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Was India’s 2016 “Cashless Society” Experiment Made in China?

The sudden demonetization of large denomination currency notes by the Government of India on 9th November 2016 created a mix of shock, horror, confusion, speculation and conspiracy theories across the Subcontinent. At Cabal Times, we documented the then top conspiracy theories, one of which was that this was a crude attempt at forcing a cashless,… Continue reading Was India’s 2016 “Cashless Society” Experiment Made in China?

Internet Subculture

A Redditor Laments on the Destruction of Reddit

A Reddit user going by the moniker aaaa222 put up an interesting post in r/conspiracy 26 days ago, on how Reddit’s culture of being a geek meritocracy was being undermined by dark forces. He claims that the post disappeared after it gained a lot of traction (and then suddenly reappeared). We are preserving his post here for the day when Reddit will be posthumously remembered as another Digg.

Inkjets

Continuous Ink Systems Come of Age

Continuous Ink Systems have come a far way. But they still aren’t mainstream. And they are unlikely to be, given that no inkjet printer manufacturer is willing to make a printer dedicated to a Continuous Ink System. But the niche continues to grow. Here are some tips for potential Continuous Ink System adoptees, as well existing Continuous Ink System users.

Wordpress

Visualizing WordPress

Newcomers and converts to Wordpress usually find themselves baffled over how Wordpress interlopes with other server-side components such as PHP and MySQL. While its true that understanding Wordpress’ relationship with PHP and MySQL is not neccessary for operating a Wordpress site, there are those of us who want to peek under the hood. The following is an attempt to better visualize Wordpress by blurring the boundary between art and abstraction.

Wordpress

Why WordPress should be served Cached

The biggest strength of Wordpress is its dynamic nature. A browser view of a Wordpress website is like a “skin” which interfaces with dynamic components under the hood. But once a Wordpress website starts growing, this also becomes the biggest weakness of Wordpress. The “skin” becomes overloaded with more and more dynamic components. and a simple pageview becomes acrimonious for the server, as it struggles to deliver a “freshly prepared skin” to the browser for each and every page view. On the user end, the lag becomes noticeable. When it comes to self-hosting Wordpress, Caching is an inevitability.