can run some of the Ubuntu Touch system apps right on your desktop? That's right. Continue reading to find out how. (And see some screenshots!) Grabbing the Packages The first step is to grab the packages ...


Keeping your forked repo synced with the upstream source
March 14, 2014, 11:45 a.m. by Nitin Venkatesh

We code, we fork, we code again, submit pull requests and the cycle goes on and on. Welcome to the world of Open Source. You fork a project to add some upgrade or feature and submit a pull request. However, when you're new like me, one big question that arises is - how do we keep the forked repo up-to-date ...


Making cross-domain AJAX possible with your PHP backend
March 7, 2014, 6:42 p.m. by Nitin Venkatesh

Generally, browsers will not allow you to make AJAX calls to your scripts that reside on another domain because of the Same-Origin Security policy present by default. This can be circumvented by using JSONP and stuff, but what if your script only returned text as output? You could tweak your script to wrap the text output in JSON which would ...


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