Six books that changed my thought process

A title like 6 books that changed my life would have been a better clickbait(not that I want it to be clickbait) but to be honest I don't yet know if having read all these books will actually bring about a positive change in my life.

Besides all that I read 5 out of these 6 books in about the last 30 days.

Nevertheless, these books did motivate me enough to write a blog post and hopefully continue the habit in the times to come.

If you're just looking for the books and are not interested in my story here's the list,


  1. How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie,
  2. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson, 
  3. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, 
  4. 5 a.m. Club by Robin Sharma, 
  5. Deep Work by Cal Newport, 
  6. The Dip by Seth Godin.

I don't know if the order really matters but I have read these books in the order they are mentioned. With an exception of How to win friends and influence people because I often times keep going back to it.
It's by far the most useful and intriguing help book of all the books I've ever read.

Now how did I happen to go about this journey when I was deep under the obligations to earn money. If this little journey doesn't really pay off I have just wasted over two months in the name of finding myself and my true purpose.
Back when this year started I began to work on developing a video game all by my self. I was often stuck with a creative block or just procrastinated. Things were not really working all that great. I have a responsibility. I'm literally running on the loan from my parents which I'm very fortunate of. But at the same time, I have to report my result to my parents who are investing so much into my hobby. I have quit on three jobs since I left college 3 years ago and I don't any source of income as of writing this blog post. It's not that I didn't make any money since I left my job but right now I have depleted all my funds. 
If it weren't the support from my parents I would have been working in some knowledge work job somewhere.
But I'm grateful for all the support I've got. 

All of these books are content rich and covers a lot of part of life. To just grab a book and call it a life changer would undermine others. It is though surprising how many time different self-help content often point to the same things. For example, it's fascinating how the mention of Theodore Roosevelt is common in many of these books. The 90-minute attention grab, the persistence, the indirect Stoic philosophy.

Getting into a habit of reading books also led me to give up an insidious addiction, DOTA 2. Note that I didn't say Gaming. I still enjoy playing video games but DOTA 2 is a whole different level of addiction. I have clocked over 5000 hours in this game and that is nothing compared to the majority of its player base. I'm not saying that DOTA 2 is not a good game to waste your time in, but to look back all the hours spent in this game and to be able to just free a few hours from your daily life by just not playing this game gave me a perspective. A perspective that my time is more valuable at least at this stage of life. When I get an extra one hour added to my every day I can get more things done without having to compromise with the time meant for relaxing. 

I went through a lot of TED Talks, read many articles on Reddit while also reading the books mentioned. And to be able to think more clearly is my reward for all this effort, at least for now. 








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Galaxy Fold is here Full Phone Specifications and dimensions

Samsung recently unveiled their new Samsung Galaxy Fold and it's as pretty and innovative as it's price.

The 1,980$ phone will be made available for purchase in April of 2019.



The phone will be featuring 2 AMOLED Display where one of which can be folded is called Dynamic AMOLED Capacitative display.

Samsung Galaxy Fold with the Cover display of 4.6 inch
Samsung Galaxy Fold with Dynamic 7.3 inch screen



Full phone specifications are below.

Dimensions: 17 mm thickness

Size: 7.3 inches, 154.5 cm2

Weight

Display & Resolution: Dynamic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours 1536 x 2152 pixels, 16:10 ratio (~414 ppi density) and Cover display: 4.6 inches HD+ Super AMOLED (21:9)

Chipset: Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)

CPU:  Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 485)
GPU: Adreno 640
Memory: Internal 512 GB, 12 GB RAM (No external memory card support)

CAMERA: Triple Camera Setup 12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.6", 1.0µm, AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom
16 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide)

Video Recording: [email protected]/60fps
Front Camera: Dual 10 MP, f/2.2, PDAF
8 MP, f/1.9, depth sensor

Cover camera: 10 MP, f/2.2
Features HDR
Video [email protected]

No Headphone Jack - 32-bit/384kHz audio
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- Dolby Atmos/AKG sound

WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD

GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS

NFC: Yes

Radio: No

USB: 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

Sensors: Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass - ANT+
- Bixby natural language commands and dictation
- Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)

Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 4380 mAh battery
Charging Fast battery charging 18W

Colours available: Space Silver, Cosmos Black, Martian Green, Astro Blue





Speech to Text Applications and how you can make one

Speech to text is one of the best inventions of modern day technology. There are a number of times we want to take notes and doing just a voice note by recording the sound doesn't make it convenient to identify the content with just a look. 
Text to speech to the rescue. Now, you can not only record your voice but actually just convert your voice to text and be saved to your device or cloud storage for easier access. 



There are already many applications out there that do the said job and of course, the best ones are made by notable companies like Google, Microsoft, IBM, Amazon etc.

But then what about all those other Speech to Text applications out there? How are they different?
To put it in simpler words, they're not.
You could get a somewhat better result in one of the application compared to the other and that'll be only because it suits your voice better. And partially because some applications might be using machine learning to improve their word prediction.
But then so are Google and other major companies doing. You cannot possibly get a better result because the other applications are also using the same API in their back-end.

Google, Amazon, IBM and many others provide Text to speech for a very nominal fee.
In case you're developing a text to speech program you might like to look into Watson Speech to Text by IBM, Amazon Transcribe, Cloud Speech-to-Text by Google and Microsoft's Azure Speech Transcription.
Now all these Speech to Text are great and charge a minor fee. If you're looking a for a way to quickly create one Speech to Text application there are many great assets in the Unity Asset Store to give you head start.



Remove all Liked Videos on YouTube

Do you find a need to remove all the video you've ever liked?
 Well, you can do it but let me first be clear here that there is no coming back.
Once you remove all the videos from your Liked Playlist or whatever you call it, it's gone. 



Now if that is clear to you, you may proceed to login to your YouTube account and click on Liked Videos link to the left of your screen.


Step 1. Then click on the Edit button to edit your Liked videos playlist.


From here on you can either manually remove any video from this playlist.
Or if you want to just remove all of these videos follow the following steps.

Step 2. Press F12 on your keyboard and go to the console tab.
Step 3. Copy and paste the following block of code in the console.

var items = $('body').getElementsByClassName("pl-video-edit-remove-liked-video");
for(var i = 0; i < items.length; i++){
items[i].click();
}

Hit enter and the page will refresh. Now if you'll check your liked videos playlist it will be empty.

Again, this is a no rollback action, please proceed with caution and keep in mind once the playlist is empty there is no way to bring back the liked list other than manually liking every video you ever liked before.



Downloading entire playlists from YouTube

YouTube doesn't allow downloading their content but lets you save some of the videos for offline viewing. If you're travelling and doubt your Internet pack would be sufficient it always a good idea to be on the safe side and download the videos you might need during your journey. How?

I use YMUSIC for the said purpose.
You can Google the term or click here.
Just sign in with your YouTube account and you'll be able to access all your playlist and YouTube history. You can download single videos as well as the entire playlist. 


For quick instruction, there is a small video below.


For downloading the playlist, you can follow the instructions here.

Samy Smart TV for just Rs. 4999 is Bullshit and here's why!

So I just stumbled to a very refreshing news of Samy selling a smart TV for just Rs. 4,999. Now before we get all hyped up I want you guys to understand this is the booking phase and you're just throwing in your money at a product with no users as of now.
The fun part is, this smart TV is not even going to cost you Rs. 4,999 it's going to cost you more like Rs. 7500 to Rs. 8000 depending on your location as they are charging a massive delivery fee of up to Rs. 1800.

Smart Smart TV 32 Inch for Rs 4,999



Massive delivery charge 




The actual cost of Samy Smart TV


That's all.

Now, why should I buy a Smart TV with a very absurd resolution for its size when there are significantly better options readily available on Amazon and other shopping portals.

Take a look at the following TV for instance.

https://www.amazon.in/Candes-32LEDSTV-Inches-Smart-Television/dp/B07GZTWPS7/ref=sr_1_25?ie=UTF8&qid=1549023727&sr=8-25&keywords=32+inch+smart


Not only this. I'd like to bring to your attention this piece daylight scam features a 512 MB of ram. And I don't expect it to be carrying a decent interface either. I've had an opportunity to try Kevin Smart TV of 40-inch size and its interfaces straight o
ff sucks. It's an abomination.

So please do a little research before buying this scam-spam-boosted product in the name of Make in India.
There is nothing fascination with this TV.  Samy 32 inch for 4,999 or should I say Rs 8,000 including all taxes and hidden fees.

There are much better options available for slightly over this price.


How to transfer your Domain to CloudFlare

Cloudflare recently came into Domain Registrar Business and they're probably the best when it comes to pricing. Why?

No markup. No surprise fees."

That's right. 
Apparently, there is not much of a service you need once you registered a domain and it pointing to right name servers. 

Now in order to transfer your domain from a different registrar to CloudFlare, you need to open the dashboard on your current registrar and make sure there is no Registrar-Lock on your domain.



Once confirmed you'll need to get an EPP Code which you'll be entering in the CloudFlare panel where you transfer a domain.


Now when transferring a domain you need to make sure your domain is supported by CloudFlare. To check that head to TLD Policies by CloudFlare here.

https://www.cloudflare.com/tld-policies/

For anyone concerned .in domains don't come in this policy yet. So if you're having trouble transferring a .in domain to CloudFlare there is no way to do it as of now.




Once you see Transfer in progress all you can do is wait. It could take up to 14 days for the transfer to complete.

Samsung Galaxy M20 and M10 GSMArena Full Phone Specifications

Samsung recently announced two new phones that'll target the budget phone market for them.



Samsung Galaxy M20 will be sold starting at 10,990 Indian Rupees and Samsung Galaxy M10 will be starting at just 7,990 Indian Rupees.

The sale will go live at 5th of February, 2019 at 12pm at Amazon.in




Here are full phone specifications from GSM Arena on both the phones.



Model Samsung Galaxy M20 Galaxy M10
Launch Announced 2019, January 2019, January
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2019, February 5 Coming soon. Exp. release 2019, February 5
Body Dimensions 156.4 x 74.5 x 8.8 mm (6.16 x 2.93 x 0.35 in) 155.6 x 75.6 x 7.7 mm (6.13 x 2.98 x 0.30 in)
Weight 186 g (6.56 oz) 163 g (5.75 oz)
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Display Type PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 6.3 inches, 97.4 cm2 (~83.6% screen-to-body ratio) 6.22 inches, 96.6 cm2 (~82.1% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~409 ppi density) 720 x 1520 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~270 ppi density)
Platform OS Android 8.1 (Oreo); Experience 9.5 Android 8.1 (Oreo); Experience 9.5
Chipset Exynos 7904 Octa (14 nm) Exynos 7870 Octa (14 nm)
CPU Octa-core (4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver) Octa-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU Mali-G71 MP2 Mali-T830 MP1
Memory Card slot microSD, up to 512 GB (dedicated slot) microSD, up to 512 GB (dedicated slot)
Internal 64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM 32 GB, 3 GB RAM or 16 GB, 2 GB RAM
Main Camera Modules 13 MP, f/1.9, 1/2.8", 1.12μm, PDAF
5 MP, f/2.2, 1/6", 1.12μm, depth sensor
13 MP, f/1.9, 1/3.1", 1.12µm, PDAF
5 MP, f/2.2, 1/5", 1.12µm, depth sensor
Features LED flash, panorama, HDR LED flash, panorama, HDR
Video [email protected] [email protected]
Selfie Camera Modules 8 MP, f/2.0 5 MP, f/2.0
Features HDR HDR
Video [email protected] [email protected]
Sound Loudspeaker Yes Yes
3.5mm jack Yes Yes
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic - Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Comms WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE 4.2, A2DP, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Infrared port No No
Radio FM radio, RDS, recording FM radio
USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector microUSB 2.0
Features Sensors Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass Accelerometer, proximity
Battery Non-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery Non-removable Li-Ion 3400 mAh battery
Stand-by
Talk time
Misc
Colors Ocean Blue, Charcoal Black Ocean Blue, Charcoal Black
SAR 0.24 W/kg (head)    
SAR EU 0.25 W/kg (head)     1.59 W/kg (body)    
Price About 150 EUR About 100 EUR

Some great quotes that can help you move on

Moving on can sometimes be troublesome. It takes time and not an easy thing to do.
Moving on quotes could help you keep focused, sometimes inspire you and keep you motivated.

Here are some of the quotes meant for the broken hearts to help move on in their life.

Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.

When people treat you like they don't care, believe them.

When things aren't adding up in your life, start subtracting.

Relationships are worth fighting for but don't be the only one fighting.

It takes two to tango, Two.

Accept what is, let go of what was and have faith in what will be.