Recently I read about a fun experiment – 30 days in a terminal challenge that ended in 10 days. While it might sound a geeky affair, I failed to understand why anyone with a rational mind would want to seclude himself in the terminal even for a single day. Our regular readers might be surprised with the statement. I’ll explain my stand in the rest of the article. Continue reading The cli or the gui?
This piece must read a bit biased. Professionally I’ve been into full-fledged development on Windows for a few projects but I’m using Linux for more than a decade and I favour it to proprietary operating systems. There’s a reason Linux is known as the hackers’ OS (besides the fact it’s also the most hackable OS). This article is to explore the benefits of using Linux as a developer on a reference distro like Fedora or Ubuntu or openSUSE. Continue reading Linux for developers
This article is supposed to be a comparison of the GTK and Qt GUI frameworks. GTK had its first release in April, 1998 and Qt in May, 1995. Though Qt is 3 years elder, it has been developed in the hands of 5 different groups (Trolltech being the original one) till date whereas GTK is being developed by the The GNOME Project since its inception. Continue reading GTK vs Qt
It’s more than 15 years I am in touch with open source. I had been working on Linux most of my career and I have seen open source thrive and take the place it has today. Off late, a trend that disturbs me is the growing culture of harsh and derogatory discussions in the name of code reviews and technical standoffs. Continue reading Open source and open nuisance
Probably all of the Linux and open source related magazines have a common article today: Microsoft open sources Visual Studio Code. Many of them have omitted the “Code” part of it making the serious mistake of misleading users to think Microsoft’s Visual Studio source code is open now. It’s not. Continue reading Alternative thoughts on “open source” software from Microsoft
It started within last hour. I am using SRWare Iron (a Chromium mod) with phishing and malware protection service enabled on Ubuntu. I noticed that the service reported torrentz.in as a probable malicious website. Continue reading Google crusade against torrent sites?
A team of enthusiastic and confident developers can work wonders. However, an ego clash or over-competition among them can ruin a product too. No one wins at the end. Here’s a list of very common follies even in strong developers. Continue reading 7 Deadly Sins of Programmers
Zuckerberg’s initiative Internet.org has posed a great threat to net neutrality in India. On the surface it comes with good intentions, but this is a clever business strategy wrapped in humanitarian honey. It’s a digital quota system favouring only 38 websites. Continue reading Defend net neutrality in India
India made it to one of the recent tech news headlines by blocking the maximum number of content on Facebook. While a group of free-speech advocates will immediately get vocal against the government’s stand, there’s more to it than meets the eye. Continue reading India top blocker of FB content, is it shocking?
We are living in the age of online or cloud services. There are thousands of them doing interesting stuff. Recently I came across some websites to store passwords and other secure information. I am alarmed. While it may seem like a good idea that you can access your secrets from anywhere behind a secure service, there are extreme risks. Continue reading Cloud based password managers can’t be secure