code.Antrikshy | Notes, tinkerings, experiments

Growing Into Non-Deterministic User Interfaces

I found myself scrolling through the Home section of the YouTube app the other day. I usually go straight to my subscriptions, but I happened to be running dry on subscription videos. So I decided to browse through what the YouTube algorithms had to recommend for me, and also through the trending list that day.

As I was scrolling through, I noticed a widget. It contained three video thumbnails from the same channel, placed horizontally, and it was labeled “Rising Creator”. I had never seen this widget before. I scrolled past it.

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Seeding Torrents Using Transmission CLI

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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Status Audio HD Two Review By A Casual Listener

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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