15 Mar 2017
I set up a Raspberry Pi 3 for some smart home projects that have been swimming around in my head lately. I figured I could put this always-on computer to some good use at the same time and contribute to torrent swarms for some Linux distros and other open source projects. I’ve got a no-cap Internet connection lying around doing nothing when I’m at work.
I wanted a torrent client that I could use completely on the command line, run as a daemon of some sort. I ended up using Transmission. It’s a great, easy to use torrent client; unfortunately, there is a lack of decent documentation around it. This post exists as a quick and dirty overview guide for people who want to torrent entirely from the command line (using Transmission).
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14 Oct 2016
I wanted a nice pair of headphones to listen to music at work, on a budget of around $100 (because I’m not really an aficionado). Keep in mind that I have never owned a set of quality headphones.
After looking around for a bit, I decided over-ear headphones were for me, since I wanted comfort and quality, and I would be using them at my desk for the most part.
As I often do, I started my research at The Wirecutter, and pretty much decided I’d be getting either Sony’s classic MDR-7506 or Audio Technica’s very popular ATH-M40x. The former seems to be a well-respected model from the 90s, and the latter arguably looks better. Both perform similarly, according to many reviews and online discussions. I was very split between the two.
Eventually, I stumbled upon a YouTube video that compared the MDR-7506 with a couple of Status Audio products. This was the first time I had heard of them. I was enticed by their promise of high-end audio quality at a lower price because of their no-marketing, no celebrity endorsements, direct-to-consumer model. And I decided to give them a chance.
I have used their HD Two headphones extensively for the last three weeks, and here are my thoughts about them.
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26 Aug 2016
(Since people asked: Sublime Text 3 with “Spacegray Light” from Materialize and the Ubuntu Mono Bold typeface)
Like most of the other students in the computer science program at UC San Diego, I went through a couple of years simply coasting through classes. I had never been good nor bad academically, and my GPA was fairly average. I was enjoying programming classes, with their deliciously challenging assignments; calculus, not so much.
In this non-technical blog post (for a change), I would like to walk through my experience with my open-source projects. Projects which later helped me out immensely in getting internships (including one at Amazon, which turned into a full-time offer).
If you are a current or prospective CS student, hopefully you will leave with some inspiration.
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