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My Home Office

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🍎 When the quarantine started in March ’20, I started working from my bed, remoting into my work machine. I didn’t put much effort into my work situation, thinking I would be back in the office within a few weeks.

🤦‍♂️ Boy, was I wrong.

🦠 As WFH started getting extended, I started investing into my home office, moving from my bed to the dining table, using a monitor, etc. …

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🍎 This is one of the million articles you will read about a git flow. Still, I wouldn’t be a software engineer unless I told the world why the git flow I use is better than all the others, and why everyone should use it.

🧑‍💻 Every seasoned and novice developer knows of git and its purpose on Earth. But most people learn the ABCs, aka commit, push, and pull and work with it. When a merge conflict or rebase issue surfaces, they frantically start googling, hoping their local changes aren’t lost. I know this is because I was that person when I started using git. …

A guide to making the most of your hackathons

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🍎 In the first two years of my undergraduate career, I had been to around 12 hackathons and won over half of them. And I can confidently say that everything my caffeinated brain learned in those hackathons, helps me in my job more than what it learned in any lecture hall. At the various hackathons I attended, I have had the pleasure of connecting with a lot of wonderful people, many of whom I am still in touch with.

🎟 In career fairs, hackathons and personal projects are the only way freshmen and sophomore can prove their competence along with the upperclassmen. Most of the judges at hackathons are software engineers, giving students a great chance to talk to them about the industry, companies, jobs, hiring process, and any other questions. …

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🍎 Having a bar at home is a luxury, but also a sort of a must, as is knowing how to make a few simple drinks to blow your guests away. Bartending at home doesn’t mean you toss bottles over your head, and glasses have flames all around them, rather it is knowing how to make drinks for your party.

🍹Making a full bar at home is pretty expensive, so it is good to start slow and not get lost in the process. If you have any particular needs, stick with them rather than making the full set. Most top-shelf liquors have a slight difference in taste compared to regular bottles, which can be lost when mixed with other liquors or chasers. …

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🍎 I currently live with my parents, both of whom work in tech, and my younger brother, in highschool. In a house with 6 laptops, 5 phones, and a handful of smart home devices, WiFi is a scarce resource. With everyone working from home during quarantine, office hours became hell with one WiFi router. It couldn’t provide a strong signal over the entire house to 4 different video streams and misc activities on connected devices.

📶 To reduce the load on the router, I added another one on the same network, making a mesh, so that all devices would get a strong WiFi signal. I had 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bandwidths. I configured both signals on the second router, but they would alternate in connectivity to the internet, making the mesh unreliable. …

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🍎 Throughout my life, I have loved many and moved on. But the one love I can never get over is a bowl of oil, masala, and maida, which we all lovingly know as Maggi. If you have had Maggi, you know that it is an elite food. It is gold you can cook and eat. Whether you are a kid, a college student, a bachelor, planning a girl’s night in, looking for a 2 AM snack while working on your project, in need of the perfect dinner for a movie night, needing comfort food, or too lazy to cook food, there is nothing better than a big, hot bowl of Maggi. The biggest lie though is the only thing Nestle advertises Maggi with: “Ready in 2 minutes”. …

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🍎 I have been using a Mac for almost 5 years now and it has been a very pleasant transition from Windows. A lot of the dev work I used to do became a lot simpler and better on macOS. Along with it came a lot of tools that made life a lot simpler while tapping on the geekbox. I keep tweaking these every day, trying to fix that tiny something that is annoying me or adding a new feature to save me a single click. I will drop everything I am doing and get to it. I started using these apps over the years and played around with them, improving them along the way. …

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Work items may not be real

🍎 It’s been four weeks since I started at Salesforce as a new grad software engineer. It is quite exciting, but you always start slow: waiting on access to systems, permission to git, and setting up your dev environment, before moving on to fixing small bugs from the backlog. Here are a few things that I learned in the 20 days I have been here. Read or die.

You will not remember

📗 Take a notebook when you’re going to ask a teammate about the path of a file, expanding an acronym, or even the best ramen place in town. Under no circumstance should you say, “It’s ok, I will remember it”. I found myself doing it far too often and having to go to the same person over and over because I kept forgetting things. Take a notebook to meetings and jot details that fly over your head and ask your mentor or manager about them later. …

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🍎 I just graduated from college and got my first job as a SWE. I had very little idea of how health insurance worked. But I read a lot of documents, spent nights in the library burning the midnight oil, and made a quick tl;dr medium post.

🚑 Every time you get paid, you chip in a little bit to the cost of having a country, you know, taxes. But you can reduce how much you have to chip in. Read on for learning how you can save on taxes and pay your medical bills.

🏛 In the hallowed halls of Congress, the HSA bill was born to help people save taxes and help with medical costs. HSA allows you to put money aside from your paycheck to cover health care expenses and avoid paying federal (and state) income taxes on that money. Think of the HSA as a steel jar with your money which Uncle Sam’s pet Eagle can’t get into. You should always max out your HSA, cause even if you don’t end up using all the money this year, the money you put in your HSA is yours to keep. Leave your job, move to a different country, join the circus, whatever, its yours, forever. HSA funds can be used towards dental and vision expenses too. But since its pre tax money, you should probably keep all your HSA money for medical costs. …

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