Interesting articles read on 7 April 2018

Inspired by a blog I follow in my RSS reader that publishes Link Fests, I’m starting this from today.

  • Telegram’s design tailwind – HackerNoon
  • Productivity Paradox: How Working Less Will Make You More Productive – HackerNoon
  • Understanding Aperture and Landscape Photography – Digital Photography School
  • How an IIT graduate built one of India’s largest budget hotel chains – Quartz
  • Storing passwords in cleartext: don’t ever – Lars Wirzenius
  • We Trust Our Phones and Countless Corporations To Keep Secrets We Wouldn’t Tell Our Closest Friends – HackerNoon
  • How to Get Continuous Integration Right – HackerNoon
  • How Iyengar Yoga gave three people their lives back after suffering injury, abnormality and pain – South China Morning Post
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Monitoring your internet connections with OpenWRT and a Telegram Bot

For the past 5 years or so, I have been using a single ISP at home and mobile data for backup when it went down. But since last few months, the ISP service became a bit unreliable – this is more related to the rainy season. Mobile data doesn’t give fiber like constant speeds I get on the wire. It’s very annoying to browse at < 10 Mbps on mobile data when you are used to 100 Mbps on the wire.

I decided to get another fiber pipe from a local ISP. One needs to be very unlucky to have both going down at the same time – I hope that never happens. Now the question is how to monitor the two connections: Why do I need monitoring? – so that I can inform the ISP when it goes down, with the fail-over happening automatically thanks to OpenWRT’s mwan3 package, I won’t ever know when I am using which ISP (unless I am checking the public IP address, of course).

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