Thejesh GN

A Blog, A Website and A container for all my views with excerpts from technology, travel, films, india, photography, kannada, friends and other interests. I am Thejesh GN. Friends call me Thej

Reblog: Hope You Find Your Sri Lanka

Posted by Thejesh GN On January - 19 - 20151 COMMENT

A detailed blog with lots tips from our time in Sri Lanka…reblogged

Sri Lanka was my promise. Long before we got together for real, I had promised to take him there–it was to be our first getaway. Time took a hike for weeks, months, years only to return as our first wedding anniversary. SL will forever be that familiar yet special place.

We were there in October 2014–the sea was raining kissed on the landscape. First impression–a cleaner Kerala. Being South Indian in colour my “Sinhalese ancestery” was a foregone conclusion. I had it easy, easier than him–Everyone seemed to know me but looked at him suspiciously! However, it did help that the mention of fish, string hoppers and appam makes me light up.
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Sense Your City

Posted by Thejesh GN On January - 15 - 20152 COMMENTS

This would be my third sensor in the city. You already know about the first two. This one is part of much bigger community called Sense Your City. As part of Sense your City, 100 people in 7 cities across the world will build and install the sensors. These sensors will measure air quality, noise, pollution, light and temperature. All sensors are expected to start streaming from 15th Jan and the data API’s will be available for exploring from Feb 6th. Last night I installed mine. There are totally 14 installations with-in Bangalore.

Build
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Setup
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Install
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I have quite a few ideas for exploring and visualizing the data. Specially using the data from Bangalore’s sensors and other weather information. I am more than happy to collaborate on these ideas. Please do write to me if you have any ideas that we can collaborate on or you want to collaborate on my ideas. This will be my part of my Happy Tuesdays for a while.
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Pictures: One more weather station

Posted by Thejesh GN On January - 12 - 20152 COMMENTS

We just added one weather station to my house. So I have now two weather stations running in two different parts of Bangalore. This time we used one by Yuktix, A Bangalore based start-up. It has much better sensors compared to my NetAtmo. I will share more details about the same in couple of days.

But here are some pictures from installation process. Appa was as curious as Kids and also he was the most hands-on guy compared to any one of us. Since the carpenter didn’t turn up, he took that job. And as usual did a fabulous job of installing it.
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I am Liking My Pebble Watch

Posted by Thejesh GN On January - 8 - 2015Comments Off

I got to know about Pebble when it became a super hit on Kickstarter. I don’t think I was on kickstarter then. It looked great on the paper but then investing $99 without knowing the outcome seemed like an expensive affair for me. But then I have followed them ever since. They have got really positive news since the beginning. Now I know why!

This year when I was looking for a practical smart watch, my requirements were very simple. Pebble was a perfect match.

  1. Fast and Reliable – Runs FreeRTOS and really fast.
  2. Usable – No touch screen. I don’t miss it. UI is simple, black & white slides based, Screen is big and clear, Hardware buttons work really well. Specially when you are involved in something else, which is almost all the time.
  3. Good Battery life – 5 days minimum and charges very quickly
  4. Water Proof – 5ATM so Rains, Shower, Swim etc is easy
  5. Adventure friendly – Music, Running trackers, GPS/Compass integration works
  6. Fits my wrist. comfortable and looks decent
  7. Hackable
  8. Works with Android – I have listed the apps below

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Also Pebble was reduced $99 from its $125 launch price. So I got it. I really like watches. I have quite a few of them. But I never used to wear one on a regular day. Now I do. I have been wearing pebble since the day I got. I wear it almost all the time. I am very happy with it. If you are looking for an affordable, hackable smart watch, pebble is a good choice.

Below I have listed some of the apps that makes pebble really useful. If you think I should try any other app, please comment. I am ready to experiment.

Independent Pebble Apps – That I use and love

  1. 7-Min Workout Personal guide through the high-intensity 7 minute workout as featured in the New York Times.
  2. Google Authenticator two-factor authentication codes right from your Pebble! Perfect for use with the most popular two-factor authentication systems, including GMail, Dropbox, LastPass, Amazon Web Services, and many more. There are quite a few other options here, like pebble-authenticator, PebbleAuth, pTOTP. Last two have the source code availabe on GitHub.
  3. Pebblets: Multi Function Tool – A collection of common tools for your Pebble Smartwatch all contained within one app.Available on the Pebble App Store.
  4. GoPro by Pebble (Free): Control your GoPro HERO from your watch.
  5. Morpheuz (Free): A sleep tracking app, that also has a Smart Alarm, to try and wake you at just the right time, plus a Power Nap function.
  6. Music control app, Alarms are built into it. I use the same.

Android Apps that I use with Pebble and love

  1. Pushover makes it easy to get real-time notifications on your Android device (and hence Pebble), iPhone, iPad, and Desktop. Specially useful if you connect it to IFFT.
  2. AeroTracker Pro is a free watch app for Pebble that lets you track your movements using your Android phones GPS. AeroTrackerPro has full Pebble support. You can view everything you need on your wrist. Time, average or current speed/pace, split time, split speed/pace, elevation or heart rate. Everything is configurable from the Pebble app, even when you’re already in the middle of your run.

Other Apps I am planning to explore

  1. PebbleBike is a GPS cycle computer for your Pebble smart watch. It uses your phone’s GPS to send speed, distance and altitude data to your Pebble. You can also see your track directly on your Pebble.Pebble Bike has a Live Tracking function that sends your position every 30 seconds to the internet.
  2. Catapult for Pebble is an Android application that makes it super simple to launch apps and watchfaces on your Pebble using your phone.
  3. Pebble Connect provides an API and an IFTTT channel to push notifications to your Pebble smart watch.
  4. On11 is an activity tracker app that can monitor your physical activity 24 × 7. It tells you how much time you spent on sitting, walking, jogging, and sleeping. It also works as a pedometer just like normal activity trackers do.
  5. This watchapp displays data from your NetAtmo® modules.
  6. Glympse is an ETA & location sharing app that let’s you safely share your location with someone in real time or see where some one else is. Android app and pebble app.
  7. Music Boss For Pebble From selecting the right media app to media and volume control, Music Boss has you covered. Take a couple of minutes to get a sense of how Music Boss can enhance your Pebble Music Experience on Android.
  8. Pebble TaskWatch do-it-yourself app for fine-tuning your watchfaces through Tasker
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The Year that was 2014

Posted by Thejesh GN On December - 31 - 20144 COMMENTS

So we are at the end of 2014. It’s an interesting year from both personal and professional life PoV. tetris It was a year of some great travels, food, some memorable conversations with friends, great teammates to work with and interesting problems to solve.

I must say it was also one of the busiest and most productive year for me. It also felt like the one which went through very quickly. It got over even before I realized that it was 2014. There are still so many things to do!.

Until now I used to blog only about the highlights of the year. I never blogged about the resolutions. From now on I will add a couple of important things that I want to achieve. It helps me if I write it down.

Higlights

  1. Data{Meet} is a Trust now. I am very happy with the progress we are making.
  2. I got to travel in USA this year. This trip brought back so many memories of my first trip to USA ten years back.
  3. Going to Sri Lanka was on our list for a long time. It happened this year. We mostly travelled in the south. I would like to Go back and see the rest of Lanka.
  4. I also spent a week at CodeCamp, Bellagio . It’s probably the most beautiful place where I have spent time contemplating and coding. Also spent time in Milan cycling during the same trip.
  5. Through I am not completely happy with my running stats, I did run a Sky Dash, TCS 10K, Ramamnagara Mini Marathon 10K and Bangalore Midnight marathon 10K. I have improved by 10 minutes compared to last year.
  6. My effort to learn something new on Tuesdays has been fun and is going well
  7. I am very proud of Two Delhi events which Data{Meet} was associated with DBootCamp and ODCDEL2014.
  8. I really liked Thrissur Pooram
  9. Books, nothing great. I did not reach double digit. I am not very happy.
  10. I am happy that I contributed to the work of Greenpeace, AAP, Citizen Matters, Neralu, Wikipedia
  11. I saw an election very closely this year. Its good, bad and ugly. This year I have been tracking bad news and its bad!
  12. I spend most my time with Mavrix and Data{Meet}. I also work with Jhatkaa, Fourthlion (HawkEye & InstaVaani)
  13. I am quite happy about my code contribution to FOSS projects I have 500+ contributions this year.
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For next year

  1. Walk at the least 500KMS
  2. 18 books at the least
  3. Try and break the 60 minutes barrier in 10K run.

Previous Years: 2013,2012,2011,2010, 2009, 2008, 2007

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