Beware of Uber’s vomit fraud when booking a cab next time

According to some recent reports by top technology blogs, Uber drivers have been reportedly engaging in an activity called “vomit fraud”. Basically, Uber (and many other cab services too) allow their drivers to collect a fine of up to $150 if their customer creates a mess in the cab (such as puking). (more…)

XFCE panel indicator plugin background fix

The indicator plugin in XFCE panel has been a very useful but also a very controversial plugin! The reason is that its the only plugin on the XFCE panel developed in GTK3 (whereas rest of the panel is developed in GTK2) and this causes some theming issues. (more…)

How to make your Xubuntu 16.04 Desktop look and behave like Ubuntu-MATE

Xubuntu is one of the most popular among the “lighter” distros as it hardly consumes 200MB when idle and even older machines are able to run with acceptable performance. Ubuntu-MATE which is based on MATE Desktop (a GNOME-2 fork) is also a similar competing distro though its debatable whether its as light as Xubuntu in terms of resource consumption. (more…)

Its an eerie world where tech giants can simply ban the plebeians into a digital exile

Today morning, I came across this medium post from Jackson Cunningham in which he describes how AirBnB simply banned him for life from their website without a due process. Jackson’s mistake: (more…)

Backbone.Events+Promises+async/await is a great combination for building JavaScript apps

At the risk of being a contrarian, I’d like to show in this article how exactly can the Backbone’s Events model be combined with the more modern constructs of Promises and async/await to build a killer app using JavaScript. (more…)

Alternative “Reddit like” Social Networking Sites for the Minimalists

Minimalists are those netizens who prefer websites that mostly contain rich and relevant textual content (with maybe bits of images sprinkled here and here), but certainly not auto-playing videos, flashy animations, animated gifs and motion ads. Making an excruciatingly heavy and painful website by combining all these things not only take a toll on the server’s back end resources, but is also a step back in the advancement of the Internet, not forward, at least in my humble opinion. (more…)

WordPress DIY: Adding Syntax Highlighting to your WordPress Blog Without using an External Plugin

Just as my other articles in WordPress DIY series, this one also focuses on doing everything yourself by writing the code rather than using any external dependencies. There are two popular open source implementations of Syntax Highlighting JavaScript libraries: Google’s Prettify and Alex Gorbatchev’s Syntax Highlighter, and in this article, we will use the former. (more…)

How to create a Server-less Google Drive client using only HTML and JavaScript

A few days ago, I had to work on a project of this kind and the information and documentation available on this topic was quite bewildering. As a result, I decided to write this article in order to make everything available at one place. (more…)

WordPress DIY: Adding Twitter Cards Meta to your blog Without using an External Plugin

Just like my last article, we won’t be focusing on using a third party plugin, but write our own plugin. I’m a minimalist and don’t prefer to use layer-2 solutions for really trivial things that can easily be achieved by writing code. (more…)

WordPress DIY: Adding Google Analytics Script to your Blog Without using an External Plugin

Adding a custom script element to your WordPress blog is really straightforward if you know what you are doing and there isn’t any need to install a third-party plugin for this. (more…)