2018: A roller coaster ride

2018 is almost over and it was an unbelievable year! It took me through a myriad of situations, experiences and emotions and I can barely believe that I was able to get through. My daughter was born in the beginning of the year and it was an amazing experience being a parent for the first…

Getting rid of Truecaller from Cyanogen OS 12.1

Cyngn has struck a deal with TrueCaller to integrate it with the default dialer app on Cyanogen OS 12.1. For a privacy-conscious person like me, it was totally unacceptable given the notorious reputation of TrueCaller. Read this post on XDA-Developers for more details.         Here is how I got rid of TrueCaller. Before…

Enabling captive portal detection in GNOME 3.14 on Debian Jessie

GNOME 3.14 supports captive portal handling but it is not enabled by default in Debian Jessie probably due to the privacy concerns. To enable it, create a file /etc/NetworkManager/conf.d/20-connectivity-debian.conf with the following content: [connectivity] uri=http://network-test.debian.org/nm response=NetworkManager is online interval=300 Then restart NetworkManager using the command service network-manager restart as root user (or use sudo if…

My contributions to Mozilla Input

  Apart from writing Free/Libre Open Source Software, I have tried to contribute to existing ones whenever I can – mainly in the form reporting bugs, fixing documentation errors and so on. But I have always had the dream of making non-trivial contributions in addition to what I have been doing. In pursuit of that…

Staying in touch

When I was on Facebook, I was getting to know what was happening in the lives of a lot of friends and acquaintances. I wouldn’t say I was in touch with all of them as they were just sharing updates with me and posting comments only because I was on Facebook. It wasn’t like most…

Feet off the ground

In the past month, I have had my feet off the ground for most of the time. I got married to my sweetheart, we had our first air travel, we celebrated our honeymoon at Taj Mahal just a day off Valentine’s day, getting our own 2-wheeler which has given me my precious first full-time driving…