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Making Thimble

Vivek Gani
October 11, 2016

Thimble and Sketches

It's been a while since writing on here, is this microphone still on? The past few years I've been spending my spare time on a mac app - specifically a multi-touch gesture to make using design tools like Sketch, Photoshop, and SketchUp faster. If this sounds like something up your alley go sign up at thimblemac.com first, I'll . . .

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Adventures in Multifunctionalism: A Key-Holding, Bottle-Opening Wallet

Vivek Gani
November 01, 2014

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A few months ago I locked myself out for the second time in a year, and my 'ripstop nylon' wallet was well, ripping apart after five years. Looking at a smorgasbord of crowdfunded 'minimalist'-themed wallets and various keychain alternatives, I stumbled upon one solution that's worked for me and others have asked about.

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Remote Worker's Guide to Ski Resort Living

How to spend a season being productive and close to the snow.

Vivek Gani
June 22, 2014

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2012 was a rollercoaster. It involved getting laid off, quitting a startup, and generally feeling burned-out from several months of working hard. So in November 2012, I packed up my things in Austin and moved to Tahoe for the season.

I'm writing this to help anyone else who finds themselves in a similar situation, needs a break from city . . .

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Send Texts Later using Google Voice & Boomerang for Gmail

A guide to sending scheduled messages without annoying others or yourself

Vivek Gani
January 18, 2014

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You remember you need to text your friend something, and you remember it right in the middle of the work day. Sending the message now potentially means starting a whole conversation, and not sending it now means forgetting it altogether. Or you send it anyway and wait in angst for them to reply....when they eventually have free time. You . . .

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How to change your e-reader's backlight color for better sleep

A hack for backlit e-readers such as the nook glowlight / kindle paperwhite

Vivek Gani
October 01, 2013

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For years, I avoided e-ink readers (kindle, nook, etc.) because I hated looking at them when I really wanted to read - at night, usually before bedtime. When they didn't have a backlight, they required me to get up to turn on a light (and eventually turn one off). Similarly, I never liked using an ipad/android tablet for books because . . .

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Backpack Comparison: Goruck GR1 vs. 5.11 Rush 12

Vivek Gani
October 01, 2013

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This post is tailored to civilian backpack nerds and folks with the "minimalist bug", so if you travel a fair bit, or just hate boring black-colored luggage like I do, read on.

Preface - the minimalism bug and the backpack

Back in 2011, I got bit with the minimalism bug. I started getting rid of furniture, books (which is a whole . . .

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Setting up Qyoto on Mac OSX Lion

Vivek Gani
September 30, 2013

NOTE: This is an archived post originally written around August 2012.
As a tl;dr of my personal opinion, I tend to recommend folks towards investing the effort into doing UI natively or with native wrappers (such as monomac)

I recently got curious how the c# and qt bindings (a.k.a. qyoto) worked, partly for a personal idea, partly because . . .

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