HidayahTech

No longer a mishmash of dreams, scribbled notes, and vainglorious aspirations, I’ve finally started my own company!

How not to send service outage status updates

I woke up this morning to Intuit’s status alerts blowing-up my phone due to a severely large number of service outages related to their developer portal. After the 20th-or-so notice within a few minutes, I figured I should have gotten the message…

WhatsApp & Opus

Despite many sites espousing WhatsApp and its usage of Opus for audio messages, I am unable to actually send an Opus file through WhatsApp that is playable within the app itself.

It’s time to replace GIFs with AV1 video!

Over at #aomedia on FreeNode, I saw a link (above) posted to this neat blog showing the effectiveness of replacing animated GIFs with AV1 videos. While the general idea of using true video formats to replace short GIF animations has been implemented, with the industry support for AV1 and its clear superiority over other existing…

Note to self: check out git-bug, fossil, vimwiki, forgefed, and ActivityPub

It’s no secret that HackerNews is one of my daily (sometimes hourly) reads due to the excellent signal-to-noise ratio and deep hackish nature of many of the contributors.  However, even I am a little impressed at the depth of information found in this one discussion. https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=17782121

Trying out the new Gutenberg editor for WordPress

The latest update to WordPress comes with the addition of a new, experimental editor appropriately entitled Gutenberg. It brings with it the concepts of blocks which brings a sense of structure and modularity to your blog posts as opposed to a single monolithic chunk of editorial.

Canon 120MXS 120MP CMOS Sensor – YouTube

Canon 120MXS 120MP CMOS Sensor I used to get unequivocally excited about technology like this, but with all the dark, Orwellian prospects of how this tech can and often is used, my excitement is somewhat tempered by a dosage of concern.  Even in the video, they highlight using this for surveillance explicitly as one of…

GScribble test

Before this, I had tried a desktop WordPress client called Lekhonee. Now that I’m “back”, searching through Fedora’s repo I discovered another client named GScribble. Out of the box, the one feature advantage I found with GScribble is that it supports tags, whereas I did not find that possible through Lekhonee. The advantage of a…