minimalism

Things that add value to your life It’s an aesthetic, a vibe, a mindset that I swear by. The rule - seemingly simple; the comprehension? There are ‘n’ number of ways that you & can add value to your life, buying everything you need, in the hope that one day it might be useful to you. Refuel on caffeine, energy drinks staying up late night. Start fasting for days, weeks give up, get back to the same old binging habits & then call it ‘minimalism’....

You are What You Eat

The saying is true, you are what you eat, consume, live to die for To put things into perspective, in today’s world you are what you scroll through on your daily news feed, Instagram stories, RSS feeds, blog roll, TV, Netflix, Spotify so on & so forth. In Elizabethan times people believed That the human body contains blood, phlegm, yellow bile and black bile Health is the state in which these constituent substances are in the correct proportion Pain occurs when one of the substances presents either a deficiency or an excess, or is separated in the body and not mixed with others....

Is Brave Really brave?

Brave is a web browser based on the Chromium web-engine influenced by Google The Brave browser is Free/Libre licensed under the same Mozilla Public license as Firefox Before you @ me, this is not like the many, many one sided posts about Brave with a mountain load of FUD. If you’ve been living under a rock - Brave Software (the company behind the browser) take vanilla Chromium, add their many patches, privacy-protections and a coat of their branding....

Free & Libre Software 🗽

Free Software is software that respects the user’s freedom To someone who is not a programmer, this sounds totally absurd? 🤔 What the heck is freedom? that these people keep talking about? I thought it meant software - that was free of charge 💰 But to a programmer this perfectly makes sense 👨‍💻 Huh? Let me explain 👀 This is your 💻 It can do all sorts of cool stuff, browsing the internet for dank memes, making art, writing a blog like this one, watching videos and storing photos and other precious memories....

How I Got my Username

It all started from Scratch. Pun intended! The humble beginnings of scratch.mit.edu my first social network! 2016 - 5 years ago I decided to sign up for a scratch account to share the programs I made locally using ‘Scratch 2.0’ iirc - an Adobe AIR app built in flash in those days. I recall the easy - drag and drop interface to build programs with jittery animations and SVG sprites. Sometimes lengthy codeblocks would crash my computer and the JavaScript engine in Chrome (while working with cloud variables) on a 2 Megabytes/s internet plan....

Big Break

I’m preparing for competitive entrance exams for engineering 1.2 Million kids write this exam each year & it’s really tough to get a good rank I’ll be focusing more on text posts, back to blogging and learning C++ during the 2nd half of this year. Good videos take a lot of time to produce especially when editing on a non 16:9 (1920x1080) screen (not that they are well edited lmao, it looks better in my head)....

Phones Make Me Counter Productive

This post is a reflection on Digital Minimalism on my Phone (FOSS) I wrote exactly a year ago A year ago I yeeted all my apps, disabled notifications, started using FOSS apps in the hope that I spend my time efficiently. After the initial few weeks the ‘FOSS’ and ‘Ad Free’ apps get just as much addictive as the mainstream ones. Although it’s not as toxic / invasive of your privacy....

The Apple Illusion ~ On Privacy & Freedom

iPhones and MacBooks are beautiful pieces of hardware that you can ‘rent’ from Apple & that’s about it Why did I specifically use the word ‘rent’? The only thing you ever ‘buy’ from Apple is their marketing Apple devices - natively run their proprietary operating systems. iOS, iPadOS, WatchOS & MacOS. They make is either difficult or impossible to sideload apps (iOS) / run your own OS on the phone - you seemingly ‘paid for’....

Cold Turkey 2021

2021 is the year I complete my general schooling, plan ahead, learn Python, and catch up on my backlog Because 2020 has taught us that anything can happen at times when we are the least prepared I’m sure we’ve all heard of ‘New Year resolutions’- So cRiNgY.. ew. This post is not that, two weeks before new years. I plan to dive head first, cold turkey whatever you wanna call it....

Archiving Google

Google is probably your search engine. Google Chrome - your web browser Google flavoured Android + an OEM skin, the OS your phone runs on Xiaomi’s MIUI, OnePlus/Oppo/Vivo’s Oxygen OS, Color OS, Samsung’s OneUI, literally anything other than iPhones probably run Android + proprietary Google software. YouTube? your source for video content Often the only source of video hosting at such a cheap, subsidized rate. Not to mention - censorship 😷 and corporate gaslighting with the deadly recommendation algorithm....