Due to the pandemic, a lot of us are working from home nowadays. To work comfortably and maintain good health, proper setup and posture is needed. A comfortable chair with back support and a table with a laptop or screen at adequate height is essential (check out the links section near the end for tips!). … Continue reading Wakefit Virgo ergonomic office chair review
Rock Pi 4: An alternative to Raspberry Pi
The Raspberry Pi is a famous Single board computer. Affordable and easy to use for beginners, it made SBCs accessible to students and tinkerers. Its latest iteration, the Raspberry Pi 4, was released in June 2019, with a relatively powerful CPU and plenty of RAM (upto 4Gb). In this post I want to share why … Continue reading Rock Pi 4: An alternative to Raspberry Pi
[Non tech] The state of government and media in India
I am a techie, involved in my work and not much into politics. But the current state of affairs compel me to speak out. The ruling BJP government does not seem to have a clue on how to handle the crises in our country. The economy is in a slow down, farmer suicides are still … Continue reading [Non tech] The state of government and media in India
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After hosting the blog on own server for around 3 years now, back to abchk1234.wordpress.com for simplicity (and economy!).
Meltdown, Spectre and MDS: Links compilation
Having recently come to light, meltdown and spectre are names given to a set of high impact security issues exploiting CPU instructions to read system memory. Provided below is a collection of links that relate to different aspects of these vulnerabilities. Initial Disclosure https://googleprojectzero.blogspot.in/2018/01/reading-privileged-memory-with-side.html Updates from Vendors https://blog.google/topics/google-cloud/answering-your-questions-about-meltdown-and-spectre/ https://access.redhat.com/security/vulnerabilities/speculativeexecution https://insights.ubuntu.com/2018/01/04/ubuntu-updates-for-the-meltdown-spectre-vulnerabilities/ https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/03/cloud-infrastructure-vendors-begin-responding-to-chip-kernel-vulnerability/ https://support.microsoft.com/en-in/help/4073757/protect-your-windows-devices-against-spectre-meltdown https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208394 https://newsroom.intel.com/press-kits/security-exploits-intel-products/ https://www.amd.com/en/corporate/speculative-execution … Continue reading Meltdown, Spectre and MDS: Links compilation
Roaming profile on Linux in 2017
To quote Wikipedia, A roaming user profile is a concept in the Windows NT family of operating systems that allows users with a computer joined to a Windows Server domain to log on to any computer on the same network and access their documents and have a consistent desktop experience, such as applications remembering toolbar … Continue reading Roaming profile on Linux in 2017
Using Gitlab CI for deployments
Hi there folks! This time we are going to talk about something different: using Gitlab and its CI system for deployments. Gitlab CE (community edition) is an Open Source git platform that can be used to host your git repositories on a server. It offers most of the features offered by Github, with the advantage … Continue reading Using Gitlab CI for deployments
Adding an external fan to the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B
A while ago I had purchased a Raspberry Pi 3 to learn more about building software on the ARM platform (IoT), and getting to know configuration management software like SaltStack. Since I intended to compile software on the Pi, I looked into external cooling solutions and found that adding a heat sink and fan should … Continue reading Adding an external fan to the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B
Manjaro OpenRC 17.0 Xfce Development ISOs [RC]
While waiting for Manjaro 17.0 to be released, have created RC ISOs for Manjaro OpenRC 17.0 Xfce edition. Highlights: Kernel updated to 4.9.x series (next LTS). Reverted to using ALSA by default (decided by voting, see here for reference). Old CLI installer patched to work with manjaro-tools 0.13.8 (changes available here). Download: https://sourceforge.net/projects/manjaro-openrc/files/17.0/ P.S. May … Continue reading Manjaro OpenRC 17.0 Xfce Development ISOs [RC]
Manjaro OpenRC 16.10.2 ISO released!
After about a month of development (mostly over the weekends), Manjaro OpenRC 16.10.2 ISO has been released. It was originally not intended as a development edition, but become one since I noticed that it failed to boot in EFI mode both in Virtualbox as well as on bare metal, and was unable to fix it … Continue reading Manjaro OpenRC 16.10.2 ISO released!