Sufi Nawaz

I build stuff

5,000 Raspberry Pi being donated by Google to help students in Japan

Posted by in Inspirational, Technology

Google is handing out 5000 Raspberry Pi to help out 25,000 students in Japan and partnering with CANVAS to help teachers teach. In a Google+ post, Eric Schmidt wrote… I read an article a couple of years ago in which a Japanese executive explained why he thought software engineering wasn’t popular in Japan. “A samurai would never write software,” he said. The idea was that Monozukuri, or the proud Japanese tradition of making things, wasn’t as relevant when it came to creating relative intangibles like software and services. Japan’s math…read more

Peachy 3D Printer – $100 3D printer

Posted by in Technology

After sharing my last post, a friend of mine shared a link to, what I think, is the most awesome 3D printer out there. I say it’s the most awesome 3D printer, not just because it’s just $100, but because of how truly amazing the concept behind it really is. The creator has successfully funded this project through kickstarter and indiegogo. Check out the kickstarter page at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/117421627/the-peachy-printer-the-first-100-3d-printer-and-sc

SELinux settings to allow apache to send mail

Posted by in Code Snippets, Tutorials

I was working in a WordPress instance today that is installed in a Centos box. The issue was that I could not send any email through wp_mail() function in wordpress, which essentially uses PHP’s mail() function, which in turn, uses sendmail. So the very first thing I’ve tried doing was to create a simple PHP test script and ran it from the machine locally. The email worked fine so I knew sendmail was not the problem. Next, I tried to execute the script over the webserver, and sure enough, the…read more

Better Headshot Photography by Tilting Subject’s Head Forward

Posted by in Photography, Tutorials

If you’re into portrait photography like me, you’d find this video highly useful. This video tutorial is by Peter Hurley, a photographer from New York, talks about the importance of jawlines. As trivial as it sounds, his video demonstrates the significance of jawlines in headshots and how you can take great headshots by simply having the subject pull forward their chin and tilting their forehead towards the camera. Under the correct light settings, I’ve had seen the difference myself and this video serves as an enforcement for me. If you…read more