[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

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-executionContinue 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]