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AN INTERN'S VIEWS - HOW FAR HAVE I COME?

Jul 10, 2017

AKA, what the hell about work? I have gone on and on about getting here. The things I found here. But I have still made no mention of what I do here. Well, here it is. So sit back, and read on.

  1. An intern's views - How I got here
  2. An intern's views - A month's end at Google
  3. An intern's views - How far have I come?
  4. An intern's views - End of diary

In case you haven't read the last article, you might want to.

So where were we? Oh yeah, end of...



AN INTERN'S VIEWS - A MONTH'S END AT GOOGLE

Jun 07, 2017

The series:

  1. An intern's views - How I got here
  2. An intern's views - A month's end at Google
  3. An intern's views - How far have I come?
  4. An intern's views - End of diary

Okay, okay.. I know this article is a bit late (and I've backdated it a bit), but I've been really busy. As it turns out, work at Google isn't all that easy (...did I think it would be?). But I'll get to that later 😉.

So let's walk through my first few days in the office. So, on my first...



AN INTERN'S VIEWS - HOW I GOT HERE

May 07, 2017

AKA, how I got an internship in Google. In case you were wondering why the actual title is so obscure, it is because I want this article to be mostly linked by the rest of the (monthly) articles in this series (I'll update the links as I write them)

  1. An intern's views - How I got here
  2. An intern's views - A month's end at Google
  3. An intern's views - How far have I come?
  4. An intern's views - End of diary

So, for those who know me, you'd know that getting into Google had...



YOURHONOUR: A K8S BASED DISTRIBUTED PROGRAMMING JUDGE

Sep 26, 2016

So, this is something I have been working on recently for some time. The project's name is YourHonour, and is is a Kubernetes(k8s) based Online Judge for organising programming competitions.

YourHonour came into being because the Open Source solutions already present either do not fit all the criteria, or are just too hard to setup. The ones that are easy to set up, as well as provide complete functionality are either paid, or non-free.

Anyway, I decided to build my own judge. Hell, how hard can it be? As it turns out, creating a judge isn't as easy as I...



LEARNING FROM MISTAKES: BUGZILLA LANDFILLS

Jun 09, 2016

This post is regarding a recent incident that happened when I was working for my project in Google Summer of Code.

My day's task was to automate the filing of a bug in bugzilla if and when a build fails. Though, not too hard, it would obviously require testing, because I can't just assume that my code would work the way it is supposed to.

This didn't seem like much of a problem at that time. What I decided to do was, test on a single bug and delete it when I'm done. Simple Enough?

As it turns out, it...



DETERMINING LEGAL USE FLAG COMBINATIONS USING A CNF SAT SOLVER

May 13, 2016

I spent my time doing something rather interesting today.

In my proposal, I had mentioned that the USE flag combinations to be tested would be:

Without any USE flag turned on

With all USE flags turned on

Few random combinations based on default flags, or inverse of default flags or those generated by tatt.

Yesterday, a guy, Harald Timeraider pointed out that some of the USE flag combinations given by the above rules may not be legal. For example, if an ebuild specifies REQUIRED_USE="^^ (a b c)" then EXACTLY one flag out of a, b, and c should be enabled....



REFERENCE SHEETS AND USEFUL LINKS

May 13, 2016

This post was long due. I often find blog posts, reference sheets and useful links that I feel I should bookmark. However, I often lose these bookmarks when I shift Operating Systems or browsers (which happens very often). I am hoping that this will be a better and a more reliable way to keep track of all these resources.

  1. Python Future: This is a brilliant cheat sheat to write cross compatible code for both PYTHON-2 and PYTHON-3
  2. What Color is Your Function?: An absolutely amazing article about the design choices of a modern language. I won't spoil...


ULTIMATE CONTROL OVER MOBILE BROWSER WITH FIREFOX

May 06, 2016

It is no secret that I love firefox. Even though sometimes, it can run a bit slower than Chrome, Firefox has always provided me with better developer tools and better control over all of my settings, even those which are usually unavailable via about:config.

However, it was only recently that I discovered, that about:config works flawlessly on the mobile version of the firefox browser too. That means, all of the features you'd think that mobile browsers miss, like proxy settings, cache, pipelining settings, etc. can be found just by typing about:config on the URL.

Before you go off try, and...



SSH PORT FORWARDING AND SOME COOL USES

May 06, 2016

I'll begin with some of the bare minimum and absolutely amazing things ssh port forwarding is capable of, and see if I can convert this to a proper blog post later.


1. Local port forwarding

Syntax:

ssh -L8081:example.com:80 pallav@myserver.com 

Meaning: Opens a SSH connection to myserver.com, and forward all requests to my port 8081 to port 80 (default http port) of example.com via myserver. Thus, if example.com is blocked on my PC, but it can be accessed by some other PC which I have ssh access to, then I can use this command to gain access to the...



GOOGLE SUMMER OF CODE WITH GENTOO

Apr 30, 2016

I am excited to say that I've been accepted for this year's summer of code under Gentoo Organisation. This section of the blog will be dedicated to documenting anything and everything I learn that is interesting or remotely related to my project.

My proposal for the project can be found here. The abstract for the same has been given below.

Gentoo is an operating system with extreme focus on configurability and performance. To provide fully customizable experience, without interfering with the stability of the system, Gentoo has a concept of masked packages. These masked packages (or versions) are...