more about me

The following details about me and my way of consuming technology is not a guide for the reader, rather, it’s a reference for myself. But if it might be useful for anyone, I am more than happy to be of assistance. Just don’t hold me liable for your iPad running away from you or your toaster eating your bread. ūüôā

Some Podcasts I listen(ed) to:

  • RadioLab
  • Stuff You Should Know
  • Techkatha
  • Serial (Best podcast ever!)
  • Freakonomics
  • This American Life (only some episodes)
  • Reply All
  • Startup
  • and few¬†more!

Some Books I have read/listened to:

  • Steve Jobs (audiobook) by Walter Isaacson (very good inspiration for everyone)
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • An Autobiography. The Story Of My Experiments With Truth by M.K. Gandhi
    • an¬†exhaustive book, but I learned a few things listening to it. I am practising to¬†let of my ego, I am not done letting it go but I am training myself to do so. Also I admire Gandhi for his ability forgive. Even though you put yourself down in the process, if you begin forgiving people, your life becomes simple and elegant.
  • Think Like a Freak by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
  • Freakonomics¬†by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
  • Paper Towns by John Greene – this audiobook draws the picture¬†for you. good way to make your commute interesting.
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (audiobook) by¬†Douglas Adams
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain
    • Practically the¬†story of my life. I was listening to how I live my life. I am an introvert myself but I like speaking to people about my expertise, be that any stranger, I can explain computer science very well because “That’s my thing!” I only enjoyed the first ‘part’ of the book. She has written about¬†stats and studies in the ‘second part’ which I did not find amusing.
  • The Martian – One of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to. If you are not a fan of maths, tolerate the author for his nerdy calculations. The film that came after did leave out many parts from the book, but I think it did justice for the author.

Some iOS 8 Cydia Tweaks I have installed and use frequently:

I am a hard core Android fan and user. I would never, ever ever get an iPhone. That being said, recently, I purchased an iPad to read books and to learn iOS programming using Objective C. I could not stand the limitations of stock iOS. So jailbroke it within 2 weeks. Then I spent day and night trying out many Cydia tweaks and apps. Hats off to Saurik and the whole iOS developer team, they really showed the power an iOS device. There are tweaks for everything just like there are many powerful root apps for Android. I soon fell in love with jailbroken iOS. The following are some of many Cydia tweaks I have installed.

  • bytafont 2 – change GUI font. I very thankful for this app.
  • disk pie – windirstats for iPad, aka shows storage usage as a pie
  • ifile – copy, move, etc file system
  • androidcontrols – android-style navigation bar
  • iapplock – locks apps from getting launched, very finicky, does not work sometimes.
  • ifFoundA2 – puts a button on the lockscreen with contact details for the iDevice to get returned in case of lose, hopefully falls in good hands.
  • noAdStoreOpen – self-explanatory
  • SynergyClient – used to control iPad from PC. Both have to be on the same network. Not remote control but like MouseWithoutBorders.
  • springtomize – modify the heck out of your home screen
  • activator – no one sentence can define this, pls google it.
  • bloard – animations, etc
  • cchide – Control Center tweak
  • ccmeters – show RAM usage
  • cylinder – animations, etc
  • f.lux – must have, adjusts screen temperature (not brightness) based on current time
  • hideme8 – hide unwanted controls throughout iOS.
  • mouse – use a bluetooth mouse with iPad, I used Synergy to control iPad from my PC.
  • noslowanimations – um…, no slow animations
  • recordmyscreen – I use¬†a Activator gesture (I use shake iPad) to start a screen recording. pretty useful
  • slide2kill8 lite – instead of swiping up app by app, swipe one app down and all apps are “killed”
  • statusmodifier – self-explanatory
  • veency – even if it was slow, I was excited to remote control my iPad from my PC
  • vhome – virtual home button, save that precious home button and your finger
  • videopace – speed up videos, i didn’t get this to work. I am waiting for an update from the developer
  • videopane – popout videos to watch them while doing something else, or “multitask”
  • winterboard – use themes, yes, themes on homescreen, settings, everywhere, i mean everywhere. Even rooted Android could not theme¬†some of the UI elements. Until CM11 theme engine came along. Its awesome.
  • youtube essentials
  • some keyboard enhancements
    • SwipeSelection – select text just by swiping on the keyboard. just watch a video on youtube. Its mind blowing.
    • ShowCase – Oh man, I don’t how people put up with iOS keyboard not showing lower case when its outputting lower case letters (before iOS 8). If you still using default keyboard, this tweak will toggle between upper and lower case buttons on the keyboard to show the user what case they are typing in. Let me stop complaining and see what I can do to eliminate poverty. Don’t lol! I am not joking. At least we can prevent resource wastage, right?
jailbroken iPad screenshot
Jailbroken iPad screenshot

Some Android apps I use on my android phone:

It’s easier for me to just paste some screenshots because I just need the names for future reference.

Titanium Backup is the first app I install after a fresh ROM flash. Then I use the backed up app and system data to restore my whole setup. Very easy and convenient. Of course you should have rooted your phone. I don’t know why I am explaining this to you. If you know how to root your phone/tablet, you probably already know everything else. I think I am just trying to show you that I know this stuff. Or maybe I am a proud owner of a rooted phone. Only once you get a non-rooted phone would you get the thirst to root even a new phone. “One can never go back” to a stock (unrooted) ROM¬†once he/she had used¬†a rooted phone.

Currently using a Carbon 4.4.4 custom ROM. Very stable.

UPDATE: Running Cyanogenmod 12.1 (Android 5.1.1) now.

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