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About hattipper

Collector of factoids. Love capturing images forever on my Canon SLR. On this site, you will learn factoids you didn't know about in a delightful manner.

Compiling Vowpal Wabbit on Centos


Vowpal Wabbit is an awesome machine learning tool using which you can build logistic regression models online. While building it on a Centos flavor of Linux, I ran in to a lot of issues, and I wanted to highlight the … Continue reading

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2012 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, … Continue reading

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Android network connectivity fallback


Didn’t realize that Android only has one network connection active at any given time. So if you keep your WiFi turned on all the time, and for some reason, your WiFi connection is spotty, then Android may not really fall … Continue reading

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Android App Gotchas that trip you up


So I’ve decided to keep a growing list of Android gotchas that have killed my time & patience unnecessarily. Hope someone reading this can avoid these. Broadcast Receiver: So if you want to use Broadcast Receiver to receive your alarms … Continue reading

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Android – How to disable softkeyboard in an EditText box while still have the flashing cursor


Android has a pretty unfriendly design where the soft keyboard appears in any editable EditText of an activity as soon as you enter that activity. I wanted a design such that the cursor inside the textbox is still flashing, however, … Continue reading

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Installing Centos VMware image on Windows using Player 2.5


Ok, I had a much nicer experience installing Centos 5 image using VMware player 2.0.5 a year ago than I have had using VMware player 2.5. What a nightmare. No wonder why *nix systems and alike have been relegated to … Continue reading

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Can we still turn on Egypt’s Internet access?


Purportedly, Egyptian government seems to have implemented a Kill Switch on their citizens’ internet access at 12:30 am local time on Jan 27th. This was done at multiple levels (DNS, BGP, firewalling) in order to ensure that demonstrators and protesters … Continue reading

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