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List of Nepali data sources

Hi guys, its been a long time. I am tired of making empty promises (regarding posting regularly) so, let me not do it again. While I was beginning my data-science journey, I tried to collect as many sources for Nepali datasets as possible, and the following is the listing of the same. The problem is most of these datasets are in PDF (most are in a booklet), so you'd have to use some extraction utilities such as Tabula to convert it into a CSV or workable file format. read more

Websites That Offer Free Shipping To Nepal (and Worldwide!)

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over (and apparently Green Monday too). On these two days, western stores offer huge discounts on products. I was looking to make some purchase, but could not find a deal with free International shipping. Buying from stores, mostly those that are based on western countries, would cost you almost twice the actual amount just for sending the shipment. Some sites don't even offer paid International shipping, in which case, you have to use a reship service and that would cost you lots of dough. read more

JetBrains' Products Now Free For (Nepali) Students

A little late in sharing this wonderful news. If you don't know yet, JetBrains, the developer of awesome IDEs like IntelliJ IDEA and PhpStorm have made their products free for students. And guess what? This is unlike other free-for-students offer. Most of the free-for-students discounts are limited to students of US university and colleges only. The way to check whether a person claiming to be a student to avail these sorts of discounts is in fact a student or not, is to make him use his university provided email address. read more

How to login to a website via Google Script?

Whenever I have to accomplish something these days (in terms of programming that is), the language that I turn to at first is Google Script. I have gotten so used to it, and its interface that I prefer it over any other language, or services. The added bonus of using it is that you can run the script regularly by setting up a timer. No need to meddle with cronjobs and what-not on your server. read more

How to Install LiveReload in Ubuntu?

LiveReload is a handy tool for web-developers. Do you not use Dreamweaver alternatives for linux, or any other web development tools? If you make use of text editors to code and web browsers to preview the result, then you must be tired of constantly hitting the save button on your text editor as well as that reload button on your web browser. read more

Delim.co – Free Comma Delimiter

How often do you have to take a spreadsheet data and covert to a character separated value? Tabular data, be it a number or a text are all stored in a plain text form by CSV (Comma Separated Values) files. A CSV file can compile a number of records with separate fields, which are uniquely identified by a standardized literal comma, tab, any character or string. This type of file format has been widely supported and used in many fields. All types of spreadsheets and database management systems basically support these CSV files. read more