This Week I Learned - 2016 Week 20

Write-up for last week or you might want to read the whole series.

Automate your daily computing life. I noticed that the only two application that are crucial for me in my daily computing usage is Gnome Terminal and Google Chrome. To prevent me from starting both applications manually on daily basis, why not start both applications when I log into Gnome?
  1. Press 'Alt + F2' and enter the command 'gnome-session-properties'
  2. Add a Startup Program
  3. Add name as 'Gnome Terminal'
  4. Add command as 'gnome-terminal --window --maximize'

Upgraded my almost four-plus years old D-link router. My Google-fu leads me to to TP Link's Archer C7 wireless dual band gigabit router. Features and values wise, this is probably the most suitable upgrade. Due to some absurd coincident, IPTV does not work by default, and TM gave me a replacement HyppTV Android Box IPTV set-top-box (Huawei EC6108V8). However, the issue remains and HyppTV still won't work. In the end, found the workaround which is to disable the Hardware NAT, which is only useful if your Internet connection is above 100MB/s.

Should I flash the device with OpenWrt? Nah, the default is good enough for now.

Updating classic workplace sabotage techniques. (HN discussion) After all this while, people still don't realize, the case against open-plan offices has been studied and it was suggested, terrible for employee. Someone joked that this is decade-long strategy by headphone companies to sell more "noise cancellation devices". To be fair, it depends on your personality, either you're introvert or extrovert, the office environment, and the people in the office.

Web application is "database skin". Another interesting metaphor in addition to what I always use, web application is a "glorified spreadsheet".

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