Using to-do lists alone won’t make you more productive

June 25, 2016

I am a productive junkie for as long as I can remember. I started with simple text files written in notepad and slowly my obsession with to-do lists morphed into wanting to try almost every single to-do lists out there. Over the years after many failed attempts of switching from one to-do apps to another, I have made some discoveries about myself and my productivity process.

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5 youtube-dl tips you might not know about

June 24, 2016

youtube-dl is a python based command line video downloader that just works. Despite its name would suggest, youtube-dl downloads more than just youtube videos, it currently supports more than 800 online video and audio sites. If you are using a desktop app or web app to download videos now, chances are it’s using youtube-dl in the back-end. You are better off using youtube-dl instead considering you get so much more power and options with it. Here are some simple tips to get you started.

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Cloudflare: Making the internet a little bit faster – for a select group of people

June 7, 2016

When I wrote my previous article on Cloudflare, and how it craps all over my daily internet browsing and possibly millions of others, most of the responses I got was skepticism with a healthy dose of justification. Either, it’s my fault for being born and living in a country which is not on the favorable IP blocks for Cloudflare (read Developed Nations). Or it’s the Website owner’s fault for not turning firewall rules to essentially off. Who in their right might would turn firewall essentially off? Firewall is a good thing, right?

But what responsibility does Cloudflare have in terms of making sure there are fewer false positive, in their firewall? Considering that this monstrosity of a false sense of protection is created by CloudFlare themselves, shouldn’t we put them to a higher standard, instead of blaming third parties? Let me be very clear, browsing the internet with dozens of captcha prompts are not limited to TOR users. It happens to HUGE proportion of daily internet users, who are not spammers, whose IPs are NOT on any popular blacklists, and who did not do anything to cause suspicious behavior. Yet we continuously have to deal with this nuisance. I know this because I own an ISP with a couple of thousands of IPs and we do a routine check against spam lists, block lists, and monitor traffic within our network for suspicious behavior.

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Starting an ISP is really hard – How we became profitable

June 4, 2016

This is a follow-up from my earlier post on how hard it is to run an ISP business. I would have preferred a single article but the first article was long enough, for my liking.

In my earlier article, I went into details and highlighted the pains and cost we had to deal with when running an ISP business and advised readers against starting one. But at the end of the article, I conveniently pointed out that not only were we profitable, we became profitable faster (in 2 years) than the industry average (in our country it’s 4-5 years). Considering that most ISPs are not even profitable ever, they just hang on to it, because to them it’s just a small part of their other more profitable business ventures. But by doing so they massively undersell the market, without making any money, just to stay relevant.

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There is still time to save online advertisement

June 1, 2016

Even though I have Ads on this blog, I have absolute disgust towards online ads in general, in its current form. I wish there was a middle ground where online contents could be monetized without compromising reading experience, getting malware through ads, having slow browsing speed and fear of being tracked all the time. It’s not a surprise that according to one study 41% of young readers are using some sort of ad blockers.

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