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Deploying your IOT fleet with OpenBalena on a Virtualbox VM

Deploying an IOT fleet can be a painful venture as we all know. Building your software stack, testing it, provisioning, not to mention all the hoops you have to jump over when you are finally deploying. Even when you have deployed your solution you have to plan ahead for regular updates of the software in the field, maintenance, and huge upkeep attached to it. It’s a tough process, no doubt about it. What if that process could be made much easier with battle-tested tools at your disposal that helps you focus more on the development of your IoT solution rather than the tons of deployment issues that you face when deploying scale. Enters BalenaCloud and Openbalena!

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How to be financially independent before college without getting lucky‽‽

This blog is one of the few special posts I have been writing on Mixster in the ongoing pandemic of 2020 before I start my next adventure (Got a Job!) In these crazy times of social distancing, isolation and Ramayana, I rediscovered writing to be something that keeps me calm and composed. I have been looking back at my journey that started with chasing after a piece of paper that would certify that I am a Bachelor of Technology to now being financially independent and content with who I am. Well here I am spilling the beans and documenting my 4 year journey.

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[My Notes] Preparing for Financial Emergencies in Remote Environment

Pretty good starter webinar from Remote Indian community, check it out.

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StatsD vs CollectD: Most detailed version

Busy servers and applications have a lot of things to monitor and there are stats in several forms. The stats are regarding your servers, applications running on those servers and loads of metrics which needs to be collected and monitored properly. Processing and collecting these stats help in deciding factors like scaling, performance of the system, troubleshooting and among more in your configuration. For monitoring to be precise, the system needs loads of data and the amount of data collected will likely increase the chances of understanding what is happening at any point of time. In this blog, we will be placing two popular collection programs StatsD and CollectD head to head to see what works in diverse use cases, and listing their pros and cons. Let’s go over why StatsD and CollectD are called daemons.

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Inspiration behind Mixster

“There was an idea. Vipul knows this, called the Mixster Author initiative. The idea was to bring together a group of of remarkable people to see if they could become something more. To see if they could collaborate when Mixster needed them to, to write content that we I alone never could.”

Adapted from Nick Fury’s speech from Avengers (2013)​​​​​​​
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[Ubuntu] Spotify Linux Error Code 7 – Not logging in/Signing up

Quickest solution to Spotify not working on Linux, with error code 7.

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OneDrive (Backup & Sync) workaround for Linux

As a developer, we all love keeping our files onto the cloud securely so that we can have access to them anytime, anywhere. What better service to do that than Microsoft OneDrive? Microsoft OneDrive is a file hosting service and synchronization service operated by Microsoft as part of its web version of Office. The official OneDrive client is available for Windows only. And, that ain’t fair.

Why should we be using the blue screen of death in the first place to access all our files or folders. We can take the browser route as well, but no one like to sign in and out each time they want to access to their files. What if I told you that you can use OneDrive natively in your Linux machine, without the need of any client or 3rd party software.

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Understanding x86 Virtualization

Youtube runs thousands of servers and streams videos to millions of viewers. We assume a server to be a single physical machine rather they are part of many virtual machines running on top of a single physical machine across the thousands of computers in a data center. Wanna know more about them. Click –>

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The Big Sad Shirt

There is a lovely, oversized, semi-woolen, red-and-black checkered shirt that I frequently wear and indiscriminately slip into every evening after returning to my room. Mind you, it is stolen property—I finagled it from my father when I was exactly 6 years old and wildly impatient to obtain a cape-like attire. You see, it was imperative for me and my playmates to have a superhero costume handy that evening in case it rained and confined us indoors, which it did. Thus, the thievery.

Years later, the shirt has lost its association to colorful tales of faux heroism and has become somewhat of a curio, only better: it is wearable, warm and immeasurably comforting. I might now associate it with home, or just homeyness, and on some days it is not even home that I miss, but a sense of belonging that I constantly find lacking in recent times—the past year, to be precise—making me feel adrift and lonely. It is not unique, nor is it novel; most people have this ‘loneliness’ complaint nowadays. The scale of this affliction is scary, and its direct relationship with the number of people alive today, confounding. But everyone finds their own coping mechanism, I think.

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[Integrate Cerberus] Final Work Report @ Google Summer of Code 2019

It’s 4 O’clock of a rainy Friday morning and one more Google Summer of Code has ended. My second to be exact. Time for me to hang in my boots, and start writing another report. Probably my last on this subject matter. There’s a lot to write.

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ERROR: Failed building wheel for Twisted, How to install Scrapy in Ubuntu 18.04

Hey, you there. Are you starting up with Scrapy and web-crawling, unable to install Scrapy on your Ubuntu distribution. Let’s get you sorted quickly.

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‘n’ honest truths about working remote [Community Edition]

I thought remote work would be easy. I thought it will be comfortable, creative and carefree. I thought I would be so efficient that I be in the zone all the time. Only if I knew how wrong I was. Only if I looked to see beyond the perks of working remote to see the dedication and discipline needed. And the best part that I love the concept even more.

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1st Evaluation report and mistakes that I made working remote (Spoiler: I still love it)

Week #6 26/06 to 02/07

Well, I survived the first evaluation as you can all see. Made some mistakes along the way, recovered with the advice from my mentors and hopefully going strong into work period 2. Let’s talk shop, yes. 

Since this is a special blog. I will be asking the questions… and going to answer them. 

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Building to deploying your own Action on Google under 60 minutes flat

Let’s make this one quick. You have been seeing a lot of people working on Actions on Google, you have seen a lot of people asking you to review their actions. You have also played way too many quizzes on the Google Assistant. But, you never got around to building one for yourself. What if I tell you, your own action can be written and deployed under 60 minutes flat, without a single line of code. Click below for the quick version

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[Fixed] Why default theme not showing @ WordPress.com on mobiles/tablets for Dummies #AMP #rediscover

One fine day, I wondered …

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HackMIT 2018: A journey through my lens

Recently, I got the chance to go on my first international solo trip to the United States of America, to participate in one of the biggest undergraduate hackathons at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, HackMIT 2018. It was undoubtedly the experience of a lifetime. I thank my college, Amity University, Uttar Pradesh, TechMIT, part of TechX, Google Inc. and my parents for supporting me and enabling me to visit this glorious event and spend a week in the States to explore further opportunities.

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Standing there in the sun, was the best feeling ever.

I learned, had fun, sought crazy experiences, and even bigger adventures. Experimented at every opportunity I had. Met and talked to so many great people from different countries, ethnicities and cultures. I clicked photos, rode the subways, the trains, the cabs, the planes, cycled through the streets of 8th Avenue, admiring the great architecture, tried strange new things, made mistakes, made friends, made pancakes.

All in all I mean to say, US is a great country to visit and travel. Go for it, if you have the chance or the means. That being said, allow me to give you an all-access tour of HackMIT 2018.

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Django Party #Investopad_HKV

In the bright sunny days of February, I walked across the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-D), towards Investopad, Hauz Khas to attend a meetup that I was looking forward to for a very long time, ever since I saw it on the meetup page. I was both nervous and full of excitement with the prospect of attending my first Django party organized by Pydelhi and Pyladies Delhi together. With an aim to grasp what Django is and how to truly harness its power in the field of web development.

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