This weekend you must have had my RSS feed messed up, because I was refreshing my blog with updates, sometimes broken one. Now I am using readtime and share_post plugins to show some more stuff in the article side-bar. The other two plugins I use are related_posts and render_math, formerly 'latex'. I really hesitated on adding the share buttons for various reasons - one of them being I sometimes put inaccurate information inadvertently, but I gave in hoping that my readers would find it useful.

Having no www prepended to CNAME file will complicate a lot of things for DNS entry record. I was trying different DNS entries and github would still keep on sending me warning emails. This took me hours to figure out.

The search box is fixed. This is a static files only website, so I rely on Google for the indexing and searching. It does not contain everything and it takes time for it to update, but I am so far happy with it.

By the way, if you ever open up my website on your mobile phone, it does not look too bad.

I rarely proof read my articles and I lack the motivation to do so, but for the sacrifice of the quality, you get the quantity! So cheer up! Many of the blogs I have been following got abandoned, but I don't think I will let this blog go away, because I am keeping myself pressure free and trying to do it because it is fun, not because I want to make a name for myself. I guess this is one advantage of being anonymous.

One awesome thing I did over this weekend was to fix the dates on my blog. Before I would be lazy and skip to specify the dates on my posts. Pelican would default to the last modified dates. So whenever I made a small change, it would be be on the first page, because my articles are sorted chronically by default. Unfortunately, linux does not store the creation time of the file - but Windows does. So I picked up powershell again this weekend. And here is the script:

param (
    [string]$directory = $(throw "-directory is required."),
    [string]$include = "*.md"
)

$files = Get-ChildItem -recurse $directory -include $include
foreach ($file in $files)
{ 
    $date = "Date: " + $(Get-ChildItem $file.FullName | `
    Select-Object -ExpandProperty CreationTime | Get-Date -f "yyyy-MM-dd hh:mm")

    (Get-Content $file.FullName) | % {
    if ($_.ReadCount -eq 2 -and $_ -notmatch "Date:") { 
        $date
        $_
        Write-Host "Updating" $file $date
    } 
    else {
        $_
    }
  } | Set-Content $file.FullName
}

The catch is that this only looks for the second line of the file to see if there is field Date:. Since none of my articles had that field, this was not a problem for me, but if your location of Date: is not consistent, you will need to rewrite the code. Download it and save it. Here is how you use it. Open up the powershell and invoke:

insert_creation_date.ps1 -directory <Directory where your articles exist> -include *.md

Going forward, a better better solution would be to use UltiSnips or Neosnippet to generate header for any file with *.md extension in a certain directory. I am not a big fan of snippets because I forget to use them and frankly they use up more space on my brain than they are worth. I rarely use the same snippet repeatedly, but I think a template header generation is definitely worthwhile.

When I fixed Google Analytics on my blog (you can look it up in the source code of this website), I found that people do read what I write. So I added Donate button. I don't drink beer, but the sign of appreciation would make my day.

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Amazon now offers up to 30GB SSD instead of HDD for free-tier

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There is no password ...

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  • Join a startup company to get the visibility in the company and feel satisfied with your work
  • Even when the rent price is expensive, pay the price to not own/need a car.
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  • Talk to your imaginary self from 10 years future - then choose your habits.
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  • Ask for an advice from everyone.
  • Don't be afraid to skip things.
  • Keep your expectations low.
  • Read news headlines everyday.
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I never did drugs in my life, but I have seen their effects, so I am making the comparison. I am not the expert on the topic, but here is the best video I could find on the web: The Great Porn Experiment: Gary Wilson at TEDxGlasgow.

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Enabling javascript in the debugger

var jq = document.createElement('script');
jq.src = "http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1/jquery.min.js";
document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0].appendChild(jq);
// ... give time for script to load, then type.
jQuery.noConflict();

final_query = { "status" : "free", "enabled" : True }

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Block Ads and Facebook iFrames:

AdBlock for Chrome, but I was keep getting these iFrames that fails to resolve DNS and throwing a huge grey window to block the web page. So I slapped the following line in the AdBlock Options (Under Customize -> Manually edit your filters) and they are no more:

##IFRAME[src*="facebook.com"]
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