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Switched from Pocket to Instapaper

I was a user of Pocket, in fact one of the top 5% users until recently when I decided to switch to Instapaper. Why? you ask, I had several reasons and I'm going to talk about them. First reason, the sole job of a Read It Later app is to parse the webpage and present it nicely when asked for and stay out of the way. Pocket's parser is not the best especially when the page contains source code. Sometimes it would entirely remove the code or parse it as normal text removing all the formatting. This defects the sole purpose of Pocket. Second reason, the free version of Pocket lacks full-text search which basically means I cannot search 500+ saved articles. Now, offcourse one can pay the 4.99$/month price to get that feature but I never wanted to pay because of the first reason. This really bugged me in past few days since I wanted to search something and tried to go through the list of articles saved but couldn't find it. So, I finally decided to switch.

I tried looking for …


On one of my explorations for Selfhosted software, I came across Miniflux. It is a very minimal feed reader web application. On little research I found out that it is a Golang rewrite of Miniflux v1 originally written in PHP. I have a sweet spot for Golang software specially web applications. Setting them up is really just a matter of installing binary and setting up a system service. I decided to give it a try so I went on the website and turns out the developers provide a hosted solution for just $15/year with a 15-day trial.

I registered on the hosted version to try it out. I really liked the minimal interface and utilitarian appearance which gets out of the way. It also comes with built-in integration with a lot of Read It Later services including Pocket, Instapaper and Wallabag.

After making my mind I decided to install it on the server. It needs PostgreSQL so I installed it from Debian repository and followed the installation guide. After setting it up, I created a sub-domain…

Blogging Platforms

I started blogging last year in December. Since then I’ve switched between a lot of platforms. I’m going to talk about them.
Blogger I started blogging with Blogger, however, I deleted those blog posts. Its kinda primitive blogging platform good for beginners, but not much to do. Its a Google site, so you can expect 100% uptime. But the design and style are very primitive. However, there are templates available on the internet to modify the look, but still not easy to do such things, atleast for a normal guy.
Wordpress Then I switched to is the version, in which Wordpress hosts the site, and gives you a sub-domain. You can also get a personal domain for different prices depends upon the domain, or map one you already own, that too will little price. This as a blogging platform is good option, specially for beginners and non-technical people. This provides a good range of customization options. Also Wordpress provide few nicely build templates to use.


My New Thinkpad

Its been a while since my last post. I am quite busy with studies these days.

ThinkPads are very famous laptops among developers. These are very stable and very reliable laptops with a very good ergonomic keyboard. Trackpoint is also a piece of attraction which integrates well with the fine trackpad of the laptop. Each laptop comes with Thinkpad logos engraved.

Now, lets talk about the model I bought. Its ThinkPad E450, an entry level but still stiff and reliable laptop. This models come with different configurations. Mine comes packed with an Intel i5 processor and 4 gigs of DDRIII ram. Integrated Intel graphics with 2 gigs AMD radeon R5 M250 graphics. 1 TB of HDD completes the laptop.

All ThinkPad’s share common design with Black Matte finish combined with little Red colour on Trackpoint and a fine line on Trackpad Keys. Design is super-sleek and minimal with sturdy hinges.

Lets talk about ports now. On left side 1 USB 2.0 port with 3.0mm headphone jack. Also a grill to keep the la…

Github Student Developer Pack

Last night I was going through my mails and there was one from Github. They accepted my request for Student Developer Pack. This pack include a lot of freebies and free tools, those which can be used by students to create an online presence, and start developing cool stuff.
This pack includes
ToolsDescriptionAtomA hackable text editor for the 21st century Open source by Github, free for everyoneAWS EducateAccess to the AWS cloud, free training and collaboration resourcesBitnamiInstall cloud applications in a single click Business 3 plan free for one yearCrowdFlowerCrowdsourcing and data enrichment platform.
Access to the CrowdFlower platform.Digital OceanSimple cloud hosting, built for developersDNSimlpeSimple DNS management with one click serves and a robustGithubPowerful collaboration, code review, and code managementHackhandsLive programming help available 24/7Microsoft AzureA suite of Microsoft Azure cloud services and developer tools, including the VIsual Studio IDE Microsoft Azur…