• Tampermonkey is not Open Source -

    This post is meant to be a short remark about something I noticed today. It is about Tampermonkey, a browser extension for managing User scripts.

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  • Gopher Server in Rust -

    I find Gopher really cool. I think it’s a really nice way to organize information into trees and hierarchies, and as we all know programmers can’t resist trees. So recently I took an interest in Gopher and started writing my own server.

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  • Evolving Neural Net classifiers -

    As a research interest, I play with evolutionary algorithms a lot. Recently I’ve been messing around with Neural Nets that are evolved rather than trained with backpropagation.

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  • Plaintext budgeting -

    For the past ~6 months, I’ve been using an Android application to keep track of my daily spending. To my annoyance, I found out that the app doesn’t have an export functionality. I didn’t want to invest more time in a platform that I couldn’t get my data out of, so I started looking for another solution.

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  • Phone Location Logger -

    If you are using Google Play Services on your Android phone, Google receives and keeps track of your location history. This includes your GPS coordinates and timestamps. Because of the privacy implications, I have revoked pretty much all permissions from Google Play Services and disabled my Location History on my Google settings (as if they would respect that).

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  • Rendering GPS traces -

    If you ask a bunch of people to upload GPS traces when they walk/drive and you combine those traces, you can get a rudimentary map. In fact, this is one of the primary data sources of OpenStreetMap. The data for those is freely available, so we can use it in a small project.

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  • Reverse Engineering the Godot File Format -

    I’ve been messing around with the Godot game engine recently. After writing some examples that load the assets and map data from files, I exported it and noticed that Godot bundled all the resources into a single .pck file. It was packing all the game resources and providing them during runtime as some sort of virtual file system.

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  • Free Hotel Wifi with Python and Selenium -

    Recently I took my annual leave and decided to visit my friend during the holidays. I stayed at a hotel for a few days but to my surprise, the hotel charged money to use their wifi. In $DEITY’s year 2000 + 18, can you imagine?

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  • Mastodon Bot in Common Lisp -

    If you post a programming article to Hacker News, Reddit or Lobsters; you will notice that soon after it gets to the front page, it gets posted to Twitter automatically.

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  • Fetching ActivityPub Feeds -

    Mastodon is a federated social network that uses the ActivityPub protocol to connect separate communities into one large network. Both Mastodon and the ActivityPub protocol are increasing in usage every day. Compared to formats like RSS, which are pull-based, ActivityPub is push-based. This means rather than your followers downloading your feed regularly to check if you have shared anything, you send each follower (or each server as an optimization) the content you shared.

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