Linux in VR, Compression via Neural Networks and more

It’s Memon Mondays!

This newsletter is my experiment to save all the cool things I find during the week and share them with my like-minded friends.

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COOL LINKS

Simula — A VR window manager for Linux

FalsiScan – Make it look like a PDF has been hand signed and scanned. Some places require you to download, print, sign and scan the document. This script fakes that for you.

Lossless Image Compression Through Super-Resolution — This project is genius. First it stores a low-res version of the image in the output file, then it uses neural networks to predict the full-res version, then encodes the difference between the predicted full-res version and the actual full-res version, and stores that difference as well. It probably repeats this process a few times.

Colornames.org – A collaborative effort to name all 16.7M colors

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DEV

New Google SRE book: Building Secure and Reliable Systems — I am going to read this soon but looks very promising.

State of Software Engineering in 2020

This Video Has X Views — The title of this video changes to show the view count. The video also highlights that a lot of software we write is ephemeral and will one day either be retired or stop working. This reminds me of the realization that I frequently think about: As software engineers, greatest works of our lives will vanish and disappear quickly without leaving any trace for future humans, let alone future civilizations to discover and marvel at.

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MEMES

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That’s it friends! Have a great week. Be safe, make good choices, and wash your hands.

Also inbox me if you got something cool to share!

✌️~Asad