IFTTT: Put the Internet to Work For You

You have to be smart when you are living in a smart world right. Hence your smart devices should collaborate and cooperate with each other but it doesn’t naturally happen. That’s where IFTTT comes to play. You can do a lot with the help of this little service.

IFTTT  stands for “IF That Then This”. These links consist of just two elements: a Trigger (‘If That’) and an Action (‘Then This’) – for example, if your home security camera detects movement in your home (a trigger), you can receive an email, Tweet or other warning (an action).

Cool stuff right?  Well, you can try a lot of cool examples like the above using the IFTTT Applets 

Applets are simple connections between products and apps.

All you need to do is tap and enable the Applet you like. You can discover vast number of Applets from the IFTTT site – https://ifttt.com/discover

I use IFTTT to make my day-to-day life easier.. A few Applets I use frequently

  • Automatically create new reminders on your iPhone for emails you star in Gmail
  • Automatically keep a playlist of your Spotify Discover Weekly recommendations
  • Get Slack notifications about GitHub pull requests assigned to you
  • Automatically tweet Medium stories that you recommend

IFTTT is really worth it as you want to keep up your busy life with smart devices 😀

It definitively made my life easier.

On a side note they have got both iOS and Android apps as well.

 

Electric cars – Tesla versus Faraday Future prototype

Faraday Future has made a quite a buzz for weeks since CES 2017. Everyone’s been talking about  Faraday Future prototype FF91’s  crazy spec.

Even Faraday Future have a say on this. They have mentioned that FF91 claimed to be the “quickest production car in the world.”  This is proved in a head-to-head acceleration trial with a Tesla’s flagship Model S P100D.

0-60 – Tesla Model S P100D – 2.5 seconds

0-60 – Faraday Future FF91 – 2.39 seconds 

Well, It seems like Elon Musk didn’t take months to come up with a car to beat the 0-60 record. Oh yeah Tesla has  made a race car, set for the Electric GT championship that’ll kick off later this year. And golly, have they gone all out.

0-60 in just 2.1 seconds

(Source: Top Gear )

But I’m pretty sure there are other aspects which need to be compared when you really compare two cars right.

Talk about comparing now I just can’t wait to catch up a drag race between them.. until then.  🙂

 

Have a look at MKBHD’s first impressions on FF91 (Just so you know he is a pro Tesla user :D)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spotify Connect – Everything you need to know

I wouldn’t regret the decision getting a Spotify premium subscription. Just so you know Spotify freemium would work fine as long as you are in a country that Spotify is officially supported. As Sri Lankans we have to trick the Spotify every 14 days by using a proxy. (Well, I was doing the trick for more than a year :D)

Everyone knows about Spotify and its features. I want to talk about this specific premium feature Spotify Connect which I’m loving it so far.

Spotify Connect lets you set up a connection between the devices over the internet so it could stream music from any devices connected with your Spotify account directly. This means you don’t run your phone down, it simply acts as your remote control. Think of the possibilities,  you can control/sync your audio set in your car or room by using one device.

As per competitors there is Apple’s AirPlay and Google Cast. By comparison, AirPlay which uses Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to stream music directly from the phone to the receiving device, which can wear down the battery more quickly.

Google Cast, available on devices like the Chromecast, Android TV devices and other compatible audio gears.

Spotify just works for me IMO. (Sorry Apple Music)

Few screenshots from the devices my Spotify is connected to.

In my lap –  SL1-L0009

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In my iPhone –

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Happy Listening  🙂

Source : CNET

Monitor used traffic of your VPS

I was looking for a way to monitor my VPS for a while as my hosting provider(DigitalOcean) only lets me check the bandwidth details in a graph form which is not cool 😦

I found this this neat command-line tool called vnStat.

Assuming you have an Ubuntu server you could configure this awesome tool in a jiffy

  1. SSH in to your server and type sudo apt-get install vnstat
  2. Configure vnstat (assuming you have eth0 network interface) using type sudo vnstat -u -i eth

 

to check your stat type vnstat -i eth0 and enjoy 🙂

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(sample output – screenshot )

 

Source : DigitalOcean Community