Saturday, August 15, 2015

Squeaking sound is normal when parking brake is pulled !

Yesterday I changed my cars rear suspension with BMW's genuine parts, and to try it out, I pushed both rear sides down and disappointingly I heard squeaking sound, just like the previous worn out coil springs and strut shocks.

I learnt that It is a normal noise, if the parking brake is on !  I put the car in gear one and repeated the same test, no squealing sound at all, I should had checking my previous suspension to see if it makes squealing noise without the parking brake.

However it wouldn't make a difference in my decision to change my rear suspension.
Hope this help others don't do same mistake,

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

"if they take freedom out" Little Kurdish Poem by Sherko Bekas

If they take flower out of my poems,
One of my seasons** dies,

If they take lover out, 
Two of my seasons die,

If they take bread out
Three of my seasons die

If they take freedom out
all of my year dies and so will I myself.

Poem by Sherko Bekas
Translation from Kurdish, Medya Gh

** Season in Kurdish could refer to Seasons of the year and also chapters of a book. (like this book has 5 seasons, means this book has 5 chapters)

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Melanie Martinez really talented young singer

Melanie Martinez had such an outstanding live performance at halsted fest in Chicago. A volcano of genuine emotions on the scene. I think we will see more of her in future.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Once upon time we used to blog !

Once upon a time you had to buy your own hosting, choose and install a blogging platform and then start expressing your thoughts to the entire internet.without being have to share your name, your location, your gender, your mutual friends.

Soon it became one of the biggest headaches for many government, some bloggers were jailed or executed. I was living in one of those countries at the time.

I started blogging in 2001, with a blogging platform written in Perl, named GreyMatter, it was quite a DIY project. Later more advanced blogging platforms came, like MovableType.

I participated in developing and translating one of them to Kurdish language...unfortunately I don't even remember the name of that one... but it appears it has vanished from the surface of internet. (ah ...)

Later in the game, more and more people wanted to have blogs, Bigger companies offered us convince of blog as a service, no more backup, no more re-installing and re-uploading your images. 

Blogger provided such a great experience that I switched and I stayed till now and my favorite company of the time, Google bought it.

Today I was loading the blogger console on my chromebook, it took a lot of time to render the page. ( some really outdated crappy javascript was making the page load really slow) 
I look at the blogger console, the last time Google added anything here was adding G+ sharing feature. it feels so abandoned .

Nowadays less people take a lot of time and effort and even risk their life just to share their unfiltered thoughts with the world. everything we share is meant to be judged by our friends, mutual friends or even relatives.

Binding thoughts to identity, profile photo, location, gender, mutual friends, type of music you like, ... to me feels so imprisoning, expressing a new way of thinking has become harder. 

Is it just me, who thinks Auto Rotate is dumbest thing in Android?

During lifetime of android I have seen a lot of expected improvements, but I never seen anything on AutoRotate, and it seems to be annoying nobody else in the world, other than me.

Here is the thing, if you have a nice nexus tablet or a larger phone, and you laying down in bed, snuggling with your e-book, why do you need the screen to rotate and make your page have longer lines? almost any reader I know prefers reading in shorter length of line. it is faster and your eye gets tired less and you concentrate more.

The longer the lines, the more chance, your eyes get tried more trying to stay on the same line.
you might say, Dude just turn off the auto rotate. but NO ! I totally want to watch my youtube videos in in a rotated mode. or my navigation is so much nicer when it is rotated.

Auto rotate should be smarter, to differentiate if you are reading something or watching something.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Maintaining used cars is like software development!

Recently I rediscovered my love for used cars. I love used cars, they are like a spoiled baby, needy love and attention. It is a lot of fun to buy a used car and fixing it up. I can see a lot of resemblance between cars and my other passion software.

both are complex systems made of reusable components.
both need debugging to find out what went wrong.
both might need extending features (ex. adding bluetooth, usb charger)
and both entire goal is to serve you !



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