Android API – Dividers?

During day to day development you easily forget some neat little features that might have slipped through your mind. This time we are diving into a feature of the LinearLayout. Imagine a simple horizontal LinearLayout, wherein 3 squares are shown: The requirement is to show a divider between the...

Dinner vs Supper

So today yet another discussion at work which almost ended in hair pulling and something I’m not comfortable sharing.. It all began when eating lunch.. or dinner.. or supper.. do you see where I’m going for here? The question was when do you call a meal “dinner”, “lunch”, “breakfast”...

Kotlin Platform Types

I was coding my own business till my colleague suddenly poked me on the shoulder. He said that he had a crash in his code but couldn’t figure out where. I looked at his screen and checked his code but everything seemed alright to me. So I continued my...

Indian Curd

So it came to my attention that Indians have a whole different meaning for the word Curd. An Indian friend called my curd that I had for lunch “yogurt”. I was confused and corrected his awful mistake. Now he was confused and didn’t know that there even was a...

Thailand’s Anthem Freeze

I have seen so many unusual things during my trip in Thailand. One of them was the way how Thais behave when the national anthem is played. Apparently in Thailand, you will hear the Thai national anthem played every day at 8am and 6pm. Every TV and radio station...

Firebase and Dexguard

When migrating from GCM to FCM I discovered that the application crashes when I made a build with dexguard on. I got a cup of tea and sat down for this one. First I wanted to know what the exception was, therefore I made an debug build with the...

TIL – Albeit

Today, I learned… the word ALBEIT. Apparently, you will learn this word instantly when you turn 30. It means the same as Although but then fancier.   Unlike although, albeit cannot introduce a dependent clause, but can only introduce a noun phrase, adjectival phrase, or adverbial phrase....

Android API – Log.wtf()?

We all know there are some methods and/or values in the Android API that sound funny and seem to have no purpose. Lets deep dive into a single method and find out its history. For this blog we will have a look at the method: Log.wtf() This method is...

Android API – isUserAGoat()?

We all know there are some methods and/or values in the Android API that sound funny and seem to have no purpose. Lets deep dive into a single method and find out its history. For this blog we will have a look at the method: isUserAGoat() This method is...

How I got free legs space on the plane to Thailand

Before my trip to Thailand began I checked if I could get some extra leg space for in the plane because I’m almost 2 meters long. The airline operator for my trip was Qatar Airways. I logged in on their site and selected “seat map” to select a good...