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It was on Christmas 2018, more than a year back, I bought a Google Daydream VR kit for $99. Using my Google Pixel 2, I played with Daydream for a few days before shelving it for good. Other than YouTube VR, which too had only a limited number of videos, there was nothing else of interest that you could do with the gadget. I was disappointed that it was nothing more than a Google Cardboard made out of good quality plastic. Disclosure: I write reviews about products that I have bought for my usage and paid in full. There were…

Earlier I had written about how unsuccessful I was trying to load Chrome OS on a PC, still, Chromebook is an idea that continues to intrigue me – the first one I had tried in 2015 and it was a Samsung Chromebook 2. Last week, a friend returned from the USA, and through him, I got a new HP Chromebook x2, the best Chromebook outside Pixel line up. HP Chromebook x2 is a lightweight and attractive looking laptop that cost US$467 (INR 33,200). With a comfortable (slightly smaller) keyboard it is a convenient machine at a good price. Unlike, other…

What’s a Podcast? A podcast is an episodic series of audio or video files which a user can download in order to listen. Next, to messaging & listening to music, I use my Smartphone for listening to Podcasts. For nearly a decade now, they are my companion during my evening walks and commute – helping me to relax, learn and catch up on the happenings effortlessly. Earlier I have written about the podcast episodes I have listened: Listening to the (late) Sci-Fi author Jerry Pournelle, and reading his classic “The Mote in God’s Eye” Listening to Rob Reid and then reading…

What do you do after you get yourself a Gym membership? You go to the mall and buy all new workout wears – new dry-fit Tees (T-Shirts), Trackpants, Gloves and more. Are these really needed? Do these help in your exercises, no, but it makes you feel good and increase your self-confidence! MacBook – was expensive, so a non-starter! The equivalent of the above, when you start learning a new programming platform (nowadays) is to buy a MacBook. If you plan to post anything online on coding, the screenshots have to be taken from a macOS Terminal. In the past,…

Update: If you are looking for a simpler way to do Tamil Text OCR, then check this post which shows how you can do with batch files. Learning anything new is NOT easy. And doing it yourself is tough after for years you had a team who can do it faster and better than you. I am talking about me (learning &) writing code in Python programming language. A few weeks ago, I wrote (mostly copy ‘n’ paste) a couple of snippets in Python to do Speech To Text, and, Text to Voice, for the Tamil language – the blog…