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Netherlands trip

Jul 10, 2020

I travelled to Amsterdam in November 2019. This was my first and so far the only trip to Europe. I got to meet fellow free software contributors from Europe, and was also deeply impressed by Europe in general. Here is an account.

Tags: travel, amsterdam, europe

Trek to Hutridurga

Nov 22, 2017

Last Sunday, I went on a trek to Hutridurga – my first with the Bangalore Trekking Club (BTC).

Tags: trekking, travel

FIST Camp 2017 Tiruchi – Observations

Aug 23, 2017

I attended the free software camp organized by

Tags: freesoftware, fsftn, tiruchi

Polynomial Interpolation (Lagrange Interpolation) with Vandermonde Matrix – Matlab / GNU Octave Code

May 16, 2017

A quick but ill-conditioned way to compute a Lagrange polynomial interpolation…

Tags: math, matlab, octave

Announcing exiftool.el

Mar 2, 2017

This is to announce the release of exiftool.el, an emacs lisp wrapper around ExifTool. ExifTool is a command line application supporting reading and writing metadata in various formats including EXIF, XMP and IPTC.

Tags: software, project, freesoftware

Finding a puncture without water on the road

Dec 7, 2016

When you are out on the road and don't have access to water, you can identify punctures by putting them on sandy ground and look for the dust being blown away by the air leaking out.

Tags: cycling

Black body energy as a sum of photon oscillator energies

Nov 1, 2016

This is a graph I made for contributing to Wikipedia. It shows the energy of a black body as the sum of energies from oscillators with 1 photon, 2 photons, 3 photons, etc.

Tags: physics, gnuplot, software

Reading "Manufacturing Consent"

Oct 26, 2016

Two weeks ago, on October 15, in one of Concern's reading sessions, we read the first chapter of Manufacturing Consent by Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky. The book describes a propaganda model that describes how the mass media are not objective but rather publish news favourable to the government and the ruling elite. This is a short summary of the five filters of the propaganda model developed in the book.

Tags: politics

FSFTN Camp 2016 Tiruchi

Oct 10, 2016

I attended the FSFTN Camp held from September 30 to October 2. This is an account of my experience there.

Tags: freesoftware, fsftn, tiruchi

User script to remove noscript mask on ebay

Aug 30, 2016

A greasemonkey user script that removes the noscript mask on ebay and lets the user browse ebay without enabling javascript…

Tags: javascript, software, greasemonkey

Elegant bash one liner to generate passphrase

Jul 27, 2016

An elegant bash one liner to generate a passphrase – shuf from coreutils is the secret ingredient.

Tags: software, bash

IISc makes Aadhaar mandatory for admission

Jul 25, 2016

IISc has made Aadhaar mandatory for new admissions this term. This comes as yet another violation of the Supreme Court ruling making Aadhaar purely voluntary – only this time so close to home.

Tags: aadhaar, privacy, iisc

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