Posts tagged with "projects"


  • Getting The Most Out Of Solar Panels

    It’s been a while since I updated you on my solar panel project. I thought I should continue where I left off. So after collecting all the data from my solar panels, batteries, grid and load, I observed something interesting. While the SMU was disconnecting the grid so that the load can run on batteries and solar energy, we are not fully utilizing the solar energy. During a perfectly clear day, the solar panel is generating more power than we can use during the day. The excess energy is just getting wasted. Can we do something about it?

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  • Three Years Into Early Retirement

    It is now exactly three years into early retirement! I can't believe how time flies. I can now officially say that I have lived through retired life, although three years is still a short time. These years have been quite eventful to say the least. Stock market crash, a new virus that affects the whole world, lockdown for several months, raging bull market while in pandemic. I've seen things in a few years than I have never seen my whole life :).

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  • My Daily Routine: 2021 Edition

    Every weekend, I call some two to four of my friends, relatives or ex-colleagues thanks to my Friends Roster project. And invariably at least one of them ask me what I do on a daily basis after retirement. They are curious as to how I spend my day. I have posted my daily routine more than two years ago including a complete time table. But I thought may be I should do a 2021 edition in case some things have changed since then. So here goes.

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  • Friends Roster – Testing In Flutter

    This is the continuation of “how I built the Friends Roster app” saga. If you missed the previous parts in this series, do check them out — part 1part 2part 3part 4part 5part 6part 7 and part 8. So far we have seen the code that runs the app. What about testing? Normally when I work on these hobby projects I don't write any tests (gasp!). I know. I sometimes did feel the need for tests, especially if it is a large project with lots of moving parts. They help you when making changes to the code. You can be confident that your changes will not unexpectedly break something.

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  • Friends Roster – Responsive Layouts


    This is the continuation of “how I built the Friends Roster app” saga. If you missed the previous parts in this series, do check them out — part 1part 2part 3part 4part 5part 6 and part 7. One of the nice features of Flutter is building responsive layouts is quite simple. It is certainly easier than building responsive layouts in HMTL or Android.

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  • Friends Roster – More Flutter Plugins

    This is the continuation of “how I built the Friends Roster app” saga. If you missed the previous parts in this series, do check them out — part 1part 2part 3part 4 and part 5. To recap I was using the following plugins in Flutter to reduce the amount of code I need to write.

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  • Friends Roster - Flutter Plugins

    This is the continuation of "how I built the Friends Roster app" saga. If you missed the previous parts in this series, do check them out — part 1part 2part 3 and part 4. In this post I will go into a little more details on how I built the screens with the help of Flutter plugins.

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  • Friends Roster - Basic Design

    This is the continuation of how I built the Friend Roster app. If you have missed the previous parts in this series, do check them out -- part 1, part 2 and part 3. I wanted to build a flutter app that would let me do these basic things

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  • Two Hundred Posts And Counting

    I did not realize but I just completed 200 posts on this blog. That is unbelievable given that I did not have any plans to write for this long. Previously when I blogged (I have two other blogs), I never kept up for these many posts. Those blogs are now abandoned and probably will never see the light of another post. However, for this blog I still have a list of 30 articles that I want to cover in the future. So there is really no dearth of topics. I just need to get myself to work on them. Anyway, this is just a pat on my back sort of post and has nothing informative for you as a reader.

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  • The Friends Roster Project

    While 2020 has tied many people to their homes, it also encouraged many to seek out old friends. The same happened with me and a bunch of my friends. I have lost touch with a lot of my school, college and work friends as the years passed. You find new friends. You get busy with work and family and eventually don't find time to call or meet friends as much as you might have when you were young.

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