Turkey Time Change – What could have been done?

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Turkey – Sunday 25 October 2015 – 03:59 EET.. Almost everybody’s sleeping.. 04:00.. Something happens.. mobile phones, pc, smartwatch don’t show 04:00.. but 03:00.. it’s Winter time! And then.. the whole population wakes up.. and ask to each other.. “Saat kaç?!” What time is it? In fact, the government decided that due to elections on November 1st, the time change will be delayed by 15 days, i.e postponed for November 8. So, is the time on the mobile phones and PCs, the true Turkish time (according to the government’s decision) or the Eastern Europe Time? And then the confusion started..

I got the update too.. from mobile phone to smartwatch and pc.. time have changed.. and in fact I was not aware of the decision and also misread a WhatsApp message regarding same. And I followed that time until Monday 26.. whereby I got 1 hour late in class! [Fact is, around 1 hour before the class, I read an article on the BBC’s website [1], about the confusion in Turkey about the time. I was puzzled, but when I cross-checked with the LED Clock in the Hostel’s canteen, I was in sync with the time there. So, I thought, we are all on the same page.. But 8 mins after I entered class.. the teacher stopped for a little break..]..

Well.. What could have been done in that situation?

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Exit Bufferbloat Enter OpenWRT and fq_codel

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So! It’s been long since my last blog-post! But this one will compensate for the time I’ve been off-air.

Well, Logan‘s done a presentation on fq_codel and I got really interested in the topic. fq_codel (fair-queuing controlled delay), in a nutshell, was designed to overcome Bufferfloat; a phenomena in Networking whereby excess buffering of packets causes bottlenecks and thus reduces network quality. fq_codel is a scheduling algorithm that sets limits on delays suffered due to the bufferings. I won’t go too technical deep in this blog post.. This post will only show the setting-up of OpenWRT, and configuring it to enable CoDel and thus improve our networking performance. Hopefully, more posts about OpenWRT will follow including tutorials for some amazing features :) Stay tuned !!

To be honest, I had some experience beforehand with those Operating Systems. I once got an Access Point from somebody that did not support bridge mode. I had to kick the propriety firmware out, install DDWRT, configure it (+ some tweaks 😛 ) and had it up and running. It’s still working since around a year or so..

The router I chose is a TPLINK WR841N; chose another model that had modem capabilities built-in but unfortunately, same did not support OpenWRT. Had to get it replaced by the vendor.

Well, let’s dive inside..

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Mauritian Codes around the World

Devices are everywhere; from around our wrists to inside our pockets to huge server farms. Those Engineering excellency are roughly metal structures with electronics components and one of the intangible marvel of the human mind inside them – The Software; those piece of code that make sense to everything. People either take writing those codes as their job or their hobby; but when the two are mixed, great stuffs happen!

Usually, important softwares and application are written by several programmers from one specific company or from developers around the globe contributing on the same project. One of the latter is Logananden Velvindron, a Mauritian coder. (about whom I wrote some time back). He helped to fix bugs on critical systems or wrote improvements to existing softwares. The great news is that, some times his improvements are deployed on production servers and systems from famous companies like Google! The latest in date is from CISCO which implemented an updated version of ntp which happens to contain Logan’s code. On that occasion, I paid Logan the usual virtual visit and got a little word from him. :)

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‘Find my Phone’ feature on Google

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Following articles on major Technology websites[1] about the Find my phone feature from Google, I decided to give it a try. The articles mentioned that typing “Find my phone” in Google Search shows the location of your phone. Mine did not show anything interesting, as I disabled all location services on my phone. Well, they say that everything you want, you simply Google it. So, if your phone is lost, just.. Google.. it! lol 

This article will be quite a short one and different from previous ones.

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WhatsApp Call Feature

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Well well, when WhatsApp was bought by Facebook, the Social Media world shared mixed feelings regarding the future of the Most-Loved Mobile Instant-Messaging platform even though its founders promised to keep WhatsApp as ‘WhatsApp‘ – The same model. Facebook on its side said that it will bring its contributions to the app and connect more people through same. WhatsApp is the de-facto messaging platform on mobile phones, be it Android ones, iOS ones or Windows mobile ones, while its rival, Viber, is prefered for voice and video calling. – WhatApp and Viber share an almost similar model; that of enabling instant messaging with the possibility to share photos, videos, voice notes, emoticons, etc – So, how can you swallow the group of users still sticking to Viber because of its call features?.. (Let’s forget Skype for the time-being and concentrate on these two major rivals :) )   .. Well, you develop your own Call feature! And it’s Facebook! Anything it touches, becomes gold! Since then, there has been rumours about a Call feature being developed for WhatsApp. Facebook annonced it once and Mark Zuckerburg commented about it following a user’s question on Facebook. Release dates were not disclosed and spammers took advantage of that to mass-message fake WhatsApp Call activation links, which turned out to be user-data collecting honey-pots.. [Fast-Forward..] And then came the big day! Users got the upgrade message on their mobiles and downloaded the latest version (Mine’s 2.11.543). Among the new features, spare the tweaked UI, is a little phone icon next to the ‘Attach‘ icon. Brace Yourselves ! The Call feature is here, finally!

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