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Discover – my second iOS app

iTunes Genius is a great feature. However, it lacks music discovery outside your own music library. Sure, you can always do a Google search for similar tunes, but let’s face it – who has time to do this anymore? There weren’t any great music discovery apps on the App Store either. All of them either […]

0f > Float.MIN_VALUE = false!

Updates: Turns out that this is the expected behaviour from the java doc: A constant holding the smallest positive nonzero value of type float, 2-149. So now, how do I get the smallest negative value that a float can hold? Just came across the most weirdest thing ever in Java – 0f > Float.MIN_VALUE returns […]

MPU 6050 and it’s DMP over time

Using Jeff’s brilliant library for using the DMP on the MPU 6050, here are graphs of the DMP filling the FIFO buffer at 200 Hz, 100 Hz, and 50 Hz. At 200 Hz, I found that while the MPU did interrupt my Arduino Due at 200 Hz, I could only read off the FIFO at […]

Arduino Due – Absolute Maximum Ratings

The table below lists the maximum current which can be sourced or sinked for a given pin on an Arduino Due board: Due Pin Number SAM3X Pin Name Mapped Pin Name IOH (or ISOURCE) in mA IOL (or ISINK) in mA 0 PA8 RX0 3 6 1 PA9 TX0 15 9 2 PB25 Digital Pin […]

A Usable Mac: Yosemite + Reduced Transparency + Lucida Grande

I updated to OS X 10.10 after a day it was released – only to be stunned by the really, really ugly looking UI. @francispereira dubs this new update as “Polio infected”. There’s transparency where it should never have been in the first place, and the font smoothing engine is gone haywire with the new […]

Download your Coursera lectures using JS, bash and wget

So, in light of recent events, I was unable to follow up on my Coursera Algorithms course. Trying to find a way to download all the lectures at once, I couldn’t find a way that worked for me – I found two, but they simply didn’t work. With the help of some JavaScript that I […]

“The Library” is here

“The Library” is a collection of several popular encyclopedias. It is your one stop for popular game guides and TV show trivia. You can search, and bookmark articles from various encyclopedias. What’s more? Each time the app is launched, it displays a random featured article from the encyclopedia you last viewed! Explore more about your […]

CardBox – Personalize a card for every occasion

We[the CardBox developers], have recently launched a brand new app, CardBox, which allows you to create and instantly share greeting cards for almost any occasion! CardBox allows you to create cards for the following occasions currently: Birthdays Anniversaries Christmas New Year’s day Valentine’s day Women’s day Mother’s day Father’s day Parents’ day Grandparents’ day Halloween […]

The official Uncyclopedia Android app

The folks at Uncyclopedia have made my Uncyclopedia Android app as their official app! Get it now!

How to get a File object of an Android raw resource using reflection

Context: You have a URI to a resource which is placed in the raw directory inside the Android resources directory, res.┬áSay you want to take that raw resource(let’s say it’s an image) and add it to an attachment using FIleBody to a MultiPartEntity. Both these classes are available in the Apache HTTP Components library. FileBody […]

Uncyclopedia App for Android – On GitHub

I’ve decided to open source the Uncyclopedia app for Android, which some of you may remember was available on the Play store during the first quarter this year. Browse the code on GitHub. The source code is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Calculate the REAL scale factor and the angle of rotation from an Android Matrix

After performing transformations such as rotation of a bitmap about an arbitrary point, the scale is lost. Of course, this makes sense because the bitmap is rotated inside the same bounds. To get the real scale now, along with the most reliable degree of rotation, I had to follow this method. Hope it saves the […]

Multi Touch in Android – Translate, Scale, and Rotate

Here’s a quick and easy implementation of Android’s multi touch feature – one finger to move, two to zoom, and three to rotate the image. Assuming you have a basic understanding of 2D matrix transformations, the Matrix class in Android uses a 3×3 matrix to achieve all of the 2D transformations. The source code and […]

Notes on running the Crippled Turbo C/C++ from Dosbox, within a Linux Env

Notes on setting up Turbo C/C++ within DosBox 0.74, compiled from source: Install DosBox from source This is the dosbox_shared directory containing Turbo C/C++ This config file is tested and works, modify the last three commands, to set the correct path to where you’ve extracted the dosbox_shared.tar.bz2 Place the config file in /home/username/.dosbox/dosbox-0.74.conf

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