"A practical philosophy of health, wealth and happiness"


Surely, the mother of all unboxing videos: unboxing a quantum computer!

IBM Quantum System One assembled in Japan

I recently discovered the Coc plugin for vim, which brings VSCode-like smarts to vim. I can finally use full-time instead of , which has become bloated and slow over time. Coc has a marketplace with a large breadth of language support. In a like-for-like comparison, vim uses 500Mb less RAM (including language server) than VSCode for Python or Java editing (with intellisense), and is much faster. I also managed to set up vim for editing and uploading tobykurien.com/post-1627114689

Here are a few counter points. Not all PDF are the same. If it does not embed all the fonts required to render it, it is not future proof and of archival quality.


PDFs are also excruciatingly hard for screen readers, thus lacks accessiblity. Copy pasting text often misses whitespaces, making life hell for normal folks.


A fairly compelling argument for publishing documents as PDF files rather than as HTML pages.

lab6 Issue 0 (PDF)

The "Physiological Sigh" provides instant reduction of anxiety and stress and is easy to do, although you shouldn't undo it by resurfacing the anxiety to test if it worked!


Sampler is an amazing text visualization tool for the terminal. I was able to make a smart-mirror type of dashboard really easily with it.


"Over a month ago, I came to the realization that my smartphone was having several negative impacts on my mental health... In a desperate attempt to regain some control, I ditched the smartphone."

Digital de-clutter

TIL: there's Android ransomware that works not by encrypting your files, but rather by showing a system modal window that cannot be dismissed by the user until the ransom is paid. Latest variants use machine learning: "TinyML model is useful for making sure [the ransom note] would appear less contrived and more believable"

Mobile randsomware

A great talk arguing that software is in fact getting worse, because of more complexity. (via alex.flounder.online)

Jonathan Blow - Preventing the Collapse of Civilization

Instead of installing and configuring a heavy GUI app for my calendar and todos, I've discovered the command-line based pimutils. Once vdirsyncer is configured, I can use khal and todoman. Very simple, powerful, portable, and lightweight.


Book recommendation: Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport. Talk about discovering the right book at the right time! After ditching my smartphone, I needed answers: why was it bad? what do I do with my time? This book answers that and more.

Digital Minimalism

Try opening a Microsoft e-book. It breaks because they closed the DRM servers.

The books stopped working.

PS3? Wii? Same story.

The only way to get the same freedom and privacy with digital media we had with physical media, is piracy.

We got scammed.


#Huawei must recognize that two kinds of phone users exist: those who care about Google services, and those who do about unlockable bootloaders.

No wonder the business strategy is failing if a walled garden is replaced with another, less attractive one.


By a truly unbelievable coincidence [...] I saw a small package fall off a truck ahead of me. 😂
Turns out the software used to extract data from your phone when seized, has security vulnerabilities 😁

Exploiting vulnerabilities in Cellebrite...

Heard about #Gemini, want to try this new way to access information on the Internet but you're not technically inclined and you don't appreciate instructions such as "git clone, and read the INSTALL.md file"?

Then read the Gemini Quickstart:

Also on Gemini, of course: gemini://geminiquickst.art/

I made a music player using the awesome Pimoroni Pirate Audio HAT for . It plays any format including OGG and even videos, remembers where it left off, buttons work exactly how I like it because I wrote the code, and it has outstanding audio quality (24-bit DAC + headphone amp). The UI needs work tho!


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